The Golden State Warriors are champions again. The Cleveland Cavaliers are brilliant and we are, once again, hearing rumours of LeBron James’ future.
While LeBron’s future fills column inches and makes a fanciful discussion point, the chances of the game’s greatest leaving his home again are minute. This summer does, however, have a number of big names who could be about to embark on a new chapter in their respective careers.
The draft has come and gone, Jimmy Butler has been dealt by the curiously managed Chicago Bulls and the Warriors have somehow come out victorious by throwing a great deal of money around for a pick.
Paul George is the story of this offseason. Whether the Pacers keep hold of their prized, drafted star or deal him is still in the balance. The 29-year-old has been the topic of many a trade rumour already, with the Cleveland Cavaliers seemingly forcing the issue and willing to move on Kevin Love to get George on the same court as LeBron.
He’s an all-star, an elite defender; he’s the calibre of player the Cavs need if they are to stop the Warriors winning another title in 2018.
It all makes too much sense for George to leave Indiana this summer, but his odds of 1/5 to do so are hardly exciting.
The nine time All-star, former rookie of the year and four time member of the All-NBA first team has opted out of his contract with the Los Angeles Clippers. The point guard is an unrestricted free agent this offseason and will be subject to plenty of interest.
The Houston Rockets look a likely suitor for Paul at this point, despite his age (32) which could put off a number of clubs concerned about being saddled with an expensive, lengthy contract on a veteran with miles in his legs.
At 13/10 for Paul not to be a Clipper at the beginning of November, this is undoubtedly one of the best bets in the market. The Clippers are keen to go in a different direction with Blake Griffin opting out too.
Kyle Lowry’s future belongs away from Toronto. The point guard is reportedly less than happy at the Raptors and is heading for free agency this summer. Having been an All-star in each of the last three seasons, Lowry will be a man in demand and rightly so.
He could yet be following Butler to Minnesota with the Timberwolves expected to make a real free agent splash as they look to end their frustrating playoff drought. A Lowry and Butler summer would be a game-changer for the Wolves, but the fight for Lowry’s signature will be a long one.
Lowry is at 7/4 to not be a Raptor come November 1st and that’s a price I would be all over at this point.
With Dwight Howard traded already, Paul Millsap’s future is up in the air. The Atlanta Hawks have made it clear it’s rebuild time, despite making the playoffs once again this season. The All-star forward is a wanted man with the Denver Nuggets, Sacramento Kings and Utah Jazz all sensible, plausible options.
A max contract will not be offered to Millsap according to the Hawks’ general manager, which really makes it tough to see him remaining with Atlanta. The odds of 1/7 for him not to be a Hawk by the start of November reflect this and, quite frankly, show there’s little value in the betting market for Millsap.
It will be a big contract for the big man, but one that could prove pivotal to a team looking to contend.
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