What Are The 5 Most-Heated NBA Rivalries Today?

Tim Kelly
October 22, 2019 - 2:08 pm

15 years ago, it would have been unthinkable for the NBA Finals MVP to leave the team that he led to a title in free-agency. But, that's exactly what happened this past offseason, as Kawhi Leonard headed west after leading the Toronto Raptors to an NBA title.

Leonard was far from the only star to change teams this offseason. As part of his decision to join the Los Angeles Clippers, the Clippers also acquired Paul George from the Oklahoma City Thunder. Shortly after the Thunder traded George, they entered full rebuild mode, trading former NBA MVP Russell Westbrook to the Houston Rockets in a deal that did allow them to land future Hall of Fame Chris Paul. Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irvin agreed to join the Brooklyn Nets. The following players will also be playing for new teams in 2019-20; Anthony Davis, Kemba Walker, Al Horford, De'Andre Jordan, Andre Iguodala, Terry Rozier, Derrick Rose, Marcus Morris, Markief Morris, Jimmy Butler, JJ Redick, Lonzo Ball, Julius Randle, D'Angelo Russell and Bojan Bogdanovic.

Head spinning? You're not alone. In the era of player movement, new rivalries are much more based on where individual players are at currently, as opposed to geography or history. With that in mind, after perhaps the craziest offseason in NBA history, here's a look at what could become the most heated rivalries in the new NBA.

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