NBA Offseason Kicks off


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Jaylon McEwen, Sports Reporter

A few weeks have passed since the crowning of the Los Angeles Lakers as the new NBA finals champions. With the official season now over, the emergence of the ever-popular offseason comes into play. The offseason over the years has been the birthplace of blockbuster trades and signings that have either turned the NBA upside down or perfectly balanced it out. The offseason also brings in a class of new talent with the annual draft, this gets the fans excited to see their favorite college players make it to the next level.

Trade rumors have already surfaced with James Harden being the top name thrown around the league. Harden, who started his career with the Oklahoma City Thunder found a new home with the Houston Rockets back in 2012. Harden managed to obtain some impressive self-accolades while on the Rockets, the biggest award being the league’s most valuable player. Sadly, despite Harden’s stellar play, he never managed to make his way back to the NBA finals as he once did with his former team. It seems as if Harden has grown tired of his current team and plans to look for success elsewhere with a new supporting cast. Harden has recently declined the Rockets contract extension offer of an extra 103 million dollars so that he could make his trade request go through smoother.

With some teams still muddling over whether they are going to participate in trading away certain players, other teams are not wasting any time. The Oklahoma City Thunder, who just acquired star veteran guard Chris Paul last season decided it was time to part ways. Paul managed to help the Thunder make it to the playoffs this past season after trading away former franchise player Russell Westbrook. Oklahoma however is still looking towards the future with the draft picks they managed to get from the Phoenix Suns. Phoenix also gave Oklahoma players Kelly Oubre jr., Ricky Rubio, Ty Jerome, and Jalen Lecque.

The Milwaukee Bucks are also trying to make big moves to try and keep their star player Giannis Antetokounmpo this offseason. The bucks have managed to acquire two-way guard Jrue Holiday from the New Orleans Pelicans. Jrue Holiday has done his fair share of moving from team to team but he has also always managed to bring productivity along with him. The Bucks promised Giannis they would bring in more talent to help him carry the load and it seems they are doing just that. Alongside the Holiday acquisition, the Bucks also managed to trade for Sacramento Kings young forward Bogdan Bogdanovic. The Bucks still have a few possible moves to make in the days to come but they seem to have put their best foot forward so far.

The draft has yet to take place, but the prospects have already done their normally scheduled workouts with the teams who have shown interest. Most mock drafts have shown Lamelo Ball, James Wiseman, and Anthony Edwards as the top three choices in the draft. Stay tuned for the rest of this offseason to see which players get moved around and which prospects get drafted.