The Dubs added an All-Star talent for the mid-level exception, saw their chief rival get worse, saved money while retaining a superstar and dodged the PG-to-LA bullet. Of those dunk attempts, 18 were assisted. There is concern for any front office looking into Leonard that he might hold a grudge against a team that trades for him, unless that team is the Lakers.
In layman's terms the Thunder are going to have trouble putting a real deep core together with Melo's $28 million on the books. He has shown the ability to guard positions 1-5 and with an improved shot in the corner, can help the Thunder tremendously. With so many scorers on his team, Grant didn't shoot often but when he did he connected on an efficient 53.5 percent of his shots.
The Philadelphia 76ers are getting to make their pitch to LeBron James. They were really good and competitive throughout the year, finishing 48-34 - same record as the Thunder - and the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference.
Much like the Lakers, the Sixers lack postseason experience and James would be surrounded by players who have barely tasted the postseason. He simply isn't the kind of player you give that kind of money to.
Paul George was considered one of the most talented and unpredictable free agents of 2018. George will return on a four-year, $137 million deal. Trading for George a year ago was panned by some critics, presumably because of the belief that he was already focused on joining his hometown Los Angeles Lakers in free agency.
Kevin Durant will re-sign with Golden State for two years, the New York Times reported, keeping the two-time NBA Finals Most Valuable Player with a club that has won three of the past four crowns and seeks a fifth consecutive trip to the finals next year.