2018 NBA Transactions
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July 19, 2018
Oklahoma City Thunder: Trade for Dennis Schroder PG B Grade
Oklahoma City got a top 20 point guard in Dennis Schroder to act as a sixth man. The problem is they already got a top 5 point guard in Russell Westbrook. The reason I like this is because the Thunder got rid of a player that they viewed as a liability. This gave them the NBA's best depth at point guard, but this team still has holes in their starting five.
Atlanta Hawks: Trade for Carmelo Anthony SF and 2022 first round pick. D- Grade
The Hawks got Carmelo Anthony and a 2022 first round pick. The thing is the Hawks are waiving Carmelo Anthony. Trading Schroeder means that Trae Young is going to get thrown into the fire without having the chance to sit and learn under Schroder for a year. The other clause to this trade is that the 2022 first round pick is top 12 protected meaning the Hawks are only guaranteed this pick if the Thunder make the 2022 NBA Playoffs. The Hawks could end up getting nothing out of this deal if the Thunder are awful in 2022 which is why it was a horrible deal for Atlanta in the first place.
July 18, 2018
Toronto Raptors: Trade for Kawhi Leonard SF C Grade
Toronto gave up way too much for Kawhi Leonard by dealing DeMar DeRozan, Jakob Poetl, and a 2019 first round pick top 12 protected. I'm not giving this an F grade though because Leonard gives Toronto a defensive presence that they severely lacked.
Brian Bayless, a die hard Raptors fan who does NBA Articles on our site, and has even began helping me code our site had this to say about the Leonard trade.
San Antonio Spurs: Trade for DeMar Derozan, Jakob Poetl, and 2019 first round pick. A+ Grade
The Spurs got an incredible haul here. They basically hustled Toronto on this trade unless the Raptors end up in the 2019 NBA Finals.
July 14, 2018
Chicago Bulls: Sign Jabari Parker SF two-year $40-million dollar deal. C Grade
Jabari Parker can play small forward or power forward with his versatility. Parker is good, but Chicago overpaid for him. He will probably move back to small forward with Lauri Markkanen establishing himself during his rookie season at power forward last season.
July 9, 2018
New Orleans Pelicans: Sign Julius Randle PF two-year $17.7-million dollar deal. C Grade
Julius Randle wants to be the leading scorer on the Pelicans. With Anthony Davis on the Pelicans that won't happen. I feel like Davis may move to center with Randle taking over at power forward or Davis will remain at the 4 forcing Randle to move to the 3. Either way, Randle is a huge downgrade over DeMarcus Cousins even though this is a great deal considering the Pelicans are paying for Randle what the Suns are paying for DeAndre Ayton.
July 8, 2018
Houston Rockets: Re-Sign Chris Paul PG four-year $159.7-million dollar deal. A+ Grade
Chris Paul is a top 5 point guard in the NBA. You can argue he's the best point guard in the NBA not named Curry. Houston is getting an A+ grade because I honestly feel like he should have been paid more then Russell Westbrook. Houston kept their core together, paid Paul a lot, and still paid him top 5 point guard money just not as much as Curry or Westbrook.
Phoenix Suns: Re-Sign Devin Booker SG five-year $158-million dollar deal. C+ Grade
Devin Booker is super effective when he's healthy. I'm just not sure if he's someone who deserves $1-million less then Chris Paul. He deserves to be paid and you have to applaud Phoenix for re-signing him. I'm just not sure Booker deserves to be paid in the same ballpark as an elite player like Chris Paul. He's now the seventh highest paid player in the NBA thanks to this signing which is why the Suns got a C+ grade here. He averaged 24.9 points per game, 4.7 assists per game, and 4.5 rebounds per game with the Suns before getting injured last year.
Milwaukee Bucks: Sign Brook Lopez C one-year $3.38-million dollar deal. A+ Grade
I really like this move for Milwaukee. They get a nice role player to compliment Giannis and I feel like this is a player the Lakers should have brought back.
July 7, 2018
Golden State Warriors: Re-Sign Kevin Durant SF two-year $61.5-million dollar deal. A+ Grade
Kevin Durant was the MVP on Golden State during their last two NBA Finals Championships. He's someone Golden State clearly needed to pay to bring back.
Portland Trail Blazers: Re-Sign Justuf Nurkic C four-year $48-million dollar deal. B Grade
This is a solid re-signing by Portland. Outside of Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum, this is the best player the Portland Trail Blazers have. You can argue Nurkic got overpaid. On the flipside, he's one of the most reliable centers when healthy.
July 6, 2018
Golden State Warriors: Sign DeMarcus Couisns C one-year $5.34-million dollar deal. A+ Grade
DeMarcus Cousins is one of the best centers in the NBA. Now he goes to the best team in the NBA out of sheer desperation to win a Championship by taking less money. Cousins disappointed me by doing this as a sports fan. Golden State will not be faulted one bit for outsmarting the rest of the NBA with this cheap signing.
Dallas Mavericks: Sign DeAndre Jordan C one-year $23.8-million dollar deal. B Grade
Dallas needed a center to round out their starting five. This was a great signing by the Mavericks in hindsight as they can round out their starting five to put one more quality team together in what may be Dirk Nowitzki's final season in the NBA.
Oklahoma City Thunder: Re-Sign Paul George SF four-year $136.9-million dollar deal. B+ Grade
I'll give the Thunder a lot of credit for retaining Paul George. I'm giving this signing a B+ cause I feel like they overpaid for him. I was that critical of Westbrook getting paid that much after Durant left, but back then I understand why the Thunder did that out of desperation. Now they do the same thing hoping it will result in Oklahoma City putting something special together down the road.
Washington Wizards: Sign Dwight Howard C one-year $10.9-million dollar deal. B- Grade
It's a solid signing. Not one that wows me considering the repuation Dwight Howard has built the past few years. Also this is a let down for a signing because original reports from what I read at first were that Cousins would go to the Wizards so having to settle for Howard after failing to land Cousins is a serious downgrade for the Washington Wizards.
Charlotte Hornets: Sign Tony Parker PG two-year $10-million dollar deal. A+ Grade
It's a great signing. The Hornets got Tony Parker as a backup to Kemba Walker. He also has that championship pedigree that Mitch Kupchak absolutely covets.
Orlando Magic: Re-Sign Aaron Gordon PF four-year $80-million dollar deal. D+ Grade
Orlando needed to re-sign Aaron Gordon. At the same time, I feel like I have to criticize Orlando to a degree for paying their breakout star $20-million a year when he only averaged a career high $17.6 points per game.
Philadelphia 76ers: Re-Sign J.J. Reddick SG one-year $13-million dollar deal. A+ Grade
J.J. Reddick gives the 76ers a veteran they can rely on. This is a good addition for the Philadelphia 76ers.
Utah Jazz: Re-Sign Dante Exum PG three-year $33-million dollar deal. B+ Grade
Dante Exum is coming along nicely with his development. You have to wonder if he will take over as the starting point guard at some point with Ricky Rubio entering a contract year. Exum's one of the best sixth men in the league and he deserves to be starting. If Rubio gets injured or if the Jazz start poorly, I can see Utah shipping out Rubio with Donovan Mitchell emerging as a rookie of the year candidate last season. That's why the Jazz get a solid B+ grade for re-signing Exum.
July 5, 2018
Boston Celtics: Sign Robert Williams PF two-year $3.59-million dollar deal. A+ Grade
Robert Williams was a lottery prospect at one point. The fact that the Celtics got him for so cheap makes this one of the big steals as far as underpaying rookies goes.
July 4, 2018
Minnesota Timberwolves: Sign Derrick Rose PG one-year $2.18-million dollar deal. A+ Grade
Minnesota is retaining Derrick Rose on a one-year prove it deal. Rose will be a backup point guard to Jeff Teague.
Cleveland Cavaliers: Sign Collin Sexton PG two-year $8.83-million dollar deal. A+ Grade
Collin Sexton was the best point guard in the 2018 NBA Draft. He gave the Cavaliers someone to build around. Cleveland didn't have to trade up for him in the draft either. Cleveland has him under contract until 2022 meaning he won't be an RFA until 2022 and won't be a UFA until 2023.
Los Angeles Clippers: Sign Shai Gilgeous-Alexander PG two-year $7.33-million dollar deal. A+ Grade
I liked Shai Gilgeous-Alexander more on tape then Trae Young. This was an awesome signing by the Los Angeles Clippers.
Los Angeles Clippers: Sign Jerome Robinson SG two-year $6.6-million dollar deal. B+ Grade
I was surprised that Jerome Robinson got picked as high as thirteenth overall. Robinson was one of my sleepers in this draft though. If he can compliment Shai Gilgeous-Alexander as a starter down the road this will be a great pick.
New York Knicks: Sign Kevin Knox SF two-year $8.12-million dollar deal. C+ Grade
I felt like Kevin Knox was a reach at 9. Its good that the Knicks got his rookie deal secured.
Washington Wizards: Sign Troy Brown Jr. SF two-year $5.97-million dollar deal. B Grade
It's a solid signing. Washington could have drafted for need here. They got a solid role player in Troy Brown Jr. who provides great insurance behind Bradley Beal or Otto Porter Jr.
July 3, 2018
Phoenix Suns: Sign DeAndre Ayton C two-year $17.7-million dollar deal. A+ Grade
The Suns paid a lot for DeAndre Ayton. This is well worth the investment though since I believe Ayton will change the SUns fortunes.
Phoenix Suns: Sign Mikal Bridges SG two-year $7.71-million dollar deal. A+ Grade
The Suns got Mikal Bridges for depth behind Devin Booker and Josh Jackson. It's a great addition for the Suns, but Bridges probably begins his career in a depth role until the Suns see how great he can be.
Orlando Magic: Sign Mohamed Bamba C two-year $10.56-million dollar deal. A+ Grade
Getting Bamba this cheap was quite a haul for the Orlando Magic. The scary thing is he could end up earning more money down the road.
Denver Nuggets: Sign Michael Porter Jr. SF two-year $6.28-million dollar deal. A+ Grade
Michael Porter Jr. had no business falling to 14. It's amazing that the Nuggets managed to sign him for this cheap.
Chicago Bulls: Sign Wendell Carter Jr. PF two-year $9.6-million dollar deal. B- Grade
Wendell Carter Jr. has talent to be an immediate starter. I'm not sure he's got the same upside as DeAndre Ayton or Mohamed Bamba.
Chicago Bulls: Sign Chandler Hutchinson SF two-year $4.3-million dollar deal. B Grade
Chandler Hutchinson was someone that the Bulls were targeting for a while at 22. The rumors about the Bulls taking him at 22 were completely legit. With Zach LaVine getting a five year extension its safe to say Hutchinson will play the wing at small forward on the Bulls in the NBA. He could start as early as 2019 and the Bulls have already excersized their club option on him past his first two seasons.
June 1, 2018
Los Angeles Lakers: Sign LeBron James SF to four-year $153.5-million dollar deal A+ Grade
LeBron James is the NBA's best player. The Lakers easily deserve an A+ grade for obtaining him as no other explination is needed.
Marcus Morris, PF, Boston Celtics
Boston Celtics 2018 Offseason Outlook: Boston has $-13,416,130 for 2018 at the moment. The Celtics have a pretty stacked team for 2018. They will have Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward back. Jayson Tatum may end up moving to the 4 with Gordon Hayward back unless Hayward moves to shooting guard at 2, but I suspect Jaylen Brown will move there.
Kyrie Irving and Al Horford are excellent starters at point guard and center. Both have player options for 2019, but its highly unlikely that either player opts out. Boston also has their 2018 first round pick Robert Williams who could be a steal. With LeBron on the Lakers, this looks like the undisputed best team in the Eastern Conference.
2019 Boston Celtics Offseason Needs
Boston Celtics 2019 Free Agents
Jeremy Lin, PG, Brooklyn Nets
DeMarre Carroll, SF, Brooklyn Nets
Ed Davis, PF, Brooklyn Nets
Brooklyn Nets 2018 Offseason Outlook: Brooklyn has $-2,362,584 for 2018 at the moment. The Brooklyn Nets need an upgrade at power forward. They may need upgrades at point guard and small forward as well at some point starting in 2019 if they lose Lin and Carroll. Shooting guard Allen Crabbe has a player buyout that he may excersize.
2019 Brooklyn Nets Offseason Needs
Brooklyn Nets 2019 Free Agents
Trey Burke, PG, New York Knicks
Mario Hezonja, SG, New York Knicks
Enes Kanter, C, New York Knicks
New York Knicks 2018 Offseason Outlook: New York has $-7,250,985 to spend on players for 2018. The Knicks have a decent starting five with Trey Burke at point guard, Tim Hardaway Jr. at shooting guard, Kevin Knox at small forward, Kristaps Porzingis at power forward, and Enes Kanter at center. With Burke and Kanter in contract years while Porzingis enters the final year of a rookie deal before becoming an RFA the Knicks have a chance to put together a team that could make a run at the 2019 NBA Playoffs if Porzingis doesn't miss any time in 2018-2019.
2019 New York Knicks Offseason Needs
New York Knicks 2019 Free Agents
J.J. Reddick, SG, Philadelphia 76ers
Wilson Chandler, SF, Philadelphia 76ers
Philadelphia 76ers 2018 Offseason Outlook: Philadelphia has $-4,703,299 for 2018 at the moment. Like the Boston Celtics they have their entire starting five back for 2018-2019. In fact the only starter they lose is J.J. Reddick and they traded for Zhaire Smith at 16 after drafting Mikal Bridges at 10 and trading him to the Suns. Philadelphia has a good foundation in place and it will be a disappointment for 76ers fans if they don't build on last seasons success.
2019 Philadelphia 76ers Offseason Needs
Philadelphia 76ers 2019 Free Agents
Kawhi Leonard, SF, Toronto Raptors
Toronto Raptors 2018 Offseason Outlook: Toronto has $-34,545,032 for 2018 at the moment. Toronto traded DeMar DeRozan and Jakob Poetl plus a 2019 first round pick to the Spurs for Kawhi Leonard. DeRozan never wanted to get traded he told executives that and they shipped him away for Leonard who also doesn't want to re-signh with Toronto. The Raptors may end up getting to the NBA Finals with Kawhi Leonard, but they will need a small forward and a shooting guard next offseason when Leonard walks.
2019 Toronto Raptors Offseason Needs
Toronto Raptors 2019 Free Agents
Justin Holliday, SF, Chicago Bulls
Robin Lopez, C, Chicago Bulls
Chicago Bulls 2018 Offseason Outlook: Chicago has $15,385,159 for 2018 at the moment. They can slowly work Wendell Carter and Chandler Hutchinson into the starting lineup. Neither player may start this year, but both players will start by 2019 at the latest giving the Chicago Bulls a team ready to contend as early as 2019 in case this year is a rebuild. They brought in Jabari Parker so Hutchinson may end up waiting until 2020 now.
2019 Chicago Bulls Offseason Needs
Chicago Bulls 2019 Free Agents
Kendrick Perkins, C, Cleveland Cavaliers
Cleveland Cavaliers 2018 Offseason Outlook: Cleveland has $-8,486,758 for 2018. The Cavaliers need a shooting guard upgrade as well as a replacement to LeBron James at small forward. I feel like they are closer to contending then most realize, but how quickly Cleveland rebounds depends entirely on how quickly Collin Sexton develops.
2019 Cleveland Cavaliers Offseason Needs
Cleveland Cavaliers 2019 Free Agents
Reggie Bullock, SF, Detroit Pistons
Detroit Pistons 2018 Offseason Outlook: Detroit has $-19,992,926 for 2018 at the moment. The Pistons have the injury prone Glen Robinson III and the mediocre Luke Kennard at shooting guard. If Robinson III takes off, the Pistons may end up returning to the playoffs though. The Pistons still have a gaping void at shooting guard and back in 2017 we mocked Donovan Mitchell out of Michigan who has been fucking awesome for the Utah Jazz. So yeah you deserve to suck for not listening to Draft Utopia muhaha.
2019 Detroit Pistons Offseason Needs
Detroit Pistons 2019 Free Agents
Darren Collison, PG, Indiana Pacers
Tyreke Evans, SG, Indiana Pacers
Bojan Bogdanovic, SF, Indiana Pacers
Thaddeus Young, PF, Indiana Pacers
Kyle O'Quinn, C, Indiana Pacers
Indiana Pacers 2018 Offseason Outlook: Indiana has $-2,786,418 for 2018 at the moment. Indiana may have the starting five to return to the NBA Playoffs and they may even reach the second round this time after pushing LeBron James to 7 games. This team is on the brink of entering a brutal rebuild. The Pacers will need depth pretty much everywhere starting in 2019.
2019 Indiana Pacers Offseason Needs
Indiana Pacers 2019 Free Agents
Eric Bledsoe, PG, Milwaukee Bucks
Milwaukee Bucks 2018 Offseason Outlook: Milwaukee has $-8,283,621 to spend on Free Agents and the draft in 2018. They have a starting five with Eric Bledsoe at point guard, Donte DiVinenzo at shooting guard, Giannis Antetkounmpo at small forward, and Brook Lopez at center. This team had a competent starting five. Then they let Jabari Parker walk by doing something extremely dumb once again.
2019 Milwaukee Bucks Offseason Needs
Milwaukee Bucks 2019 Free Agents
DeWayne Dedmond, C, Atlanta Hawks
Atlanta Hawks 2018 Outlook: Atlanta has $22,351,721 for 2018. The Hawks had five starters who scored double digit points in their starting five, yet still ended up earning the third overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft Lottery before trading down and taking Trae Young and Kevin Heurter for depth at both point guard and shooting guard. Atlanta traded Dennis Schroder and they are going to start Trae Young right away. They don't have any offseason needs for 2019, but its hard to envision this Hawks team returning to the 2019 NBA Playoffs without Schroder.
2019 Atlanta Hawks Offseason Needs
Atlanta Hawks 2019 Free Agents
Kemba Walker, PG, Charlotte Hornets
Charlotte Hornets 2018 Offseason Outlook: Charlotte has $-18,230,130 million to spend in 2018. This team downgraded at center and looks to enter a rebuild with Kemba Walker in a contract year.
2019 Charlotte Hornets Offseason Needs
Charlotte Hornets 2019 Free Agents
Miami Heat 2018 Offseason Outlook: Miami has $-20,033,504 to spend on Free Agents in 2018. The Miami Heat are one of eight teams in the Eastern Conference with a good starting five. I expect them to be back in the playoffs barring injuries.
2019 Miami Heat Offseason Needs
Miami Heat 2019 Free Agents
Nikola Vucevic, C, Orlando Magic
Orlando Magic 2018 Offseason Outlook: Orlando has $-8,001,866 in cap space in 2018. Orlando is a point guard away from being a playoff team. They got the depth at center and forward. They ignored point guard for the third year in a row by going best player available over need and that's going to keep the Magic from competing in a point guard driven league.
2019 Orlando Magic Offseason Needs
Orlando Magic 2019 Free Agents
Markeiff Morris, PF, Washington Wizards
Washington Wizards 2018 Offseason Outlook: Washington has $-32,993,703 in 2018. Washington has Markieff Morris back at power forward in a contract year. They also replaced Gortat with Dwight Howard even though Howard is not the highest paid center on the Wizards. Howard has also developed a repuation of being a locker room cancer. I'm not confident in the Wizards returning to the NBA Playoffs even though they should still be a top 10 team in the Eastern Conference.
2019 Washington Wizards Offseason Needs
Washington Wizards 2019 Free Agents
Top 8 Eastern Conference Teams heading Into 2018 1. Boston Celtics, 2. Philadelphia 76ers, 3. Toronto Raptors, 4. Indiana Pacers, 5. Miami Heat, 6. New York Knicks, 7. Chicago Bulls 8. Detroit Pistons.
Denver Nuggets 2018 Offseason Outlook: Denver has $-31,620,261 for 2018 at the moment. The Nuggets moved on from Wilson Chandler at small forward and drafted Michael Porter Jr. at 14. If Michael Porter Jr. starts as a rookie right away and has the impact he had coming out of High School before his injury then there is no reason for the Denver Nuggets not to make the 2019 NBA Playoffs with all the talent they have put together.
2019 Denver Nuggets Offseason Needs
Denver Nuggets 2019 Free Agents
Taj Gibson, PF, Minnesota Timberwolves
Minnesota Timberwolves 2018 Offseason Outlook: Minnesota has $-19,865,381 for 2018 at the moment. The Timberwolves only lose Taj Gibson at power forward. Jimmy Butler can opt out after next season. Josh Okogie, Minnesota's 2018 first round pick can take over for Butler as early as next season if he opts out of his current deal with Minnesota. Yes Okogie is a downgrade over Butler, but he's still effective on tape and I'm confident Minnesota can groom him for the future at shooting guard if Butler opts out of his current deal.
2019 Minnesota Timberwolves Offseason Needs
Minnesota Timberwolves 2019 Free Agents
Oklahoma City Thunder 2018 Offseason Outlook: Oklahoma City has $-57,130,424 for 2018. The Thunder need a starting power forward to round out their starting five now that they traded Carmelo Anthony. They didn't lose any Free Agents so getting that power forward in the 2019 NBA Draft or at the trade deadline should allow the Thunder to remain competitive.
2019 Oklahoma City Thunder Offseason Needs
Oklahoma City Thunder 2019 Free Agents
Portland Trail Blazers 2018 Offseason Outlook: Portland has $-30,613,512 to spend in 2018. They just need a small forward to round out their starting five. Once they do that Portland can takte the next step.
2019 Portland Trail Blazers Offseason Needs
Portland Trail Blazers 2019 Free Agents
Ricky Rubio, PG, Utah Jazz
Alec Burks, SG, Utah Jazz
Utah Jazz 2018 Offseason Outlook: Utah has $-13,988,930 to spend on Free Agents and the draft. Utah loses Ricky Rubio, but they just extended Dante Exum. Exum may be ready to take over for Rubio, and I'm sure Utah will draft a point guard to push Exum just in case. Utah has a two year window of opportunity to push for a potential bid in Western Conference Finals. If they can get to the Western Conference Finals and avoid Golden State they got a shot to reach the NBA Finals.
2019 Utah Jazz Offseason Needs
Utah Jazz 2019 Free Agents
Klay Thompson, SG, Golden State Warriors
DeMarcus Cousins, C, Golden State Warriors
Golden State Warriors 2018 Offseason Outlook: Golden State has $-40,261,247 in cap space. They have the NBA's best team after keeping their starting five together and adding DeMarcus Cousins. This team may be vulnerable though after leaving Oracle Arena to move into their new stadium in 2019. I'm not as high on the Jacob Evans pick as most and see him as a downgrade compared to Klay Thompson.
2019 Golden State Warriors Offseason Needs
Golden State Warriors 2019 Free Agents
Tobias Harris, SF, Los Angeles Clippers
Marcin Gortat, C, Los Angeles Clippers
Los Angeles Clippers 2018 Offseason Outlook: Los Angeles has $-13,076,368 for 2018 at the moment. They will need a power forward to replace Blake Griffin and a new center if Gortat leaves.
2019 Los Angeles Clippers Offseason Needs
Los Angeles Clippers 2019 Free Agents
JaVale McGee, C, Los Angeles Lakers
Los Angeles Lakers 2018 Offseason Outlook: Los Angeles has $-507,326 for 2018 at the moment. The Lakers have a great core. They got the best player in the NBA, but need a center to round out their starting five. This team has the floor to be the eighth best team in the Western Conference and the ceiling to be the best team behind Golden State simply due to adding LeBron James.
2019 Los Angeles Lakers Offseason Needs
Los Angeles Lakers 2019 Free Agents
Phoenix Suns 2018 Offseason Outlook: Phoenix has $$-6,378,628 to spend on Free Agents for 2018. The Suns have a starting five with Brandon Knight, Devin Booker, Josh Jackson, Marques Chriss, and DeAndre Ayton. They built this young exciting core through the NBA Draft and I expect Phoenix to take off and become a top 5 team in the Western Conference now.
2019 Phoenix Suns Offseason Needs
Phoenix Suns 2019 Free Agents
Garrett Temple, SG, Sacramento Kings
Zach Randolph, PF, Sacramento Kings
Sacramento Kings 2018 Offseason Outlook: Sacramento has $19,529,526 in cap space for 2018. The Kings have most of the core to compete in place. One more small forward to round out the starting five feels like a need and that's why I think the Kings will ultimately regret passing on Luka Doncic.
2019 Sacramento Kings Offseason Needs
Sacramento Kings 2019 Free Agents
Wesley Matthews, SG, Dallas Mavericks
DeAndre Jordan, C, Dallas Mavericks
Dallas Mavericks 2018 Offseason Outlook: Dallas has $7,245,071 for 2018 at the moment. The Mavericks have their starting five in tact. If DeAndre Jordan doesn't pan out they can find a center in the 2019 NBA Draft assuming they miss the playoffs since their 2019 first round pick is lottery protected. Luka Doncic will take over for Wesley Matthews in 2019 and will work his way into the lineup this season. Rick Carlisle may be on the hot seat plus Dirk Nowitzki may retire in 2019 so I expect this Mavericks team to play their ass off for him since this is Dirk's best squad in quite some time. Mark Cuban will be rewarded for trusting the process. Am I crazy for believing this may be the best team in the Southwest division?
2019 Dallas Mavericks Offseason Needs
Dallas Mavericks 2019 Free Agents
Houston Rockets 2018 Offseason Outlook: Houston has $-16,065,906 for 2018 at the moment. Houston blew a big window of opportunity to win a Championship. The Rockets may get back to the Western Conference Finals, but last season was supposed to be their year, but a Chris Paul injury allowed Golden State to coast by.
2019 Houston Rockets Offseason Needs
Houston Rockets 2019 Free Agents
Marshon Brooks, SG, Memphis Grizzlies
JaMychal Green, PF, Memphis Grizzlies
Memphis Grizzlies 2018 Offseason Outlook: Memphis has $-19,278,895 for 2018 at the moment. They are in a rebuild because they need a shooting guard to round out their starting five. Jaren Jackson Jr. needs to develop on the bench. Memphis can't rush him. Also Marc Gasol has a player option so if Memphis misses the 2019 NBA Playoffs, Gasol can opt out of his deal with Memphis.
2019 Memphis Grizzlies Offseason Needs
Memphis Grizzlies 2019 Free Agents
Emeka Okafor, C, New Orleans Pelicans
New Orleans Pelicans 2018 Offseason Recap: New Orleans has $-11,295,275 for 2018 at the moment. They need to get a starting center and keep this core together. If they can do that I expect New Orleans to compete down the road once again.
2019 New Orleans Pelicans Offseason Needs
New Orleans Pelicans 2019 Free Agents
Danny Green, SG, San Antonio Spurs
Rudi Gay, SF, San Antonio Spurs
San Antonio Spurs 2018 Offseason Recap: San Antonio has $-8,528,863 for 2018 at the moment. The Spurs made an awesome trade with Toronto by getting DeMar DeRozan and Jakob Poetl. This team is a point guard away from being back in the playoff conversation.
2019 San Antonio Spurs Offseason Needs
San Antonio Spurs 2019 Free Agents
Top 8 Western Conference Teams heading Into 2018 1. Golden State Warriors, 2. Houston Rockets, 3. Minnesota Timberwolves, 4. Utah Jazz, 5. Phoenix Suns, 6. Denver Nuggets, 7. Dallas Mavericks, 8. Los Angeles Lakers.