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1st July, 2019
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This NBA off-season is expected to be the most wild yet as experts predict the most changes in teams ever seen.

There are hundreds of players off contract who are set to become unrestricted free agents. There are a huge number of All-Stars that are looking to bounce around on multi-million dollar contracts and chase a championship.

The Los Angeles Lakers look be front-runners to take out the 2019/20 title with the addition of big man Anthony Davis partnering with the King, LeBron James, as well as the news that reigning Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard is a chance to join the Lakers with $32 million left in their salary cap, despite Leonard signing a deal with a private jet company in Toronto as all these negotiations are occurring.

Some huge agreements that have already been made are Kevin Durant to the Brooklyn Nets on $164m over four years, Derrick Rose to the Pistons on $15m over two years, Kemba Walker to the Boston Celtics on $141m over four years, Jimmy Butler to the Miami Heat (unknown contract details), Kyrie Irving to the Brooklyn Nets on $141m over four years, Al Horford to the 76ers on $109m over four years, Kristaps Porzingis to Dallas on $158m over five years, and Damian Lillard to remain at the Portland Trailblazers.

Some rumours circling that are all but confirmed include DeAndre Jordan to Brooklyn, Patrick Beverley to the Lakers, JJ Redick to the Pelicans, and DeMarcus Cousins to the Knicks.

The NBA landscape is set to see the biggest collection of talent on the market in years. The Lakers and the Nets are the strong teams. Superstars such as James and Davis potentially partnering with Kawhi taking on Durant and Irving will surely be a match-up the world will tune into.

Kawhi Leonard Toronto Raptors

(Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)

There are many doubts on Kevin Durant returning to superb form after his snapped Achilles tendon in the NBA Finals for the Warriors, which caused a war of words between Durant and the organisation.

Durant is likely to be out of action for the majority of next season, which means he will be paid at least $30m to warm the bench while Kyrie Irving leads the nets.

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If LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers can land one of the league’s best players right now – Kawhi Leonard – they will most certainly be clear favourites to take the championship.

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With all this talk of transfers, fans are sleeping on the league’s MVP. The Greek Freak, Giannis Antetokounmpo. A genetically gifted specimen who is able to notch up 30-plus points with ease. While Milwaukee haven’t been in the headlines for any transfers, they will surely be a threat to any team.

Many people are asking whether the Warrior dynasty is over.

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With the departure of Kevin Durant and the uncertainty of resigning Klay Thompson, the team is left with one superstar, Steph Curry. Thompson and the Warriors look likely to agree on a max deal for Klay, however.

They are still in championship contention. We have previously seen what Steph Curry is capable of. He is, after all, the only two-time unanimous league MVP. Klay Thompson is the record holder for most threes in a single game (14) and most points in a quarter (37).

The 2019/20 NBA season is going to be absolutely insane. Strap yourselves in for this wild off-season, which will set up the most entertaining season we have seen yet.