Keeping tabs on off-season NBA moves

Alphonso Adams, Staff writer

The NBA free agency train has slowed to a pause, so it’s now time for teams to stock up on player movement through the league.

The biggest free agency splash this year was LeBron James going to the Los Angeles Lakers, while DeMarcus Cousins going to the Golden State Warriors was a close second. Though he didn’t relocate, Paul George staying in Oklahoma City was a win for the Thunder, as well.

The Atlanta Hawks small forward, Vince Carter was not up to re-signing with the Hawks, so they received a great star by the name of Trae Young drafted in the 2018 draft at number 5. The Houston Rockets, trying to keep up, went out and got Carmelo Anthony to keep pace in the West.

For the Cleveland Cavaliers, who have appeared in four straight NBA finals – winning one, there are many changes on tap – including losing the aforementioned James. They got Collin Sexton in the draft at No. 8,

The Dallas Mavericks signed DeAndre Jordan to a one-year deal, trying to work out a plan to re-sign or get him traded. They also then re-signed Salah Mejri and Dirk Nowitzki.

The Denver Nuggets signed the former Los Angeles Laker and Boston Celtic, Isaiah Thomas, but lost a lot of great talent in the process. Players to leave the team are Wilson Chandler, Kenneth Faried and Devin Harris.

The 2018 NBA champions have some amazing players and talent coming into the team, they lost a 7-foot center named JaVale McGee, but has a strong and a 4-time NBA All Star goes by the name Boogie, DeMarcus Cousins signed a one-year contract with $5.3 million deal with Warriors. The Houston Rockets players coming in are Michael Carter-Williams, Brandon Knight, Marquese Chriss and rookie Vincent Edwards, the Rockets lost Trevor Ariza, Ryan Anderson and Luc Mbah a Moute. They re-signed Chris Paul a former Clipper and Gerald Green.

Another big move over the summer is DeMar Derozan going to the San Antonio Spurs, with Kawhi Leonard going back to the Raptors in the deal.

These are the trade(so far) in the 2018 offseason, the NBA preseason starts Friday 9/28 with the Boston Celtics vs the Charlotte Hornets.