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3 Winners and Losers From the Hectic NBA Offseason

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 17:   Kyrie Irving #11 and Kevin Durant #25 of Team LaBron laugh during practice for the 2018 NBA All-Star game at the Verizon Up Arena at LACC on February 17, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)
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It really does feel like the NBA offseason is more entertaining than the regular season sometimes. This summer has shaken up the league tremendously with a bunch of old faces in new places, and plenty of mouths left agape after finding out who’s going where. Let’s take a look at some of the highs and lows of NBA free agency with a list of winners and losers.

1. Winner: Brooklyn Nets

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA - APRIL 19: Kyrie Irving #11 of the Boston Celtics dribbles the ball against the Indiana Pacers in game three of the first round of the 2019 NBA Playoffs at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on April 19, 2019 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  NOTE TO USER:  User expressly acknowledges and agrees that , by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Boston Celtics v Indiana Pacers - Game Three | Andy Lyons/Getty Images

Formerly dubbed the "the most hopeless franchise in the NBA", the Nets built upon their outstanding 2018-19 season by signing Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant. Although Nets fans will likely have to wait until the 2020-21 season to see the dynamic duo at full power, having a two-time Finals MVP and the holder of one of the biggest shots in NBA Finals history is a huge win.

2. Loser: Charlotte Hornets

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - JANUARY 30: Terry Rozier #12 of the Boston Celtics dribbles against the Boston Celtics during the second half at TD Garden on January 30, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
Terry Rozier just raked in the dough with Charlotte | Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

Terry Rozier is making how much? After low-balling Kemba Walker by offering $61 million short of a supermax contract, the Hornets replaced their franchise player with a three-year, $56.7 million contract for a backup point guard. You’re telling me Charlotte could’ve kept Walker for just $4 million more? The Hornets could be the worst team in the league for years to come after also losing their second-best player in Jeremy Lamb to the Pacers.


3. Winner: Los Angeles Clippers

TORONTO, ON - JUNE 17:  Kawhi Leonard #2 of the Toronto Raptors looks on during the Toronto Raptors Victory Parade on June 17, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. The Toronto Raptors beat the Golden State Warriors 4-2 to win the 2019 NBA Finals.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)
Toronto Raptors Victory Parade & Rally | Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images

Has any superstar been as unpredictable as Kawhi Leonard? Fresh off giving the Toronto Raptors their first championship, the Fun Guy is headed back home alongside fellow Californian, Paul George. After speculation that the Kawhi sweepstakes were down to the Raptors and Lakers, the Woj bomb that hit at 2 a.m. ET changed the landscape of the league. The Clips now have two superstars and mouth-watering defensive potential. What a turn of events in LA.

4. Loser: Los Angeles Lakers

EL SEGUNDO, CA - JULY 13: LeBron James (L) talks with Anthony Davis after during a press conference where Davis was introduced as the newest player of the Los Angeles Lakers at UCLA Health Training Center on July 13, 2019 in El Segundo, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
Los Angeles Lakers Introduce Anthony Davis | Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

How can a team that has LeBron James and Anthony Davis be an offseason loser? Their little brother hit a huge growth spurt and took their lunch money. The Clippers overshadowed the AD trade with Kawhi and PG, causing the Lakers to find themselves as the underdog in LA yet again. Signing DeMarcus Cousins and Quinn Cook for reasonable prices is nice, but why is Kentavious Caldwell-Pope back for more than the league minimum?

5. Winner: Philadelphia 76ers

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - MAY 06: Al Horford #42 of the Boston Celtics looks on during the second half of Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2019 NBA Playoffs at TD Garden on May 06, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Bucks defeat the Celtics 113-101. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
Milwaukee Bucks v Boston Celtics - Game Four | Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

Al Horford may be one of the most underrated players in the game, and is definitely one of the summer’s biggest signings. Horford's ability to defend as well as stretch the floor is a godsend for Philly, especially now that Joel Embiid only has to match up with Horford in practice. A jumbo lineup of Ben Simmons, Josh Richardson, Tobias Harris, Horford and Embiid makes the Sixers a major force to be reckoned with.

6. Loser: New York Knicks

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - JULY 07:  RJ Barrett #8 of the New York Knicks stands on the court during a game against the Phoenix Suns during the 2019 NBA Summer League at the Thomas & Mack Center on July 7, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Phoenix Suns v New York Knicks | Ethan Miller/Getty Images

You knew it was coming. The Knicks' biggest targets, Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, are headed to the other New York basketball team and the Knicks responded by adding four power forwards: Julius Randle, Bobby Portis, Marcus Morris and Taj Gibson. The Knicks gave up Kristaps Porzingis before the trade deadline just to cram the 4-spot with veterans. But hey, at least they have RJ Barrett, right? Take a deep breath, Knicks fans.