If you're searching for the answer to which NBA team won this offseason's free-agency period, look no further than the Los Angeles Clippers.
While, of course, adding Kawhi Leonard and Paul George seems like a clear improvement, nothing tells the margin of this success quite like the latest odds to win the 2020 NBA Finals, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
No more than one week ago, the Clippers were staring at +2000 odds to win next year's NBA title, but since bringing Kawhi and George to L.A., they now boast the league-best odds to win it all next summer at +290.
Los Angeles opened the offseason with +1600 odds to win the 2020 NBA Finals on June 14, and even improved to as high as +1200 on June 16. However, the Clippers then slid to +1300 and then +2000 during the hunt for Kawhi.
Just days prior to the Clippers' blockbuster acquisition, the Los Angeles Lakers boasted the best title odds in the league at +280, while the Clippers had only the 10th-best odds to win next year's Finals. But news of Leonard and George's future with the Clippers sunk the Lakers' odds down to +480, securely behind's the Clippers' +290 odds.
While it never hurts to be named the preseason favorites, the Golden State Warriors' rapid implosion during the 2019 NBA Finals should be a strong enough lesson for anyone that it's never wise to start crowning next year's NBA champion in July. Not even the new-look Clippers.
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