8 Things You Won’t See Coming in the NBA This Summer

  • Kevin Love Cleveland Cavs

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    1. Kevin Love opts out of contract, goes to Celtics

    The Kevin Love experiment kind of worked. The Cavaliers had a great season, yet cruised through the playoffs as soon as Love went down with a shoulder injury. The power forward never really found his defined role on a Cavaliers team full of egos. The marriage between the Cavs and Kevin Love will soon come to a divorce. The remaining 29 NBA teams would love to add a player of Kevin Love’s caliber to their roster. I can easily see K-Love in a Boston Celtics uniform next season.

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  • Karl-Anthony Towns Kentucky

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    2. Russell, Towns, and Okafor won't win summer league MVP

    The three projected top picks in this year’s draft will not win MVP of the NBA’s summer leagues. Not a crazy thing to predict considering I am taking the field, but still a prediction that could be wrong. I tend to like young, energetic scoring guards to take home a summer league MVP award. Late first-round guys that are trying to prove why they should get major minutes for their already established teams tend to win the award. Towns, Okafor, and Russell will be trying to resurrect franchises that are looking to improve on the previous season. Their eyes are on more important things.

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  • Phil Jackson New York Knicks

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    3. Knicks sign major free agent, draft stud, and then make the playoffs

    This prediction is a little biased because I am a huge Knicks fan. I am also a believer in if you say something enough times you will start to believe it. The Knicks will be a good team one day, which is a fact. Whether it is next year or ten years from now the Knicks will be a playoff team. Adding a guy to the franchise that has 11 rings is never a bad thing. Let’s hope Phil Jackson has enough clout to lure a free agent in signing with the New York Knicks. I would certainly take Marc Gasol, LaMarcus Aldridge or even Greg Monroe. Adding a nice big man with a healthy Melo and a young stud in the draft and you have the ingredients for a successful season in a lousy eastern conference.

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  • Tristan Thompson Cleveland Cavaliers

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    4. Tristan Thompson signs huge contract with Lakers; Cavs don't match

    Don’t get me wrong, Tristan Thompson is a good basketball player. Is he great? Far from it. He has done a magnificent job filling in for the injured Kevin Love, which is a major reason why he is going to see big bucks this offseason. He has had a down year this year, averaging 8.5 points per game and 8.0 rebounds per game in a little over 26 minutes–not great numbers for a guy that could get $7-8 million per year. Some team is going to get desperate and offer Tristan a fat contract that the Cavs won’t want to match. My guess is the Los Angeles Lakers.

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  • Giannis Antetokounmpo Milwaukee Bucks

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    5. Giannis Antetokounmpo has a phenomenal offseason and becomes an All-Star

    The Greek Freak has the potential to be an absolute beast in the National Basketball Association. The 20-year-old made great strides this season, doubling his points per game to 12.7 while averaging 6.7 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game. He is listed at 6-11 and might not even be done growing. The kid really has the ability to become a Kevin Durant-type player, making him impossible to match up against. Hopefully he stays focused and improves his game this offseason. I’m excited to see what the future has in store for Giannis.

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  • Dwyane Wade Miami Heat

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    6. Dwyane Wade opts out of contract and signs with Dallas

    D-Wade has made a lot of money in his time with the Miami Heat. Miami has been good to Wade, but my gut is telling me it is going to end ugly. There is a very small chance Wade retires and does not play in the 2015-2016 NBA season, but I am sure while he is on the beach he will think about the idea. Once he realizes how much he still has left, he will proceed to tell the Heat how much he wants. (Think: max deal.) Pat Riley won’t have it, could inform him to go try that with another team, and Wade will settle on something much less than he asked for. Mark Cuban enjoys stirring up the pot so I predict he will throw some nice money at one of the players his team beat in the NBA Finals.

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  • adidas Yeezy Boost Kanye West

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    7. Nick Young includes the adidas Yeezy Boost in his sneaker rotation

    Swaggy P has had a busy summer already. Recently, he proposed to his pop star girlfriend Iggy Azalea and proceeded to flaunt it all over Instagram. The Lakers guard has been known to be a showboat, which makes sense as he had to earn the nickname Swaggy P.

    The sneaker culture in basketball has grown exponentially over the last few years. We have seen PEs, all types of Jordans, and even a pair of Yeezys being worn on the court. Besides planning for a wedding, I hope Swaggy takes the time to figure out what sneaker he is going to wear for every game in the upcoming season. Eighty-two games with 82 different pairs of sneakers, including the highly coveted Yeezy Ultra Boost 750–a sneaker that has never been worn in an NBA game? One can only dream.

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  • DeAndre Jordan Clippers

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    8. DeAndre Jordan gets a max deal, just not from the Clippers

    Is DeAndre Jordan worth a max contract? Maybe. Is he going to get it? Maybe. Do I think he deserves a max deal? Probably not. Honestly, Jordan is a younger of Ben Wallace in my opinion. He is a great defender, awesome rebounder, and scores most of his points off lobs from Chris Paul and Blake Griffin. I understand that Jordan is still only 26, but he also struggles with free throws, shooting less than 42 percent for his career. He’s also had some not-so-smart moments on the court. Both of these flaws can impact a game negatively, which was made apparent in this year’s playoffs. DeAndre shops for a max deal during the offseason, but settles on a nice fat contract from someone else other than the Clips.

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  • Kevin Love Cleveland Cavs
  • Karl-Anthony Towns Kentucky
  • Phil Jackson New York Knicks
  • Tristan Thompson Cleveland Cavaliers
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo Milwaukee Bucks
  • Dwyane Wade Miami Heat
  • adidas Yeezy Boost Kanye West
  • DeAndre Jordan Clippers

The summer can be a time for rest and relaxation, especially for NBA players that just played a grueling 82-game season, with some playing a handful more. Some guys will take the summer off to vacation and party, while others will spend it in the gym practicing their jump shot. The offseason is when good players become great players. It is the time when you can tell who is taking their craft seriously and who just wants to see their next paycheck.

This offseason has the potential to be an exciting one. There are some prospects in the NBA Draft that have the ability to become franchise players. The free agent list isn’t quite like last summer’s, but there are some great players on the list. Guys like Marc Gasol, Kevin Love, and Jimmy Butler could be huge additions to an on-the-cusp playoff team. There are also mid-level free agents that could be signed in order to fill a void on an already great team. The summer should be an exciting one for free agents around the league.

Unlike NBA players, The Drop doesn’t take the summer off. We are the guys that are metaphorically practicing our jump shot every day in the gym, putting up 1,000 shots a day in order to raise our points per game average next season. With the NBA offseason about to begin, decided to create a list of Things You Won’t See Coming in the NBA This Summer. Some will come true, while others have slim hope. It should be a busy offseason for free agents, GMs, and rookies looking to make a squad.

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