The NBA will be making headlines all summer as teams shift and move pieces in order to put themselves in better position to compete.
And with that being said, here are five young guys that are likely to be in the news this coming offseason.
Stanley Johnson had a solid season bouncing back from a less than stellar sophomore campaign. Johnson hasn’t exactly developed into the kind of talent you would like to see out of the eighth overall pick in the draft, but with a lot of room to grow and a high ceiling for the 21-year-old, Johnson may be able to find increased success with another squad should Detroit ship him out this offseason.
The Lakers hope to be in the center of a lot of headlines this offseason. Magic Johnson has come in and made it a point to swiftly clear out cap space in order to put LA in position to attract some of the game’s top talent back to the City of Angels. Brandon Ingram is a talented young piece that Los Angeles could very well use to sweeten the pot to get a transcendent talent back into the purple and gold if they opt to go the trade route.
This season Khris Middleton was finally able to prove that he can be consistently relied upon to put up some points in the Milwaukee Bucks offensive attack. Though his 24.7 points per game throughout the Bucks first-round series with the Celtics proved not to be enough, Middleton certainly did wonders for his stock. The Bucks are a team that looks as though they’re on the cusp of a breakthrough, and packaging a deal around Middleton that could bring in the Bucks missing piece may just be their goal this offseason.
It’s been the same story year in and year out for the Washington Wizards. They have one of the most talented backcourts in the league, and pretty much nothing else. Something has to give in the nation’s capital and that may just mean sending away one of their key pieces in Otto Porter Jr. to see if they can get something in return that will allow them to get off of their merry-go-round ride.
Andrew Wiggins came into the league with a lot of hype and a lot of promise, but four seasons in, have we really seen the potential for him to be a franchise cornerstone? While he is still just 23 years old, we have rookies in the league showing more promise than Wiggins did this season. He’s a very good and talented young piece, but the T-Wolves are going to need more in order to truly compete in a locked and loaded Western conference. It may be time to say sayonara, especially if they can keep Jimmy Butler for the longterm.