Free agency always unpredictable

01 July 2017 04:10:09 EST

Stephen Curry signed the largest deal in NBA history, Blake Griffin stayed a Clipper, Paul George went to Oklahoma City and Ricky Rubio joined Utah Jazz.

It was certainly not business as usual to kick off the free agency period in the NBA as the teams started aggressive moves to try and catch the defending champions, the Golden State Warriors.

Jeff Teague is apparently on his way to Minnesota to replace Rubio, and the Timberwolves are also said to be pushing for J.J. Redick as the team continues to make over their roster around their young core.

First and foremost however was the Golden State signing of Curry to a supermax deal. It's the first $200 million deal in league history and will take Curry up until he is 34.

Considered the greatest shooter in the game today, Curry was also due as he had been playing on a $44 million, four-year deal signed when there were concerns about his ankle injuries.

With the Boston Celtics, 10/1 to win the NBA, pushing to sign Gordon Hayward as a free agent and then try and trade for Paul George to create their own super team, the Atlantic Division side received a rude awakening when the Oklahoma City Thunder swooped in and grabbed the Indiana star.

The Pacers could have waited, but instead accepted the offer of guard Victor Oladipo, and center Domantas Sabonis.

George is expected to test the free agent market in 2018 and has made it clear he would like to sign for his hometown Los Angeles Lakers.

As such this is a win now move from the Thunder who don't yet know the intentions of Russell Westbrook who can become a free agent next year as well.

The Warriors are 5/9 to win the NBA next year with the Cleveland Cavaliers priced at 13/2.

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