What started as an exciting day with the NBA back in action kept fresh in the early morning hours
With the league opening on Monday, few teams wasted any time in euphoria
A future Hall of Famer member is said to change teams, with Chris Paul heading to Phoenix, while another, James Harden, may or may not be heading east to make life more difficult at the Raptors if reported wanting
But even those potential deals pale in comparison to the deal struck by the New Orleans Pelicans and Milwaukee Bucks just before midnight.
The other direction includes a combination of Eric Bledsoe and George Hill and three draft selections in the first round in the future and the option to swap footage in another two years
If that sounds like a lot even to someone as talented as a vacation, it’s because it is.
The caveat for the Bucks is that a decision should, and repeat, be made by the MVP twice by Giannis Antetokounmpo to sign a maximum extension within the next month or even a much better bet
To jeopardize so much of their future by showing the draft, one would think the Bucks should actually have a verbal agreement with Antetokounmpo
And if this is indeed the case, this one trade has far-reaching implications more than just how the two teams who were part of it this year and in the near future perform.
Lots of teams had already positioned themselves financially to get the next summer cap-and-air space for a talented free agent class starting with Antetokounmpo, assuming again that he didn’t sign a maximum extension to stay in Milwaukee
If Antetokounmpo is no longer around next summer, a lot of teams like the Raptors and the Miami Heat, to name a few, will have to reassess their short-term goals
It is believed that both Raptors and Hitt will compete for the talented antitokunmu should he decide to test the open market
The pivot can now become evident even as early as Friday when a smaller class of free customers is thrown into the market
According to reports, Chris Paul will leave Oklahoma City for Phoenix where he will team up with like-minded competitor Devin Booker, which should make Team Suns fit for the first time since Steve Nash dazzled the Arizona crowd
In exchange for Paul and the often overlooked talent of Abdul Nader, the Suns will receive goalkeeper Kelly Uber, point guard Ricky Rubio, Ty Jerome, Galen Lake, and 2022 first-round pick
OKC’s general manager, Sam Presti, is right about this, as he has collected another pick from the first round as he sends back a bunch of top talent
In essence, Presti turned the Russell Westbrook and Paul George duo into eight choices in the first round, Chris Paul’s Year, Canadian superstar Shay Gilgoss Alexander, Danilo Galinari, Kelly Uber, Ricky Rubio, Ty Jerome, Galen Lickey, and two choice swaps
The deal has some potential upside for the Raptors plus it eliminates the Phoenix as a potential bidder for free agent point guard Fred Vanfleet
Without Phoenix in pursuit of point guard, the only teams with cover space available to not only take on VanVleet but give him enough so that the Raptors don’t match the New York Knicks and Detroit Pistons
The Suns and their often-involved owner Robert Sarver spent years trying to build through the draft, only to see that same owner ignore expert basketball advice from more accomplished basketball folks to go with his choice.
However, Paul’s arrival at a team that was already showing signs of detour during the bubble stage last season is the first real sign of a list that could make some noise in the tough NBA Western conference
Even at age 35, Chris Paul is still considered an elite talent with a basketball IQ comparable to very few in the league. His IQ and highly competitive nature are pretty much what the league has already experienced at Poker, and it could change this duo Together the fortunes of a formerly dramatically lagging franchise
Early Monday, there was a lot of talk about Harden, a former best player with seven All-NBA honors on his résumé, moving from Houston to Brooklyn to join the Nets
But as the day progressed, it became clear that while Brooklyn was already on Harden’s wishlist as a home next season, there was still an issue with how much the Rockets would be interested in letting one of the elite scorers in the game go.
Reports later on Monday night stated that Houston offered Harden a two-year extension of $ 103 million, which he was said to have turned down.
Nets of course have both Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving and Durant in particular has reportedly been high on bringing his former OKC teammate to Brooklyn
That deal might still be in the making, but by mid-afternoon talk of Harden heading to Philadelphia has regained the top of the rumor mill
Philadelphia, now the home of former Rockets GM Darrell Morey, is struggling to find chemistry with young stars like Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons.Harden will take that list to another level.
New Los Angeles Clippers coach Tai Lo has officially unveiled his squad as the league trade frenzy begins. Lue will be joined by Assistant Head Coach Dan Craig and assistants Kenny Atkinson, Chauncey Pelops, Larry Drew and Roy Rogers This is a great experience on a bench in the NBA Former Raptor Dimar DeRozan did what was expected and chose the option of a player who would pay him $ 27 7 million next season. The San Antonio Spurs striker (who moved from goalkeeper to the end of last season) would become an unrestricted free agent after this year and in this regard would be a suitable target for the trade. The year with a rival team over the weekend, there were reports that the Los Angeles Lakers, his hometown team, might be interested in running into their services …
No one was surprised, Raptors player, Stanley Johnson, used his player option worth just over $ 3 8 million for next season Johnson never found a role in rotating Nick Nurse after he was signed as a free agent a year ago last summer
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