The Warriors still appear to be an immovable, unbreakable force, but the Rockets have taken their high variance three-pointers and layup strategy and plunked Chris Paul down right in the middle of it.
If there's been a legitimate recent critique of Danny Ainge, it's that he's trigger-shy and seems to fetishize his own value-multiplying trade wizardry in lieu of assembling an actual team.
The Lakers risk allowing Paul George to play for a contender in 17-18 and not wanting to leave. If they do make the Pacers an increased offer the young talent around him will be diminished significantly.
The very best athletes can let us down while also playing all the way up to their lofty standards. The opportunity doesn't exist, but if Chris Paul could make the same kind of choice Kevin Durant did last summer, would he?
Portland's two picks in the frontcourt indicate a new direction as well as a little insurance, with Ed Davis (unrestricted) and Noah Vonleh (restricted) entering contract seasons amid their well documented cap issues.