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    Default Where will these NBA stars end up ?

    The number of superstars that will be in play this summer is staggering. Here are my predictions in which I am very confident in even at this point without knowing how the rest of the season will play out.

    Kevin Durant 100% gone. Possible new team Knicks, Nets, Lakers, Clippers.
    Kyrie Irving. 100% gone. Same as above.
    Kawhi Leonard 100% gone. New team Clippers, Lakers, Knicks, Nets.
    DeMarcus Cousins 100% gone New team ?
    Jimmy Butler 100% gone. New team ?
    Klay Thompson 100% stays with Warriors

    Anthony Davis 100% a Laker in 2 years,
    50% a Laker by end of the week.

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    I would now update the chance Anthony Davis being traded to the Lakers in the next couple of days from 50% to 75%.
    Davis’ father came out and bad mouthed the Celtic organization thus diminishing the potential trade partners New Orleans would have if they waited till the summer. Why would Boston give up its future for a one year rental and a guy who by multiple reports wouldn’t stay there. The other reason I would increase the percentage of a trade is according to reports the Lakers are lowballing their offers. That leaves room for a potential deal. Had the Lakers already offered the farm and no deal had been consummated then this deal would already be dead. It appears the Lakers are trying to hold on to as much as they can but I think they will eventually give in and give up a lot.

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    If A.Davis goes to LA then I would say they can actually challenge GSW in the west, if not this year then next year.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tevfik1907 View Post
    If A.Davis goes to LA then I would say they can actually challenge GSW in the west, if not this year then next year.
    No chance this year against the Warriors. Not enough time to jell as a team and they would lose many pieces to get him.
    Next year the Lakers would probably be the favorite considering they would add to LeBron and Davis and I think Golden State will Most likely lose Durant.

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    I agree on Durant, don't see him staying, though him going to Brooklyn after New York's moves this week would be hilarious.

    Kyrie and Kawhi I don't have at 100%. Perhaps 80% for Kyrie and 70% for Kawhi. While I think they might leave, a good playoff run for either might lead to a Paul George situation.

    AD's 100% gone, either the Lakers nab him this week, or if it gets to Summer I can see the Celtics nabbing him in the offseason, of course whether he stays there or is a rental is another matter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dtown View Post

    Kyrie and Kawhi I don't have at 100%. Perhaps 80% for Kyrie and 70% for Kawhi. While I think they might leave, a good playoff run for either might lead to a Paul George situation.
    The Paul George case differs from both Kawhi and Kyrie in one important way. There already was a top superstar (Westbrook) already committed long term to the team. I definitely took that for granted last year and didn’t factor that in.
    Both were LA guys who bonded and made a decision to play together for upcoming years. I don’t see that with the other two cases.

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    According to reports the Lakers offered 2 first round picks, Ingram, Ball, Kuzma, Zubac, Hart and Caldwell-Pope for Anthony Davis and the Pelicans want more ? It appears that Greg Popovich is the GM of the Pelicans. They are not trading him to the Lakers plain and simple. If I am Magic Johnson I see through this charade and say they will not make any offers during the summer. Lakers can get Davis for nothing in 2 years, another big time free agent this summer and keep all their young players. New Orleans will look like fools after this all ends.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tevfik1907 View Post
    If A.Davis goes to LA then I would say they can actually challenge GSW in the west, if not this year then next year.
    This year no way they win against GSW. Simply because it means they need to trade majority of the young talents. if LA trades BI, Kuzma, Zubac, and Ball\Hart; i dont think they can get anyone from FA that can replace them talent wise. So LBJ and AD are left with aging Javale, Lance, and Beasley. do you think that will win against GSW? that's assuming AD is healthy enough by playoffs. If they trade and AD doesnt even play anytime soon, they might not even reach the playoffs.

    they'll have enough time to get a better supporting cast next year, and if Boston doesnt give a good enough trade, NO might be forced to trade AD for less to Lakers. also, Boogie and Durant might leave. Then I'd agree with you that LA can contend against GSW. next year. but this year has a lot of dependecies so i would think not.
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