This year there are some big names that are always in the hunt for a new team.
About 80 percent of the National Basketball Association is projected to be above next season's salary cap, according to RealGM, which means there aren't many realistic competitors for potentially high-priced free agents like LeBron James and DeMarcus Cousins.
Then there's Carmelo Anthony, who chose to make $27.9 million in the final season of his contract rather than test free agency. LeBron didn't waste any time before he showed up at LAX on a private Jet to meet with the Lakers front office. According to ESPN, the free agent all-Saar forward and the Thunder agreed to a four-year $137 million max contract early Sunday morning. George also garnered all-defensive first-team honors in 2014.
Kawhi Leonard has followed George's example in demanding a trade and letting it be known that he intends on being a Los Angeles Laker, either this summer or the next when he is an unrestricted free agent. "(Later, it was revealed that the deal is actually worth only $153.3 million.) "Oh man Staples center is bouta be on fire", tweeted the Heat's Josh Richardson, referring to the Lakers" arena.
The 33-year-old had previously said he wanted to finish his career in OH, and although he's leaving home again, Cleveland fans are more forgiving after he ended the city's 52-year sports championship drought in 2016.
Magic Johnson claims not to feel pressure, but George's decision has to have him anxious. More big moves in the West are possible, especially with DeMarcus Cousins still available in free agency and a candidate to return to New Orleans.
It was to no avail, however as James wound up making the jump to Los Angeles. George took the stage at that party, grabbed a microphone and delivered four words that shocked many. After bolting from Cleveland in 2010, he returned in an emotional homecoming four years later, determined to make the Cavs champions. But there are at least three other teams - and maybe an outsider or two - with legitimate shots at landing James, who made it clear following this year's NBA Finals that he's still driven to win championships.
That, plus hopefully getting Andre Roberson back healthy after he suffered a season-ending knee injury back in January, could put the Thunder in position to be a significant factor again in the Western Conference.
For Dallas, persistence paid off. Former teammate Blake Griffin and coach Doc Rivers were part of a contingent that went to his house and stayed with him until the deal was official.