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So we're only a couple days into the 2018 free agency period and there have been some jaw dropping signings. Lebron James finally went to LA, Paul George decided to stay in OKC, and Chris Paul got paid to stay in Houston. Yet after those big three names, there have been a flurry of other signings and quite a few that make you wonder “what in the world..?”
Ha..hahahahahahahaha, this is going to be either the most fun duo in the world or the biggest disaster this season. Lance Stephenson and Lebron have been battling for years and now they're going to be sharing the same court together for a full season. While egos and personalities aside, this signing is utterly baffling as it doesn't fit the play style of James. The best thing to do is surround Lebron with knock down shooters, cutters, and guys who can consistently play off the ball. Lance is none of those and never has been. I'm assuming the two won't be playing much at the same time, but if they do it's bound to be a very interesting fit.
Hey remember how I said you need to surround Lebron with shooters? Yeah, Rondo isn't a knock down shooter. The Rajon Rondo to LA signing was so far out of left field I had to google multiple sources to confirm I wasn't being punked. Rondo's fit is just as questionable as Lance's as Rondo is ball dominant, can't really shoot, and has been a torn in Jame's side for years. The larger elephant in the room is Lonzo Ball, as bringing in a veteran floor general can't mean good things for Ball.
Oh come on…this is insane. I get that DeMarcus Cousins is injured goods and not scheduled to play until January, but seriously no one took out a flier on this guy except Golden State?!? Reports are that Cousins had to even call Golden State GM Bob Meyers to get a deal rolling. Even if DMC returns to half of his pre injury self, Golden State could have the best starting 5 in NBA history.
Remember how Chris Paul and Blake Griffin basically kidnapped DeAndre and made him stay in Los Angeles a few years back? Well, Dallas apparently doesn't as they finally got their center in DeAndre, even if it's only for 1 year. Obviously there are no hard feelings but spending $24 million, a.k.a most of the Mavericks' cap space, for a one year rental of Jordan seems very odd. I presume this move is purely a stop gap for a retooling Dallas team. The Mavericks' first home game should be very interesting.
Dwight Howard will sign with Washington when his buy out is completed with Brooklyn in the coming days. The Wizards have a huge hole in center so in that sense, this signing makes perfect sense. The problem lies within the already reported fractured locker room in Washington now bound to be even worse with Dwight Howard being added to the mix. Washington's locker room issues were so bad that Marcin Gortat wanted out for awhile and they settled for Austin Rivers as equal trade value. Adding Dwight to this nightmare seems to only speed up the eventual blow up of the Wizard's roster.