The NBA offseason is in full swing.
While the top names such as Giannis Antetokounmpo and Anthony Davis have not officially
made their decisions, there have been several big trades in the last 48 hours. The Milwaukee
Bucks shipped point guards Eric Bledsoe and George Hill, along with three future first-round
picks, to New Orleans for Jrue Holiday.
Holiday averaged 19.1 points per game last season and also dished out 6.7 assists. The Pelicans
were expected to trade him this offseason and it did not waste much time in doing so.
Dec. 21 is the deadline for Antetokounmpo to sign an extension with Milwaukee, which
currently has the second-shortest odds to win the NBA title next season at +500. The Bucks are
also getting shooting guard Bogdan Bogdanovic from Sacramento in a deal that will send Donte
DiVincenzo, Ersan Ilyasova and DJ Wilson to the Kings.
The first important news to break on Monday was when Oklahoma City finalized a deal to send
Chris Paul and Abdel Nader to Phoenix for Kelly Oubre Jr., Ricky Rubio, Ty Jerome, Jalen
Lecque and a 2022 first-round pick. The Suns are now 50/1 to win the NBA title, while the
Thunder are 100/1.
Houston superstar James Harden turned down a $50 million per year extension on Monday night.
He prefers to be traded to the Brooklyn Nets, according to ESPN. Brooklyn is currently listed at
+600 to win the title, but would likely surpass the Bucks in the betting market if it lands Harden.
Meanwhile, the 2020 NBA Draft will take place on Wednesday night. There have been several
big shifts in the betting market regarding the top pick.
Georgia’s Anthony Edwards was priced at around a -175 favorite for several months, but late
steam on LaMelo Ball moved Edwards to plus-money late last week. Ball got all the way to -230
before dropping back to -130 as of Tuesday morning. James Wiseman is +600 to go No. 1
Wiseman is -130 to go second, while Edwards is +225 and Ball is +275. Minnesota gets the first
pick, Golden State has the second pick and Charlotte will draft third.