Although the NBA playoffs have not finished, many rumors are already swirling regarding free agency for many of the league’s biggest stars. Here are the predictions for how free agency will shake out.
The Paul George to Los Angeles Lakers rumors have been heard since last summer, as he publicly expressed his interest in going to the team before getting traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder by the Indiana Pacers. If the Thunder, who are currently down 3-2 in their playoff series against the Utah Jazz, lose in the first round of the playoffs, this move to Los Angeles would look very likely. However, his close relationship with star guard Russell Westbrook will prompt him to stay with the Thunder for at least one more year.
This New Orleans Pelican's center was enjoying one of his best seasons until an Achilles tear forced him to miss the rest of the season. The injury is a serious one, one that not many NBA players come back the same from. Additionally, the Pelicans are performing well without him, sweeping the Portland Trailblazers in their playoff series. Despite these circumstances, the Pelicans will re-sign their star big man. He may not receive the money he was expecting to get prior to his injury, and the idea of joining his former college teammate John Wall with the Washington Wizards in a sign and trade will tempt him, but it will be the Pelicans who keep Cousins.
The most notable free agent of the bunch. His current Cleveland Cavaliers team leads their playoff series 3-2 against the Indiana Pacers, but look like a team too dependent on James. At of the time of writing this article, no player on the Cavs has scored 20 points in a game in the series apart from James. The Lakers have been notably interested in James, as well as the Philadelphia 76ers with their deep roster of young talent. However, with a top 10 pick in this year's draft courtesy of the Kyrie Irving trade, and because the Cavaliers are James’ hometown team, James will decide to stay and try to help fix the team's issues.
This is the opinion of Miles Thomas, a freshman communication studies major from Los Angeles, CA. Tweet comments to @LALoyolan or email firstname.lastname@example.org.