NBA Trade tracker
We’ll break down which big name NBA stars are off contract, opting out, on the trade block and all the gossip surrounding high profile stars within the league.
The 2016/2017 NBA season is in the books with the Warriors laying the platform for what could be a historically great team. While many think the NBA is now going to be super predictable one thing is for sure, the NBA offseason will be anything but.
Hayward is set to become an unrestricted free agent. The only two suitors are the Jazz and the Celtics.
Hayward is said to like Boston due to their treasure chest of draft picks, direction and the fact they don’t play in the West. It’s a two horse race, which could have huge ramifications on other trades.
George has openly stated he wants to be a Laker. The only real chance he joins another team is likely Boston. Boston has the picks and the aspirations for George.
If Boston signs Hayward in free agency, there’s a good chance George joins them in an attempt to knock off the Cavs.
Paul has opted out of his contract with the Clippers, and although the Spurs were the front-runners to land him, the Huston Rockets have beaten the Spurs to his signature.
Chris Paul has signed on with the upstart Houston Rockets in a trade that will send Patrick Beverley, Sam Dekker, Lou Williams, a 2018 first round pick and an assortment of other assets to the Clippers.
Paul was open to the idea of sharing the point guard duties with Harden and spending some time playing off the ball. This will be an interesting shift in his playing dynamics as Paul has traditionally needed the ball in his hand.
But hey, Huston’s state tax is half of LA’s, that would surely would count for something.
Speaking of the Clippers, Blake Griffin has also opted out of his contract.
Griffin’s main suitors are Boston, Miami, Houston and Oklahoma City, his hometown.
Griffin would be most effective in the Miami set up as they play old-fashioned ball, which is better suited to Griffins interior presence.
One the other hand the Clippers can offer him $34m more than any other team.
That’s right; president Phil Jackson was shopping New York’s prodigy.
Unsurprisingly, Jackson was traded at any moment, which should put an end to the Porzingis rumours.
If the Knicks had been able to acquire Lauri Markaanen in the draft, Porzingis would have reportedly already been trying on a Boston jersey.
Gasol is a genuinely top fella. He’s on the back end of his career and chosen to opt out of his contract with the Spurs only to re-sign for less money.
Gasol wants to help the Spurs compete with the Warriors for title of Top Dog in the West.
By Nik Hatzi