To say the 2017 NBA off-season was wild would be a massive understatement.
Superstars like Chris Paul, Carmelo Anthony, Paul George, Kyrie Irving, Jimmy Butler and Gordon Hayward all found new homes. It’s unlikely you missed any of those blockbuster deals. But how about that next tier of moves that may have flown under your radar?
Here’s a refresher on some impact players who changed teams this summer and the effect they could have on their new clubs in 2017-18.
Paul Millsap: Denver Nuggets
This one is right on the fringe of the upper crust of trades and signings that occurred during the off-season. Paul Millsap has been an all-star in each of the past four seasons as a member of the Atlanta Hawks but still doesn’t garner the attention he deserves as one of the NBA’s marquee dual threats.
Millsap joined the Nuggets on a three-year deal worth $90 million and should help improve a defence that ranked second last in efficiency a season ago. An up-and-coming Denver team now boasts an impressive frontcourt with Millsap slotting in beside rising star Nikola Jokic.
With solid young building blocks like Jokic, Gary Harris and Canada’s Jamal Murray already in place, Millsap looks like the missing piece that will help Denver get over the hump and make the playoffs after finishing just one game shy last year.
Jamal Crawford and Jeff Teague: Minnesota Timberwolves
The Butler trade with the Chicago Bulls dominated the headlines, but Minnesota made a few sneaky-good additions over the summer. After trading Ricky Rubio to the Utah Jazz, the Timberwolves shored up the point guard position by signing Jeff Teague to a three-year contract. Teague isn’t good enough to lead a playoff team, but he fits in well in a complementary role in a starting lineup …read more