Now that we are set with the conference finals, 26 teams have officially begun their offseason. For everyone outside Cleveland, Boston, Houston, and Golden State, the focus is now firmly on the NBA Draft and free agency.
For some teams, the draft is a bigger deal, as there are many teams waiting patiently for next week’s Draft Lottery to determine their fate. For others, they’ll be looking to build through free agency and trades, hoping to change their fortunes with a major move or two. LeBron James will obviously be the biggest domino in free agency, and where he goes (or stays) will have a ripple effect around the league. Close behind him, though, is Paul George.
George had knee surgery on Wednesday, but should be close to fully recovered by the time free agency rolls around. There have been conflicting reports about his desires in free agency and LeBron’s decision could also factor in, but for now, oddsmakers are leaning towards a homecoming in Los Angeles as the most likely outcome for George.
Offshore sportsbook Bovada released a number of NBA free agency props on Thursday, including one on George where the Lakers are -200 favorites to land the star. The Thunder are +400 to keep him, with the Sixers at +600 as a darkhorse candidate.
What team will Paul George Play for on Game 1 of the 2018-2019 Season?
Los Angeles Lakers 1/2
Oklahoma City Thunder 4/1
Philadelphia 76ers 6/1
Indiana Pacers 9/1
Cleveland Cavaliers 9/1
Los Angeles Clippers 9/1
New Orleans Pelicans 18/1
New York Knicks 18/1
Other options on the board include odds on where DeMarcus Cousins will sign as he enters a very interesting free agency summer coming off of an Achilles injury, along with a Dwane Casey being fired prop and trade props for DeMar DeRozan, Kyle Lowry, Serge Ibaka, and Markelle Fultz.
What team will DeMarcus Cousins Play for on Game 1 of the 2018-2019 Season?
New Orleans Pelicans -200 (1/2)
Any Other Team +150 (3/2)
Will Dwane Casey be the Head coach of the Toronto Raptors for on Game 1 of the 2018-2019 Season?
Yes +150 (3/2)
No -200 (1/2)
What team will Kyle Lowry Play for on Game 1 of the 2018-2019 Season?
Toronto Raptors -450 (2/9)
Any Other Team +275 (11/4)
What team will DeMar DeRozan Play for on Game 1 of the 2018-2019 Season?
Toronto Raptors -325 (4/13)
Any Other Team +220 (11/5)
What team will Serge Ibaka Play for on Game 1 of the 2018-2019 Season?
Toronto Raptors -700 (1/7)
Any Other Team +400 (4/1)
What team will Markelle Fultz Play for on Game 1 of the 2018-2019 Season?
Philadelphia 76ers -350 (2/7)
Any Other Team +225 (9/4)