The biggest remaining trade domino wobbled
When Gordon Hayward announced he signed up with the Boston Celtics, it wrapped up the decisions of players at the top of this summer’s NBA free agent board. This biggest moves have been made, but there is still pretty much more things to be done.
The Utah Jazz needs to think about what next step is after losing their leading scorer and another starter Tuesday.
The Cleveland Cavaliers could wonder whether they need another action to conpete Boston team because they were left behind Boston in the regular season.
There is a team which joined the competition of Hayward chase, The Miami Heat, can shop elsewhere with the cash they freed up by finally waiving Chris Bosh.
There aren’t any franchise-altering players left when the end of the moratorium Thursday, under the circumstance when stars such as Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, Blake Griffin and Kyle Lowry can sign up the deals with the team they agreed to.
Even before Hayward’s decision when George Hill decided to join Sacramento, the Jazz lost a player Sunday. Though it seemed that the point guard wouldn’t be back once Utah acquired Ricky Rubio in a trade with Minnesota. That $57 million for three years deal was one of two additions made by the Kings, for Sunday, also Kings got Zach Randolph to leave Memphis for his former coach, Dave Joerger, with a two-year agreement which is worth $24 million
They did not finish yet, on the same day, Sunday, Patrick Patterson agreed to a three-year contract worthing $16.4 million to leave Toronto for Oklahoma City, where he can inherit one of the forward spots that opened when the Thunder traded Domantas Sabonis to Indiana in the deal to get Paul George, and Taj Gibson left for Minnesota.
Because Hayward won’t coming to Miami, which makes it try to keep Dion Waiters and James Johnson, and more teams will flirt with the remaining players who wouldn’t cost much money, or even Carmelo Anthony, if he were to become available in New York.
The $128 million for four-year deal of Hayward halted the run of Western Conference teams loading up all summer, often at the expense of the weaker East. The trades of George and Jimmy Butler, who went from Chicago to Minnesota, may have sent two 2017 playoff teams into the lottery.