SZNAP CHAT – AUGUST 10
By Adam Sznapstajler
NBA OFFSEASON ROUNDUP
It is now two weeks into the NBA offseason and there has truly been a flurry of moves. With the Bucks winning last season, and no true favorite moving forward, the NBA completed a ton of moves from teams that think they can contend for a spot in the finals. Two weeks ago, I provided my Top 10 Offseason Predictions. I want to react to each of them here as well as follow up with some winners and losers from the offseason so far.
1. Bradley Beal ends up on the Miami Heat – WRONG
As a very hopeful Heat fan, I really wished this would have come true but unfortunately Beal seems to want to stay in Washington.
2. Kawhi Leonard stays in Los Angeles – RIGHT
Leonard agreed to return to the Clippers, although the details are unknown,
3. He will be joined in LA by Eric Bledsoe – WRONG
Bledsoe is still in Memphis and the Clippers resigned Reggie Jackson.
4. Damian Lillard stays in Portland for the offseason – RIGHT
I still think he will be traded midseason.
5. Kyle Lowry and Demar Derozan go to the Lakers – WRONG
This might have been my worst prognostication. Lowry signed with the Heat, Derozan signed with the Bulls, and the Lakers traded for Russell Westbrook.
6. The Warriors end up with Pascal Siakam – WRONG
The Warriors never did trade for anyone and Siakam is still a Raptor.
7. The Pistons draft Cade Cunningham first overall – RIGHT
This one was easy.
8. The 76ers trade Ben Simmons for Malcom Brogdon – WRONG
The Sixers have not traded Simmons yet and are shooting for a lot better than Malcom Brogdon.
9. Chris Paul stays in Phoenix – RIGHT
Although I think it was an easy decision, apparently the Pelicans came in last moment with a subpar offer.
10. The Knicks do something stupid – RIGHT
Over $150 million between Evan Fournier, Derrick Rose, Alec Burks, and Nerlens Noel is a Knicks move if I’ve seen one. At least they resigned Randle on a better deal.
Overall: 5/10 (50%, I’ll take it!)
NBA TRADE DEADLINE WINNERS
1. Miami Heat
It’s not just because I’m homer but the Heat got, objectively, the best available free agent in Kyle Lowry. Add the defensive presence of PJ Tucker, the stretch 4 ability of Markief Morris, resigning Duncan Robinson, and keeping their best asset in Tyler Herro. The only question mark is Jimmy Butler’s new max extension but you have to keep the star happy. Look for this gritty team to compete in the East and try to bully ball teams.
2. Los Angeles Lakers
When you add a future Hall of Famer, you are going to be on this list. Russell Westbrook will help keep Lebron and AD alive come playoff time. The Lakers followed this by surrounding them with veteran shooters, which is usually the formula for a championship team (Lebron helps too). Look for the Lakers to come out of the West this year.
NBA TRADE DEADLINE LOSERS
1. New Orleans Pelicans
The Pelicans were reportedly in on Kyle Lowry and missed, then had a shot at Chris Paul and gave a very subpar offer that was easy for the Suns to beat. The franchise failed getting Zion Williamson any help this offseason and, if I’m him, I already have one foot out the door.
2. New York Knicks
I predicted it! The Knicks took their overperforming team and tied up years of cap space on the core. Maybe in a vacuum each deal looks OK but together you just have the same old Knicks.
Check out my weekly column next Tuesday. Until then, sayonara from South Florida!