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NBA Free Agency

By Chris Smith, Staff Writer

The NBA offseason has kicked off in a big way, with multiple free agency acquisitions shifting the league’s landscape as a whole.

The drama began instantaneously, when last year’s number one seed in the Eastern Conference, the Milwaukee Bucks, acquired all-star Jrue Holiday from the New Orleans Pelicans, giving up many players in return.

The reigning NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers made a plethora of moves to improve their team, acquiring former Defensive Player of the Year Marc Gasol, guard Dennis Schroeder, and reigning Sixth Man of the year Montrezl Harrell.

The New York Knicks stayed relatively quiet, giving small contracts to Nerlens Noel, Alec Burks, and Austin Rivers. At the same time, their cross-town rival Brooklyn Nets shelled out $75 million to retain the rights of Joe Harris, in hopes of bolstering up for a 2021 championship run.

Sophmore broadcasting major and Knicks fan Joe Lonegro was happy with the lack of activity from the Knicks.

“I thought they played the offseason smart by remaining cap flexible and giving out small contracts,” he said. “Overall, I liked their strategy.”

Meanwhile, senior film major Kyle Smith was perplexed by the Jrue Holiday trade.

“I don’t understand how Jrue Holiday has become so overrated in some people’s minds,” he said. “He’s not worth nearly what Milwaukee gave up.”

Luckily with the season scheduled to tip-off on Dec. 22, fans won’t have to wait long to find out.

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