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Offseason Predictions for the NBA 2019

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A Lot of Big names in FA this offseason.

So here is how I can see things shaking out this offseason 

 

The Knicks get their superstar duo of Kyrie and KD.  They trade Ntilikina to a team needing a PG, my Prediction is the Jazz here giving up their 1st in this thin draft class

Knicks looking forward to: starters  Kyrie, 1st round pick, Durant, Knox, Mitchell Robinson.  Dennis Smith 6th man

Boston: they lose Kyrie and Rozier.  Bring in Ricky Rubio and IT3.  Rubio recently said in a interview thatbhe is interested in going to the Celtics if Kyrie were not to return.  IT3 has also mentioned wanting to return home

Mavs: Kemba turns down the Hornets max offer and goes to Dallas to create a big 3 out there.

 

Nets: they miss on the Big targets in Butler and Kyrie.  They lock down Russell but also bring in Nikola Vucevic.  Magic have mentioned wanting Vucevic.  But with drafting bigs such as Mo Bamba last year and needs elsewhere.  They move on from Vucevic.  Nikola fits perfectly with Russell

 

Magic: speaking of the Magic and their needs elsewhere.  They go out and sign Terry Rozier.  The Celtics were Really interested in him around the trade deadline.

https://celticswire.usatoday.com/2019/01/19/zach-lowe-orlando-magic-have-chased-terry-rozier-in-trade-talks/

Magic did end up trading for Fultz, but they are really going to be patient with him and not expect much from him anytime soon

 

Detroit:  Piston's made the playoffs but really need a PG.  With Memphis drafting Morant, they are shopping Conley.  They ship him to Detroit for their 1st plus a few players

Suns: desperate to please Booker.  They spend some $$ on Julius Randle.  Pairing Ayton and Randle inside and planning on drafting a PG with thir 1st pick.

 

Clippers- Kawhi just seems to want ti be The star of his team, not under the spotlight of Lebron in the Lakers.  He takes a max deal from the Clippers and recruits Cousins to come along.  Clippers quietly become conters in the West.  Beverley, SGA, Kawhi,and Cousins in the starting lineup and Lou Williams off the bench.

 

Lakers/Bulls/Pelicans

Lebron wants AD, and after signing Jimmy Butler.  He puts everyone on the table.  They ship Lonzo Ball to Chicago for a future 1st. They package that 1st with the #4 pick, Ingram, Josh Hart, Kuzma, plus another future 1st.

Lakers adds AD and Butler as the 2 big names.  Lebron took a backseat as a ball handler but takes that role back.  With the league has moved to a 3 point shooting league and his biggest villan has been Steph Curry the last few seasons.  He brings in Seth Curry.  Seth, Butler, Lebron, AD turn this Lakers squad around overnight

 

Golden State: resigning Thompon, they keep the Big 3 core intact.

 

Philly: they bring back Tobias Harris and resign Reddick

Raptors: resign Danny Green

Hornets: after watching Kemba walk off, MJ and Kup panic.  MJ has stated over and over he wants to compete, so he isnt going to tank even if he has the worst roster in the league.  With the $$ available from not resigning Kemba.  They lock up Jeremy Lamb

 

Now onto the draft

1.  Pelicans: Zion 

2. Memphis: Ja Morant

3. Knicks: Jarrett Culver- real smoke coming out of NY that they take Culver over Barrett

4. Pelicans (via Lakers): RJ Barrett

5. Cavs: Deandre Hunter

6. Suns: Darius Garland

7. Bulls: Cam Reddish- with them grabbing Lonzo Ball via trade.  Bulls add Reddish the talented wing

8. Hawks: Jaxson Hayes- they know if they dont take him here, the Wizards would.  They still have another 1st to get their wing

9. Trade! Hornets: Coby White- after watching the organization best player and PG walk.  They begin to get desperate,  with Coby White beginning to fall they jump up to grab him.  Again this draft isnt all that deep.  So I dont expect it costing Too much to jump up 3 spots.  Hornet part ways with Malik Monk and a 2nd.  Wizards top target they were chasing was Hayes, once he is pff the board they really try to move down

10. Hawks: Nassir Little

11. Minnesota: Brandon Clark

12. Wizards: Goga Bitadze- Wizards desperately need a Center.  Bol Bol scares them with the injury so they go with Bitadze

13. Miami: Sekou Doumbouya

14. Celtics: Bol Bol

15. Memphis (via Detroit): Romeo Langford

16. Magic: Kevin Porter Jr

 

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2 hours ago, ncfan said:

9. Trade! Hornets: Coby White- after watching the organization best player and PG walk.  They begin to get desperate,  with Coby White beginning to fall they jump up to grab him.

Um, the draft is June 20th.  Kemba will still be on the roster. 

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14 minutes ago, djp14 said:

Um, the draft is June 20th.  Kemba will still be on the roster. 

He'll still be on the roster.  But by June 20th im sure this organization will have an idea of Kemba's intentions

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Honestly would love to see the Hornets trade up for Colby. And frankly fine giving up a "big" asset, since the cap situation means a tank is basically being forced for the next 1-2 years.  Re-set the team with Colby, Bridges, a couple years of Top 7ish picks to go with cap space in two years. 

 

As for the big guys 

  • Knicks get Kemba and KD.  Take a swing at AD, but think they hold onto him until February.
  • Brooklyn gets Kyrie - - D'Angelo goes to Indiana or somewhere middle of the pack.
  • Kawhi goes to the Clippers, Toronto hits the re-set button.  Lowry goes somewhere. 
  • Lakers get Butler....and that's it. For now, anyway. Team chemistry somehow gets even worse.  Could see them bringing in CP3 as well.
  • Big "surprise" trade - - Ben Simmons goes somewhere. Celtics maybe after they miss on AD. 

 

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