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NBA Offseason Moves: 6 Riskiest and Most Rewarding Trades

Every game is a gamble. So they say.

Now that news of Dwight Howard signing with the Los Angeles Lakers (albeit the non-guaranteed contract) dawned on us. The next important question is: how will this change the 2019-20 NBA season? Howard was with the Lakers in 2012-13. Hopes and expectations were high then but left abruptly after the team’s first-round loss. 

This can be one of the most surprising returns throughout NBA history, especially after Howard telling the fans that he already put the Lakers behind him.

Sports analysts are also quick to note that the Howard re-sign is nothing compared with the Anthony Davis trade. The latter potentially changed the 2019-20 season by making Lakers a playoff contender now. Will Howard be an integral part of the strategic roster of LeBron James-Davis tandem? 

That’s one question we have yet to answer. The same applies to how the trades, signings, re-signs, draft picks would change the coming season.

In the meantime, here are some of the most intriguing NBA offseason moves.

Riskiest: Kemba Walker leaving Charlotte Hornets

Walker left the Hornets after low-balling him for Boston Celtics, who also lost Kyrie Irving. Walker was the only franchise player and losing him would mean the next season’s chaos of a team. 

Most Rewarding: Kawhi Leonard signing up with Los Angeles Clippers

Even long before the finals win for Toronto Raptors, Leonard has already eyed the Clippers. The addition of Leonard, who signed a four-year maximum deal with the players, and Paul George, among others, made the Clippers as an early favourite to win the title.

Riskiest: Hoping for Isaiah Thomas’s comeback season

The future of the Washington Wizards is bleak, with a roster of players that can be easily mistaken as a G League frontrunner. The only extenuating feature of the Wizards is Bradley Beal, its #9 first-round draft, Rui Hachimura, and the recently-signed Thomas.

Most Rewarding: Brooklyn Nets signing Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant

Irving and Durant are the duo to watch out for—a tandem that was not expected until it happened with the Nets. These two alone makes the team one of the NBA elite. DeAndre Jordan, Garrett Temple, and Wilson Chandler make the defence all the more exciting.

Riskiest: Cleveland Cavaliers losing three players but did not sign new members

Kevin Love has a disappointing performance in the 2018-19 season, and the Cavaliers is ready to give him up. This makes sense as the team is trying to shift its focus on developing the young rosters of players. It drafted three new names such as Darius Garland, Dylan Windler, and Kevin Porter Jr. And unless these players perform, the Cavs will be one of the terrible NBA teams this upcoming season.

Most Rewarding: New Orleans Pelicans signing Zion Williamson

Williamson was this season’s first pick overall. A lot is expected from him, having shown his speed and leaping ability comparable to that of Charles Barkley. Playing together with seasoned players such as JJ Redick and Derrick Favors, this can be the Pelicans success formula for this season despite losing Davis to the Lakers.

 

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The Funniest NBA Players in the League

There are the accidental funny guys, and then there are the NBA players who are the year-round chucklesome chaps ever.

Save for JaVale McGee, a constant in Shaqtin’ a Fool (also known as The JaVale McGee show).

Here’s a compilation of his funny moments.

Random NBA players pop up to show their comical side, from time to time.

A Reddit user asked:

Who do you think are the funniest NBA players in the league?

Redditors did not disappoint with their choices.

1) Lance Stephenson

Stephenson has a reputation for being the funniest man in the NBA mainly because of his goal celebrations—his and his teammates’. He won’t back down even from taunting LeBron James. 

2) Robin Lopez

Lopez is known for beating up mascots—his NBA trademark. YouTube has a compilation of Robin Lopez vs. NBA Mascots. Lopez is talented too. Here’s proof.

3) Kyle Lowry

Lowry knows all the tricks to piss off his teammates. He goofs every person around him, but his favourite is DeMar DeRozan.

4) Klay Thompson

Thompson can be so hilarious without really trying. It’s not just because he is part of one hell of an entertaining team, the Golden State Warriors. Going back, one day he is Classic Klay and the next day, he is China Klay—his alter ego.

5) JJ Redick

Redick has his own antics including video bombing other players’ post-game interviews. But when he was being interviewed and remembered that the last man on the locker room has to dance, he ran as fast as he could.

6) Joe Ingles

Ingles always has the funniest things to say on and off-court. And when asked about who he thinks the most hilarious one in Utah Jazz, Ingles came up with this answer.

7) Nick Young

Young has the wittiest comebacks. But there is nothing compared to Young reacting to his highlights including his three-point miss celebration.

8) Nikola Jokic

Jokic has a way with kids—the most amusing way he can. And he seems to know when the cameras pan on him. His biggest enemy yet? The NBA microphone.

9) Demar DeRozan

DeRozan is the ever-rollicking guy, especially when with Lowry who are always clowning on one another.

10) Russ Westbrook

Westbrook tries to look funny when people are looking at him, but can be very funny by himself, for himself. And yes, he loves to dance so much!

11) Kevin Durant

Durant is not trying to be amusing at all, but everything he does seems so. You’d love his courtside moments the most.

12) Giannis Antekokounmpo

Antetokounmpo is your go-to guy for the worst jokes, but his jokes are so awful they became funny in the end. He has the driest sense of humor among the players.

 

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The 6 Most Shocking NBA Trades and Signings in the Last 10 Years

True to any basketball game, the NBA has full of surprises. Changes that leave die-hard fans scratching their head for pure disbelief or jump out of their seats.

While trading and free agency signings are nothing new, the news of who changes what are still the biggest bombs the fans and basketball spectators need to contend with. 

These are some of the most surprising moves in the NBA world over the last ten years.

1) LeBron James Left Cleveland Cavaliers to Join Miami Heat (2010 NBA Season)

James started it all when he ‘decided’ to join Miami Heat. His goal was to bring a championship to Cleveland, creating superteams with Chris Bosch and Dwayne Wade with them. Granted.

However, the drama involved was too much for the fans to take in when he was only heating up with Cleveland Cavaliers. James said it was a free agent decision, but was actually a trade he initiated.

2) Carmelo Anthony traded from Denver Nuggets to New York Knicks (2011 NBA Season)

A blockbuster trade that had the experts rolling, Anthony wanted to be with the Nuggets. However, talks about possible extensions failed. He was traded to the Knicks. 

Anthony upped his game with three-point shooting MVP-like efforts, but to no avail. Indiana Pacers robbed them as early as the second round. Still, New York Knicks appeared in three playoffs with Melo on the lead. Melo, along with Tyson Chandler and Amar’e Stoudemire, made up the “Big 3.”

3) Dwight Howard left Orlando Magic for Los Angeles Lakers (2012 NBA Season)

Howard is one of the big men in the NBA. He was expected to go somewhere (with speculations brewing as early as 12 months back), likely the Lakers whose men beat his team up in the finals leading to the trade. Howard’s other choices then were Brooklyn Nets and Dallas Mavericks.

It was his wish to be traded from Magic, which was in the process of rebuilding the franchise but without the NBA’s best centre at the time. 

4) James Harden left Oklahoma City Thunder to join Houston Rockets (2013 NBA Season)

In 2012, Oklahoma City Thunder was poised to become the next NBA champion with Kevin Durant, James Harden, and Russell Westbrook. Still, Harden was traded off despite being the 6th Man of the Year. His valuable scoring was overshadowed by the high luxury tax to resign him. An extension was discussed but did not materialise. 

Houston Rockets benefited from the trade, experiencing its first Finals, thanks to Harden and the rest of the team. Harden became a restricted free agent in the 2014 season. 

5) Kevin Durant left Oklahoma City Thunder for Golden State Warriors (2016 NBA Season)

Keen on an NBA championship that never came his way, Durant moved to the Golden State Warriors.

The 2017 NBA Finals proved to be a fruitful trade. Durant never came close to the finals despite winning four scoring titles and being the NBA Most Valuable Player (MVP) once. With the Warriors, his talent and potential could be appreciated more, than with the Thunder.

6) Kawhi Leonard left San Antonio Spurs to join Toronto Raptors (2018 NBA Season)

Another dramatic trade, Leonard, plagued with injuries in the previous season, requested for the said trade. Toronto Raptors took a risk and signed him in.

Both teams have been talking about the trade for months before its conclusion, noting that Leonard was a ‘very tough sell’ because he is. He was the previous seasons Finals MVP winner aside from being a two-time Defensive Player of the Year. Leonard became a free agent in 2019.

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