So far the NBA off-season is picking up as the NBA Draft is approaching this Thursday evening. Free agency has not started, but trades and trade rumors have picked up rapidly.
First off, the Charlotte Hornets decided to improve their interior defense and pick and roll game by acquiring Dwight “Superman” Howard, according to Marc J. Spear of the undefeated. Interestingly, the Hornets only had to part ways with Miles Plumlee, Marco Belinelli, and the 41st overall pick of this upcoming draft, as reported by Adrian Wojnarowski of the vertical. This move opens up more salary for the Hawks to spend, plus they improve their bench play.
Next, the Brooklyn Nets have officially moved on from Brook Lopez by shipping him to the Los Angeles Lakers for the young point guard in D’Angelo Russell and Timofey Mozgov. The Lakers will also pick up the 27th overall pick in the draft from the Nets. This deal was first reported by the Vertical’s very own Adrian Wojnarowski.
This is a nice pick up for the Lakers as they needed better play from the five spot and Lopez is only under contract for this season, which will allow the Lakers to get some Monty back to put toward a superstar in the next free agency period.
However, the Brooklyn Nets get their number one player that could be the guy to kickstart the franchise. Russell finished last year by averaging 15.6 PPG, 4.8 APG, 3.5 RPG, and 1.4 SPG in a modest 28.7 minutes per contest. He is a solid three-point shooter.
Now, the Sacramento Kings are losing Langston Galloway after he decided to opt out of his contract, which means he is turning down $5.4MM for this upcoming season. This is good for the Kings, as they can use that money toward someone they want. Galloway was shipped over to the Kings in the big Demarcus Cousins deal. The former Pelican and Knick has a career average of 8.7 points per game and 39 percent shooting from the field. Michael Scotto of Basketball Insiders reported the news first.
Lastly, the Bulls have been informed by future hall of gamer Dwayne Wade, that he will pick up his player option of $23.8MM for the 2017-2018 season, per Vincent Goodwill of CSN Chicago. Wade averaged 18.3 PPG with a career-low .434 FG% in his first season in Chicago and by playing 60 games. The Bulls will rely on Wade heavily if Jimmy Butler is dealt.
Note: Timberwolves are waiving Nikola Pekovic, per Darren Wolfson of 5 Eyewitness News.