We've already dedicated an entire article to the Dwight Howard saga, so be sure to check that out to see how his move to Houston will change the landscape of those involved in the chase.
So, what else has happened? Well.....quite a lot.
Josh Smith – Signed with Detroit Pistons
Smith is a great pickup for Detroit, as he can contribute on both ends of the floor, in spite of his highly questionable shot selection at times. He's one of the few players in the league that can stay with LeBron James on defense, and his athleticism will be a good boost for a frontcourt that already features Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond.
Obviously, Smith was more interested in getting a big payday than he was in winning a championship. He chased the large contract, rather than say signing on with Houston alongside Dwight Howard and James Harden.
Smith's arrival in the Motor City will make the team better, but let's not kid ourselves. The Pistons are still a long ways away from truly competing in the Eastern Conference, as evidenced by their +10000 to win the title this coming season price on SportsbookReview's NBA futures odds board.
Andre Iguodala – Signed with Golden State Warriors
Iguodala was very good for Denver last season, but he's moved on and will now team up with Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and David Lee in sunny California.
Though not a bona-fide star, Iguodala has championship pedigree from the various Olympic gold-winning teams and he's an unselfish player who can make an impact on both offense and defense. He should fit in nicely within a young and super athletic Golden State squad.
After an impressive run in this past season's playoffs and further additions to the team, you'd be foolish to sleep on the Warriors for your sports picks.
Odds makers seem to agree. Golden State is at +2200 on the futures list to win the title, putting them ahead of teams like Memphis, New York, and the L.A. Lakers.
Al Jefferson – Signed with Charlotte Bobcats
This one came out of left field, but overall this is a positive move for Michael Jordan's Bobcats, who have been the laughing stock of the league over recent years.
One of Charlotte's biggest weaknesses was their extremely poor frontcourt play. Adding Jefferson will immediately help out on that front, considering the former Jazz center is coming off a successful season in which he averaged 17.8 PPG and 9.2 RPG.
Still, even with the addition of Jefferson and some nice young pieces in Kemba Walker, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, and Cody Zeller, Charlotte has a long road ahead of them before they're going to make any real noise.
Just look at the NBA odds for reference. The Bobcats are the fourth-lowest team on the futures list, all the way down at +250000. Only Orlando, Philadelphia, and Phoenix are behind them.
Other Interesting Moves
With Josh Smith heading out the door, the Hawks (+7500) acted fast and quickly reached a deal with Paul Millsap, which is a nice snag for the franchise after they missed out on Dwight Howard.
Over on the west coast, the Clippers traded for J.J. Redick and Jared Dudley, while Eric Bledsoe and Caron Butler exited. L.A. is the fifth-highest team on the futures odds board at +1200 to win the championship.
Make sure you keep an eye out on Andrew Bynum too. He's being chased by a number of teams, with an offer still on the table for two years from Cleveland. Where will the highly controversial big man wind up? How will that affect your NBA picks during the season? Stay tuned to find out.
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