This year’s NBA offseason is basically an arms race. Teams are scrambling to pile up as much talent as possible in hopes to finally dethrone the Miami Heat, which, even after winning two consecutive NBA Championships, will return this coming year as the favorite yet again.
Maybe it’s just me, but it seemed like an abnormally volatile offseason in the NBA. Some real movers and shakers have stepped up to the plate and are making some pretty drastic moves to put themselves in championship contention right now.
Let’s take a look at some of the most noteworthy moves.
Dwight Howard signs with the Houston Rockets
For a guy that woefully underperformed this year, NBA nation was obsessed with knowing where the big man was going to land. After a rocky showing with the Los Angeles Lakers, it was doubtful he was going to return — and he didn’t.
Instead, he bolstered an already-strong Houston Rockets team, making them a legitimate contender for an NBA Championship. With guys like James Harden, Jeremy Lin and Patrick Beverly, Howard gives them some great size, which is about the only thing the Miami Heat lack.
Doc Rivers takes the helm of Los Angeles Clippers
Seldom does a head coach steal so many headlines — unless maybe you’re a legend, like Phil Jackson — but Doc Rivers did just that. The former Boston Celtics head coach was dealt to the Los Angeles Clippers. Big deal, right? It’s not like he’s going to suit up and play.
True, but Rivers signing up as coach with the Clippers was a key move in keeping Chris Paul around instead of testing the free agent market. Retaining one of the game’s best floor generals and bringing a bright coaching mind on board could elevate the Clippers to the next level.
Brooklyn Nets get their own big three
It’s no Lebron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, but it might be close.
The Brooklyn Nets reached the playoffs this year, and it appears they’re going for broke by signing a trio of aging, but proven, stars. The Nets wheeled and dealed with the Boston Celtics to get Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Jason Terry. Yes, this does give them a shot at a title right away, but for how long?
Another point of criticism concerning Brooklyn’s seemingly reckless offseason is the fact that they signed Jason Kidd as their new head coach — a guy with no coaching experience whatsoever. Wouldn’t you want to put strong leadership in position first before piling on a bunch of stars and their egos?
Golden State gets stronger with Andre Iguodala
The scrappy Warriors were fun to watch in this year’s playoffs, and made a strong run at a championship appearance. The fact that they had an incredibly youthful roster seemed to be the familiar refrain, promising that this team would be back and competitive again next year.
With their new acquisition, that is an understatement. Not only are the youngsters back in action, but they also scooped up Andre Iguodala. He brings great play out on the wing, but he’s also a levelheaded veteran that can settle down this excitable bunch.