It’s not just Rudy Gobert who changed teams this summer. Judge instead. And it’s not over… NBA transfers have again shaken up the franchises. Small preview, with the first big moves.
WILL BARTON (from Denver to Washington)
Will Barton leaves the Nuggets with his teammate Monte Morris for Washington. Kentavious CaldwellPope and Ish Smith have been traded for the Nuggets duo. After eight seasons in Denver, he will take his scoring skills to the Wizards. He is also very valuable off the bench and knows how to hold the ball when it is necessary to temporize. After Portland and Denver he knows, at 31, his third club.
MALIK BEASLEY (from Minnesota to Utah)
The Timberwolves’ 6th luxury man joins Utah, which recovers a talented player as part of the transfer of Rudy Gobert. After being involved in news stories, he wants to refocus on the field. For his seventh season in the NBA, he has no room for error. Utah is his third club after the Nuggets and the Timberwolves.
MALCOLM BROGDON (from the Pacers to Boston)
After Milwaukee and the Pacers, Malcolm Brogdon joined Boston against five players and a first round pick. The Pacers recover a very solid leader, the leaders have improved their team with this arrival.
JALEN BRUNSON (Dallas to Knicks)
Jalen Brunson (in photo) is the 4th player to sign a contract of more than 100 million euros with the Knicks (104 million euros over four years to be precise). The Knicks absolutely wanted to make him their new point guard, he was one of the most sought-after free agents of the summer. At 26, he spent his entire NBA career in Dallas. A real electric battery, it is in full progress and it is reaching its prime.
DEJOUNTE MURRAY (from Spurs to Atlanta)
The All-Star leader absolutely wanted to join Atlanta. The leaders of San Antonio have therefore decided to part with their best player. He will bring more defensively, his leadership and will form a nice duo with Traé Young.
JOHN WALL (Rockets to Clippers)
Cut by the Rockets, John Wall joined the Clippers. He will find in Los Angeles Nicolas Batum, Paul George and Kawi Leonard. The point guard, who also played in Washington, has signed a two-year, $13 million contract and is expected to be Reggie Jackson’s backup.
LONNIE WALKER IV (from Spurs to Lakers)
Spurs have let Lonnie Walker IV go. He was free and therefore very much in demand. The 23-year-old rear has found a prestigious base at the Lakers. Last season, he averaged 12.1 points, 2.6 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game off the bench with 23 minutes played.
TJ WARREN (from the Pacers to the Nets)
After two almost white seasons, TJ Warren wants to revive. The Nets get a very motivated and free player. The winger signed up for a year, but he could stay longer if his physique leaves him alone. At 28, he still has good years ahead of him, after wearing the jersey of Phoenix and the Pacers, now in Brooklyn.
CHRISTIAN WOOD (from Houston to Dallas)
Christian Wood arrives in Dallas in exchange for four players. Revealed late, the 26-year-old pivot is a rookie of choice for Dallas. In seven years in the NBA, he has already known six teams. He had found stability in Houston for the past two years, averaging 17.9 points. He changes team again, but does not lose his ambitions for a team that has Luka Doncic in its ranks.