Super Teams in the Making


Deqlyn Buttrey, Writer

The 30 teams that make up the NBA made some major additions as well as controversial cuts to their rosters. These crucial moves include the well-known basketball stars Chris Paul, Gordon Hayward, Derrick Rose, Stephen Curry, and Kevin Durant. Teams are cutting and gaining new players to create “Supers Teams” to compete with the back-to-back-to-back finals competitors: the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers.

The first notable free agent move was the Clippers star point guard, Chris Paul, moving to the Houston Rockets. Paul agreed to join the program with a one season deal bringing in $24.2 million. He will be joined by superstar James Harden. This dynamic duo will give the Rockets an excellent chance at reaching the playoffs through the West.

The second move that caught NBA fans’ eyes was Gordon Hayward leaving the Utah Jazz and going to play for the Boston Celtics for four years. During his time representing the city’s basketball team, he will receive $128 million dollars. He will be joined by the Celtic’s small lineup which features Jaylen Brown and Al Horford. Hayward will also be joined by Kyrie Irving after the mega-trade that included Kyrie moving to Boston, and in return Cleveland will receive Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic, and the, unknown, 2018 1st round pick. This will give the Cleveland Cavaliers a harder challenge than they faced last year in the Eastern Conference Finals with Kyrie Irving no longer being a part of the team.

Derrick Rose was a shocking move that took place during the 2017 Free Agency. He left the New York Knicks to join the 2016 NBA Champions, Cleveland Cavaliers. What was surprising about joining the powerhouse of a team was that he went from being payed around $25 million to being payed $2.1 million for one year. This major pay cut supports the gossip that he is playing to get at least one championship to add to his career achievements.

The reigning NBA champions, Golden State Warriors, are keeping a hold on their four all stars. Kevin Durant re-signed with the Warriors, cutting a 2 year contract for $53 million. Also, Stephen Curry will be returning with the second most expensive NBA contract in history. This will be the team to beat if any organization is trying to win a championship.

The contracts, that these players have signed, have basketball fans going crazy for the 2017-2018 NBA season. The newly upgraded teams will give the Cleveland Cavaliers a run for their money in the East, as well as giving the Golden State Warriors a challenge in the West.