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NBA offseason grades, player movement: Knicks, Lakers, Warriors revamp rosters; Blazers, Pelicans underwhelm

Whereas there are nonetheless just a few key free brokers but to land with groups, the NBA offseason has slowed to a snail’s tempo as rosters have most of their items in place for the 2021-22 season. Free company has began with a frenzy over the previous few summers, and this 12 months was no exception with All-Stars like Russell Westbrook, Kyle Lowry, Kemba Walker and DeMar DeRozan all switching uniforms.

Now that we have had a little bit of time to gather ourselves, we thought it was a superb time to take inventory of all of the maneuvers and hand out offseason grades for all 30 NBA teams. Clearly, there are nonetheless some offers left to be made, which might reasonably have an effect on the notion of a staff’s offseason, however for probably the most half, we all know what we’re coping with.

This is a take a look at every NBA staff’s participant motion (shout out to NBA.com and HoopsHype for serving to to maintain the whole lot straight), together with a grade for its offseason exercise.

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Atlanta basically introduced again the identical roster that made an surprising run to the convention finals final season, whereas including a few promising rookies and locking up Younger and Collins by means of 2026 and 2027, respectively. Swapping Dunn for Wright additionally offers Younger a professional backup — one thing the Hawks have sorely wanted. Johnson was thought-about a lottery expertise however dropped as a consequence of a polarizing 13-game profession at Duke. He might compete for minutes, however the Hawks are one of many deepest groups within the league and may have loads of persistence whereas he develops. Grade: A

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The Celtics spent a draft decide to do away with Walker’s contract whereas bringing again a well-recognized face in Horford. They’ve achieved simply sufficient to stay firmly within the combine in the course of the Japanese Convention, however much more stress shall be on the shoulders of Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown. Getting Schroder for the mid-level exception is an unquestionable coup, and he’ll be supremely motivated on a one-year prove-it deal. Relying on what Horford has left within the tank, the Celtics might find yourself being a top-five protection. The offense might current some issues, nevertheless. Grade: B

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By bringing again Brown and Griffin whereas including the veteran Mills, the Nets look to be simply as robust as a 12 months in the past, after they had been the title favorites earlier than accidents derailed their quest. They picked up a few proficient rookies in Thomas and Sharpe, whereas including some severe toughness in Carter, Johnson and Bembry. Shedding Inexperienced might show expensive given how essential he was for Brooklyn within the postseason, however general it was a powerful offseason, capped by the Durant extension. Grade: A-minus

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If the aim was to place athletes alongside LaMelo Ball, Gordon Hayward and Terry Rozier, the Hornets’ summer time has been a convincing success. Oubre and Plumlee can each get out on the break and end, whereas rookies Bouknight and Jones are spectacularly explosive. The lightning-quick Smith will push the tempo in transition for what ought to be one of the vital entertaining groups within the league subsequent season. They lose capturing with Graham’s departure, however Bouknight has shot 38 p.c from deep in summer time league, persevering with a pattern from his pre-draft exercises. Grade: A-minus

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No one can accuse the Bulls of being timid. Ball is an ideal match subsequent to Zach LaVine and Nikola Vucevic, and you’ll argue that DeRozan is overpaid, however he was one of the vital environment friendly halfcourt scorers and playmakers within the league final season. Chicago may wrestle defensively, however including Ball and Caruso helps in that division. Dosunmu was thought-about to be a first-round expertise by most draft evaluators, so the Bulls did nicely to get him at No. 38. Chicago determined to go all-in and spent accordingly, so it is exhausting to fault a playoff-starved franchise for that sort of boldness. Grade: A-minus

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Not many strikes for the Cavs, however Mobley has the potential to be a transcendent large man and Rubio ought to function a flooring chief and mentor for the younger backcourt of Darius Garland and Collin Sexton. Giving Allen a $100 million contract could seem a bit extreme, nevertheless it’s an indication that they suppose he and Mobley can co-exist for the foreseeable future. The Cavs won’t be a playoff staff but, however they’re taking steps in the suitable route. Grade: A-minus

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It wasn’t precisely the blockbuster offseason Dallas followers had been dreaming of again when Giannis Antetokounmpo was nonetheless available on the market, however they achieved crucial order of enterprise: Signing Doncic to a max extension. Additionally they introduced again Hardaway, one of the vital environment friendly offensive gamers within the league final season, whereas including extra capturing with Bullock and Brown. The Richardson experiment by no means actually labored in Dallas, so dropping him should not harm an excessive amount of. Grade: B

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Denver took care of enterprise by bringing again Barton, JaMychal Inexperienced and Rivers, all of whom performed essential roles final postseason. Additionally they added Jeff Inexperienced, a cagey veteran who will presumably play some backup heart after the departure of McGee. Hyland is an thrilling rookie who has the brashness to fill in a few of Jamal Murray’s minutes whereas he recovers from ACL surgical procedure. Nikola Jokic and this supporting solid ought to have the Nuggets in nice form by the point Murray probably returns later within the season. Grade: B-plus

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The Pistons’ offseason was about one factor and one factor solely: Cade Cunningham. They’ve their potential foundational piece that each rebuilding franchise goals of, and now it is about nurturing his expertise and placing him in positions to succeed. Bringing again veterans Joseph and McGruder ought to assist with that, whereas Olynyk will area the ground and supply a pleasant foil for bruiser Isaiah Stewart. Grade: A

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In need of a blockbuster commerce for Bradley Beal (who’s presently unavailable), it is exhausting to think about the offseason going a lot better for the Warriors. They received a possible future celebrity in Kuminga, a 3-and-D wing in Moody, then loaded the bench with veterans, as was the acknowledged aim of Bob Myers and the entrance workplace. Additionally they traded Paschall to ease the luxurious tax burden whereas caring for Curry’s extension. The Warriors ought to be proper again in rivalry within the Western Convention if everyone seems to be wholesome, they usually have the property to make a transfer for a celebrity (Beal or in any other case) if one turns into obtainable. Grade: A

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  • Jalen Inexperienced (draft)
  • Alperen Sengun (draft)
  • Usman Garuba (draft)
  • Josh Christopher (draft)
  • Daniel Theis (free agent)
  • Matthew Damage (undrafted free agent)

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  • Kelly Olynyk (free agent)
  • Sterling Brown (free agent)
  • Cam Reynolds (free agent)

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Drafting 4 youngsters is a daring transfer, but when there’s any franchise that may take that sort of likelihood, it is the Rockets, who’re proper on the precipice of a rebuild. Inexperienced is a possible 25-point-per-game scorer, whereas Sengun and Garuba had been two of one of the best worldwide prospects within the draft. Houston additionally added Theis to do the soiled work alongside Christian Wood, whereas re-signing the energetic Nwaba to maintain the protection respectable. The Rockets don’t have any incentive to win this season — they usually will not — however they’ve put collectively a pleasant assortment of younger gamers with the hopes that one or two will hit large. Grade: A

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Maybe crucial offseason transfer for the Pacers was changing head coach Nate Bjorkgren with Rick Carlisle, who will convey immediate credibility and (hopefully) respect from his gamers. The 24-year-old Duarte ought to have the ability to contribute straight away as a rookie, averaging over 18 factors on 48 p.c 3-point capturing by means of 4 Summer season League video games, whereas Jackson has the potential to be a shot-blocker extraordinaire. Vacation grew to become expendable with the emergence of McConnell, who the staff shortly re-signed, and the Pacers will largely run again the identical unit as final season, however hopefully with a wholesome TJ Warren. Grade: B

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The Clippers breathed an enormous sigh of reduction as they re-signed Leonard to a four-year deal, which can preserve him and Paul George in a Clipper uniform probably by means of 2025. They had been additionally in a position to convey again Jackson and Batum, whose roles shall be much more outstanding for nevertheless lengthy Leonard is out whereas recovering from a torn ACL. The Clippers traded as much as get Johnson, one of the best conventional athlete within the draft, and added Winslow, who has been an intriguing participant when wholesome. The Bledsoe commerce provides a stable combo guard who will return to the place his profession began, and saves the Clippers $30 million of their luxurious tax invoice. Grade: A

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The Lakers mainly swapped out their complete roster, highlighted by the acquisition of Westbrook. Whereas it might result in postseason points, the addition offers the Lakers a nuclear ball of vitality to get them by means of the common season and take a number of the playmaking stress off of LeBron James, who will flip 37 in December. After that, the Lakers did nicely to choose up high quality function gamers on low-cost offers with Anthony, Ariza, Howard, Bazemore and Ellington, whereas including some spry legs in Nunn and Monk. The lack of Caruso, Kuzma, Caldwell-Pope and to some extent Schroder, might harm their elite protection, however so long as James, Westbrook and Anthony Davis are wholesome, the Lakers are going to win lots of video games. Grade: A-minus

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The Grizzlies determined to tackle the wage of Adams and Bledsoe in change for a better draft decide (with which they chose Williams), later flipping Bledsoe for 3 extra gamers, one in every of which (Patrick Beverley) they traded for Culver and Hernangomez. Obtained all that? Parting with Valanciunas hurts, since he is been important to the guts and soul of this staff over the previous two-plus seasons. Memphis relied on his inside scoring and must discover different methods to make up for it now that he is gone. Adams is stable and the Grizzlies ought to compete for a playoff spot as soon as once more behind Ja Morant, Jaren Jackson Jr. and Dillon Brooks, however they clearly had an eye fixed towards the longer term — not the current — with their strikes. Grade: B

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  • Kyle Lowry (free agent)
  • PJ Tucker (free agent)
  • Markieff Morris (free agent)
  • DJ Stewart (undrafted free agent)

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  • Goran Dragic (commerce)
  • Andre Iguodala (free agent)
  • Trevor Ariza (free agent)
  • Nemanja Bjelica (free agent)
  • Precious Achiuwa (commerce)
  • Kendrick Nunn (free agent)

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The Warmth’s offseason has been nicely documented, as they’ve in all probability achieved probably the most to boost their ceiling of any NBA staff. Lowry is precisely the kind of participant Miami wanted — not solely together with his protection and intangibles but in addition together with his capturing potential. Bringing again Robinson was important with the shortage of 3-point prowess between Butler, Bam Adebayo and Tucker, presumably three of the staff’s starters. Locking up Butler with an extension ought to preserve him pleased, and getting Oladipo again on a minimal deal might do wonders for the Warmth if he is wholesome by the postseason. Grade: A-plus

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  • PJ Tucker (free agent)
  • Bryn Forbes (free agent)
  • Sam Merrill (commerce)

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The lack of Tucker was surprising and will harm come playoff time, however the Bucks ought to be simply nice within the common season after including Hill, Hood and Allen to shore up their rotation. They had been additionally in a position to get Portis again on a below-market price, and at the least received an identical physique kind to Tucker in Ojeleye, who ought to have the ability to eat up some minutes. The champs look greater than able to defend their title. Grade: B

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  • Taurean Prince (commerce)
  • Patrick Beverley (commerce)
  • Nathan Knight (free agent)
  • McKinley Wright (undrafted free agent)

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  • Ricky Rubio (commerce)
  • Jarrett Culver (commerce)
  • Juancho Hernangomez (commerce)

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The Wolves swapped Rubio for Prince as D’Angelo Russell and Anthony Edwards put together to imagine extra ball-handling and playmaking duties, whereas making a presumably win-now transfer by bringing in Beverley whereas giving up former No. 6 general decide Culver. Beverley is the proper of defense-first guard to place alongside Russell, nevertheless it stays to be seen whether or not he’ll have sufficient influence to justify parting with Culver’s potential, regardless of his early-career struggles. Minnesota made strides towards the tip of the 12 months beneath Chris Finch they usually performed nicely within the restricted minutes that Russell and Karl-Anthony Towns shared, however nothing about their offseason offers you the impression that they are able to make a playoff push within the cutthroat Western Convention. Grade: B-minus

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  • Jonas Valanciunas (commerce)
  • Devonte’ Graham (free agent)
  • Tomas Satoransky (commerce)
  • Trey Murphy (draft)
  • Garrett Temple (commerce)
  • Herbert Jones (draft)
  • Daulton Hommes (free agent)
  • Jose Alvarado (undrafted free agent)

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  • Lonzo Ball (free agent)
  • Steven Adams (commerce)
  • Eric Bledsoe (commerce)
  • James Johnson (free agent)
  • Wesley Iwundu (commerce)
  • James Nunnally (free agent)

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It was an odd offseason for the Pelicans, who watched Lonzo Ball, a good friend of Zion Williamson and Brandon Ingram, stroll out the door, whereas they added stable veterans and jettisoned the contracts of Adams and Bledsoe. Valanciunas is not a terrific match alongside Williamson, and Graham, whereas a knock-down shooter, will solely exacerbate their defensive points from a season in the past. Murphy ought to have the ability to contribute as a rookie and Josh Hart’s is coming again, nevertheless it’s exhausting to say that the Pelicans received higher this offseason. Grade: C

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The Knicks pulled a quick one on all of us by signing Walker after a buyout with the Thunder, and instantly their different strikes this offseason make a whole lot more sense. They addressed their offensive points with Walker and Fournier, whereas bringing again the core of the staff that surprisingly earned a No. 4 seed final season. The Randle extension looks like honest worth for the 26-year-old All-Star, and now the Knicks look much more imposing, with the property to make a transfer for a celebrity if the chance ought to come up. Grade: A

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  • Al Horford (commerce)
  • Tony Bradley (free agent)
  • Moses Brown (commerce)

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Giddey has an opportunity to be one of the vital thrilling gamers within the league, even when taking him at No. 6 may need been a slight attain. The Thunder picked up a draft decide for Kemba Walker, whom they promptly selected to purchase out somewhat than attempt to flip for an additional asset (Walker reportedly gave up $20 million within the buyout, which might have been the promoting level). Locking up Gilgeous-Alexander with an extension was a sensible transfer, even when they find yourself buying and selling him down the street. A stable offseason for OKC, however do not anticipate many wins this season. Grade: B

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  • Otto Porter (free agent)
  • Dwayne Bacon (free agent)

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  • Moritz Wagner
  • Ignas Brazdeikis

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On the cusp of a full rebuild, the Magic have the inspiration of a probably elite protection, significantly after including Suggs and Wagner with their two top-eight draft picks. Offense, then again, goes to be an issue. Suggs might find yourself being a transformative expertise and Wagner reportedly drew rave reviews from a number of groups within the pre-draft course of, so getting them within the system might be one of the best you may hope for as a Magic fan this offseason. Grade: A-minus

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  • George Hill (free agent)
  • Dwight Howard (free agent)

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As we await Ben Simmons‘ future, crucial transfer of the Sixers’ offseason to date has been bringing again Inexperienced. Regardless of how you are feeling about Drummond, getting him on a veteran minimal is a big steal, and Niang might be a sneaky signing for them together with his versatile talent set off the bench. Springer is without doubt one of the youngest gamers within the draft, so he might not contribute straight away, however he profiles as a stout defender with some offensive upside. Clearly, the whole lot might change with the Simmons deal (or non-deal), however we are able to solely choose what we have seen to date. Grade: B

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  • Landry Shamet (commerce)
  • JaVale McGee (free agent)
  • Elfrid Payton (free agent)

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  • Jevon Carter (commerce)
  • Torrey Craig (free agent)

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The Suns had been content material to get the band again collectively for an additional run, and the partially assured closing years of Paul’s four-year, $120 million contract make it a bit of extra digestible. They added capturing with Shamet and a much-needed backup heart in McGee, whereas securing Payton as insurance coverage for a Paul or Payne damage. With a run to the Finals beneath the belts of the Suns’ younger core, they need to be a prime Western Convention contender once more subsequent season. Grade: B-plus

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  • Ben McLemore (free agent)
  • Cody Zeller (free agent)
  • Tony Snell (free agent)
  • Greg Brown (draft)
  • Trendon Watford (undrafted free agent)

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  • Zach Collins (free agent)
  • Enes Kanter (free agent)
  • Carmelo Anthony (free agent)

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If Damian Lillard needed to see significant change to the Blazers roster this offseason, he cannot be pleased with what he is proper now. Powell’s four-year, $90 million contract is okay, and Portland might nonetheless have a transfer or two to make, however because it stands, McLemore, Zeller and Snell do not precisely make this a championship contender, and Brown wasn’t thought-about NBA-ready heading into the draft. It will be a tense couple of months ready to see how Lillard proceeds. Grade: C-minus

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The Kings in all probability did not get a lot worse this offseason, however additionally they did not get a lot better. Mitchell and Thompson ought to assist the league-worst protection from a season in the past, whereas bringing again Holmes solidified the center. The true query is what Sacramento goes to do with Buddy Hield, who was almost dealt to the Lakers and has been sporadically sad for years now. He and Marvin Bagley might be commerce fodder for an additional deal, however who’s actually on the market that might make a distinction? Grade: C

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  • Josh Primo (draft)
  • Doug McDermott (free agent)
  • Thaddeus Younger (commerce)
  • Al-Farouq Aminu (commerce)
  • Zach Collins (free agent)
  • Chandler Hutchison (commerce)
  • Bryn Forbes (free agent)
  • Joe Wieskamp (draft)
  • Jock Landale (free agent)

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  • DeMar DeRozan (free agent)
  • Rudy Gay (free agent)
  • Patty Mills (free agent)
  • Trey Lyles (free agent)
  • Gorgui Dieng (free agent)

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The previous guard is formally out in San Antonio, and Gregg Popovich could have a deep assortment of kids to deploy because the franchise transitions to a rebuild. The Spurs shocked the NBA world by deciding on Primo, the youngest participant within the draft, at No. 12, and he’ll be a part of a cadre of proficient younger guards within the backcourt. San Antonio has a wierd sufficient roster that it might nonetheless be aggressive subsequent season, or it might flip gamers like Younger and Aminu, however as of now, they lack a high-upside future star to construct round. Grade: B-minus

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  • Kyle Lowry (free agent)
  • Aron Baynes (free agent)
  • Rodney Hood (free agent)
  • DeAndre’ Bembry (free agent)
  • Paul Watson (free agent)
  • Jalen Harris (free agent)

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The Raptors shocked lots of draft analysts by deciding on Barnes over Jalen Suggs, then picked up Dragic within the Lowry sign-and-trade to man the purpose in the interim. Outdoors of these two, the Raptors did not actually add a lot when it comes to win-now assist, which makes you surprise what the longer term entails for gamers like Dragic and Pascal Siakam. As of now Toronto seems to be caught between a rebuild and competing for a playoff spot — a precarious place to be within the NBA — however extra strikes might be forthcoming. Grade: B-minus

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  • Rudy Homosexual (free agent)
  • Hassan Whiteside (free agent)
  • Eric Paschall (commerce)
  • Jared Butler (draft)
  • MaCio Teague (undrafted free agent)

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  • Derrick Favors (commerce)
  • Georges Niang (free agent)

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Bringing again Conley was precedence No. 1 for the Jazz, they usually received that achieved shortly. The one key piece they misplaced from final season’s NBA-best 52-win staff is Favors, whose backup heart minutes will doubtless get replaced by some mixture of Homosexual, Whiteside and Paschall. Butler might find yourself being the steal of the draft, and the Jazz ought to be simply as imposing in 2021-22 in the event that they select to run it again with the identical crew. Grade: B-plus

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  • Spencer Dinwiddie (free agent)
  • Kyle Kuzma (commerce)
  • Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (commerce)
  • Montrezl Harrell (commerce)
  • Aaron Vacation (commerce)
  • Corey Kispert (draft)
  • Isaiah Todd (draft)
  • Jay Huff (undrafted free agent)

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  • Russell Westbrook (commerce)
  • Robin Lopez (free agent)
  • Ish Smith (free agent)
  • Chandler Hutchison (commerce)
  • Alex Len (free agent)
  • Isaac Bonga (free agent)

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The offseason headline for the Wizards (and doubtless for the league) was dealing Westbrook and the $91 million left on his contract to the Lakers in change for 3 vets who will contribute straight away. Washington changed Westbrook with Dinwiddie to fit in subsequent to Bradley Beal, who reportedly insists he has no real interest in leaving the Wizards any time quickly. It will take time for all these new items to acclimate, however they added capturing with Kispert and Caldwell-Pope and now have a deep roster that ought to have the ability to compete for an Japanese Convention playoff spot. Grade: B

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