4. Philadelphia 76ers
It’s going to be difficult to evaluate how great this team really is until all of the pieces are together and functioning as a unit. However, if Markelle Fultz turns out to be even a fraction of what this team hopes he is, and he builds chemistry with his teammates even relatively soon, this team can be instant contenders. In total, they had four draft picks and were able to add some other players with high ceilings.
3. Minnesota Timberwolves
In my opinion the Wolves made this move a year or two early. I know Tom Thibodeau couldn’t wait to be reunited with his star but now he puts pressure on a young nucleus that was being brought along at a very good pace, to win now. All of a sudden the guys who were starting to find their spot and beginning to develop swagger are massively overshadowed. Minnesota adds a player who is talented but has been a major distraction.
2. Chicago Bulls
As soon as it was clear that Jimmy Butler wasn’t going to be a asset as a member of the Bulls any longer, I would have given him straight up for Lauri Markkanen. Chicago was able to make a deal that landed them a seven-footer who shot 42 percent from three point range (think about that), a guard in Zach LaVine who averages 18.9 points per game before an ACL injury, and a very good defensive point guard who has the potential to mature into a star. In other words they got younger and deeper and got rid of a massive distraction.
1. Los Angeles Lakers
In less than a week, Magic Johnson relieved himself of one of the worst contracts in NBA history, added a All-Star Caliber Center, and drafted a potential superstar point guard. With the addition of depth with his other draft picks, Johnson has swung the outlook of this team from grim, to potential for hope. The best move over all was to prepare for a big Free Agency haul next season by clearing Cap Space.