by Brad Botkin
The busiest part of the NBA offseason is winding down, and, man, has it been some kind of exciting. All sorts of big names will be in new places come next season, and this year’s draft class is adding to their hype in Summer League. There may be a few more big moves in store (Carmelo Anthony, anyone?), but for the most part, we know where teams stand. So here we go with this offseason’s winners and losers.
Winner: Houston Rockets
A 55-win team added Chris Paul. Say no more. Yes, the Rockets gave up good young pieces and Patrick Beverley, but Paul makes them so much better from a talent standpoint. How he’ll fit as a second ball-dominant guard next to James Harden will have to be worked out, but that’s a good problem. P.J. Tucker, who Houston also added, is quietly a really nice player, and getting Nene back for three years and $11 million is a bargain. They topped it off by inking Harden to the richest contract extension in NBA history (he’ll make $228 million over the next six years), meaning if they can re-sign Paul next summer, they would have arguably the best backcourt in the league locked up for a while.