The ESPN Forecast panel looks ahead to the big moves that could happen in the 2019 offseason.
Where will Anthony Davis play next season?
The trade deadline passed without the New Orleans Pelicans acquiescing to Davis' trade request. Will the packages get better in June and July?
The Boston Celtics will be able to make their best offer in the offseason, though the big question is whether that will include Jayson Tatum. They're the favorites to swing an AD trade, according to our panel, with a few other teams chasing the Los Angeles Lakers behind Boston.
Where will Kevin Durant play next season?
Is this KD's last season with the Warriors? Our panel predicts he's headed to New York, despite him pushing back on free-agency rumors following the Kristaps Porzingis trade.
"I have nothing to do with the Knicks," Durant said earlier this month. "I don't know who traded Porzingis. They got nothing to do with me."
Where will Kyrie Irving play next season?
A week before the trade deadline, Irving softened his preseason stance that he plans to re-sign in Boston with comments such as "Ask me July 1" and "I don't owe anybody s---."
There are plenty of suitors for Irving in free agency -- and Anthony Davis' destination could be a factor here -- but our panel predicts he remains in Boston.
Where will Kawhi Leonard play next season?
The Clippers have essentially been treating Leonard like a college recruit this season by showing up to plenty of his games, according to a report by ESPN's Brian Windhorst, and Toronto officials have noticed.
Our panel predicts this is mostly a two-team race, with the Clippers as the favorites and the Lakers as a distant third behind the Raptors.
Where will Klay Thompson play next season?
Our panel doesn't buy that Thompson might walk in free agency, overwhelmingly predicting he re-signs with Golden State.
Thompson continues to be open about his desire to return, but ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski has reported that if Thompson doesn't get a full max offer from the Warriors, he could look at the Lakers.
Where will DeMarcus Cousins play next season?
The Warriors can't offer Cousins more than $6.4 million to return in free agency unless they create cap space (which is extremely unlikely). So who are the favorites to sign the Golden State center?
Our panel likes the two Los Angeles teams.
Will the 76ers re-sign their big midseason additions?
Both of Philadelphia's big midseason trade pickups -- Jimmy Butler and Tobias Harris -- can hit unrestricted free agency in July and are likely to command max (or near max) contracts. Will they want to stay with the 76ers, and will Philly be ready to spend big to re-sign both?
Our panel is high on Harris staying but considers Butler more questionable. As one member of the Sixers organization told ESPN's Jackie MacMullan about Butler last month, "If you want to get paid, try keeping quiet."
Who is the next best free-agent target?
This is a deep and talented free-agent class, especially if you factor in the stars with options or restricted tags. So who are the best players for teams to target if they miss out on the elite group?
How many max-contract players will the Lakers add next to LeBron in the offseason?
The Lakers can add two max players next to LeBron James this summer, but because of their cap sheet, it will likely require trading for a star (such as Anthony Davis) after signing a big free agent.
Even if L.A. wins the AD trade sweepstakes, executing that timing might be tough. Our panel thinks it's most likely the Lakers land one more star, but not multiple.
How many max-contract players will the Knicks add in the offseason?
After the Porzingis trade, the Knicks now have room for two max slots plus extra draft assets. As ESPN's Kevin Pelton outlined, that means they can theoretically sign two stars -- such as Durant and Irving -- and then trade their pick plus their young pieces for Davis.
New York is desperate for a big-time star, and our panel predicts at least one -- and likely even more -- will end up there this summer.
How many max-contract players will the Clippers add in the offseason?
The Clippers are fresh off three "A" grades from ESPN's Kevin Pelton at the trade deadline. They're still in the running for a spot in the Western Conference playoffs, but if they fall out, they keep their first-round pick (giving them another key trade asset for a potential big move).
Between the free-agent and trade possibilities, our panel predicts the Clips get at least one star to build around.
Which team will be the 2019-20 NBA title favorite when the season begins?
Even though our panel predicts plenty of star player movement -- including Durant leaving Golden State -- the Warriors still run away with this one.
The champs are tough to beat.
Others receiving votes: Los Angeles Lakers, Milwaukee Bucks, Oklahoma City Thunder
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