The two teams favored to play for the NBA championship in 2013 are the Oklahoma City Thunder and Miami Heat. The two teams have not made any roster changes following the end of their championship series in late June. Changes to the rosters of both the Brooklyn (formerly New Jersey) Nets and the Los Angeles Lakers, has increased their chances of playing in the finals.
The Nets made a trade earlier in the week that brought high scoring guard Joe Johnson to the team. Johnson averaged nearly 18 points a game for the Atlanta Hawks last season and has averaged over 17 points per game for his career. The Nets were also able to re-sign Deron Williams their coveted point guard to a new five-year contract. Adding to that is their continued negotiations with Orlando over a possible trade that would bring Dwight Howard to Brooklyn.
The Lakers also had their own set of fireworks take place on July 4. Los Angeles completed a deal late Wednesday afternoon that brought two-time MVP and future member of the Hall of Fame Steve Nash to the team. After playing eight seasons in Phoenix, Nash was a free agent and asked for a sign and trade deal to be made between the two games.
The Suns agreed and the deal was completed. The Lakers did not give up any current players in the deal. Los Angeles will lose two draft picks for the next two seasons. Nash now gets to play with Kobe Bryant, who has lacked a talented point guard since Derek Fisher started declining. Currently the Heat is 2 to 1 favorites to repeat as champions with the Thunder at 3 to 1. The biggest long shot is the Charlotte Bobcats at 150 to 1.