5 Transactions of the 2016 NBA Offseason
The NBA offseason is always an interesting time to watch as new players are drafted and many are jumbled around the league signing new deals, and being traded. This summer has been home to many blockbuster deals, changing the looks of many decorated franchises. Here are 5 of the biggest transactions this summer.
After a suffering a devastating loss at the hands of Golden State, Kevin Durant decided that if he couldn’t beat them he was going to join them. Durant, the University of Texas signed a 2 year $54.3 million contract with the Golden State Warriors making him the highest paid player on the team in front of two-time MVP Stephen Curry who is the fourth highest. Durant’s departure from Oklahoma City has left fans both devastated and infuriated after leading them through a successful relocation from Seattle to Oklahoma City. Over the past few seasons Durant has formed a powerful on court partnership with former UCLA Bruin, Russell Westbrook. The two have been nothing short of spectacular in recent years, but that duo has now been broken up.
Derrick Rose – Joakim Noah
The New York Knicks have jumbled their roster through a trade with the Chicago Bulls, sending Jose Calderon, Robin Lopez and Jerian Grant in exchange for Derrick Rose, Justin Holiday and a 2017 draft pick. Perhaps the biggest name in that draft pick is former MVP Derrick Rose, who has been injury riddled over past seasons and is looking for stability in his game moving forward. He will play alongside the face of the New York Knicks, Carmelo Anthony.
Derrick Rose made an immediate impact on the Knicks as he recruited another Chicago Bull teammate, big man Joakim Noah. Noah, will look to break the Knicks out of a three-year playoff drought alongside his good friend Derrick Rose. The finals details of Noah’s signing are 4-years, $72 million.
Dwyane Wade – Rajon Rondo
Just days apart, the Chicago Bulls made headlines again with two huge names. First, on July 9th the Bulls signed star point guard Rajon Rondo for two years worth $28 Million. About a week later the Bulls won the race for former Heat standout and Chicago native, Dwyane Wade. Wade was signed for 2 years worth $47.5 million. These are two huge assets for the Bulls and they will be paired with all-star guard, Jimmy Butler.
Pau Gasol for Tim Duncan
The San Antonio Spurs will be without their beloved Tim Duncan for the first time in 19 seasons as he officially announced his retirement earlier this month. This not only left a large absence in the heart of the Spurs Organization, but it also left a large hole on the court. With that in mind the Spurs signed seven-footer Pau Gasol formerly of the Chicago Bulls. Gasol was signed on July 14th for 2 years worth around $30 million.
The Philadelphia 76ers have drafted another spectacular player, in hopes of fixing their losing ways. This year the Sixers drafted LSU’s prized forward Ben Simmons. The former Tiger, Simmons has a skillset is comparable to that of the current great, Lebron James and is full of potential. He has already shined in the the NBA Summer league with some highlight reel assists and 2 pt plays. Simmons has already signed his rookie contract and will look forward to playing along former first round picks, Jahlil Okafor and Joel Embiid.