NBA Roster Changes
by Andreanna Hardy
There are big changes this NBA season: legends have retired, players have moved around, and rookies have joined.
Here are the changes you need to know going into this season:
Legends, Kobe Bryant (Lakers), Tim Duncan (Spurs), Kevin Garnett (Celtics) and our beloved Mo Williams (Cavs), have retired, but won’t be forgotten. They have left an unforgettable mark on the league, with a combined 12 NBA championship rings, 46 All-star game appearances, and 4 MVP titles.
Many players have moved around during the off-season, but maybe the most important trade is Kevin Durant to the Warriors. He shocked and depressed his fans and teammates when he joined Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and the rest of the Warriors team (Clevelanders can easily remember that feeling when LeBron decided to “take his talents to south beach”). Kevin Durant, who averaged 28.2 points and shot 50.5% last season, is a strong addition to the Warriors roster and may be a challenge for our Caviler team.
The Cavs have made some additions to our roster too. The Atlanta Hawks initially selected Kay Felder, former #20 for Oklahoma University, as #54 in the draft, but that didn’t stop the Cavs from getting their man. They cashed out $2.4 million for his rights, and signed a three-year contract, worth about $2.5 million and a guaranteed $1 million. Last season for Oklahoma, he averaged 44% shooting, 24.4 points per game, 2 blocks and 9 assists, a great addition for our roster. It’s a high price to pay for one player, but hopefully it will pay off.
The first regular season game is October 25 where the New York Knicks will take on the Cavs at The Q, 8:00 pm.