It’s that time of the year again, good old free agency. The part of the season which has never failed to shock and bewilder NBA fans from around the globe, or in my case, make me incredibly depressed. Oh well, that’s just life as a Timberwolves fan.
Things may be looking up though, right, DeAngelo Russell?
This is one of the most anticipated free agencies in the leagues history as several big name players could be relocating, changing the entire make up of the league.
Will the recent title be enough to keep Kawhi in Toronto? Will Kevin Durant spite the Warriors and leave for New York? Will Kyrie prove that the Earth is indeed flat? All of these questions have been driving NBA fans mad for the last two weeks and tonight, we will finally get some answers.
So, without further ado, here are a few of my predictions for 2019’s signings:
Jimmy Butler: You know there are a plethora of good players available this season because Jimmy Butler has been an afterthought for most people, but don’t worry Jimmy, I haven’t forgotten about you.
Jimmy averaged 18.7 ppg last season playing 10 games with the Wolves before being traded to Philadelphia. After coming up just one game short of the ECF with a guy like Joel Embiid, I’d say there’s a very good chance Jimmy re-signs.
DeAngelo Russell: A part of me wants to say that he won’t sign with the Lakers because treated him so poorly while he was there, and that he’ll sign with my Timberwolves, but I think the consensus is pretty clear around the league, especially with Magic out of the picture. Also, for him to sign with the Timberwolves Andrew Wiggins would have to get traded and that would be nothing short of a miracle.
Kevin Durant: Despite all of the rumors about Kawhi and KD teaming up I think we all knew that Kevin wanted to play in New York, whether that was with the Knicks or the Nets. Obviously the Nets offer him a better chance at a title so that is where he will sign.
Kyrie Irving: The Nets have the most cap space in the NBA with enough room to sign two max players. I think it’s clear that Kyrie and Kevin Durant are teaming up.
Kawhi Leonard: There has been a lot of speculation about whether or not Kawhi would stay in Toronto or go home to Los Angeles. Kawhi has already proven that he doesn’t need another star to win the NBA Finals and I think that’s the say he likes it. He Will Re-sign.
Klay Thompson: Klay Thompson is eyeing a Feburary, or March return which would mean he’d be back just in time for the playoffs. He would be such a perfect fit for the Lakers, with LBJ’s phenomenal pocket passing, and Klay’s uncanny ability to catch and shoot, they would be unstoppable. Fortunately for us he’s going to resign with the Warriors.