Top 2017-18 Winter Transfers

The transfer window can be just as exciting as any other deals in sports and this winter transfer season has not disappointed. Two weeks have passed since the 2017-18 winter transfer window closed and teams have already had their new players debut and see how they are fitting in their new squads. Today we’ll be taking a look at the more notable transfers that occurred this transfer window and how they’ve played so far for their new clubs.

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Why Was This An Unsuccessful Baseball Offseason?

With two days left until pitchers and catchers officially report to Spring Training around the majors, a majority of free agents, up to almost 120 free agents, are still left unsigned. The biggest free agent prize recently signed yesterday. Yu Darvish signed with the Chicago Cubs for six years, worth $126 million with incentives that would reach up to $150 million, but free agents like star ace, Jake Arrieta, and star outfielder, J.D. Martinez, and star first baseman Eric Hosmer are still left without teams. So why are these big names among many other free agents still without a team with spring training dangerously close? Luxury tax.

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Chicago Bulls Trade Nikola Mirotic To New Orleans Pelicans

Early this morning news broke from Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN that the New Orleans Pelicans would be making a trade with the Chicago Bulls for Nikola Mirotic. Mirotic has been in trade rumors for weeks. He reportedly was unhappy with the team. He even got into an altercation with Bobby Portis that left him with a facial fracture and a concussion.

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LeBron’s Exit From Cleveland Is Nearing

For the fourth straight season, the Cleveland Cavaliers have struggled during the month of January, hitting their yearly January troubles. They have still managed to reach the NBA Finals during the last three seasons. Always fixing their problems before the playoffs. This 2018 season just feels slightly different, all because of injuries, coaching and chemistry problems, and the absence of Kyrie Irving.

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All this comes at the worst times, with LeBron James being a free agent at the end of the season. He could freely walk away exactly like he did in 2010. The only difference being winning a championship during his second stint. The one James promised and then delivered in 2016.

But as happy as the city was during the team’s championship, everything in The Land has been as catastrophic as ever. Ever since Irving wanted to get traded away, multiple rumors saying he did not want to play with James anymore because he wanted to be the best player on his own team. Leading to Isaiah Thomas being the new point guard for the Cavs, or at least for some part of the season. The former Boston Celtics guard has been playing like he is coming off a probable career ending injury. Creating tension in the locker room and on the hardwood. Tension has grown even bigger with Kevin Love and JR Smith, both having their respective problems on the team.

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Although the roster does not look like it can compete against either the Warriors or the Rockets, because of the aging players they have around James. Which is not only a problem for the team on the basketball court, but also one for Dan Gilbert and management. They can either trade their pieces that are supposed to be for the future. Those being the Brooklyn pick this year and their own future picks, or they can keep it to reboot if James leaves them this summer. Which is very likely at this point, the unanswered question is, where is James bringing his talents next.

San Antonio Spurs

The 2016 Western Conference Finals will always be remembered as the series when Kawhi Leonard injured his ankle and never played after game 1. The Spurs did not have enough stars to survive without him, and they still do not. A fact that could change fast if RC Buford decides to try and land James, a duo of Leonard and James with Gregg Popovich, arguably the greatest coach ever, in charge of them. For two of the games best three forwards to play together, the Spurs would have to trade Pau Gasol and LaMarcus Aldridge first, that will free up their cap space enough to sign James and surround him with veteran shooters.

Houston Rockets

Daryl Morey’s “Moreyball” has worked extremely well with newly acquired Chris Paul and James Harden this season, winning the season series against the Golden State Warriors 2-1. What if Chris Paul and their new reserves are not good enough to beat the team from the Bay in a seven game series? James is the answer. It would take a lot to land James in a Rockets jersey, the franchise would have to get rid of Ryan Anderson, Clint Capela and some of their key bench players. That being the reason because Harden already has a $228M contract, and Paul and James could earn close to that in their next contracts if they decide. The Rockets would have an extremely short rotation, something Coach Mike D’antoni is known for, but it does not take Morey’s analytics to figure out that their probable starting five might be worth it.

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Los Angeles Lakers

James just bought a new mansion in LA a couple months ago, also being seen by the media walking around a private school’s campus with his wife. That created even more rumors than there were originally. Although, it starts to make more sense day by day. The Lakers are being ran by President of Basketball Operations, Magic Johnson, and are the biggest and most successful franchise in NBA history. If James wants to have a successful career after his basketball playing days are over, the Lakers are the team to join this summer. This is not only because of the spotlight and being in California, but the organization’s vision is not far from what could dethrone Golden State in some seasons. The LA team has a future star in Lonzo Ball as their point guard, two scorers in Kyle Kuzma and Brandon Ingram, and plenty of tradeable assets to land superstars along with James. Maybe being in a team with Ball, Kuzma and Ingram will not take you far, but if they are able to sign two or three stars, including James, the Lakers could be a force in the West for years to come.

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Almost every team in the NBA will want LeBron James this summer, but James wants to win and add more championships to his collection. Which teams do you think have the chance to help him win? And which one will he join forces with?

Mikey Carrillo

The Milwaukee Brewers Adding Lorenzo Cain And Christian Yelich Is A Good Thing For Small Markets

The Milwaukee Brewers made improvements to their outfield with the additions of Christian Yelich from the Miami Marlins’ fire sale and bringing back Lorenzo Cain as a free agent. The Brewers are cooking and they might not be done adding players yet. Hey, Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals, you better watch out, they are gunning for the National League Central division title this year.

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Alexis Sanchez Transfer Saga Comes to an End

One of the most thundering transfer sagas has come to an end, as Alexis Sanchez has signed with Manchester United in a swap deal for Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who joins Arsenal in the deal.

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The complete transfer is valued at around £60 million when everything is finalized. Considering the colossal transfer fees we have seen in recent memory, this price tag is a such a bargain. The Red Devils clearly need flare, creativity, and finishing power up front and Sanchez is the missing piece of the puzzle. Alexis is arguably a top 5 Premier League player and his addition to the squad can turn United’s season around for the better. Winning the Premier League is a near impossible task currently but the Champions League is a month away and United can shift their focus and perform well on the European stage.

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The other side of the deal has Mkhitaryan joining Arsenal. The Gunners have a huge gap to fill with the departure of Alexis but Mkhitaryan’s signing is huge for Arsenal because now they have another star playmaker playing at Ozil’s side. If Arsenal settles their problems with scoring goals they could be lethal with Ozil and Mkhitaryan providing plays for attackers and bossing around the midfield. Manchester City are looking like the champions of England come May, but the competition for European positions looks promising.

Will Alexis take the Red Devils to glory? Is Mkhitaryan the man Arsenal have been missing? Let us know at @TheUtilityMan17 and in the comments below!

Emilio Morales

SOURCE: The Guardian

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