It’s been a busy few weeks for the NBA - the weeks after the free agency usually are.
But this season has been different.
It feels like more star players than ever before have been on the move.
Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Russell Westbrook, Paul George, Kawhi Leonard, Anthony Davis - just six of the biggest names to find themselves playing for a different team next season, be it through trades or free agency.
It’s a trend that hasn’t gone unnoticed by Dwyane Wade, the Miami Heat superstar who retired at the end of last season.
After almost every game in his final season, Wade exchanged jerseys with a player from the opposing team.
This included pretty much everyone listed above - and plenty more.
The surefire NBA Hall of Famer cracked wise about it on Twitter, suggesting his collection was looking a little ‘bootleg’ after a whirlwind series of off-season moves.
All i know is my jersey swap collection is looking kinda bootleg since FA started 😂😂😂. In 20 years ain’t no one believing those players played in those uniforms❤️— DWade (@DwyaneWade) July 12, 2019
According to ESPN, Wade exchanged jerseys with three dozen NBA players over the course of his final season in the league.
Of those players, 18 have been traded since.
Harden, Westbrook reunite in massive NBA trade
The Oklahoma City Thunder have agreed to trade Russell Westbrook to the Houston Rockets for a package that includes Chris Paul and draft picks, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports.
According to the report, Westbrook wanted to play with his former Thunder teammate James Harden, and OKC general manager Sam Presti worked with Westbrook to make the deal happen.
After years of playoff relevance, the Thunder switched gears to a rebuild this offseason when Paul George asked to be traded to the Los Angeles Clippers to join Kawhi Leonard. The Thunder granted the request in a deal that netted multiple first-round draft picks in return.
End of an era in OKC
The George deal signalled the end of an era in Oklahoma City, as it made no sense for a rebuilding franchise to keep an MVP-caliber player on a max deal as it looked to start from scratch. The team that once rostered Kevin Durant, James Harden and Westbrook is now a distant memory.
The move lends credence to reports that there were growing tensions between Paul and Harden, who suffered a second straight playoff exit at the hands of the Golden State Warriors this season.
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