Five NBA teams that could be the biggest fallers in the 2018-19 season

Golden State Warriors v Houston Rockets - Game Seven

Most NBA teams have done their business for the offseason so now it's time to look ahead and predict what could happen in the 2018-19 season.

Several teams have made risky moves throughout the summer that could either pay off or put the future success of the franchise under serious threat.

There are many teams that could change their fortunes next season thanks to their moves this offseason, and there are many teams that could fall apart and fail to live up to expectation.

Here are five NBA teams that could find themselves in turmoil in the 2018-19 season.

Los Angeles Lakers


LeBron James' addition certainly improves the Lakers, but it also adds the further expectation of making the playoffs as one of the better teams in the Western Conference.

An expectation which LeBron might not be able to live up to with the team's current young core squad full of veterans looking to make a name for themselves.

Lance Stephenson, Rajon Rondo, JaVale McGee and Michael Beasley are on one-year deals and are looking to earn better contracts in free agency again in 2019 by making individual impacts on the court.

Mix this all together and you have a recipe that could spell disaster.

Toronto Raptors

San Antonio Spurs v Memphis Grizzlies - Game Four

Have they made the right decision by trading away DeMar DeRozan to the San Antonio Spurs in exchange for Kawhi Leonard?

What kind of player will he be once he returns to the court for the first time since his injury that caused him to miss the majority of last season?

Add in the factor that they fired their head coach from last year despite him being Coach of the Year and a currently uncommitted Kawhi and the Raptors could be in rebuild mode by this time next year.

Especially if they can't take advantage of LeBron no longer being in the East.

Houston Rockets

Houston Rockets v Golden State Warriors - Game Six

Similar to the Raptors, have the Rockets lost their opportunity to win a championship in the Western Conference with the arrival of LeBron at the Lakers? Not only that, but the dynamics of the team could be about to change in a big way.

The Rockets lost a huge defender in Trevor Ariza this summer, and they're reportedly replacing him with Carmelo Anthony, who has had problems with head coach Mike D'Antoni in the past.

Can they put their past behind them? Or will the fact Melo will be playing the third option behind Chris Paul and James Harden cause a problem?

Minnesota Timberwolves

Golden State Warriors v Minnesota Timberwolves

While the Timberwolves look like a promising, upcoming team, in reality, they could have two players looking to impress on the court in order to land lucrative contracts. 

Both Karl-Anthony Towns and Jimmy Butler could be free agents next summer, and if they're not on the same page, the team could suffer as a result in what already is a very competitive Western Conference.

There is already speculation of unrest in Minnesota, and those reports could come to life if the team doesn't pick up the results on the court.

Washington Wizards

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Like Toronto, the Wizards need to take advantage of the fact that LeBron is no longer in the East. It's time for John Wall and the rest of the squad to get the results needed to live up to their own billing as one of the better teams in the East.

However, one player that could potentially bring drama to Washington is Dwight Howard. He's now on his fourth team in the past four years, and many people believe it's because he's a locker room issue.

While Howard himself has denied this, but history shows us that there very well could be some conflict in the locker room at the Wizards.

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