Biggest NBA Offseason Moves

Has it been a wild NBA offseason or what?! The era of the Super Team is no more. Power has been redistributed throughout the league. We are back to the dynamic duo format that made basketball exciting and competitive in the past. On paper, there is more parity in the NBA today than there has been in the last 12+ years. Balance seems to have been restored.

Los Angeles Lakers

The Lakers made some moves this offseason. They unloaded a slew of players and draft picks to obtain superstar Anthony Davis. It was no secret that Davis would end up on the Lakers, but if they wanted him this year, it wasn't going to come cheap. The Lakers traded Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart, plus a package of picks, including the 4th overall pick in this year's draft.

L.A. didn't stop there. The Lakers also signed Avery Bradley, Quinn Cook, DeMarcus Cousins, Troy Daniela, Jared Dudley, and Danny Green. What began looking like a two-player team has transformed into a solid squad with some deceiving depth.

New Orleans Pelicans

This leads us to the Pelicans. New Orleans ransacked the Lakers in the Anthony Davis trade. They also won the Zion Williamson sweepstakes. In addition to Ball, Hart, and Ingram, the Pelicans added Derrick Favors from the Jazz. I'm excited to see Ball-to-Zion on the highlight reel this season.

Brooklyn Nets

Kevin Durant didn't waste much time picking his new squad. It was clear that he would not remain a Warrior any longer. Instead, KD will team up with Kyrie Irving in Brooklyn once he returns from his injury late this season or next season.

Boston Celtics

The Celtics are big losers this offseason. Sure, they signed Kemba Walker, an All-Star in his own right, but they didn't add anyone else. The Celtics were maybe a player away from making a run at a title (before this offseason's mix-up). It appears they took a step back, though.

Kyrie bounced, which may be addition by subtraction due to the obvious friction he had with his teammates. Boston also lost depth at the point guard position with Terry Rozier's departure. Bigger than all, they may have lost the heart of this team after Al Horford opted to sign with Philly over staying in Boston.

Golden State Warriors

The Warriors will have a lot of adjusting to do this season. With KD's departure and the injury to Klay Thompson, the Warriors will need to discover who they are again.

The Warriors will be without Thompson most or all of the season. They lost DeMarcus Cousins, Quinn Cook, and Jordan Bell. They also traded Andre Iguodala, a former Finals MVP.

The signing of D'Angelo Russell was a good one, but it will be interesting to see how Steph, Russell, and Thompson function on the court at the same time.

Houston Rockets

When no one was looking, the Rockets swooped in and address a big problem they had: James Harden and Chris Paul hate playing together. Houston was able to solve that problem and improve at the same time. The Rockets traded Paul to Oklahoma City and received Russell Westbrook in return. Westbrook will be reunited with former Thunder teammate Harden in H-Town.

Westbrook will provide an aggressiveness that this team has lacked. He will also be able to take some of the load off Harden's shoulders.

Los Angeles Clippers

The Clippers may be the most improved team heading into 2019. They retained key players like Patrick Beverley and Montrezl Harrell and added superstars Kawhi Leonard and Paul George. The Clips also received Maurice Harkless in a four-way trade with the Heat, Sixers, and Blazers.