2018/2019 NBA Free Agency Predictions

     The NBA playoffs are underway which means we are just a couple months away from the close of the season. This doesn’t necessarily mean the excitement is over. The NBA off season and the buzz about where some of the league’s top players will sign, brings almost just as much anticipation as the season itself. This week i’ll disclose where it is predicted some of the world’s most sought after basketball superstars will sign in this upcoming off season.
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Lebron James (PF) Cleveland Cavaliers- No matter how many predictions or how much speculation arises, no one knows what James has planned, he himself has even stated he is not sure where he’ll end up after this year. He could decide to weigh his options, take a few visits and listen to pitches from teams like the Lakers, Rockets and 76ers and has even expressed interest in the Spurs. However, when it all comes down to it, I don’t see an outstanding reason as to why he’d want to depart from The Cavs.

Let’s be honest — James is staying in Cleveland. He may take a visit or show interest elsewhere to gain leverage, but it seems safe to assume the King will be in Ohio for at least one more year.

 

Clint Capela (C) Houston Rockets- Unless the Rockets make some ridiculous push for a superstar like LeBron or Kawhi Leonard this offseason, I don’t see any way they give up on Clint Capela. They may not like the costs that come with keeping him, but he’s too instrumental to this lineup to be tossed aside.

Right now, he’s proving to be one of the most underappreciated bigs in the league, averaging 13.9 points per game and 10.8 rebounds while also using his basketball I.Q. and surprising strength to dominate the boards/paint.

The Rockets truly have a great one in Capela, who doesn’t get the credit he deserves. If they do end up releasing him, he should have no problem finding another home.

Kevin Durant (SF) Golden State Warriors-  I’m going to give Durant the benefit of the doubt. Instead of assuming he’s going to jump ship and display that lack of loyalty he’s become notorious for, I predict he decides to stay with the Warriors.

Even if Golden State doesn’t win it all this season, Durant stays put. He seems to be enjoying his time in the Bay Area, and has enjoyed far more success than he did in Oklahoma City. Why ruin a good thing?

 

Demarcus Cousins (C) New Orleans Pelicans- He’s coming off a torn Achilles tendon injury that isn’t easy to bounce back from, especially for a man of his size and stature. Chances are he won’t even be ready for the start of the 2018-19 season. They’ll likely keep him for one more season to watch how he bounces back after his traumatic injury, and then decide whether or not to part ways.

In the end, it’ll come down to keeping Davis happy. He wants Cousins to stay, and is willing to get involved to make it happen. In hopes of indulging the Brow, the Pelicans front office will bring the other Twin Towers back for at least one more go-around.

 

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