The Craziest NBA Off-Season: A Recap Of What Happened

Curran Gilster, Staff Writer

After a long and lengthy off-season that had some pretty crazy things happen, the NBA is ready for it’s glorious return when the Boston Celtics and Cleveland Cavaliers take to the court for the opening tip withand the official beginning of the 2017-2018 NBA season at 8:00 PM EST on TNT followed by the 2017 NBA Champions Golden State Warriors facing off against the Houston Rockets led by the new formidable backcourt of newly acquired point guard Chris Paul and last season’s MVP candidate James Harden at 10:30 PM EST also on TNT.

The biggest surprise of most teams in the off-season are the formation of super teams as a way to combat the usual Warriors-Cavaliers finals matchup in hopes that another team can have a chance to win the coveted Larry O’Brien trophy.

The off season started with the Philadelphia 76ers and Boston Celtics making a trade for the #1 overall pick so that the 76ers could draft University of Washington standout Markelle Fultz as the cornerstone of their franchise

The trades that followed after that seemed very usual, Dwight Howard, D’Angelo Russell, and Timofey Mosgov were each traded, with Howard going to the Charlotte Hornets after spending one season with his hometown team the Atlanta Hawks, while Russell and Mosgov were both shipped out to Brooklyn as a way to relief cap space and give #2 overall pick Lonzo Ball the chance to replace Russell.

The shock value started to rise once Chicago Bulls franchise player Jimmy Butler was traded for Zach Lavine, Kris Dunn, and a 1st round pick but the week after was crazy as elite point guard Chris Paul was traded from the Los Angeles Clippers to the Houston Rockets. Only after 2 days was Indiana Pacers superstar forward Paul George traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder as General Manager Sam Presti hoped that the small forward could help them challenge top teams in the West such as the Warriors, Rockets, and Spurs. They weren’t done with adding superstars, as they traded for Carmelo Anthony on September 25th.

The real winner of this NBA off-season was the Boston Celtics, who drafted one of Duke’s star players, Jayson Tatum, signing Gordon Hayward, one of the most coveted free agents of the year, and traded for Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving, who said that he did not want to be on the same team as Lebron James anymore as he thought that he could lead his own team.

The NBA season starts tomorrow at 8:00 EST on TNT and will run through until mid June, make sure to tune in so you can see who has a chance to win the Championship, who knows? Maybe we will have a new finals matchup this year?