2017 NBA rookies and offseason trades

With the upcoming NBA season coming up, teams are scrambling to get the best players to make their way to the playoffs. With rookies being signed and trades that are reshaping teams going down, the offseason has been a crazy few months for the NBA in all. First off, the NBA had a huge wave of top tier rookies coming to the league including: the infamous Lonzo Ball, Markelle Fultz, Dennis Smith Jr, Jayson Tatum, Josh Jackson, and many more.

Some of the league’s best players could be, and were, traded away this season. One of the most known trades recently was Kyrie Irving being traded from the Cleveland Cavaliers to the Boston Celtics for Isaiah Thomas and Jae Crowder. Kyrie has stated that he had requested for a trade not because he wanted to leave Cleveland, but that he wanted to continue his “Journey” as a man and in basketball. Thomas, who has played for 4 different teams, including the Celtics, which has been his home since 2015. Thomas has undergone some of the most tragic moments in his life in Boston; including the death of his sister. He went on and played the day after she died, and scored 33 points. Irving has played in Cleveland all his life and was said to be one of the main reasons Lebron James came back to play in Cleveland.

Another big trade during this offseason was Jimmy Butler from the Chicago Bulls was traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Zach LaVine and Kris Dunn. This trade raised headlines for the Wolves after losing one of their best offensive players, Zach LaVine, to an injury. They needed a guard to replace LaVine and build up their team to playoff material.

One of the larger trades of the season was one which included eight players. Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers was traded to the Houston Rockets for Patrick Beverley, Sam Dekker, Montrezl Harrell, DeAndre Liggins, Darrun Hilliard, Lou Williams, and Kyle Wiltjer. Chris Paul will be joining James Harden, who is a three time all-star, and MVP, in 2015 as reported on ESPN.com.

Some other trades and moves that were made included: Paul George of the Indiana Pacers being traded to the Oklahoma Thunder for Victor Oladipo (George will be joining Russell Westbrook), Derrick Rose signing a contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers, and D’Angelo Russell, of the Los Angeles Lakers, was signed to the Brooklyn Nets along with Timofey Mozgov. Also, Gordon Hayward of the Utah Jazz was traded to the Boston Celtics.

Many other trades were made during this offseason and maybe more will occur. We just know that many teams will have a bigger shot at making the playoffs this year and many NBA fans will be there to watch.

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