- Following an exciting and unique 2020 NBA season, many big-name players will be on the move in the offseason.
- Sportsbooks are offering betting odds on where players will end up, like Chris Paul getting +175 odds to join the Los Angeles Lakers.
- Other bets include Carmelo Anthony to the New York Knicks at +525 and Gordon Hayward to the Indiana Pacers +450.
LAS VEGAS – The NBA landscape could look quite different by the time the 2021 season tips off. Currently, the league doesn’t have a set date for the start of the season following the extended 2020 season that just ended in October.
Regardless of when officials decide to start the season, the offseason action is sure to be captivating once again.
Many players will be suiting up for new teams next year, with certain big names earning their own betting odds via the legal sportsbooks.
- Oklahoma City Thunder +125
- Los Angeles Lakers +175
- Milwaukee Bucks +500
- New York Knicks +850
- Miami Heat +1200
Starting off with one of the best point guards to ever play the game, Chris Paul.
Many doubted CP3’s motivation entering last season after being traded from the Houston Rockets to the Oklahoma City Thunder in a trade involving Russell Westbrook.
Instead of asking for a trade as many expected, Paul grinded out the season in OKC and led them to the playoffs while having one of the best statistical seasons of his lengthy career.
At the age of 35, Paul likely won’t be sticking around for the rebuild in OKC, with NBA oddsmakers hinting at a possible move to the champion Los Angeles Lakers.
- Portland Trail Blazers -175
- Los Angeles Lakers +525
- New York Knicks +525
- Charlotte Hornets +1200
- Atlanta Hawks +1200
After joining the Portland Trail Blazers in the middle of the season, Carmelo Anthony experienced a bit of a renaissance in 2020.
“Whatever you do, don’t let @carmeloanthony get to his spot.”
Narrator: They let Melo get to his spot pic.twitter.com/T1DXJYwDt3
— Portland Trail Blazers (@trailblazers) October 28, 2020
Anthony was able to play solid minutes for the Blazers in the season and the playoffs but could opt for a ring-chasing opportunity with the Lakers for 2021.
- Boston Celtics -250
- Indiana Pacers +450
- Atlanta Hawks +1000
- Memphis Grizzlies +1200
- Detroit Pistons +1400
Next on the list is forward Gordon Hayward, who was able to return from injury for the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals this year. Hayward was integral to the Celtic’s small-ball lineup due to his defense but could be headed elsewhere.
Current odds have him possibly joining the Indiana Pacers or the Atlanta Hawks, if not staying in Boston.
- Cleveland Cavaliers -350
- Boston Celtics +475
- Charlotte Hornets +850
- Los Angeles Clippers +1400
Big man Andre Drummond is a high-value target this offseason. Drummond was a force of nature in his time with the Detroit Pistons but was sent to the Cleveland Cavaliers during the season.
Drummond could be a huge addition for a team like the Celtics, who are in desperate need of a true center.
- New Orleans Pelicans -500
- Atlanta Hawks +800
- New York Knicks +800
- Denver Nuggets +1400
The NBA’s reigning Most Improved Player is likely to stay with the New Orleans Pelicans as they build around Zion Williamson under new head coach Stan Van Gundy.
Brandon Ingram is a free agent this offseason and could elect to head to a team where he can be the unquestioned No. 1 option, like the Hawks or Knicks.
- San Antonio Spurs -200
- Detroit Pistons +650
- Charlotte Hornets +850
- Orlando Magic +1000
- Chicago Bulls +1000
DeMar DeRozan had a successful 2020 season with the San Antonio Spurs and is likely to return for Greg Popovich in 2021.
The Spurs allow DeRozan to play his mid-range game, but DeMar could look to return a part of the country he is more familiar with – like Detroit.
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