Predicting what’s going to happen on such an eventful league like the NBA is one of the hardest things anybody can try and do, but some pointers can definitely make you have a clear image of what some stars may or may not do with their future.
For instance, there’s absolutely no way of telling what’s going to happen with LeBron James this upcoming offseason, although he’s pretty much a lock to leave the Cleveland Cavaliers even if they wind up winning the Chip again.
Nonetheless, with this upcoming free agent class being one of the most interesting of the last couple of years, we can go ahead and try to make our predictions of where they’re going to be playing the next season.
So today, we’re going to let you know about 5 great basketball players that will stay put on their team instead of pursuing glory elsewhere.
5. Chris Paul
Chris Paul’s departure from the Los Angeles Clippers to go and play beside James Harden and the Houston Rockets was quite surprising the prior campaign, so it would be a huge shocker if he decided to leave town once again.
The Rockets are one of the biggest frontrunners to win the NBA Championship this year and Paul has been on a tear all season long, proving that he’s a prime point guard for D’Antoni’s system, and he’s a lock to stay put at Houston with them also trying to get a grab on LeBron James, one of Paul’s biggest buddies.
4. DeMarcus Cousins
DeMarcus Cousins was playing the best basketball of his career and the New Orleans Pelicans were looking like a legit threat with their twin towers until he suffered a heart-breaking season-ending injury that’s going to be quite a factor in this upcoming offseason.
Cousins was going to be one of the prime free agent targets of the summer but now he’s quite a risky pickup. Still, we’d consider the Pelicans as the front-runners to retain him considering how well he’s fared under Alvin Gentry.
3. Paul George
For two years straight Paul George has been closely tied with a move to the Los Angeles Lakers, being a California native and growing up as a Lakers fans, and even being involved in a tampering scandal that ended up with Los Angeles being fined for reportedly causing him to demand a trade from Indiana.
Nonetheless, and even if they make a run at both him and LeBron, George has been playing at his best now with the Oklahoma City Thunder and he’s looked extremely comfortable alongside Russell Westbrook, so we’d expect him to stay there beyond this season.
2. Kevin Durant
Kevin Durant isn’t known for his loyalty nowadays, but his credibility just can’t afford to take another hit after bailing on the Oklahoma City Thunder to sign with the team that had whopped their butts in the playoffs the prior campaign.
That reason alone Is enough to think Durant is going to stay put at the Bay for a very, very long time; and if you also consider the fact that he’s been outstanding under Kerr’s system and the Dubs are still the team to beat, it would be dumb of him to make a move elsewhere.
1. DeAndre Jordan
DeAndre Jordan was one of the most pursuit guys throughout the entire campaign as he was rumored to be on his way out of the Los Angeles Clippers, and he has made pretty clear that the team hasn’t made enough efforts to convince him to stay.
Even though and with the Los Angeles Clippers entering rebuild mode, the fact that they didn’t deal him means that they’re really confident on their ability to keep the standout rim protector for the long run despite the differences they’ve had this year.