By Andrew Fisher @AndrewFisherRS on June 13, 2014
There are pros and cons to free agency. While it sometimes is a bummer when teams don't stick together, it can also be a good thing when certain players take their talents elsewhere. This summer there will be several potential team changes that could alter the landscape of the entire NBA.
Here are five player-team changes that will benefit the league:
The Thunder are 'this' close to being a championship team, but they're clearly missing a few pieces to the puzzle. Adding the best three-point shooter in NBA history could be one of those pieces for Kevin Durant and company.
Paul Pierce not being a member of the Celtics is just plain wrong. He'll go back eventually, but don't rule out one more stop with a contender before he returns to Bean Town.
The Hornets need more stars/up-and-coming players. Stephenson is all of that. If MJ can get him to straighten up and fly right, he could develop into a perennial All-Star. The NBA would benefit greatly from the Hornets becoming a regular playoff team.
Carmelo Anthony and Derrick Rose. Now that's a 1 and 1A situation. Anthony would definitely gain some fans back by taking his talents to Chi Town, and the NBA is always better when the Bulls are playing well. Everybody would win if he leaves the struggling Knicks in the rearview mirror.
LeBron doesn't necessarily have to go back to Cleveland for the NBA to win. If he leaves South Beach, interest from fans around the globe will be peaked. But there's no question that the best story is LeBron going back home.
While Love is not technically a free agent this offseason, he might as well be. He's as good as gone from the T-Wolves, and you know that California holds a special place in his heart. The NBA will win he goes to any team that's more relevant than Minnesota. But the league will really win if he joins the Lakers. Big market = big money.
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