Power Moves in the NBA

This year’s  NBA offseason has been pretty wild. Big name players like Jimmy Butler and Paul George are moving to new teams. In the old days, this would have been mostly based on management level decisions (unless a player negotiated a no trade clause, like Carmelo Anthony). But something new is happening.

Perhaps it all started when Lebron moved from the Cavs to the Heat. He did it because he decided he could not win rings with the Cavs the way they were structured. The Heat had Wade and Bosch. There it was a possibility. Lebron moved and proved that he could control his own destiny. Then Lebron moved again – this time back to the Cavs where he teamed up with Love and Irving. Another ring.

Then Durant moved from the Thunder to the Warriors. Again, to get a ring, which he got.  And the Warriors with Durant look to dominate for the foreseeable future. In the NBA, that means a few years.

Star players are starting to realize that they need to join up with other stars to win rings. And they are starting to push for deals that get them there.

This will be an interesting trend to watch. How many of these star pairings will work? How will management and coaching staffs adjust to the increaesd leverage that star players have? Stay tuned!

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