Well we are about 24 hours away from the official start of the 2019-2020 NBA Season, I feel this upcoming season will be one of intrigue, as the landscape of the NBA has changed since the offseason, changed because players such Kawhi Leonard, Paul George, Russell Westbrook, and Anthony Davis have moved on from their prior teams to their new teams.
With all of that player movement it begs the question how will all of these moves impact the game overall? I feel it will have a positive impact as there won’t be a quote-unquote superteam dominating the league for the next 3 to 5 years, at the same time though does it tell us which team will come out of either conference? That is hard to say at the moment, there are those though that feel with the addition of Anthony Davis the Lakers are the proverbial favourites to win the Championship.
Anthony Davis who spent the first seven years of his career didn’t feel as though he was going to win a championship with New Orleans, not just with but there was a lot of mismanagement of this team so he let it be known that he wanted out of New Orleans and the only destination he wanted to go to was Los Angeles, he got his wish in the offseason and now he will play alongside Lebron James.
Kawhi and Russell moved on to new teams as well, after spending eight years and winning a championship with the Spurs Kawhi Leonard wanted out of San Antonio due to issues with the front office and put the organization on notice the only team he wanted to play from was his hometown team of Los Angeles.
But the Spurs had other ideas they didn’t want Kawhi going to a division rival, so, in the summer of 2018, they traded Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green to the Toronto Raptors in exchange for Demar Dezoran Jakob Poeltl and a protected first-round pick.
After leading the Raptors to their first-ever Championship, Kawhi decided it was time to go back home to Los Angeles where he signed a 3 year 103 million dollar deal with Los Angeles Clippers, but he didn’t come alone Paul George, a native of California went with Kawhi in the hopes of winning a title with their hometown team.
Russell Westbrook, drafted by the Oklahoma City Thunder and spent the majority of his career there, thought it was time for a change and decided to move on and go to Houston to play alongside his former thunder teammate and current Houston Rocket James Harden.
Now we will see how all of these offseason move payoff for the respective teams.