The NBA is unpredictable, but that doesn't mean that people aren't trying to predict every move that could potentially happen.
The nature of the NBA is as soon as a deal gets done, past rumors are discarded and forgotten. Hence is the nature of the business.
In fact, shocking deals are what keep the offseason interesting. If everything happened exactly as expected, we would be just as well off if we started following the NBA again in October.
As NBA fans, we would prefer to read about a hypothetical deal involving Pau Gasol than read an analysis of an MLB game. While the Dwight Howard saga turned out to be more annoying than anything else, there were times in which discussing potential landing spots for the big man was a lot of fun.
When Howard is finally able to get back on the court, his play will remind the NBA world as to why so much attention has been given to him.
While some deals that transpired this offseason weren't surprising, there were quite a few that caught the basketball world by surprise.