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NBA Offseason 2020: Nov. 16 Roundup

The NBA offseason is in full swing, and there have been some significant moves happening around the league. Here’s a roundup of the latest news:

Brooklyn Nets

Reports are surfacing that the Brooklyn Nets have acquired swingman Bruce Brown from the Detroit Pistons. In exchange, the Nets will send Dzanan Musa and a 2021 second-round pick to the Pistons. Brown had a breakout season with the Pistons, showing improvement in scoring, rebounding, and assists. It will be interesting to see how he fits into the Nets’ roster.

Charlotte Hornets

Veteran swingman Nicolas Batum has decided to exercise his player option for the 2020-21 season and will remain with the Charlotte Hornets. Batum had a down year last season due to injuries and a reduced role. With his option picked up, the Hornets will look for him to bounce back and contribute to their young team.

Chicago Bulls

The Chicago Bulls have made some decisions regarding their roster. They have declined to issue a qualifying offer to guard Kris Dunn, making him a free agent. However, they have extended a qualifying offer to Denzel Valentine. Additionally, forward Otto Porter Jr. has decided to opt into his deal for the 2020-21 season. Porter Jr. has been dealing with injuries but showed promise when he returned to the lineup last season.

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Denver Nuggets

Jerami Grant has declined his player option with the Denver Nuggets and will become an unrestricted free agent. Grant had a solid season with the Nuggets, averaging double-digit points and providing a strong defensive presence. It will be interesting to see if the Nuggets can retain him or if he will receive offers from other teams.

Detroit Pistons

The Detroit Pistons have been active in the trade market. They have made a deal with the Brooklyn Nets, sending Bruce Brown to the Nets in exchange for Dzanan Musa and a 2021 second-round pick. Brown was a key rotation player for the Pistons last season, showcasing improvement in various aspects of his game. The Pistons have also reportedly traded Tony Snell to the Atlanta Hawks.

Los Angeles Lakers

The Los Angeles Lakers, fresh off their championship win, are making moves to strengthen their roster. Reports suggest that they are in talks to acquire guard Dennis Schroder from the Oklahoma City Thunder. In exchange, the Lakers would send Danny Green and the 28th pick in the upcoming draft to the Thunder. Additionally, Anthony Davis and Rajon Rondo are expected to decline their player options and become free agents. Davis is expected to re-sign with the Lakers, while Rondo will explore other teams.

Milwaukee Bucks

The Milwaukee Bucks are facing some changes to their roster. Backup center Robin Lopez plans to decline his player option and become a free agent. Veteran swingman Wesley Matthews is also declining his player option and entering free agency. Both players played important roles for the Bucks last season, and their departures could impact the team’s depth.

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Orlando Magic

Evan Fournier will exercise his player option and remain with the Orlando Magic for the 2020-21 season. Fournier was the team’s second-leading scorer last season and will provide valuable scoring and playmaking for the Magic.

Phoenix Suns

The Phoenix Suns are making a big splash in their quest for a playoff spot. They have acquired 10-time NBA All-Star Chris Paul from the Oklahoma City Thunder. In exchange, the Suns are sending Kelly Oubre, Ricky Rubio, Ty Jerome, Jalen Lecque, and a 2022 first-round pick to the Thunder. Paul’s leadership and playmaking abilities will be a huge boost to the Suns’ young roster.

San Antonio Spurs

DeMar DeRozan has exercised his player option and will remain with the San Antonio Spurs for the 2020-21 season. DeRozan has been a consistent scorer and playmaker for the Spurs, and his presence will be crucial as the team looks to remain competitive.

This is just a snapshot of the NBA offseason so far. With free agency and the draft ahead, there are sure to be more moves and surprises in the coming weeks. Stay tuned for more updates.