Poll: Which Southwest Team Had Best Offseason?

In the days and weeks leading up to free agency, Chris Paul was frequently linked to the Spurs, who were viewed as the most likely landing spot for the star point guard if he left the Clippers. However, the Rockets were the team that swooped in before the free agent period even began to acquire Paul, sending seven players and a draft pick to L.A. in the deal that landed CP3 in Houston.

The Rockets‘ trade for Paul – along with the signing of P.J. Tucker – makes them an obvious pick for the Southwest team that had the best offseason, but the price for CP3 was steep, considering he was about to become an unrestricted free agent. Sixth Man of the Year finalist Lou Williams and All-Defensive First-Teamer Patrick Beverley were among the outgoing pieces in that deal, along with young big men Montrezl Harrell and Sam Dekker. Still, while the Rockets’ depth – particularly in the backcourt – may have taken a hit, pairing Paul with James Harden should make it worthwhile.

As for the Spurs, they ended up not clearing out cap room for a marquee outside free agent, opting instead to re-sign several of their own FAs, including Patty Mills, Pau Gasol, and Manu Ginobili. The club also made use of its exceptions to add Rudy Gay and Joffrey Lauvergne, though Jonathon Simmons and Dewayne Dedmon left for new teams.

Elsewhere in the division, the Pelicans entered the offseason virtually capped out, but made several interesting moves, including re-signing Jrue Holiday and adding Rajon Rondo, Ian Clark, and Frank Jackson to their backcourt.

While the Grizzlies didn’t make major changes to their core, several veterans moved on, with Zach Randolph and Vince Carter heading to Sacramento. Tony Allen – who is still on the open market – also appears unlikely to remain in Memphis. Restricted free agent JaMychal Green is a better bet to re-sign, and if he does, he’ll join new additions like Ben McLemore, Tyreke Evans, and Rade Zagorac.

Meanwhile, the Mavericks sat out of free agency for the first time in several years. However, despite the lack of big splashes, Dallas’ offseason looks like a successful one — the team managed to re-sign Dirk Nowitzki to a very modest contract, landed a very promising rookie point guard Dennis Smith Jr., and don’t appear to have major competition for RFA Nerlens Noel, which should make him a little more affordable than anticipated.

What do you think? Which Southwest team had the best offseason? Does the Rockets’ acquisition of Paul instantly give them the edge, or did another team’s summer moves impress you more?

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11 thoughts on “Poll: Which Southwest Team Had Best Offseason?

    • justinkm19

      CP3 isn’t getting them a Championship. They lost their best defender and gained a guy that needs the ball in his hands to be effective. Their off-season is a wash. Dallas improved drastically

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      • Philly Fan

        The Clippers actually ran a two guard lineup at times when Darren Collison was there and Paul actually showed that he can play off ball. CP3 is also equal or only slightly below Beverley defensively. Dallas simply drafted Dennis Smith. While I think DSJ will be good, to say that Dallas improved drastically by drafting one player is silly

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        • justinkm19

          He’s their starting PG and will average close to 20 a game. Their other options were Barea, Devin Harris, and Yogi. Like I said, they improved drastically.

          CP3 is not close to Beverly defensively. I’m assuming you are looking at steals per game.

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          • x%sure

            Smith should be something, especially on a team that is open to his initiatives like Dallas.

            As for Paul, he will likely be the one expected to adjust, and he is smart enough to be able to do so. Kind of a waste though and I hope he moves on next year.

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  1. Retired NFL Player

    Houston improved themselves but not their position in their conference. Still not getting last Spurs and def not Warriors. Just not happening. And Melo will make them worse if he goes there.

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  2. dodgerfan711

    Rockets by default. But there is no way they can dethron the warriors. Paul and Harden is a strange fit. They better get melo to complement them or this experiment wont work

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  3. Pelicans need a couple d and 3 guys and an established 6 man and they could be interesting

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    • Give rondo a few more shooters and he’ll be back to controlling the tempo and 10 plus dimes a game

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      • Connorsoxfan

        Yeah I really like what the Pelicans did especially if they add another shooter.

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  4. An odd division. Did any team actually get any better? Healthy Spurs + Rudy Gay will be interesting but Simmons looked like a promising player. Rockets seemed to gain star power but it’s yet to see how a CP3 and Beard backcourt meshes. Grizzlies aren’t sure what they’re doing but it looks like they’re changing styles. Mavs are stuck in mediocrity until they score a major FA. Pelicans could be a contender or Boogie could be traded again. I’d like the latters chances if they had more shooters. To make a long story short I don’t see the Warriors losing sleep over any of these teams

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