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Per Woj:

The Oklahoma City Thunder have agreed to trade Russell Westbrook to the Houston Rockets for Chris Paul, first-round picks in 2024 and 2026, pick swaps in 2021 and 2025, league sources tell ESPN.


For OKC-this was a good will trade for Westbrook and they wanted it over as quickly as possible.  Westbrook now will pair with Harden, whom played together in OKC previously, to create a very strange backcourt dynamic.  OKC continues to add draft picks and now will likely move on from Paul quickly as well.  I'm fairly positive a player, once received in a trade, can't be traded in conjunction with another player for something like 3 months.  That's not going to be terribly difficult, Paul has a huge contract that likely wouldn't be paired anyway, but it'll be interesting to see what OKC gets for him.  Paul, when healthy, is still a very effective player.  His on court numbers with Harden weren't good, but when he was on the court by himself, he was very good.  OKC sniffed around MIA for a deal with Westbrook, but was asking too much before they pulled the trigger on this deal.  For OKC to get two 1sts AND two potential pick swaps for Westbrook, turning 31 and with a huge contract is a huge win.

For HOU-well, clearly those rumors that Harden and Paul were at odds was at least somewhat true.  They wouldn't have shipped him off it there wasn't a rift.  HOU has repeatedly tried to trade for other stars, offering up tons and tons of picks but have failed repeatedly.  Now they'll try with a Harden/Westbrook backcourt.  It's dynamic, but I still see this being a difficult position for Westbrook, who isn't an off the ball type of player.  

Where could Chris Paul land now?  

I still see the similar suitors potentially interested in Westbrook, being interested in Paul.  DET, MIA, DAL, MIN could all still be suitors with MIA potentially leading the pack.  What MIA gives up for Paul, and what OKC will take for him, or have to give up to get someone to take him, will vary greatly.  The problem for OKC is, they have Shai Gilgeous Alexander and Dennis Schroeder as PG's.  DET, MIA, and MIN all have expiring PG contracts to offer up first and foremost which would still likely include a third team.

A Paul to MIA, Dragic to DAL and contracts to OKC makes too much sense.  DAL has a trade exception of $21.5M to utilize.  Taking back Dragic would be a great haul for them likely giving up nothing except saving OKC luxury tax money.  Dragic is friends with Doncic and DAL has a need for a starting PG.  Dragic is also expiring which, on top of Hardaway Jr and Courtney Lee expiring, makes a lot of sense for both teams as DAL would be right back in the free agent market next summer.  OKC likely wouldn't land many, if any, draft picks in this.  MIA would likely have to give up Winslow + another contract like Olynyk or James Johnson to make it work.  Maybe MIA throws one future 1st in there, but that's three rotational players to take back Paul.

One thing to watch for: OKC is trying to do damage control on their reputation.  For years, they short changed their star players and on their luxury tax payments until the last two years, after Durant left, which was seen by other NBA players and agents as a not-player friendly organization.  They got the Paul George deal done and sent him to LAC, where he requested to go, in secrecy and now sent Westbrook to HOU where he wanted to go.  They'll do the same for Paul, talk with him and his agent and get him to a team he wants to play for.

What's interesting is say OKC lands Winslow and Olynyk in a deal.  They'd have Shai, Roberson, Winslow, Gallinari, Adams with Olynyk, Schroeder, Ferguson, Noel, Bazley, and Diallo on the bench.  It's not a 50 win team, but at least a fun competitive team.  They're not totally bottoming out, seeing what they can get out of that roster and would still have the ability to make trades this trade deadline.

OKC has now added 8 first round picks thru 2026, along with all of their own, and 8 potential pick swaps.
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ATLANTA HAWKS

Draft-

-Traded 8, 17, 35 and 2020 1st rd pick to New Orleans for 4, 57, future 2nd rd pick, Solomon Hill

-Traded 57 and two future 2nd rd picks to Philadelphia for 54

-Drafted DeAndre Hunter (4), Cam Reddish (10), Bruno Fernando (54)

Trades-

-Traded Taurean Prince, 2021 2nd rd pick to Brooklyn for Allen Crabbe, 2019 1st rd pick (17), and 2020 1st rd pick

-Traded Kent Bazemore to Portland for Evan Turner

-Traded Miles Plumlee and Solomon Hill to Memphis for Chandler Parsons

Free Agency-

-Sign Jabari Parker to 2/13

 

CHARLOTTE HORNETS

Draft-

-Drafted PJ Washington (12), Cody Martin (36), Jalen McDaniels (52)

Trades-

Free Agency-

-Signed PG-Terry Rozier (3 yrs, $58M)

 

MIAMI HEAT

Draft-

-Tyler Herro (13), traded three 2nd round picks for KZ Okpala (32), traded #44 (Bol Bol) for future 2nd rd pick and cash

Trades-

MIA incoming-Jimmy Butler, Meyers Leonard

MIA outgoing-Hassan Whiteside, Josh Richardson, 2023 1st rd pick 

PHI incoming-Josh Richardson

PHI outgoing-Jimmy Butler

LAC incoming-Mo Harkless, 2023 1st rd pick (MIA)

LAC outgoing-nothing

POR incoming-Hassan Whiteside

POR outgoing-Mo Harkless, Meyers Leonard

Free Agency-

 

ORLANDO MAGIC-

 

Draft-

-Chuma Okeke (16)

-Traded #46 (Talen Horton-Tucker) to LAL for 2020 2nd and cash,

Trades-

Free Agency-

-Re-sign Michael Carter Williams to 1 yr deal

-Sign Al Farouq-Aminu to 3/29

-Re-sign Terrence Ross to 4/54

-Re-sign Nikola Vucevic to 4/100

-Re-sign Khem Birch (2/6)

 

CHARLOTTE HORNETS-

 

Draft-

-PJ Washington (12)

-Cody Martin (36)

-Jalen McDaniels (52)

Trades-

Free Agency-

-Sign Terry Rozier (3/58)-a sign and trade for Kemba Walker, CHA receives 2020 2nd rd pick from BOS

 

WASHINGTON WIZARDS-

 

Draft-

-Rui Hachimura (9)

-Traded cash to PHI for 42 (Admiral Schofield) and Jonathan Simmons

Trades-

-Acquire Isaac Bonga, Moritz Wagner, Jemerio Jones, future 2nd rd pick from LAL for cash

-Acquire Davis Bertans

Free Agency-

-Sign Isaiah Thomas to 1 yr deal

-Re-sign Thomas Bryant (3/25)

 

MILWAUKEE BUCKS-

 

Draft-

NONE

Trades-

-Acquire 2020 1st and two 2nd rd picks in sign and trade of Malcolm Brogdon to IND

-Trade #30 and Tony Snell to DET for Jon Leuer

Free Agency-

-Re-sign Khris Middleton (4/178)

-Re-sign Brook Lopez (4/52)

-Re-sign George Hill (3/29)

-Sign Wes Matthews (1 yr deal, minimum)
-Sign Kyle Korver to 1 yr deal

-Sign Thanasis Antetokounmpo (2/3)

 

INDIANA PACERS-

 

Draft-

-Goga Bitadze (18)

-Traded #50 to UTA for 2021 2nd and cash

Trades-

-Acquire Malcolm Brogdon (4/85) in sign and trade sending 2020 1st and two 2nds to MIL

Free Agency-

-Sign TJ McConnell (2/7)

-Re-sign Edmond Summer to 3 yr deal

-Sign Jeremy Lamb (3/31.5)
-Sign Justin Holiday (1/4.8)

 

DETROIT PISTONS-

 

Draft-

-Sekou Doumbouya (15)

-Deivdas Sirvydis (37-DET traded #45 and two 2nd rd picks for 37)

-Jordan Bone (57-DET traded 2024 2nd rd pick and cash for 57)

Trades-

-Traded Jon Leuer for Tony Snell and #30

-Traded #30 (Kevin Porter Jr to CLE for four 2nd round picks)

Free Agency-

-Signed Derrick Rose (2/15)

-Signed Markieff Morris to 2 yr deal
-Claim Christian Wood

 

CHICAGO BULLS-

 

Draft-

-Coby White (7)

-Daniel Gafford (38)

Free Agency-

-Signs Thaddeus Young (3/41)
-Re-sign Shaq Harrison to 1 yr deal
-Sign Luke Kornet (2/4.5)

Trades-

-Traded two 2nd round picks for Tomas Satoransky (signs to 3/30)

 

CLEVELAND CAVALIERS-

 

Draft-

-Darius Garland (5)

-Dylan Windler (26)

-Kevin Porter Jr (30-traded four 2nd rd picks for #30)

Free Agency-
Trades-

 

TORONTO RAPTORS-

 

Draft-

-Dewayne Hernandez (59)

Free Agency-

-Sign Rondae Hollis-Jefferson to 1 yr deal

-Sign Stanley Johnson (2/3.5)
-Sign Cam Payne to 2 yr deal

Trades-

 

PHILADELPHIA 76ERS-

 

Draft-

-Matisse Thybulle (20-traded 24 and 33 for 20)

-Traded 34 to ATL for 57 and two future 2nd rd picks

-Traded 42 and Jonathan Simmons to WAS for cash

-Traded 57 for 2024 2nd rd pick and cash

Free Agency-
-Re-sign Ben Simmons to 5/170 extension

-Re-sign Tobias Harris (5/180)

-Sign Al Horford (4/112)

Trades-

-Signed and traded Jimmy Butler to MIA for Josh Richardson

 

BOSTON CELTICS-

 

Draft-

-Romeo Langford (14)

-Matisse Thybulle (20-traded to PHI for 24 and 33)

-Grant Williams (22)

-Ty Jerome (24-traded to PHX, along with Aron Baynes for MIL’s 2020 1st)

-Carsen Edwards (33)

-Tremonte Waters (51)

Free Agency-

-Signed Kemba Walker (4/141)

-Re-signed Brad Wanamaker to 1 yr deal

-Re-signed Daniel Theis (2/10)

-Signed Enes Kanter (2/10)

Trades-

 

BROOKLYN NETS-

 

Draft-

-Traded #27 (Mfiondu Kabengele) to LAC for #56 and 2020 1st rd pick

-Nicolas Claxton (31)

-Jalen Hands (56)

Free Agency-

-Signed Kevin Durant

-Signed Kyrie Irving

-Signed DeAndre Jordan (4/40)

-Signed Garett Temple (2/10)
-Signed David Nwaba to 2 yr deal

Trades-

-Traded Allen Crabbe, #17 in 19’ draft, protected 20’ 1st rd pick to ATL for Taurean Prince, 20’ 2nd rd pick

 

NEW YORK KNICKS

 

Draft-

-RJ Barrett (3)

-Iggy Brazdeikis (47-traded 55 and cash for 47)

Free Agency-

-Sign Julius Randle (3/63)

-Sign Bobby Portis (2/31)

-Sign Marcus Morris (1/15)

-Sign Elfrid Payton (2/16)

-Sign Wayne Ellington (2/16)

-Sign Taj Gibson (2/20)
-Re-sign Reggie Bullock (2/4.7)

Trades-

 

DENVER NUGGETS-

 

Draft-

-Bol Bol (44-traded future 2nd and cash for 44)

Free Agency-

-Re-signed Jamal Murray (5/170)

Trades-

-Traded 2020 1st rd pick to OKC for Jerami Grant

 

PORTLAND TRAILBLAZERS-

 

Draft-

-Nassir Little (25)

Free Agency-

-Re-signed Damian Lillard (4/196)

-Sign Mario Hezonja to 2 yr deal

-Re-signed Rodney Hood (2/16)

Trades-

-Acquire Hassan Whiteside for Meyers Leonard, Mo Harkless in Jimmy Butler 4-team trade

-Traded Evan Turner to ATL for Kent Bazemore

 

UTAH JAZZ-

 

Draft-

-Jarrell Brantley (50-traded 2021 2nd and cash for 50)

-Justin Wright-Foreman (53)

-Miye Oni (58)

Free Agency-

-Sign Bojan Bogdanovic (4/73)

-Sign Emmanuel Mudiay to 1 yr deal

-Sign Jeff Green to 1 yr deal

-Sign Ed Davis (2/10)

Trades-

-Traded Jae Crowder, Kyle Korver, Grayson Allen #23 in 19’ draft, 2020 1st to MEM for Mike Conley

 

OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER-

 

Draft-

-Darius Bazley (24-traded 21 for 24 and 2024 2nd rd pick for 24)

Free Agency-

-Signed Mike Muscala to 1 yr deal

-Re-signed Nerlens Noel

Trades-

-Traded Russell Westbrook to HOU for Chris Paul, 2024, 2026 1st rd picks, pick swaps in 2021, 2025

-Traded Paul George to LAC for Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Danillo Gallinari, 1st rd picks in 2022, 2024, 2026 from LAC and 1st rd picks in 2021 and 2023 from MIA, pick swaps from LAC in 2023 and 2025

-Traded Jerami Grant to DEN for 2020 1st rd pick

 

MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES-

 

Draft-

Jarrett Culver (6-traded 11 and Dario Saric for 6)

Jaylen Nowell (43)

Free Agency-

Sign Jake Layman (3/11.5)

Sign Jordan Bell

Trades-

 

GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS-

 

Draft-

Jordan Poole (28)

Alen Smailagic (39-traded 21’ and 23’ 2nd rd picks and cash to NOP for 39)

Eric Paschall (41)

Free Agency-

Re-sign Klay Thompson (5/190)

Sign D’Angelo Russell (4/117)

Re-sign Kevon Looney (3/15)

Sign Alec Burks to 1 yr deal

Sign Willie Cauley-Stein to 1 yr deal, minimum

Trades-

Trade Andre Iguodala and 2024 1st rd pick to MEM in salary dump

 

LA CLIPPERS-

 

Draft-

Mfiondu Kabengele (27-traded 56 and 2020 1st rd pick for 27)

Terrence Mann (48)

Free Agency-

Sign Kawhi Leonard to 3/103

Re-sign Patrick Beverley (3/40)

Re-sign Ivica Zubac (4/28)

Re-sign Rodney McGruder (3/15)

Trades-

-Trade Shai Gilgeous Alexander, Danilo Gallinari, own 22’, 24’, 26’ 1st rd picks, MIA’ 2021, 2023 1st rd picks and pick swaps in 2023 and 2025 for Paul George

-Acquire Mo Harkless and MIA 1st rd pick in Jimmy Butler trade (MIA’s 1st goes to OKC in PG trade)

 

SACRAMENTO KINGS-

 

Draft-

Justin James (40)

Kyle Guy (55-traded 47 and cash for 55)

Vanja Marinkovic (60)

Free Agency-

Re-sign Harrison Barnes (4/85)

Sign Dewayne Dedmon (3/40)

Sign Cory Joseph (3/37)

Sign Trevor Ariza (2/25)
Sign Tyler Lydon to 2 yr deal

 

Trades-

 

LOS ANGELES LAKERS-

 

Draft-

Talen Horton-Tucker (46-traded 2020 2nd rd pick and cash for 46)

Free Agency-

Sign Danny Green (2/30)

Re-sign Kentavious Caldwell Pope (2/16)

Sign Avery Bradley (2/9.7)

Re-sign JaVale McGee (2/8.2)

Re-sign Rajon Rondo to 2 yr, minimum deal

Re-sign Alex Carusso (2/5.5)

Sign Demarcus Cousins (1/3.5)

Sign Jared Dudley (1/2.5)

Sign Troy Daniels (1/2.1)

Trades-

-Traded Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart, 19’ and 21’ 1st rd picks and pick swaps in 23’ and 24’ to NOP for Anthony Davis

-Traded Moritz Wagner, Isaac Bonga, Jemerio Jones, future 2nd to WAS in salary dump

 

PHOENIX SUNS-

 

Draft-

Cameron Johnson (11-traded 6 to MIN for Dario Saric and 11)

Ty Jerome (24-traded 2020 1st for 24 and Aron Baynes)

Traded 32 and TJ Warren to IND for cash in salary dump

Free Agency-

Sign Ricky Rubio (3/51)

Re-signed Kelly Oubre (2/30)

Sign Frank Kaminsky (2/10)
Sign Cheick Diallo to 2 yr deal

Trades-

Trade Josh Jackson, DeAnthony Melton, 20’ and 21’ 2nd rd picks to MEM for Kyle Korver, Jevon Carter

 

HOUSTON ROCKETS-

 

Draft-

NONE

Free Agency-

Sign Tyson Chandler to 1 yr deal

Re-sign Austin Rivers to 2 yr, minimum deal

Re-sign Daniel House (3/11.5)

Re-sign Gerald Green to 1 yr deal
Sign Ben McLemore to 2 yr deal

Trades-

-Trade Chris Paul, 1st rd picks in 2024 and 2026, and pick swaps in 2021 and 2025 to OKC for Russell Westbrook

SAN ANTONIO SPURS-

 

Draft-

Luka Samanic (19)

Keldon Johnson (29)

Quinndary Weatherspoon (49)

Free Agency-

Sign Trey Lyles to 2 yr deal

Sign Demarre Carroll (3/21)

Trades-

Trade Davis Bertans to WAS for cash

 

MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES-

 

Draft-

Ja Morant (2)

Brandon Clarke (21-traded 23 and 2024 2nd for 21)

Free Agency-

Re-sign Jonas Valanciunas (3/45)

Sign Tyus Jones (3/28)

Trades-

-Trade Mike Conley to UTA for Jae Crowder, Grayson Allen, Kyle Korver, #23 pick in 19’ draft and 21’ 1st rd pick

-Trade Kyle Korver and Jevon Carter to PHX for Josh Jackson, DeAnthony Melton, 20’ and 21’ 2nd rd picks

-Trade Chandler Parsons to ATL for Miles Plumlee and Solomon Hill

-Acquire Andre Iguodala and 2024 1st rd pick from GS

 

NEW ORLEANS PELICANS-

 

Draft-

Zion Williamson (1)

Jaxson Hayes (8-traded 4 for 8, 17, 35, 2020 1st rd pick for 4, Solomon Hill and 57 and 23’ 2nd rd pick)

Nickeil Alexander Walker (17)

Marcos Louzada Silva (35)

Free Agency-

-Sign Derrick Favors (2/36)

-Sign JJ Redick (2/26.5)

-Sign Nicolo Melli (2/8)

Trades-

-Trade Anthony Davis to LAL for #4, 20, 21’ and 24’ 1st rd pick, pick swap in 2023, Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram and Josh Hart

 

DALLAS MAVERICKS-

 

Draft-

Isaiah Roby (45-traded 37 and two future 2nd rd picks to DET for 45)

Free Agency-

Re-sign Kristaps Porzingis (5/158)orl

Re-sign Dwight Powell (3/33)

Sign Seth Curry (4/32)

Sign Delon Wright (3/29)

Sign Boban Marjanovic (2/7)

Re-sign Dorian Finney-Smith (3/12)

Trades-

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Sorry for such a long post above.  I kept a running tally of all the draft moves, free agency signings and trades for each team.  I'll update as the summer goes along and utilize it for a summer grade post.  Copy and pasting from Microsoft Word is not for user friendly, so apologies for the spacing.
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Next stars on the move?

We have seen an unprecedented number of stars being traded and switching teams this summer.  Just in the last few weeks, Anthony Davis, Paul George, Russell Westbrook and Chris Paul were traded, while under contract.  Add Jimmy Butler to that list as he was signed and traded.  And in free agency Kawhi Leonard, Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Kemba Walker, D'Angelo Russell and Al Horford have all switched teams.  It's the player empowerment era where players can ask for trades no matter their contract status and likely push their way to certain teams.  So who are the next dominos to fall?

Kevin Love-Love signed a 4 yr, $120M extension last summer with CLE with neither he nor the Cavs likely having any intent on keeping him through the remainder of his contract.  The Cavs are re-building, collecting contracts that are expiring for draft picks.  Love is wasting away in CLE, but injuries have hampered interest in him, on top of the fact his extension kicks in this year.  He'll be 31 in September and his skillset, plus his injuries will hamper his trade value.  Still though, a team looking to add another big name and only have to give up expirings, maybe one young player and a pick could nab him.  

Fits: Miami, Houston, Minnesota

CLE incoming-Kelly Olynyk, Dion Waiters, Justin Jackson, future 1st (OKC), MIA 2025 1st rd pick
CLE outgoing-Kevin Love, JR Smith

MIA incoming-Kevin Love, Dennis Schroeder
MIA outgoing-Goran Dragic, Kelly Olynyk, Dion Waiters, 2025 1st rd pick

DAL incoming-Goran Dragic
DAL outgoing-Justin Jackson

OKC incoming-JR Smith
OKC outgoing-Dennis Schroeder, future 1st

Why for CLE-CLE would have to take on an additional year of salaries in the form of Olynyk and Waiters, but would cut two years off of Love's salary.  They'd also send out JR Smith's non-guaranteed deal and receive two future 1sts.  OKC has a host of 1st round picks to send out and CLE would get one of their future picks and a future pick from MIA.  CLE has a clean cap sheet after next season aside from Sexton, Nance Jr and their rookies this year.  Adding one year beyond this year of Olynyk and Waiters would be dead weight, but it'd likely be the price they pay to unload Love while also getting back any draft capital.

Why for MIA-MIA fills out their roster, finding another "star" next to Butler.  Love would be a much better fit alongside Butler than any PG that is rumored to them as it keeps the ball in Butler's hands.  Love is an upgrade over Olynyk and Leonard, while also maintaining a versatile front court that'd include Adebayo, James Johnson and Meyers Leonard.  And while trading out Dragic would downgrade their PG position, they'd get Schroeder as a stop-gap guy who hasn't played in a positive position since his rookie season.  MIA loves to go all in for big names and if Pat Riley can't find another big name like Chris Paul, Love could be a fall back.

Why for DAL-DAL needs a starting point guard and is friends with Luka Doncic.  They have a massive trade exception to take on Dragic's contract, but would have to include Jackson to sweeten the deal for CLE.

Why for OKC-OKC is over the luxury tax with Chris Paul on their roster.  They may still trade him, but without teams with cap space left, they're going to still be near or over the luxury tax by taking back equal/expiring contracts.  They send out Schroeder and the 2 years left on his deal at $15M and take back JR Smith's non-guaranteed deal which would cut their salary by $9M this year, coincidentally about the amount in which they're over the luxury tax, and cut a year off of Schroeder's deal.  To do this, they have to include one of their many future 1sts they acquired this season.
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CLE trades Kevin Love to HOU for Eric Gordon, PJ Tucker, future 1st rd pick

Why for CLE-this is a pretty easy, straight up deal for CLE.  While the haul doesn't seem like much, Gordon and Tucker would be place-holders until their either bought out, or trade again to another team looking for veteran help.  Gordon has an expiring contract while Tucker has 2 years remaining, but the 2nd year only guaranteed for $2.5M of a possible $8M.  Both would be enticing for teams looking to add pieces throughout the season or as buyout candidates for CLE.  CLE could definitely nab one 1st round pick, if not two from HOU.  

Why for HOU-to round out Westbrook and Harden, Love would be a great 3rd banana and front court running mate with Clint Capela.  As HOU has no qualms about their future contracts, adding Love would just be a sweetener to the rest of the team.  Gordon is going to see his touches diminished greatly with the addition of Westbrook and with Austin Rivers back, HOU can afford to let him go.  PJ Tucker is the motor of HOU's defense and his loss would be substantial, but he's getting older and doesn't have much to offer offensively.  If HOU could pull this off only including one future 1st rd pick, it'd be a huge win.
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CLE trades Kevin Love for Andrew Wiggins

Why for CLE-if more expirings doesn't entice CLE, they could swerve on the deal and take back Wiggins, a significantly younger player with the same contract remaining as Love in Wiggins.  Wiggins has significant shortcoming, but by name recognition alone, CLE could be enticed to take him and see what they can do with him with a few really good young guards in Sexton and Garland on the team.  

Why for MIN-MIN, to me, is living in a pipe dream that they could flip Wiggins in a deal for someone like D'Angelo Russell next season.  Bringing Love back home to where he started his career and pairing him with Karl Anthony Towns could be a solid group.  Covington, Love and KAT would be a fun front court to watch along with young guards Jarrett Culver and Josh Okogie.  While trading a 25 year old swingman for a 31 year old injury prone PF with the same 4 years remaining isn't exactly enticing on paper, the value of the deal makes much greater sense when calculating who the players actually are.
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Kyle Lowry-with TOR losing Kawhi in free agency, they're left with a group that is old, inherently flawed and likely nothing better than a 6th seed in the East.  They do have a cornerstone in Pascal Siakam, but outside of him, they're left with expiring veterans like Lowry, Gasol and Ibaka and a few lesser role players in Fred Van Vleet and OG Anunoby.  The time may be now for TOR to start to tear down and re-build.  Lowry still has the ability to be a floor leader and on an expiring contract, may entice a team looking for one more piece.

Fits: MIA, DET

TOR trades Kyle Lowry, OG Anunoby to MIA for Goran Dragic, Justise Winslow

For TOR-this deal wouldn't be ground breaking for TOR, Dragic is expiring and would be a stop gap PG for the year.  Winslow would be the greater addition.  He's been somewhat put on the back burner in MIA in favor of James Johnson and the emergence of Josh Richardson.  Winslow has had injury issues, but when he's been consistently healthy, he's been versatile.  He'd be an upgrade over Anunoby who hasn't produced much due to ongoing injuries.  TOR would probably want a pick or two, but I'm not sure MIA offers much in terms of draft compensation which could stall this deal.

For MIA-pairing Butler and Lowry together would be an upgrade over anything MIA has had in years.  He's an upgrade over Dragic and while losing both Richardson and Winslow would be tough this summer, they'd get back Anunoby who has a ton of potential when healthy.

TOR trades Kyle Lowry to DET for Reggie Jackson, Thon Maker, Langston Galloway, 2020 1st rd pick, two future 2nd rd picks

For TOR-TOR would likely like to keep their cap sheet clean and this deal does that for them, adding Jackson and Galloway as expiring contracts.  Thon Maker is still a project, but TOR has had a knack for developing young players.  Thon is in the final year of his rookie contract, but could get some run in TOR as a versatile big man next to Pascal Siakam.  TOR would also add a future 1st and a few 2nd round picks to help the deal along.  The problem for TOR is what they'd want for Lowry doesn't equal his trade value.  He's been a Raptor seemingly forever so the heartache of trading him would likely come at a cost greater than a few expirings, a weak prospect and late pick(s).

For DET-DET does this deal in a heart beat, adding to their veteran group and trying to push up in the East.  None of the players they give up would hurt losing them, and they would likely be willing to trade any pick to get another big name next to Griffin and Drummond, especially a floor general like Lowry.
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Ben Simmons agrees to 5/170 max contract-
Not surprisingly, the 76ers offered Simmons a max extension which he will sign.  The 76ers now have locked themselves into Simmons and Embiid as their cornerstones.  That's not to say one could be traded in the future, but with them playing the Raptors to 7 games, they find themselves a contender in the East, even with a dramatically different team next season.  What will be most interesting to watch is which of Simmons and Embiid would be the first one traded if the Sixers fall short.  Simmons has severe limitations, never making a 3P in the NBA and only attempting 17 during his career.  Embiid on the other hand has severe injury and conditioning issues.  Embiid is far more engrained in the PHI sports landscape, but he could draw the biggest return.

Cavs waive and stretch JR Smith-
JR Smith had a non-guaranteed deal.  Of his $14M contract, just above $4M is guaranteed if waived.  The Cavs chose to stretch JR Smith, likely in part in hopes to get under the luxury tax.  JR had a valuable contract, allowing a team to take him on and waiving him to save money, but CLE couldn't find an asset in return for him.

Andre Iguodala still very much available-
After MEM traded for Iguodala, getting a 2024 1st rd pick from GS, they are still looking to move him.  Iggy has a $16M expiring contract, but his value as a defender, spot shooter and leader is enticing to a lot of teams.  HOU is said to be the most interested.  HOU holds rights to Iman Shumpert whom they could sign and trade to MEM.  Shumpert doesn't hold a lot of value as a player, but could be signed to a 1 yr contract to match Iguodala and also send assets to MEM like a 1st round pick.
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There will not be a third Antetokounmpo brother in Milwaukee as Kostas, recently waived by Dallas, was claimed by Toronto.

https://thesmokingcuban.com/2019/07/20/dallas-mavericks-waive-kostas-antetokounmpo-raptors-claim-off-waivers/
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db11 wrote:
There will not be a third Antetokounmpo brother in Milwaukee as Kostas, recently waived by Dallas, was claimed by Toronto.

https://thesmokingcuban.com/2019/07/20/dallas-mavericks-waive-kostas-antetokounmpo-raptors-claim-off-waivers/


It looks like it will be the Lakers instead for Kostas.

Read into that what you will.

https://www.nba.com/article/2019/07/21/report-lakers-claim-kostas-antetokounmpo-waivers
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Bucks legend Pau Gasol signs with Portland:

https://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/27251619/sources-pau-gasol-blazers-reach-1-year-deal
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Best Off-Seasons-

LA Clippers-

Re-signed-Patrick Beverley, Ivica Zubac, JaMychal Green, Rodney McGruder
Incoming-Kawhi Leonard, Paul George, Garrett Temple, Mo Harkless
Draft-Mfiondu Kabengele, Terrence Mann
Outgoing-Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Danilo Gallinari, own 22', 24', 26' 1st rd picks, MIA's 21' and 23' 1st rd picks, pick swaps in 23' and 25'

G-Beverley, L. Williams, Shamet, McGruder, Robinson
F-Kawhi, George, Temple, Green, Harkless
C-Harrell, Zubac, Kabengele

The Clippers have gone eleven different ways with their franchise in the last year.  They traded Blake Griffin for Tobias Harris and picks to begin what seemed like a re-build.  They then flipped Harris for Shamet and draft picks, but won a lot of games, surprisingly, last year.  They were in a tricky situation this summer-vying for top free agents against their big brother, LAL and other big markets-BOS and NY.  They were able to put the most appealing situation together by giving up five 1st round picks and two pick swaps to nab Paul George who in turn brought Kawhi with him, all without giving up crucial franchise pieces aside from SGA.  The Clippers now have one of the deadliest lineups to start, to close games and on both ends of the court.  They also are very deep with talent. The Clips are now near the top of the projected win totals rankings and will be able to rest their star players without worry due to their depth and coaching.

New Orleans Pelicans-

Re-signed-Darius Miller
Incoming-Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Derrick Favors, JJ Redick, Josh Hart, Nicolo Melli, 2020 1st rd pick (ATL), 21' and 24' 1st, and 23' pick swap from LAL
Draft-Zion Williamson, Jaxson Hayes, Nickeil Alexander-Walker, Marcos Louzada-Silva
Outgoing-Anthony Davis, Julius Randle, Elfrid Payton, Cheick Diallo, Christian Wood, Ian Clark, Solomon Hill, 23' 2nd rd pick

While in years past, the busiest team in free agency doesn't always mean the best.  And it seemed from the get go, NOP was going to be one of the busiest, but how they'd build their team was unknown.  NOP has set themselves up to be relatively good now and a host of talent for the future.  It started with the AD trade that netted them the Lakers haul.  That set them up for both now and the future.  Ball and Ingram in a fresh environment with a lot of exciting young talent should help them prosper.  The question will be their injury history and if they can come back strong.  Then, in the draft, the Pelicans sat comfortably at #1 taking Zion as the future of the franchise.  At #4, they were somewhat stuck in no-mans land without a great fit or surefire pick.  The Hawks swooped in and offered them a huge haul of 8, 17 and 35 for the pick, not too mention dumping Solomon Hill's contract.  With those picks, they took Hayes and Alexander-Walker.  Hayes looks every part of an energetic, rim running, shot blocking center.  He won't get a ton of burn right away, but they can bring him along slowly.  At 17, they nabbed NAW, a combo guard who can learn from one of the best in Jrue Holiday and was fantastic in summer league.  They'll be able to run out a lineup of Ball, Redick, Ingram, Zion and Favors with Hart, NAW, Okafor, Hayes off the bench.  They're likely to play very small with Favors at center, and often a three guard lineup, but it's at least a team Pelicans fans can really look forward to, something they haven't had the opportunity to do with in a long time.

G-Ball, Holiday, Redick, Hart, Alexander-Walker, Moore
F-Zion,Ingram, Miller, Melli, K. Williams
C-Favors, Okafor, Hayes

Memphis Grizzlies-

Re-signed-Jonas Valanciunas
Incoming-Andre Iguodala, Jae Crowder, Grayson Allen, Tyus Jones, Josh Jackson, De'Anthony Melton, Miles Plumlee, Solomon Hill, 21' 1st rd pick (UTA), 24' 1st rd pick (GSW), 20' and 21' 2nd rd picks (PHX)
Draft-Ja Morant, Brandon Clarke
Outgoing-Mike Conley, Jevon Carter, Chandler Parsons, Avery Bradley, CJ Miles, Delon Wright, Justin Holiday, Joakim Noah, Tyler Dorsey

G-Morant, Allen, Jones, Melton, Brooks
F-Jaren Jackson, Crowder, Iguodala, Clarke, Josh Jackson, K. Anderson, Rabb, Cabocolo, Hill
C-Valanciunas, Plumlee

While MEM may flirt with a 30-35 win season, they turned their disastrous franchise around with only one real trade chip that was turned into expirings and some late picks.  They were gifted the #2 pick selecting Ja Morant which eased the pain of trading Conley.  They flipped Parsons for two expiring contracts and brought in a few heady veterans (Crowder, Iguodala) while taking back buy low guys (Josh Jackson, Melton).  MEM also picked up two future 1sts from UTA and GS to re-load their draft capital as their own pick is owed to BOS in the near future.  They'll go into next summer with a host of cap space as well, even with the signings of Valanciunas and Tyus Jones.  Clarke looks like the steal of the draft.  SL can't be judged too hard, but Clarke won MVP of SL and looked every part of an energetic, defensive-minded forwarded who can switch onto many positions.

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Worst Off-Seasons-

LA Lakers-
Re-signed-Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Rajon Rondo, JaVale McGee, Alex Caruso
Incoming-Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins, Danny Green, Avery Bradley, Jared Dudley, Troy Daniels
Draft-Talen Horton-Tucker
Outgoing-Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart, Lance Stephenson, Mo Wagner, Isaac Bonga, Jemerio Jones, 19' and 21' 1st rd picks, 23' and 24' 1st rd pick swaps

PG-Rajon Rondo, Alex Caruso, Quinn Cook
SG-Danny Green, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Avery Bradley, Troy Daniels
SF-Lebron James, Talen Horton-Tucker, Kostas Antetokounmpo
PF-Anthony Davis, Kyle Kuzma, Jared Dudley
C-DeMarcus Cousins, JaVale McGee

While the actual roster doesn't look terrible, the construction of it was a disaster.  Certainly getting Anthony Davis is a massive win, and they didn't have to overpay too terrible, except the pick swaps may be tough to swallow as Lebron will be 38 and 39 when those come into play.  But the way they went about it was rough.  They initiated the Davis trade, then with only three players on their roster, they waited out Kawhi's decision.  While some thought Kawhi was a lock to LAL, it wasn't a guarantee among others.  By the time Kawhi signed with the Clippers, all the other free agents were off the board leaving LAL to pick up the scraps.  While a Lebron, Kawhi, Davis trio would've been one of the most top heavy teams in league history, it left much to be desired as to how it'd work which was the question from the beginning.  IMO, they should've filled out their roster with D'Angelo Russell + other role players which would've been a far greater fit.  Instead, they bet on themselves to get Kawhi and lost.

While they did get some good players by name, the fit is excruciating.  I can't imagine they re-signed Rondo and McGee to more than minimum deals, and brought in Bradley with the room exception to not play.  Those three are virtually negative assets for this team as Lebron and AD need floor spacing.  Their only true floor spacers are Cook, Green and maybe Caruso and KCP.  The advanced stats of Kuzma's shooting is horrendous.  He's a bad spot up shooter and operates best slashing and off the ball which doesn't help driving lanes.  That all doesn't even begin to touch on the horrendous contracts.  They spent a total of $50M on Green, KCP and Bradley.  Sure, they fill in the SG/SF roles, and the contracts are only two years, but they're virtually stuck with this roster for 2 years.  They could trade Kuzma, but packaging him would be tough as none of the other players are net-positive assets.  Plus they don't have any picks to trade until 2023 and that's only after a pick swap.  All of that said, and they still don't have AD locked up on a long term deal.  He's still an UFA after next season.  I'd be hard pressed to see him go anywhere else, but we have seen more surprising moves from superstar players.

Sacramento Kings-

Re-signed-Harrison Barnes
Incoming-Dewayne Dedmon, Cory Joseph, Trevor Ariza, Richaun Holmes, Tyler Lydon
Draft-Justin James, Kyle Guy
Outgoing-Willie Cauley-Stein, Alec Burks, Kosta Koufus, Frank Mason, Corey Brewer

PG-De'Aaron Fox, Cory Joseph, Yogi Ferrell
SG-Buddy Hield, Justin James
SF-Harrison Barnes, Bogdan Bogdanovic, Trevor Ariza
PF-Marvin Bagley, Nemanja Bjelica, Tyler Lydon, Caleb Swanigan
C-Dewayne Dedmon, Richaun Holmes, Harry Giles

While the roster is very similar to last years, sans an upgrade at center from WCS to Dedmon/Holmes, albeit a minimal upgrade, the Kings bad off-season starts and stops with the money.  They re-upped Barnes to 4/85, signed, Dewayne Dedmon to 3/40, Joseph to 3/27 and Ariza to 2/25.  It's apparent two things: the Kings don't understand player values in free agency, and they can't help themselves when they get a penny in their pocket.  They signed Ferrell to a 3/10 deal last year and have Harry Giles waiting in the wings.  They doubled both of those moves this summer by signing another combo PG in Cory Joseph to about 2x the market value, then signed two centers in free agency burying Giles again.  And that doesn't mention the catastrophe of a deal that is Ariza at 2/25.  Sure, he's a fine player, but behind Hield, Barnes and Bogdanovic, that is a MASSIVE overpay for a guy who likely won't play much.  They went into this summer with something like $50M in cap space and are entering contract years for Hield and Bogdanovic with an extension pending for Fox next summer.  This was their summer to get a top tier free agent, and while that's not always a guarantee, extending those players now becomes more difficult with all these middle of the road contracts.
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