Thursday night front office executives throughout the National Basketball Association will converge at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn for the NBA Draft.
Despite the Cleveland Cavaliers just winning the championship Sunday, front office personnel of five teams didn’t want to wait for Thursday’s draft to make their first move.
A pair of trades involving key, former All-Star point guards that went down Wednesday has already gotten what has the potential to be an offseason filled with blockbuster deals off to a good start.
The first was a three-team trade in which point guard Jeff Teague was traded to the Indianapolis Pacers, who sent point man George Hill to the Utah Jazz. In return, the Jazz sent the 12th overall pick in this year’s draft to Atlanta.
It’s not a surprising move that Teague, who will now join forces with Paul George in Indy, was traded as Atlanta has shown to be more in favor of the younger Dennis Schroder leading the franchise into the future than moving forward with Teague.
When healthy, Teague is a more consistent scorer than Hill, however it will be interesting to see how the scoring will be divvied up between George, Teague and shooting guard Monta Ellis.
Meanwhile Hill is definitely an improvement at the point position in Utah.
Both the Pacers and the Hawks made the playoffs this season, and the Jazz were left on the outside looking in of the playoff picture when the regular season came to an end.
A pair of struggling franchises made the other big move Wednesday; this one involved a former MVP.
Along with Rose, the Bulls also send Justin Holiday and a 2017 second-round pick to New York.
Although Rose was unhappy about being traded from his hometown team, a source told ESPN that if he had to be traded he wanted to go to the Knicks.
Health is always an issue regarding Rose, who after playing in all but one game during his MVP season, has failed to put together a full campaign since. In fact, the Chicago native has only played in 40 percent of Bulls games starting with the 2011-2012 season, including missing the entire ’12-’13 season and playing in just 10 games during the ’13-’14 campaign.
Though in limited action, Rose has never scored less than 15 points per game in any season he has played in.
Barring any further moves by New York prior to the draft, the Knicks currently do not have any picks in the draft, but don’t doubt Phil Jackson from at least attempting to piece something together as he tries to bring the team he once played for back into the spotlight of the NBA.
With the league’s salary cap rising as much as it is, this offseason has the potential to be filled with exciting moves by any number of teams.