The Big Lead Staff says:
Will Paul George remain with the Thunder? If not, where does he end up?
Vik Chokshi: No, Los Angeles Lakers
Bobby Burack: No, I think he will strongly consider it but will ultimately decide to go back home. Paul George wanted to be a Laker last summer, but it wasn’t his choice. This summer, it is.
Ryan Phillips: He’ll stay with the Thunder and fleece them with a max contract. It makes by far the most sense financially.
Jason McIntyre: Paul George goes to the Lakers. He’ll always be 2nd banana to Russell Westbrook in OKC; in LA, as LeBron turns 34 in December, it would not shock me if George (only 28) emerges as a superstar.
Henry McKenna: Paul George is headed for the Lakers.
Ryan Glasspiegel: Yes.
What team will Kawhi Leonard be on at the start of the season?
Chokshi: The San Antonio Spurs.
Burack: The Milwaukee Bucks.
McIntyre: San Antonio Spurs.
Phillips: The San Antonio Spurs.
Glasspiegel: The San Antonio Spurs.
What will be the biggest surprise this offseason?
Chokshi: LeBron leaving the Cavs.
McIntyre: Because nobody has cap room, Julius Randle runs out of options and returns to the Lakers for his qualifying offer.
Burack: LeBron’s decision will come by 9 pm est July 2.
Phillips: The Lakers will re-sign Julius Randle instead of opting to go after two max contract players.
McKenna: Chris Paul gets kicked off the banana boat. After Paul George, LeBron (and maybe Kawhi) land with the Lakers, Paul is forced to return to Houston.
Glasspiegel: LeBron to Heat.
What move can be made this summer to beat the Warriors next season?
Chokshi: LeBron and Kawhi teaming up on a team with an already good core i.e. Philly or LA.
Burack: The Warriors not making a move. If Golden State does not improve their roster, Boston and Houston can and will beat them.
McIntyre: LeBron, Paul George and keeping Julius Randle, while not losing any of their young core, can beat the Warriors next year. Not saying they will, but they can.
Phillips: LeBron James going to either Houston or Philadelphia. Those two situations could potentially dethrone the Warriors but I wouldn’t bet on either.
McKenna: The Celtics can trade for Kawhi Leonard if the Spurs get desperate. That said, the Celtics can probably still beat the Warriors if they simply retain Marcus Smart, a restricted free agent.
Glasspiegel: Nothing this year if Curry and Durant have legs that work.
LeBron James will be wearing a _____ jersey on opening night.
Chokshi: Purple and Gold.
Burack: 16 months after the rumors began, LeBron James will be wearing a Lakers jersey on the second night of the NBA season.
Phillips: Lakers. It makes the most sense for all involved. It will also be the last move he makes in his career.
McKenna: Lakers (No misdirection coming).