It has been a while since I wrote something about the NBA. I did have an article about the Kawhi trade that was not published as I was censored by the iron-fisted editor of the VILLA blog, but I digress. NBA free agency is, by and large, in the rear view mirror so let’s have a quick rundown on where some teams now stand as the 2018-19 season gets closer.
Golden State Warriors:
The Warriors added Boogie Cousins in what amounts to a big middle finger to the rest of the league. The biggest hope for the rest of the league is that Boggie doesn’t quite get back to normal and/or becomes a locker room cancer that fractures the team. The biggest hurdle for the Warriors is complacency and Boogie does give them a fresh voice going into next season. But what voice will they be getting? Good teammate New Orleans Boogie or bad teammate Sacramento Boogie? How Boogie acclimates to the Warriors will determine their season one way or another.
Los Angeles Lakers:
They added LeBron and rumor has it he is pretty good. LeBron alone isn’t enough to overcome a loaded Western Conference this year but the Lakers will be good once again after a few years in purgatory. Unless they make some blockbuster deal, this year sets up as a transition year for them. Luckily for the Lakers, LeBron’s “transition” usually means somewhere around 50 wins.
What a nothing-burger of an off-season for the Sixers. They’re essentially running it back this year and apparently think they will somehow have a chance against Boston or Toronto. They still don’t have a GM, traded Richaun Holmes, Justin Anderson and the French guy for a backup G-League center, last year’s number one overall pick may or may not still be a headcase and Ben Simmons still shoots with the wrong hand and is dating a Kardashian. Sam Hinkie died for this.
Trust the Process Kill me.
Imagine trading the best prospect in the draft for a D-minus version of Steph Curry, then trading your best player so the D-minus version of Steph Curry can get more playing time. The only thing that makes me feel better about the Sixers off-season is how awful the Hawks are at everything.
Oklahoma City Thunder:
They unloaded the god-awful Carmelo Anthony contract saving them million in luxury tax, added Dennis Schröder and, it bears repeating, they don’t have Carmelo on the team anymore. The Thunder might have won the off-season.
San Antonio Spurs:
The Spurs got a top 20 player for a guy who hasn’t played in a year, only wants to play in LA and was walking for nothing at the end of the upcoming season. The Spurs should hold team building seminars and charge the rest of the league to attend. Imagine being dumb enough to trade for Kawhi…
The Raptors traded hahahaha Demar hahaha for Kawhi hahaha in the hahaha hopes that Kawhi will hahahahah resign with hahahahaha the Raptors after the season hahahaha. I’m starting to feel a lot better about the Sixers chances next season.
The team that took LeBron and the Cavs to game 7 in the playoffs quietly got better by adding Tyreke Evans to the team. Don’t be surprised if the Pacers are hovering around the 2/3 seed come April. Never mind, I’m not feeling so great about the Sixers chances next season.
Welcome back to the lottery!
The Suns extended Devin Booker added Trevor Ariza and some other pieces and have a load of young talent. They’ll probably only win 25-30 games but they should be a really fun team to watch and maybe, just maybe, things are starting to look up in the desert.
Rumor has it the Bucks are seriously considering trading Giannis Antetokounmpoto the Sixers for Markelle Fultz straight up. I 100% didn’t make this up and it is 100% a true rumor and definitely legitimate and everything. Woj told me, I promise.