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Ranking the Most Unexpected Moves of the NBA Offseason

TORONTO, ONTARIO - JUNE 10:  Kawhi Leonard #2 of the Toronto Raptors handles the ball on offense against the Golden State Warriors in the second half during Game Five of the 2019 NBA Finals at Scotiabank Arena on June 10, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. 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 Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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The most anticipated NBA offseason in recent memory has lived up to every ounce of hype that pundits, skeptics, and fans had all been clamoring for. We are less than a week into the free agency period, yet we have officially lost count as to how many times we were utterly bamboozled by an Adrian Wojnarowski Twitter notification.

With that in mind, let's rank the most unexpected moves of the unpredictable delight that has been the summer of 2019 in the NBA.

1. Kawhi to the Clippers... AN PG13!

PORTLAND, OR - APRIL 16: Paul George #13 of the Oklahoma City Thunder reacts to an officials call during the second half of Game Two of the Western Conference quarterfinals against the Portland Trail Blazers during the 2019 NBA Playoffs Moda Center on April 16, 2019 in Portland, Oregon. The Blazers won 114-94. 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 Steve Dykes/Getty Images)   (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)
Oklahoma City Thunder v Portland Trail Blazers - Game Two | Steve Dykes/Getty Images

How many times over the last few weeks have pundits like Chris Broussard and Cris Carter called Kawhi Leonard to the Lakers a done deal? Instead, in the wee hours of July 6, we were shocked to hear that the Claw will be joining forces with Paul George with the Clippers. It could go down as the most unexpected heist in free agency history, right next to Kevin Durant's decision to join Golden State in 2016.

2. KD Goes All in for Brooklyn

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - MAY 08:   Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors reacts during their game against the Houston Rockets in Game Five of the Western Conference Semifinals of the 2019 NBA Playoffs at ORACLE Arena on May 08, 2019 in Oakland, 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 Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Houston Rockets v Golden State Warriors - Game Five | Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

You are off your rocker if you don't think that the Slim Reaper signing with the Nets came as a major surprise, especially given that teams like the Warriors, Knicks, and Clippers -- teams with considerably stronger brands -- also in the mix. Even after Kyrie Irving ended up in Brooklyn as most anticipated, nobody was truly convinced that KD was poised to join him. When it finally came to fruition, it was hard to wrap your head around what the future now holds for the Nets.

3. Harrison Barnes' Mega Deal with the Kings

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 11: Harrison Barnes #40 of the Sacramento Kings dribbles the ball against the Washington Wizards in the first half at Capital One Arena on March 11, 2019 in Washington, DC. 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 Rob Carr/Getty Images)
Sacramento Kings v Washington Wizards | Rob Carr/Getty Images

If there were ever awards handed out to agents, Jeff Schwartz would have cleaned house for pulling off a four-year, $85 million contract for Harrison Barnes to remain in Sacramento. That's a $21.25 million average per year for a player who's averaged 13.6 points per game across seven seasons in the Association. Schwartz is out here playing chess while the rest of the player reps out there are playing checkers.

4. D'Angelo Russell Becoming a Warrior

PHILADELPHIA, PA - APRIL 23: D'Angelo Russell #1 of the Brooklyn Nets dribbles the ball against the Philadelphia 76ers in Game Five of Round One of the 2019 NBA Playoffs at the Wells Fargo Center on April 23, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 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 Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
Brooklyn Nets v Philadelphia 76ers - Game Five | Mitchell Leff/Getty Images

Seriously, did anybody else think that D'Angelo Russell was destined to shine at the Barclays Center for the remainder of his career after his superb All-Star 2018-19 campaign? We genuinely thought it set the precedent for general manager Sean Marks to build around the Ohio State product. Of course, once Kyrie Irving became a Net, it was clear that D-Lo was likely to be on the move. What nobody anticipated, however, was that his new home would be with Steph Curry and the five-time defending Western Conference champs.