The leaves are falling, the earth is cooling, and the pandemic version of NBA free agency is in full swing.
Free agency affords opportunities. But it can also shut doors.
I’m not going to lie, before the trade window opened up I was comfortable with the idea of trading DeMar DeRozan for Kyle Kuzma and Danny Green and LaMarcus Aldridge for the #2 pick and Andrew Wiggins.
If both of those trades had happened, I imagined a starting line-up of Dejounte Murray, Derrick White, Andrew Wiggins, Kyle Kuzma, and Trey Lyles.
That is a drastic difference compared to last seasons most utilized starting line-up of Murray, Bryn Forbes, DeRozan, Aldridge, and Lyles.
Now as it stands, DeMar won’t go to the Lakers. As of this writing, Chris Paul and Bruce Brown were the only major trades. James Harden turned down the biggest contract extension in history. Contract extensions being turned down seemed to be the most common occurrence.
Predicting who Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich will actually start is a whole different skill set entirely. Play as often as you like, I guarantee nobody had Bryn Forbes as a starter . . . ever.
Who do you see being part of Pop’s starting five next season?
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