The Super Team Syndrome: NBA chasing Golden State in free
Time flies when you’re
having fun, or when you’re a free agent in the NBA.
Since opening day of free agency, the NBA has been a
complete feeding frenzy as several teams
across the league rush to scoop up top free
agents for the upcoming 2017-2018 season.
The 2017 NBA season has started off with a bang, as Chris Paul shocked the
Clippers and the rest of the nation with signing to the Houston Rockets even
before free agency began. Shortly
after Paul signed with Houston, franchise players like Jimmy Butler and Paul
George also surprised the league with trades to Minnesota and Oklahoma City.
gradually becoming a building block with Tom Thibodeau recruiting Butler and Bulls
teammate Taj Gibson (2-year /$28 mil), while OKC is living life in the fast
lane signing Paul George to just a one-year rental.
Many teams like Houston
(Harden, Paul,) and now OKC (Westbrook, George), are looking to add another
All-star to their lineup, making a run at the super team that is Golden State. While
players like Carmelo Anthony, Gordon Hayward,
Kyle Lowry, and company
are yet to sign with the team.
What a time to be
alive if you’re a free agent.
changed with the defending champs, the Warriors continue to strive for greatness
resigning Steph Curry and Andre Iguodola to blockbuster deals and Kevin Durant
expected to return. Curry becomes the richest man in the NBA with a record
setting 5-year, $201 million contract – not even Michael Jordan or Magic
Johnson saw that kind of money.
As the Clippers and
Celtics are fighting to maintain relevance in their respective conference,
there are also many other NBA teams that are in limbo following free agency. While
the Clippers retain Griffin, teams like Miami, Phoenix, and Detroit have yet to
make a splash this offseason.
Who is going to be
able to chase Golden State?
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