This past 2019 offseason has been one of the most insane and surprising that we have seen in quite some time. Many players left to go to the opposing conferences and teamed up with other players. Here are some of the winners and losers of the 2019 NBA Offseason
In one offseason the Brooklyn Nets went from a young and upcoming team to instant contenders in the Eastern Conference. Not only did they sign Kyrie Irving but they also signed Kevin Durant. This came somewhat from left field as much of the media talk was about the two signings with the New York Knicks.
The only downside is that Durant is suffering from a torn Achilles and will more than likely miss the entire 2019-2020 NBA season. Regardless of the of Durant missing the entirety of next season, there should still be excitement brewing in Brooklyn as a championship seems to be very close in the future.
Los Angeles Clippers
Another team that took a significant step this past offseason. The Los Angeles Clippers are another team that became contenders in the span of one season. Not only did they sign Kawhi Leonard a player that was on their radar, but they also made a trade for Paul George from the Thunder. Signing Leonard was big in itself coming off winning a championship with the Toronto Raptors but having George to team up with him. The two California natives teaming up could be a scary pair on the floor on defense.
Many can agree that the Clippers can actually be seen winning a championship, you can argue they looked like contenders during the Lob City Era but this era with George and Leonard looks far better than that.
Los Angeles Lakers
Just like that and the Lakers are back to being contenders again. The previous summer the team signed Lebron James. That season didn’t really have high expectations as he joined the Lakers by himself without another star joining him that offseason so expectations were not that high for the Lakers for the 2018-2019 season.
This offseason however they struck gold as Los Angeles acquired superstar Anthony Davis from the Pelicans. Now the expectations going into this season for the Lakers are the highest they have been in quite a long time.
Along with adding Davis the Lakers also added a few good pieces to the team from Danny Green, Dwight Howard and still keeping Kyle Kuzma.
LA is looking like a strong team this year and do not be surprised if you see them in the NBA Finals in June.
The Charlotte Hornets are by far the biggest losers of this 2019 offseason. The team let All-Star leave via sign and trade. They could have easily traded him and get some solid assets in return. In return, the Hornets got Terry Rozier in return which is not a great deal
One way this trade can work out is if Terry Rozier breaks out in Charlotte. The Hornets did not really have a great offseason and have a good chance at being one of the worst teams in the league for the 2019-2020 season.
The Toronto Raptors have to be on the list. Now they are not complete losers as the team can possibly still make a deep run in the playoffs. On the other hand, the team did lose Kawhi Leonard to free agency which is a big loss.
Toronto still has a lot of core players from their championship team from Kyle Lowry, Marc Gasol, Serge Ibaka, and Pascal Siakam and Fred VanVleet so the team might not take a gigantic step back this offseason which is why they are not total losers this offseason, and at least trading Leonard before last season was a big risk, big reward as they won the championship as this is something they should not be mad about especially since they knew Leonard was gonna be there at least one season guaranteed.
Boston did take a major step back this offseason. Now the first signing that was not a bad move at all was acquiring Kemba Walker via a sign and trade with Charlotte. Walker is not a bad replacement for Kyrie Irving and might even fit better in Brad Stevens system.
But the move that could hurt them is replacing Al Horford with Enes Kanter. Yes, Kanter is a good player who can give you double-digit point and rebounds but his defense is what you should worry about as he is not known for his defense, something that Horford is known for.
The Celtics are not really a contender but they are not a low seed team more like a team in the middle of the pack team.
Honorable Mentions Winners and Losers:
Winners: New Orleans Pelicans, Utah Jazz, Indiana Pacers, Golden State Warriors
Losers: Phoenix Suns, Washington Wizards, Minnesota Timberwolves