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Doc Rivers believes Gordon Hayward made the "smartest" decision in free agency

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If there's one thing that has become clear in this NBA offseason, it's the huge talent disparity between the Eastern and Western Conference.

Judging from the All-Star teams of recent years, and the results, the west already had an advantage but that has been enhanced significantly this summer.

All-Stars Paul George, Jimmy Butler and Paul Millsap have all moved from east to west and added to the ridiculous amount of talent the conference already boasts.

With Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, Russell Westbrook, Kawhi Leonard, James Harden and Anthony Davis to name a few, it'll be difficult for next season's West All-Stars to be whittled down to 12 names.

It may also be difficult to select 12 players in the east, but for entirely different reasons.

With the west stacked with superstars, Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers believes there's only one player who made a sensible decision in free agency.

“I think Gordon Hayward’s the smartest one. He got out of town,” Rivers said. “He went to the East. I really don’t understand the logic of this. It is what it is. It’s just going to be a harder conference if that’s possible.”

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Doc was, of course, referring to the All-Star’s move from the Utah Jazz to Boston Celtics.

With his decision, Hayward has now increased his chances of becoming a perennial All-Star and knows there's only one obstacle to overcome in order to reach the finals.

That obstacle called LeBron James in Cleveland is still a huge one to overcomes, nonetheless.

The Cavaliers, despite not making many moves to try and prepare for a fourth showdown with the Golden State Warriors, will be one of the happiest teams to see the disparity between the conferences.

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It means their route to the Finals is much easier and the Warriors will at least face some tougher tests on their side.

The Houston Rockets have added Chris Paul and PG13's trade to the Oklahoma City Thunder immediately makes them a bigger threat.

The San Antonio Spurs are a team that should never be underestimated and if the Dubs face at least two of those teams in the playoffs next year, it'll already be more difficult than their most recent postseason run.

But the Warriors are still the best team in the league and will fancy their chances against anybody, but it's good to see that the other teams are not willing to back down and allow them an easy ride.

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