The unexpected only happens in the NBA Part 2

Eduardo Harari
BarnBurner Sports Writer

@edharari

Sunday, July 7, 2019


 

Photo courtesy of the New York Post, Getty Images

By Eduardo Harari

Toronto. – When the NBA free agency opened its doors, no one imagined that so many changes would take place and that all expectations were thrown out the window. A week into the free agency there have been so many significant changes that next season there could be a true battle for the coveted Trophy and Title.

 

The NBA world was waiting to hear what would happen to the top three stars of this list of free agents.  Would Kawhi Leonard remain with Toronto to double his success of last season or would he look to go home and join either the Lakers or Clippers? The fate of Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving was another unknown as neither of us expected them to end up in the Western Conference?

The first surprise was given by the Brooklyn Nets when they signed Kevin Durant, who although injured will be a tremendous weapon to that lineup upon his return and now also has one of the best three-point shooters in Kyrie Irving. The Nets have invested about $205 billion in the first day of free agency leaving their New York rivals in the rear by failing to offer Durant the maximum allowable for his services.

 

But this past weekend, the L.A. Clippers did something that no one expected by becoming the team to chase this upcoming season with the acquisition of the NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard on a 4-year league maximum $142 million contract. Not withstanding a couple of minutes after this news subdued the NBA world, they announce the trade that would bring Paul George to the western conference. The Clippers might not have any draft selections for the near future but they have just created the next dynasty of World Champions for the State of California.

 

 

Here's a list of the latest developments in the NBA Free Agency:

 

The 40 Best Free Agents in the NBA

 

Rank

Player

Position

Previous Team

New Team

Status

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

Kawhi Leonard

F

Toronto Raptors

L.A. Clippers

4 years, $142M

2

Kevin Durant

F

Golden State Warriors

Brooklyn Nets

4 years, $164 M

3

Kyrie Irving

G

Boston Celtics

Brooklyn Nets

4 years, $141 M

4

Kemba Walker

G

Charlotte Hornets

Boston Celtics

4 years, $141 M

5

Klay Thompson

G

Golden State Warriors

Golden State Warriors

4 years, $190 M

6

Kristaps Porzingis

F

Dallas Mavericks

Dallas Mavericks

5years, $158 M

7

Jimmy Butler

G

Philadelphia 76ers

Miami Heat

4 years, $142 M

8

Tobias Harris

F

Philadelphia 76ers

Philadelphia 76ers

5 years, $180 M

9

Khris Middleton

F

Milwaukee Bucks

Milwaukee Bucks

5 years, $178 M

10

Ramesh V

C

Orlando Magic

Orlando Magic

4 years, $100 M

11

D'Angelo Russell

G

Brooklyn Nets

Golden State Warriors

4 years, $117 M

12

Malcolm Brogdon

G

Milwaukee Bucks

Indiana Pacers

4 years, $85 M

13

JJ Redick

G

Philadelphia 76ers

New Orleans Pelicans

2 years, $26.5 M

14

DeMarcus Cousins

C

Golden State Warriors

L.A. Lakers

Undisclosed

15

Al Horford

C

Boston Celtics

Philadelphia 76ers

4 years, $109 M

16

Bojan Bogdanovic

F

Indiana Pacers

Utah Jazz

4 years, $73 M

17

Julius Randle

F

New Orleans Pelicans

New York Knicks

3 years, $63 M

18

Brook Lopez

C

Milwaukee Bucks

Milwaukee Bucks

4 years, $52 M

19

DeAndre Jordan

C

New York Knicks

Brooklyn Nets

4 years, $40 M

20

Harrison Barnes

F

Sacramento Kings

Sacramento Kings

4 years, $85 M

21

Marcus Morris

F

Boston Celtics

San Antonio Spurs

2 years, $20 M

22

Patrick Beverly

G

L.A. Clippers

L.A. Clippers

3 years, $40 M

23

Nikola Mirotic

F

Milwaukee Bucks

Spanish League

 

24

Thaddeus Young

F

Indiana Pacers

Chicago Bulls

3 years, $41 M

25

Terry Rozier

G

Boston Celtics

Charlotte Hornets

3 years, $58 M

26

Trevor Ariza

F

Washington Wizards

Sacramento Kings

2 years, $25 M

27

Jonas Valanciunas

C

Memphis Grizzlies

Memphis Grizzlies

3 years, $45 M

28

Ricky Rubio

G

Utah Jazz

Phoenix Suns

3 years, $51 M

29

Kelly Oubre Jr.

F

Phoenix Suns

 

RFA

30

Jeremy Lamb

G

Charlotte Hornets

Indiana Pacers

3 years, $31.5 M

31

Terrence Ross

G

Orlando Magic

Orlando Magic

4 years, $54 M

32

Wesley Matthews

G

Indiana Pacers

Milwaukee Bucks

2 years, minimum

33

Rudy Gay

F

San Antonio Spurs

San Antonio Spurs

2 years, $32 M

34

Danny Green

G

Toronto Raptors

L.A. Lakers

2 years, $30 M

35

Darren Collison

G

Pacers

 

Retired

36

Bobby Portis

F

Washington Wizards

New York Knicks

2 years, $31 M

37

Derrick Rose

G

Minnesota Timberwolves

Detroit Pistons

2 years, $15 M

38

Al-Farouq Aminu

F

Portland Trail Blazers

Orlando Magic

3 years, $29 M

39

Willie Cauley-Stein

C

Sacramento Kings

Golden State Warriors

1 years, minimum

40

Enes Kanter

C

Portland Trail Blazers

Boston Celtics

2 years, $10 M