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  • Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers celebrates after shooting a three point basket to win the game over Denver Nuggets in Game Two of the Western Conference Finals

    Kevin C. Cox

  • Chris Paul #3 of the Oklahoma City Thunder handles the ball against the Phoenix Suns

    Barry Gossage

With the NBA offseason officially here, there have been some mind-blowing moves made by these NBA teams. On the first day of the offseason, we saw some minor trades and some big players going to a new team. To start the offseason hot, the Oklahoma City Thunder unexpectedly sent Chris Paul, along with Abdel Nader, to the Phoenix Suns, a hot and young team in the league. In return for Chris Paul, the Suns sent away Kelly Oubre Jr., Ricky Rubio, Ty Jerome, Jalen Lecque, and a 2022 first-round pick.

With CP3 going to the Suns and teaming up with Devin Booker, an all-star last season and one of the best young talents in the NBA, he will be sure to lead this young team to their first playoff appearance since the 2009-2010 season. That season, the Suns made it to the Western Conference Finals, where they would lose in six games against the Los Angeles Lakers, who won the chip that year.

This new duo of Chris Paul and Devin Booker is surely going to scare the other teams. Phoenix performed very well this season when compared to their last few years. They were the last team to go undefeated during the regular season and beat many of the top teams while doing so. Even in the NBA bubble, they went ahead and won eight straight games, being the only undefeated team yet still not making the playoffs this year.

This offseason has also brought about many rookie extensions for the class of 2017. It started with Donovan Mitchell being the first player to receive an extension, where he could potentially earn 195 million dollars. Other players that received this contract were De’Aaron Fox, Jayson Tatum, and Bad Adebayo. Brandon Ingram, this year’s Most Improved Player of the Year, also got a contract extension, worth up to 158 million dollars.

Many stars are sticking to their teams, except Gordon Hayward going to the Charlotte Hornets, which leaves just the role players. There have been lots of players going to new teams, some notably like Dwight Howard going to the 76ers and Rajon Rondo signing with the Atlanta Hawks. The 2020 NBA champions, the Los Angeles Lakers, lost a lot of their players but thanks to their GM, Rob Pelinka, they were able to replace those positions.

The Lakers recently acquired Montrez Harrell, Dennis Schröder, Wesley Mathews, and Marc Gasol. They also signed Anthony Davis to a five-year contract worth 190 million dollars, along with Lebron James getting a two-year extension of 85 million dollars. The Lakers are looking to repeat with this new roster and are going to compete at the highest level they can.

With all of the changes to these NBA teams, it is sure to be a very interesting NBA season. All the teams have a chance to make a stand and show why they deserve to be in this league.