Congrats to the NBA for a great year! Although we saw injuries occur to a lot of superstars, this season was one of the funnest to watch. Between the regular season MVP race, The King having the best final series I’ve ever seen, and seeing how ridiculous Russell Westbrook’s game truly is, this season was by far, hands down, the best in years.
Now we start the process of a new season. With all the new trade rumors and Draft speculation going on, here is what I think will happen with some of the teams involved with those rumors.
The Timberwolves are following in the foot steps of Golden State. They have a very deep set of young and talented players and with the number one pick in their pocket, and two very talented centers, the Timberwolves are building something special. I look for Flip Saunders to draft Karl-Anthony Towns from Kentucky with the number one pick as he runs the court better than Jahlil Okafor. Towns will be a better fit for what you already have with Andrew Wiggins, Ricky Rubio and Nikola Pekovic. They also have a chance to snag another first round talent with the 31st pick, or trade Barnett and the 2 2nd rounds for an established player and future pick or another first rounder in this draft.
We heard George Karl say everyone is tradable just a month ago. Now when the time comes to trade, Demarcus Cousins is deemed untradable by upper management. I say trade him. Whether he’s on your team or not he will be a thorn in your side. Trade him to the Lakers for the 2nd pick with Rudy Gay and Darren Collison for Ty Lawson, Kenneth Faried and the 7th pick. You give Karl two players that he knows and trust and two top ten picks that you can get a shooter like Devon Booker and a skilled defender like Willie Cauley-Stein.
With Love opting out of his current contract, he could land with a few teams. If the Lakers play their cards right they could land Love this summer as he is a California boy [Editor’s Note: By way of Oregon. He played for UCLA during his college career.] and The Lakers would like nothing more then to have him. Kobe would have another skilled big man that would help clear the paint and get him easy shots.
The other team? The Boston Celtics. Much like the Timberwolves, who Love was an All-Star with, they are young, and unlike the Timberwolves they made the playoffs last season. Adding a Veteran scorer to the mix will give Brad Stevens a better team to work with.
The King had the best finals I’ve ever seen, but like the old days, he had no help. With injuries and cold shooters, they couldn’t bring it home. With Love leaving the city of The King, it gives the space to sign Thompson to a deal and keep him in Cleveland. But, word on the street is Cleveland are still front runners for Love and could offer him a five year,100 million extension.