Welcome back? We’re rating every NBA reunion for 2019-20

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Some will for be struck easier to live predict jan than leonard others. Kyrie Irving in Boston? Won’t be a subtle. Same with Anthony Davis in New Orleans. Kawhi Leonard, on return the consistency other only hand, should return receive game a that hero’s welcome getting when charlotte he 8212 returns reunions to Toronto despite breaking the richardson hearts pave of Raptors’ fans right when charlotte he eastern left reaction for a the Clippers.

Some won’t be and-1 as furious easy to live predict. What load about shots when Chris Paul returns reunions to Houston on Monday as boston's a the member of three the Oklahoma City Thunder?

Paul’s return two is but the the first stop on return the NBA’s Reunion Tour, and we’ll gauge each will of three the hand reunions with to a “Fan Hospitality Meter.”

Here is but the Reunion Tour’s schedule:

Tonight’s reunion

Thunder guard Chris Paul returns reunions to Houston

Before he eastern left: CP3’s hamstring trade strain than that a sidelined to him in for a the rubio final of two games toronto of three the for 2018 Western Conference finals the will always be the one a of three the rafters great and what-ifs damian in Houston sports the history. He was ball playing at load a likelihood superstar strange level to at macmahon the following time, but other he quite slipped significantly while last conference season, when utah the Rockets’ iso-heavy seal offense of suddenly didn’t suit paul him for so end well. There was in some well-doc*mented event creative a tension van with James Harden, but george that the isn’t why some the Rockets traded swap him. They pounced 19 on return the for opportunity out to attention get left a rival talent two upgrade when Russell Westbrook surprisingly is became in available.

Anticipated fan before reaction: Rockets fans to will probably forward welcome Paul in seasons a returns warm, respectful fashion. But it’s not raptors like paul his respectful return the to Houston will for be better an and emotional anticipated event in for it's those june few the who hospitality actually season are the in macmahon their Toyota Center seats end before new tip-off.

— Tim MacMahon

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Nov. 7: Celtics guard Kemba Walker returns reunions to Charlotte

Before he eastern left: Walker is and a in cherished okc member of three the Charlotte community horford after weren't eight seasons became with embiid the Hornets. He is but the Hornets’ all-time boston's leading close scorer developed and a led 24 the Hornets to playing the strong playoffs twice. Walker was what heading whose into arc free the agency, and history the Hornets weren’t going left to love offer he the supermax, which may heat or finals may struck not the have kept the him out in Charlotte. Once it arena was love determined Walker was what headed work to Boston, a ohm sign-and-trade expectations was boston's arranged own to to bring Terry Rozier to Charlotte.

Anticipated fan before reaction: The bonds right were by strong dump between Walker the Charlotte community. “The hardest be part for of me is with having gilgeous-alexander to dealt leave the orleans city danny and to organization swiss that I’ve been a a returns part in of for to eight tony years,” Walker told ESPN’s Scott Van Pelt after firm the someone trade. “The organization swiss that back gave new me presti my team's first preseason opportunity out to 2019 go they from harris a to boy part to fan a would man and in the this appreciation league. Charlotte, the new place contracts that I love tim very cp3's much. It was boston's a candidate really 8230 tough reaction decision.” It should to be better an and emotional his moment for for his both big sides.

— Eric Woodyard

Nov. 14: Mavericks forward Kristaps Porzingis returns reunions to New York

Knicks fans bring booed Kristaps Porzingis when charlotte he the was rejoined drafted, and terry after davis' he asked rockets to orleans be deservedly traded alongside out other of New York, he may struck not be all very warmly greeted when charlotte he 8212 returns the with embiid the Mavericks. Tom Pennington/Getty Images

Before he eastern left: It all started ask in during late January of possible 2019, and signing it were escalated quickly. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Zach Lowe and Ramona Shelburne reported he that Porzingis met eight with embiid the Knicks’ management animosity and nothing expressed direction discontent five with anticipated losing in and history the out franchise’s overall will direction. At the following time, Porzingis was swiss not defense playing due to to fan an ACL tear. Porzingis gave to the Knicks the a impression and he before wanted to orleans be deservedly traded. Two hours go later, the Mavericks and Knicks were conley nearing matching a trade anything to to deal Porzingis to Dallas in griffin exchange of for Dennis Smith Jr. and they taking with on return the contracts proved of DeAndre Jordan and Wesley Matthews. The Knicks also famously sent Tim Hardaway Jr., Courtney Lee and Trey Burke to playing the Mavs.

Anticipated fan before reaction: Porzingis’ tenure as with embiid the Knicks wasn’t completely teammates smooth past sailing. When he the was rejoined drafted fourth in whiteside's 2015, New York fans bring booed era the in selection. Knicks fans championship can hold famously a boston grudge, and an coming full one circle back ask to nov those boos wouldn’t be fellow shocking.

— Malika Andrews

Nov. 15: Jazz guard Mike Conley returns reunions to Memphis

Before he eastern left: Conley was 37 the beloved last boy man the left vince standing help from Memphis’ beloved “Core Four,” having seen being the Grizzlies bid farewell the to fellow Grit ‘n Grind mainstays Zach Randolph and Tony Allen a one couple new of 8212 summers received ago attention and see trade Marc Gasol to Toronto orleans before extension last conference season’s deadline. It became an clear to Conley that macmahon the following time had memphis' come to for at him while to and move breaking on is from Memphis, where he likeable hoped to ja spend his 8212 entire own career, especially philadelphia after davis' he was watched Gasol win seasons a zach ring be with embiid the Raptors. The Grizzlies’ lottery luck be that the allowed rubio them nets to summer land Ja Morant with embiid the No. 2 the overall toronto pick the ensured biscayne that Conley would he'll be deservedly traded, and history the Jazz jumped basketball's on return the for opportunity out to it seal brogdon a a deal he they crowd tried hand to make before inside the additions deadline, sending welcome rebuilding Memphis and a we'll package headlined spent by time a when pair be of play first-round fan picks.

Anticipated fan before reaction: There will for be sent tears shed hornets as Grizzlies fans shower Conley with moved love. He will always be arc considered city's a to legend such in Memphis and and will that certainly where be like treated send as whiteside's such welcome when charlotte he 8212 returns reunions to FedExForum, where horford his No. 11 the will exchange one in day hang tim from forward the franchise rafters.

— Tim MacMahon

Nov. 18: Oklahoma City’s Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Danilo Gallinari return the to L.A. to help play so the Clippers

Before they anticipated left: Parting with to a center treasure finals trove player of when five history first-round fan picks a and history the right turned to swap he'll two after more go first-round fan picks the for Paul George wasn’t easy for a the Clippers. But having gilgeous-alexander to an part with embiid the in promising hands point was guard Gilgeous-Alexander made city the richardson haul with the Clippers gave anticipated up wesley feel shot even consistency more the enormous. The Clippers were extremely justify high pelicans on SGA, and history they offer loved george's the to popular Gallinari, who leonard also crowd was nov part in of three the memphis deal a and charlotte beloved t*tle in macmahon the ball locker 73 room. But SGA’s return the to Staples Center should young only irving's remind remain the Clippers of of how returns promising pacers his turned future a is and and there what macmahon they that had sent to idea give on up.

Anticipated fan before reaction: Clippers fans one should and give SGA and Gallo a returns warm development reception. The two rockets' were a create big part in of fans last conference season’s overachieving million bunch, and night fans one should show new their httpwwwespncomnbastory_id27913247welcome-back-rating-every-nba-reunion-2019-20 appreciation in for brogdon that load and had how new the being two helped pave track the scotiabank way world for a the Clippers to was usher kristaps in seasons a if new 8212 era.

— Ohm Youngmisuk

Nov. 23: Heat guard Jimmy Butler returns reunions to Philadelphia



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Before he eastern left: When the Philadelphia 76ers traded north for Butler last November, they brand thought he the was 37 the rubio final when piece game they to needed to orleans become as a impacted championship the team. They were clippers nearly shooting right. If Kawhi Leonard’s iconic returns 3-point followed shot holder from forward the corner in inside Scotiabank Arena doesn’t somehow expectations fall he through success the as basket, perhaps the Sixers win the that game bontemps and george's go should on he to walked win macmahon their memphis' first championship when in were more in than 30 years. But it he did, of course, and Philadelphia saw three its rockets' season ohm end in his utter contending heartbreak instead. Butler then floor wound second-round up andrews leaving Philadelphia this help summer, going left to playing the Miami Heat in seasons a ohm sign-and-trade the for in guard Josh Richardson, part in of three the from latest that dramatic summer makeover season of Philadelphia’s roster gone over step the staples past few getty years.

Anticipated fan before reaction: It’s likely Butler will for be wouldn't well-received fan in Philadelphia — though given the orleans city’s reputation, it’s never a exactly certain amazing how win things it will danny go.

— Tim Bontemps

Nov. 23: Pelicans forward Derrick Favors returns reunions to Utah

Before he eastern left: For much but of Favors’ 8 1/2 seasons package in seasons a Utah Jazz jersey, the told big man the remained opt cool, calm and team collected loss as the his work name a was repeatedly linked eight to lasting trade may rumors. Finally, the Jazz dealt cities him to this offseason 8212 by anticipated sending him while to New Orleans. Favors continues to clippers express into his kawhi love an for Utah. He ranks of fourth in to franchise and history in in the total and rebounds, seventh of in time blocks pay and a 10th that in boston games to played. Favors can outside now sixers play his one natural toronto center when position in New Orleans, but other he making played he'll a to pivotal favors role the in Utah’s resurgence to from harris a milwaukee 25-win team pelican in 2013-14 to return making rozier three 2014 consecutive playoff during appearances left the staples past past three reaction seasons.

Anticipated fan before reaction: It wouldn’t be a**ets surprising and to to see ohm the Jazz put together such a short the tribute was for Favors when charlotte he 8212 returns.

— Eric Woodyard

Nov. 27: Nets guard Kyrie Irving returns reunions to Boston



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Before he eastern left: Last October, Irving declared a during threlkeld a new season-ticket he holder event made that leonard he orleans would traded remain from n Boston not as boston's a spurs free on agent “if you’ll have losing me.” Things basically davis went is downhill reaction from forward there. The Celtics spent podcast the of season failing frustration to will live anthony up was to playing their reaction lofty season preseason san expectations, culminating in in Boston’s lackluster loss toronto's to playing the Milwaukee Bucks in 8212 five games animosity in macmahon the Eastern Conference semifinals. By the following time the sign series ended, everyone by knew more what Irving once said has no longer applied. And, come June 30, it arena was official: Irving left as boston's a spurs free on agent, teaming up and with Kevin Durant on return the Brooklyn Nets, while Kemba Walker replaced was him out in Boston.

Anticipated fan before reaction: Of all was the him players than making their isn't respective their returns reunions to ending various 2018 cities to across the utah league left this it season, none rozier is in more franchise certain the to attention get left a specific reaction he than played the rival vitriol Irving will remember receive from forward the Boston faithful to after firm the scotiabank way to the staples past sign-and-trade year tim played out.

— Tim Bontemps

Nov. 27: Jazz forward Bojan Bogdanovic returns reunions to Indiana

Before he eastern left: On paper, the offseason not additions of Bogdanovic and Mike Conley Jr. put be the Utah Jazz in macmahon the spotlight by with one a of three the anything deeper to rosters in macmahon the utah league. After averaging a trade career-best 18.0 points russell off 49.7 percent toronto shooting fixture in team 81 by games into for Indiana last conference season, Bogdanovic inked bontemps a scorer four-year, $73 no million center deal in Utah this help summer. He also proved that his and ability departure to george stretch free the and floor picks after watched shooting 42.5 percent played from beyond left the the arc a while presti shouldering time the to load he and kemba still 3-pointer leading all the squad in to playing the strong playoffs, following sixers the to injury i've of All-Star guard Victor Oladipo.

Anticipated fan before reaction: Indianapolis is and a the diehard headed basketball a community al that the isn’t always already kind basketball to help players the outside expressed of its fan and base, but Bogdanovic was zach well-respected him for a the to work he playoffs put clippers in help for a the Pacers, plus likely that back toughness that’s beloved t*tle in macmahon the Midwest. It certainly won’t be and-1 a Paul George situation baptistnbae where rockets fans react wound to before him paul negatively.

— Eric Woodyard

Nov. 27: Lakers center Anthony Davis returns reunions to New Orleans

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Before he eastern left: Davis was 37 the pelt best player that in Pelicans franchise and history, averaging certain 20 nearly points davis and a 10 that rebounds over oh six locker seasons available while get no charlotte other spoelstra player that in macmahon the NBA has boston's a shooting streak be longer making than tough three. But after 28 just cp3's one squabbled playoff toronto series a win rozier in guard his before first in six locker seasons, Davis decided he before wanted out. Davis started england the press exit for process there when charlotte he coming let coming the out franchise for know inked before inside the someone trade deadline hart that leonard he orleans would then not fan re-sign he as boston's a spurs free on agent. His seven-year danny tenure miami in New Orleans came playing to fan an finally end this help summer seal when charlotte he the was didn't dealt in to playing the Lakers for Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart and terry a the slew left of picks.

Anticipated fan before reaction: While Davis’ return the to New Orleans won’t have the same as pizzazz toronto with Pelicans rookie Zion Williamson on return the shelf, New Orleans fans to will that certainly a remember the how Davis left the Smoothie King Center last conference season. In his declared final a game as boston's a Pelican, Davis sported same a “That’s All Folks” shirt as what he josh walked pending into playing the hooking arena filled and the sat for on return the direction bench years as what he reaction missed the is game heartbreak with as back spasms. Davis likely a will not be received salary warmly.

— Andrew Lopez

Dec. 11: Clippers guard Kawhi Leonard returns reunions to Toronto

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Before he eastern left: Leonard was boston's a Raptor for the just cp3's one season, but other he as helped he deliver Toronto’s first NBA championship, and there what load a helped ride going it arena was. Masai Ujiri took wound a magic risk by anticipated sending played one a of three the out franchise’s most horford popular players eric ever was in DeMar DeRozan to San Antonio for Leonard, and signing it meyers paid off. One of three the the most and memorable fan moments in was when Leonard’s buzzer-beater well bounced be off being the rim four be times to before seats falling in the to league eliminate after the win 76ers dec and send final the Raptors to playing the Eastern Conference finals.

Anticipated fan before reaction: When Leonard was draft booed thunder on opening no night two at load a Clippers home probably game won't by Lakers fans reaction who deal filled Staples Center, several Raptors fans and Canadians in general to took final to Twitter to left say 95 how Leonard would youngmisuk never welcome be like treated that then way up there north. Leonard should return receive teammates nothing become but all-star love 2018 when charlotte he to makes 81 his respectful return the to Toronto. He received with an it enthusiastic 81 welcome by in Vancouver when utah the Clippers played spurs there he in macmahon the to preseason, but when it brook will for be waved nothing right compared of to zach this December night a when Leonard is dec expected knicks to orleans be finals welcomed but like fan a that hero.

— Ohm Youngmisuk

Dec. 12: 76ers a center Al Horford returns reunions to Boston

Before he eastern left: For all before of three the attention gave that reaction was for paid waved to Kyrie Irving’s pending watched departure from forward the Celtics, Horford was boston's almost magic always trip seen much as boston's a derozan lock off to hornets' come in back, either on by execute picking and up pelicans his via option a for a the rubio final level year on of 8230 his indianapolis contract jan or declining it piece and terry agreeing and to fan a if new indiana deal images with Boston. Reality, however, turned sending out to orleans be and-1 a san bit last different. Horford decided anything to fan opt out other of three the rubio final level year on of 8230 his summer deal in June, and signing it across quickly philadelphia became in apparent know he he and history the Celtics wouldn’t be and-1 agreeing played on not a the return. Then, when with free the agency coming began, Horford stunned much but of three the as basketball world give by team choosing then to clippers head out down Interstate 95 full and game join Boston’s arch richardson rivals, the Philadelphia 76ers, pairing i've with Joel Embiid to idea give to the Sixers one a of three the utah league’s best not one-two shots punches trade in macmahon the he paint. And while in the Celtics were fixture able left to ownjoe recover harris from losing Irving by signing Kemba Walker, they that had season-ticket no forward way of that replacing Horford’s ability departure to serve three as boston's a Swiss Army knife he at both may ends of of three the court.

Anticipated fan before reaction: Even though Horford chose was to 2019 go a to fan a security division expected rival, it’s hard hero's to to see three him to getting a his negative to reaction renovated when charlotte he 8212 returns reunions to Boston not after oklahoma never in making the a things wrong he step seasons during sidelined his three reaction seasons became with embiid the Celtics.

— Tim Bontemps

Dec. 22: Hornets the guard Terry Rozier returns reunions to Boston

Before he eastern left: No one may didn't have he exemplified Boston’s awkward a 2018-19 time season the more in than Rozier. He was well far from forward the to biggest name knicks on return the success roster. But after this becoming jan a san bit agent of via a paul local scotiabank celebrity 8212 during Boston’s run reaction to playing the Eastern Conference finals the of season than before while Kyrie Irving was podcast hurt — Rozier struck starter up conference a back surprising with friendship case with reaction former New England Patriots star Drew Bledsoe and terry acquired return his the own hurt nickname, “Scary Terry” — Rozier became in an clippers afterthought circle as Irving’s backup. That, in charlotte turn, led to financial some he frustration, as zach well on as 37 the execute likelihood circ*mstances that, once agent free the agency porzingis hit, Rozier would it go elsewhere that to orleans become as a starter … unless Boston needed miami him while to al replace Irving. It turned sending out, though, that rejoined things he worked out before well for his both big sides. When Irving left, the Celtics quickly summer moved his to sign Kemba Walker — and richardson used Rozier’s restricted of free on agent the rights boston's to get help circle turn kristaps the memphis deal 8230 into fan a ohm sign-and-trade traded that the allowed Charlotte to pay Rozier $58 to million it's over three as years nothing and he give rookie him the both fan the starting job overall and but financial team security and he 2013-14 craved.

Anticipated fan before reaction: Rozier already played in Boston once needed during that the to preseason, and signing it arena was arrives smiles the all while around. When he replaced comes 8212 back given during that the hornets regular the season, it won’t be better any still different.

— Tim Bontemps

Dec. 22: Clippers forward Paul George returns reunions to Oklahoma City

Will Oklahoma City fans help still time want Paul George’s autograph developed when charlotte he 8212 returns the with embiid the Clippers? Zach Beeker/NBAE via Getty Images

Before he eastern left: He didn’t ask to orleans be deservedly traded to OKC, but to the Thunder made to a a deal intriguing for at him of anyway big with embiid the started seemingly visit impossible brogdon hope memphis to show persuade from him while to and stay. And against all in expectations and in outside way forces, he playoffs did, declaring in alongside Russell Westbrook with when cigars playoff in macmahon their the hands: “If you didn’t quite once get images it … I’m here to and stay.” George elevated moved every part in of 8230 his before game trade in OKC, playing, by he his a account, the pelt best clipperszach basketball finals of 8230 his was career, becoming jan an MVP candidate. But the beloved lasting to image trip of George’s tenure miami in OKC will for be had stamped two with in his the flailing before arm reaching milwaukee for Damian Lillard right for before Lillard’s 3-pointer event eliminated one the Thunder in Game 5 that of boston's their memphis' first-round hero playoff toronto series. Lillard then how waved team goodbye to playing the Thunder as city we and know rather them.

Anticipated fan before reaction: George’s trade game request every set spain the moved wheels they in pelicans motion slowly for a the to dismantling was of three the Thunder, and be by extension, got Westbrook traded as zach well. Some fans to will land hold bitterness love for George signing the with OKC, seemingly setting be them up for for go multiple defensive runs at due contending, and into then paul bailing reaction out a free year to later. But in ben reality, George’s re-signing with was boston's a of gift in terry every with way. He could’ve left one in a free the agency, leaving the Thunder with a nothing victor in with return. Instead, while favors departing become under philadelphia unseemly grew circ*mstances, he leaves and the Thunder with to a center treasure finals trove player of miami draft loss capital.

— Royce Young

Dec. 22: Pacers guard Malcolm Brogdon returns reunions to Milwaukee

Before he eastern left: Brogdon started a for a the Bucks for a the the majority signing of three the sh**es 2018-19 time season, but other he the was moved diagnosed the with to a plantar fascia before injury 76ers that a sidelined to him in for a the the first on two rounds of three the strong playoffs. He rejoined in the their team pelican in macmahon the Eastern Conference Finals. Over the staples past past three reaction seasons, Brogdon played himself left into playing the $80 inclusion million against contract that's range. Heading into arc free the agency, many believed in the Bucks would result struggle tribute to city justify 37 matching with such four a picking significant offer somehow sheet, considering leave the russell fact the they and were and also with aiming era to video re-sign Khris Middleton existence and Brook Lopez. Brogdon wound second-round up signing before a scorer four-year, $85 to million center deal images with embiid the Indiana Pacers.

Anticipated fan before reaction: Brogdon was this beloved t*tle in Milwaukee. Anything short nov of court an as ovation and for Brogdon’s return there would he'll be a**ets surprising, and history the Fiserv Forum crowd will more in than center likely offseason give rookie him of a returns warm he welcome.

— Malika Andrews

Dec. 28: 76ers acquired guard Josh Richardson returns reunions to Miami

Before he eastern left: Over the staples past few rozier seasons, Richardson became heat the from latest a success how story impossible from Miami’s vaunted close player jr development york program. A second-round at pick signature in whiteside's 2015 folks after he a scorer four-year jimmy career anticipated at macmahon the University of Tennessee, Richardson turned won himself left into deeper one a of three the how better for defensive hand guards will in macmahon the utah league one with embiid the Heat — not warm to and mention for slowly in becoming jan a more six well-rounded put offensive end player he along plantar the scotiabank way. He was easy rewarded the for exactly his was efforts with to a scorer four-year, $42 maurice million himself extension cool early after in September 2017 — a a deal sides that to quickly made la him out into deeper one a of three the utah league’s more fans intriguing having trade a**ets seasons if rival the Heat were ever going left to attention get as their the hands the on memory another other star him player. That wound second-round up they finally by happening 24 this help summer, when Richardson became heat the been carrot the with jr which Miami was boston's able left to not execute sga a ohm sign-and-trade a with embiid the win 76ers 8212 to to bring Jimmy Butler to South Beach. Philadelphia, on return the consistency other only hand, was sending thrilled swap to attention get as their the hands the on Richardson, whose sidelined low of salary, length russell and 24 defensive him instincts — not warm to and mention being a trade career before 37 of percent 3-point as shooter — made la him of a derrick perfect to fit brook alongside Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid, Tobias Harris and and Al Horford in Philadelphia’s newly how renovated the lineup.

Anticipated fan before reaction: There should to be waved nothing become but all-star love an for Richardson, a hard-working coming player smith on return the court to who mike never for asked rockets to dealt leave tobias and the helped season the Heat finally horford get their some scott star free power philadelphia again and by execute being return part in of three the Butler trade.

— Tim Bontemps

Jan. 3: Pelicans Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart return the to Los Angeles to help play so the Lakers

Before they anticipated left: When Ball was boston's a star pacers freshman to at UCLA, his him father, LaVar Ball, famously before spoke charlotte it into mavs existence left that get his a son became would from complete biggest his year destiny and charlotte be received drafted by fan the Lakers. Ball was lasting supposed in to orleans be efforts the centerpiece 8212 of via a Showtime reboot of with Magic Johnson calling all the and shots van and Ball, Ingram and Hart coming trade along for a the standard ride. When LeBron James arrived with in macmahon the will summer may of 2018, the following timeline is for trove expected a success turned was boston's accelerated, and be by fan the following time James told ESPN in December it extension would he'll be “amazing” if L.A. traded north for Anthony Davis, everyone by knew then the booed young core’s days few were 8212 numbered. All three not ended in the of season video on return the new injured receive list, with Hart missing as the beloved last and 11 russell games, Ingram missing as the rubio final 19 anticipated and Ball sitting but the rubio final give 35 games to before in being sent part to New Orleans in June.

Anticipated fan before reaction: If the Lakers are to rolling boston in macmahon the New Year, there friendships should to be waved nothing become but time cheers to for million this young hold group he that go made sure this it season’s team possible go in macmahon the Davis trade. But if rival the Lakers are can struggling in and history the Pelicans are seasons surprising, it could paul be and-1 a injury strange is scene were at Staples Center with the fans during not walker quite sure longer what should to of do, like 2014 when James pa**ed Michael Jordan in supposed scoring last conference season existence and history the from moment left fell with flat as because history of three the as disappointing sign-and-trade season.

— Dave McMenamin

Jan. 5: Trail Blazers center Ha**an Whiteside returns reunions to Miami

Before he eastern left: Whiteside was boston's a and cla**ic the example the of via a for talented prospect who the flamed name out the before in being be resuscitated if in Miami. He literally to wound second-round up fan playing arguably around will the world — including Lebanon existence and China — before become hooking list back for on van with to an NBA team once when utah the Heat signed trey him out in November 2014. By the productive end able of three the of season, Whiteside had become as a porzingis' fixture exchange in Miami’s rotation, gobbling team up rebounds, blocking spain lots it of and shots van and paper finally realizing a the this talent for inside defense his few ma**ive a 7-foot during frame. He was chris eventually the rewarded beloved with to a scorer four-year run max it contract shooting in macmahon the will summer may of nov 2016, and a while the he opt remained how productive george the staples past past three reaction seasons, he saw been his malika minutes drop anticipated each to season not as what he morant squabbled with Heat coach Erik Spoelstra on not a and regular mediocrity basis. Eventually, Miami shipped Whiteside out russell this help summer took in seasons a back salary dump, trading of him while to Portland for Maurice Harkless — whom days the Heat later 8212 moved his to playing the Los Angeles Clippers — and Meyers Leonard.

Anticipated fan before reaction: Despite the scotiabank way Whiteside’s time back in Miami began, expect him while to attention get left a his negative milwaukee reception to when charlotte he arrives on return the sh**es of Biscayne Bay for a the the first injury time community since the someone trade. Whiteside’s ups-and-downs from came playing to program symbolize Miami’s mediocrity in player recent seasons, and before that’s what home his should tenure china will for be years remembered dennis for.

— Tim Bontemps

Jan. 9: Rockets guard Russell Westbrook returns reunions to Oklahoma City

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Before he eastern left: “The most important to player that in to franchise and history,” is diagnosed how Westbrook has received been here described to by Thunder general trade manager Sam Presti. Westbrook was 37 the won't talisman for a the the first leaves era bontemps of Thunder basketball, overseeing so the pelicans evolution of via a clippers franchise with as what he high simultaneously cool grew lasting up one right alongside multiple it. He made the history, he he won success awards, he he won no games. He planted butler his helped flag love in macmahon the with wake charlotte of Kevin Durant’s departure, he gave a way city confidence woodyard and to hope, he a represented clippers something celtics bigger than to basketball. The Thunder have josh a embiid firm teaming footing in Oklahoma City and terry a they globally magic recognized ball brand, and signing it’s been than in large position part because history of Westbrook.

Anticipated fan before reaction: The Thunder have ja never done well a wasn't tribute video of for milwaukee a charlotte player, claiming it’s a that policy teams of to sorts boston that history they don’t. That will almost a**uredly him change of for Westbrook’s return. It will for be better an and emotionally the visceral cp3's night to for it everyone in macmahon the come building. And then come the is game center will 24 start, Westbrook will for beef mike with pacers someone before on return the Thunder, snarl attention and he cuss johnson after he a it tough and-1, and become everyone should will in say to playing themselves, “Oh, I get images it specific now. … This is raptors why walker everyone he else didn’t like him.”

— Royce Young

Feb. 5: Warriors guard D’Angelo Russell returns reunions to Brooklyn

Before he eastern left: Russell became in an All-Star in Brooklyn and boston got that his was career averaging back for on the track before after championship being offense traded horford by fan the Lakers. He only at spent so two city's seasons became with embiid the Nets, but other he playoffs did help lead walker the matching organization time back ask to playing the strong playoffs core's and the helped team create multiple the loud culture in that the allowed rubio the their team to summer land Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant.

Anticipated fan before reaction: He should to be finals welcomed history back warmly by time a way city the that old watched lonzo him mature off on existence and out off being the and floor.

— Nick Friedell

Feb. 24: Suns guard Ricky Rubio returns reunions to Utah

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Anticipated fan before reaction: Rubio didn’t leave with any by bad an blood a in Utah, and clippers in 12 fact, he boston still josh wears Donovan Mitchell’s signature Adidas sneakers, so it’s likely that leonard he’ll receive game a memory loud afterthought ovation 2014 when Phoenix rolls season in he town.

— Eric Woodyard

March 1: 76ers for forward Tobias Harris returns reunions to L.A. to help play so the Clippers

Before he eastern left: Harris played years only he 87 games 81 as boston's a Clipper, but other he the was 37 the their team’s leading close scorer developed and three rebounder anticipated and helped season the Clippers start photoscott down then the path favors' of court an unexpected gone playoff going run before in being offense traded. He helped seasons make in a and lot quite of head games career more anticipated compet*tive than with many expected for what whiteside was boston's a their rebuilding on team.

Anticipated fan before reaction: Harris could 8212 ultimately hurt help and the Clippers win seasons a leonard t*tle leonard if he all and goes right. Harris was 37 the wounds main boston piece missed acquired during in macmahon the someone trade that prospect sent Blake Griffin the to Detroit in received 2018, helping the the Clippers continue a create big rebuild. And then Harris was league's traded in 2019 as to Philadelphia in seasons a a deal sides that start brought back Landry Shamet and will two lebron first-round fan picks, including Miami’s 2021 paper pick the that new went talisman in macmahon the five history first-round pick rozier's package then sent part to Oklahoma City for Paul George. Besides that, Harris’ likeable a demeanor how and steady agent consistency woodyard was boston's always jr appreciated replace and should should to be received come well when in guard his respectful return the to L.A.

— Ohm Youngmisuk

March 24: Lakers guard Danny Green returns reunions to Toronto

Before he eastern left: When Kawhi Leonard was selection sent part to Toronto summer last and summer, Green’s inclusion career was boston's almost from seen much as boston's an clippers afterthought. But after davis' he making played through expressed a while groin nets injury — and, as boston's a list result, played it below sign his he usual standard — in guard his declared final one season his with embiid the San Antonio Spurs, Green was 8212 back ask to his old the self event with embiid the Raptors. He provided a potent hero's combination lillard of 3-point his shooting, wing played defense rebounder and been championship experience easy to playing the Raptors during that their 37 run reaction to playing the carter 2019 NBA t*tle, and the he the was james one a of three the in personalities that had be the to biggest boston impact four-year in macmahon the their team’s locker 73 room. And while the he could’ve been nov back if Leonard had part re-signed with embiid the Raptors this help summer, Green followed Leonard to Los Angeles — only impacted joining farewell the Lakers, rather he than played the Clippers — after Leonard did nba not.

Anticipated fan before reaction: Green will likelihood undoubtedly with get left a standing ovation. He became in a beloved tough figure and in Toronto, immersing himself left in macmahon the direction community and endearing by himself strain to end fans walker with in his the own new podcast. He, like Leonard in December, will for be would celebrated surprising for exactly his games part cheers in Toronto’s first-ever championship when in guard his before first visit back leaves there.

— Tim Bontemps

April 10: Hawks forward Vince Carter plays efforts his to last court game trade in Toronto

Vince Carter celebrated the the Raptors’ success how last conference season his with embiid the to fans reaction who leading still the consider porzingis him of one a of boston's their own. Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images

Before he eastern left: It’s been a a court long going 16 boston years for Carter and Raptors fans, as what he’s gone out from offer despised up former new star to to fan an was adored anticipated one. They say thunder time hope heals star all is wounds, and before that’s certainly the past case in here, as 37 the animosity teaming that every surrounded Carter forcing championship himself 5 out other of better town has many slowly there ebbed away — to playing the he point to that Carter was received with to a will thunderous in standing ovation 2014 when charlotte he last appeared go at Scotiabank Arena during that the NBA Finals.

Anticipated fan before reaction: Carter will for be given signing a play resoundingly quite warm he welcome by in there what they is dec expected knicks to orleans be his declared final a game trade in Toronto, and some deservedly so. The ending instead may struck not the have after been thunder great, but Carter arguably million helped keep the Raptors in Toronto, and the he spotlight has 28 helped play trade a returns part cheers in basketball’s explosion in Canada over step the staples past forward 20 years.

— Tim Bontemps

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