Welcome back to my series on every teams changes through this crazy and compressed offseason. Up next we will be looking at the Pacific division. The Pacific division is one of the best conferences in the entire league with some of the biggest names in the sport featuring contenders like the Lakers, Clippers, and Warriors. The second stop of this series will outline the biggest moves every team in the division made this offseason will shed some light into what that means for each team.

Phoenix Suns

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Led by the recently minted All-Star Devin Booker, Phoenix is a team on the rise looking to contend in a tough Western Conference. They made the first big splash of the offseason by trading veteran PG Ricky Rubio, versatile wing Kelly Oubre Jr., and some other pieces to Oklahoma City for All-NBA guard Chris Paul. Paul has slotted in next to Booker amazingly as the two complements each other especially well on both ends of the court. This move shows that Phoenix wants to build around Booker and keep the 24-year-old happy in Arizona.

Phoenix did not make a lot of other moves other than signing free-agent forward Jae Crowder and resigning rotation players in Javon Carter and Dario Saric. Phoenix is relying on improvements from young players like Mikal Bridges, DeAndre Ayton, and Cam Johnson to elevate this team to the next level. Unfortunately, center Aron Baynes left the team in free agency leaving the Suns center rotation thinner than they would like. Baynes departure means Phoenix will rely on Frank Kaminsky to fill center minutes behind Ayton.

Additions: Chris Paul, Jae Crowder

Subtractions: Kelly Oubre Jr., Ricky Rubio, Aron Baynes

Los Angeles Lakers

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The Lakers won a title in the Orlando Bubble then immediately got to work. The Lakers started off by trading wing Danny Green to Oklahoma City for guard Dennis Shroeder. Shroeder is an immediate upgrade at the guard position with a player that can do a little bit of everything. Then in one of the biggest surprises of the offseason, the Lakers signed the sixth man of the year Montrez Harrell to a two-year deal. Harrell will be a great addition to a team that was often criticized as not having enough depth off the bench. LA then went and resigned guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and signed veteran guard Wes Matthews, both players are talented role players who fit well alongside the Lakers stars.

Speaking of the LA stars, Anthony Davis signed a max contract and LeBron James signed a max extension keeping both on the Lakers for the foreseeable future. The Lakers also traded veteran center JaVale McGee to Cleveland to make cap space in order to sign center Marc Gasol. With all these new players LA had to let some free agents sign with new teams. Center Dwight Howard, guard Rajon Rondo, and guard Avery Bradley all left the team leaving questions about how all of the new pieces will fit alongside the team’s stars. 

Additions: Montrez Harrell, Dennis Shroeder, Wes Matthews, Marc Gasol

Subtractions: Rajon Rondo, Avery Bradley, JaVale McGee, Dwight Howard

Los Angeles Clippers

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After a disappointing end to last seasons, championship hopes the Clippers decided to mix things up a little bit. They started by resigning forward Marcus Morris to a massive four-year contract and they signed superstar Paul George to a maximum contract extension. These moves show the Clippers going all in with this roster trying to build around Kawhi. Then the Clippers traded young sharpshooter Landry Shamet in a three-team trade to land wing Luke Kennard. Luke Kennard signed a contract extension not long after. Kennard is a definite upgrade over Shamet with more versatility on both ends of the court.

The Clippers then signed veteran Nic Batum who was recently cut from the Hornets roster. Batum struggled in a large role on the Hornets but taking a secondary role in LA should help the versatile veteran thrive. The Clippers were able to bring back most of their important players but forward JaMychal Green and sixth man of the year Montrez Harrell both left in free agency. These departures definitely hurt the team’s depth but the signing of center Serge Ibaka should alleviate some of that pressure. 

Additions: Luke Kennard, Nic Batum, Serge Ibaka

Subtractions: Montrez Harrell, JaMychal Green, Landry Shamet

Sacramento Kings

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The Kings have struggled over the last decade and a half by missing the playoffs every single year since 2005. This offseason the Kings decided to sign their star guard De’Aaron Fox to a maximum contract extension making sure that Fox is locked in until at least 2026. The Kings also drafted guard Tyrese Haliburton who has looked like a steal early on in the season. The Kings also signed veteran center Hassan Whiteside to play backup center minutes behind Marvin Bagley and Richaun Holmes. They also signed guard Glenn Robinson to play big rotation minutes off the bench.

However, the Kings did lose an important player in Bogdan Bodganovic who signed with the Atlanta Hawks. With the departure of Bogdanovic the Kings will have a tough time making the playoffs this season in the stacked west but the Kings have the building blocks in place with Fox, Heild, and Bagley all returning to make a run in the next few seasons.

Additions: Hassan Whiteside, Tyrese Haliburton, Glenn Robinson

Subtractions: Bogdan Bogdanovic, Alex Len, Harry Giles

Golden State Warriors

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The Warriors have fallen from grace since their streak of five straight finals appearances. While Kevin Durant leaving the team two years ago certainly hurt it was the string of injuries that has made the Warrior’s path to another finals even more difficult. On the night of the draft All-Star guard, Klay Thompson tore his Achilles tendon and was ruled out for the season. The Warriors proceeded to draft center James Wiseman with the 2nd overall pick.

Not long after the Warriors traded a first-round pick to acquire wing Kelly Oubre from Oklahoma City. Oubre was brought in to be a versatile player alongside the established Warriors stars. The Warriors also signed solid vets in Brad Wanamaker and Kent Bazemore to fill spot rotation minutes. The Warriors will be relying heavily on Steph Curry this season. It will be an uphill battle for the Warriors to return to the finals anytime soon. 

Additions: James Wiseman, Brad Wanamaker, Kent Bazemore, Kelly Oubre, James Wiseman

Subtractions: Willy Cauley-Stein

By Myst