With the NBA season due to start in less than a month, the thirty storied franchise of the NBA are flying into action. With the draft now over with and free agency well and truly began, which teams are looking to have made the best moves? Which are some of the most exciting agreements of the season? Who has brought in the best moves to build something that has a chance of ending the 2020-21 season with a ring?
Gordon Hayward, Charlotte Hornets
While some Hornets fans are concerned their team has just invested some $120m over four years into an injury prone player ahead of the blockbuster 2021 free agency and draft season, Hayward remains an excellent basketball player, although is not too high in the MVP Winner 2020/2021 list displayed by PA online sports betting operators.
Although his injuries in Boston have left some fans feeling cold about his present status in the game, he was one of the most consistent Celts in an Eastern Conference season. He adds clout and quality to a quietly interesting Hornets line-up.
Montrezl Harrell, Los Angeles Lakers
The Lakers, fresh from their first title win in ten years, are making some major moves at the moment. Chief among them, though, is the move for Harrell. This has been one of the most impressive agreements, seeing the Lakers add even more quality to their team.
He’s the ideal addition of their team and adds even more quality to their line-up that has grown even more in the off-season.
Serge Ibaka, Los Angeles Clippers
A big move, though, has been that for Ibaka to the Clippers. The Clippers needed a proper big man, and they have brought in someone who should help them avoid the kind of cowardly wilting that we seen against the Denver Nuggets.
That spectacular collapse cost a lot of goodwill and momentum for the Clippers, but the addition of Ibaka should refocus the squad ahead of what could be a massive season.
Fred VanVleet, Toronto Raptors
Although the talk of VanVleet ending up in New York ended up being nothing more than chatter, his major-term contract for the Raptors shows that VanVleet won the bet that he placed on himself at the end of last season. An $85m deal was his reward for sticking to his guns, staying true to his own self-belief, and not simply accepting the first offer that was put in front of him.
Jrue Holiday, Milwaukee Bucks
Linked with half of the East Conference for making the move final, Jrue Holiday is now part of a Bucks line-up that looks better than last year. Bringing in someone like Jrue Holiday to replace Eric Bledsoe was a masterstroke, and exactly the kind of move that the Bucks need to make to convince Giannis Antetokounmpo to stay in the city.
With the Bucks chasing a first title since the 1970s, they needed to make huge moves to convince the Greek Freak to stick around. While some moves fell through, Holiday is a big enough statement of intent to convince the stars on the Bucks roster to stick around. No mean feat for a small market outfit, but the Bucks have had a fine window – even with the drama surrounding the Bogdan Bogdanovic saga.