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What will the offseason look like?

This article brings us from draft night to the opening night rosters for the following 2020-21 regular season including the draft, every free agent signing, and every trade that I see coming. The final rosters do not include the two-way contracts as those are so unrealistic to even predict, but the final 15-man rosters are provided.

The biggest thing to remember is I’m using a $109.14 million salary cap and $139 million luxury tax threshold which assumes a cap smoothing is agreed to. I took into account where each team is and where they will be looking to improve based on their direction this offseason.

This isn’t to just make the best team possible for all 30 teams or even what I think each team SHOULD do this offseason. This is more so what I expect to see each team do. I hope you enjoy the 2020 offseason.

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Chicago Bulls
LaMelo Ball
Otto Porter Jr.
Zach LaVine
Thaddeus Young
Tomas Satoransky
Cristiano Felicio
Coby White
Lauri Markkanen
Wendell Carter Jr.
KZ Okpala
Chandler Hutchison
Luke Kornet
Daniel Gafford
Shaquille Harrison
Maurice Harkless

Who they re-signed:
Chicago Bulls re-sign Shaquille Harrison to 1 year, Bi-Annual Exception

Who they signed in FA:
Chicago Bulls sign Maurice Harkless to 1 year, non-tax payer MLE

Trades they made:
Chicago Bulls trade 4th Overall Draft Pick and 2021 Top 5 Protected Chicago Bulls First Round Draft Pick for 2nd Overall Draft Pick in a multi-team trade involving the Golden State Warriors and Phoenix Suns
Chicago Bulls trade 44th Overall Draft Pick to the Portland Trail Blazers for Cash
Chicago Bulls trade Ryan Arcidiacono to the Miami Heat for KZ Okpala

Who they drafted:
LaMelo Ball (2)

Other moves:

The Bulls make some minor tweaks most notably adding LaMelo Ball to their core in hopes that he can bring everything together. They most run it back and see what they have under a new coach before tearing it down or building it up. I honestly think this off-season will be very dull and we will see things get kind of crazy at the trade deadline, crazier on draft night and insane by the end of free agency. This basically follows that trend.

Cleveland Cavaliers
Deni Avdija
Kevin Love
Andre Drummond
Larry Nance Jr.
Delon Wright
Darius Garland
Collin Sexton
Cedi Osman
Dylan Windler
Alfonzo McKinnie
Kevin Porter Jr.
Dean Wade
Jordan Bell
Matthew Dellavedova
Jakob Poeltl

Who they re-signed:
Cleveland Cavaliers re-sign Matthew Dellavedova to 1 year, league minimum

Who they signed in FA:
Cleveland Cavaliers sign Jakob Poeltl to 3 year, non-tax payer MLE

Trades they made:
Cleveland Cavaliers trade Dante Exum, 2022 Houston Rockets Second Round Draft Pick and 2022 Washington Wizards Second Round Draft Pick to the Dallas Mavericks for Delon Wright

Who they drafted:
Deni Avdija (5)

Other moves:

The Cavaliers may not have a true point guard out of Collin Sexton or Darius Garland so adding Delon Wright helps bring things together a bit on the court as a veteran steady hand. Poeltl comes at a reasonable price and fits the rotation in what would then be a deep front-court. Deni Avdija hopefully would be able to step up immediately and log big minutes at forward and the Cavaliers would have a team that has depth at the very least.

Detroit Pistons
Killian Hayes
Blake Griffin
Dennis Smith Jr.
Kevin Knox
Isaac Okoro
Sekou Doumbouya
Bruce Brown Jr.
Khyri Thomas
Sviatoslav Mikhailiuk
Justin Patton
Kevon Looney
Christian Wood
Derrick Jones Jr.
Chris Chiozza
Wesley Matthews

Who they re-signed:
Detroit Pistons re-sign Christian Wood to 3 year, $45.6 Million front-loaded contract

Who they signed in FA:
Detroit Pistons sign Derrick Jones to a 3 year, $31.5 Million contract with a Team Option on Year 3
Detroit Pistons sign Chris Chiozza to a 3 year, $15.7 Million contract with a Team Option on Year 3
Detroit Pistons sign Wesley Matthews to a 1 year, $6 Million contract

Trades they made:
Detroit Pistons trade Luke Kennard to the Golden State Warriors for Kevon Looney and 10th Overall Draft Pick
Detroit Pistons trade Tony Snell and Derrick Rose to the New York Knicks for Dennis Smith Jr. and Kevin Knox

Who they drafted:
Killian Hayes (7)
Isaac Okoro (10)

Other moves:

The Pistons take a flier on developing two former top 10 picks in Dennis Smith Jr. and Kevin Knox while adding two 2020 top 10 picks in Killian Hayes and Isaac Okoro. Wesley Matthews adds a veteran presence, but otherwise the Pistons go really young opting to re-sign Christian Wood, sign the Nets point guard Chris Chiozza and Heat wing Derrick Jones. This team could turn out to have some solid pieces with the right development.

Indiana Pacers
Victor Oladipo
Malcolm Brogdon
Myles Turner
T.J. Warren
Jeremy Lamb
Doug McDermott
Domantas Sabonis
Goga Bitadze
Ed Davis
Aaron Holiday
Edmond Sumner
Alize Johnson
Garrett Temple
Reggie Bullock
Immanuel Quickley

Who they re-signed:

Who they signed in FA:
Indiana Pacers sign Garrett Temple to 1 year, $5 Million contract using non-tax payer MLE
Indiana Pacers sign Reggie Bullock to 1 year, $4 Million contract using non-tax payer MLE

Trades they made:
Indiana Pacers trade T.J. Leaf to the Utah Jazz for Ed Davis

Who they drafted:
Immanuel Quickley (54)

Other moves:

I don’t see a market for any of the trades Indiana would like to make or at least not in the off-season. They replace a young disappointing guy that could use a change of scenery in Leaf for veteran leadership in Ed Davis. Temple and Bullock aren’t much but they only get signed for one season. The Pacers don’t make any long-term bad decisions or changes at all for that matter. They mostly would like to see what a new coach and possibly healthy season gets them first.

Milwaukee Bucks
Tyrell Terry
Khris Middleton
Giannis Antetokounmpo
Eric Bledsoe
Brook Lopez
George Hill
Ersan Ilyasova
Robin Lopez
D.J. Wilson
Donte Divincenzo
Thanasis Antetokounmpo
Pat Connaughton
Kyle Korver
Sterling Brown

Who they re-signed:
Milwaukee Bucks re-sign Pat Connaughton to 2 year, $10 Million contract using non-tax payer MLE
Milwaukee Bucks re-sign Sterling Brown to a 2 year, $8.5 Million contract using non-tax payer MLE
Milwaukee Bucks re-sign Kyle Korver to 1 year, $1.5 Million contract

Who they signed in FA:

Trades they made:

Who they drafted:
Tyrell Terry (24)

Other moves:

Just because the Bucks need to make a move doesn’t necessarily mean that they have the assets to make one that will pay off. The best move given their assets seems to be staying below the luxury tax to allow future relief for bigger moves and bringing back a great team with great chemistry and make your splash at the deadline if it looks necessary. I think simply adding a gunner in the draft like Tyrell Terry and bring everything back mostly the same is better than forcing a move and paying the tax just to prove a point.

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