1 Bold Prediction For All 30 Teams Entering 2022 NBA Draft

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Dallas Mavericks – Jalen Brunson Departs

One of the free agents that are going to receive the biggest raises this offseason is point guard Jalen Brunson. The Dallas Mavericks want to retain him and are catching a bit of a break with such a limited number of teams having cap space. However, because of the contract that he signed as a rookie, Brunson is an unrestricted free agent, not a restricted one, so it will result in him departing Dallas.

Brunson will head east, signing with the New York Knicks, who are working diligently to carve out enough cap space to sign him to a lucrative extension. With his father, Rick Brunson, joining Tom Thibodeau’s staff and Leon Rose in the front office, the Knicks will address their point guard issues.

Denver Nuggets – Trade Away Michael Porter Jr.

A few weeks ago it was reported that the Denver Nuggets were going to go all-in when it came to upgrading the roster around back-to-back MVP, Nikola Jokic. Will Barton and Monte Morris were mentioned as trade chips, but they will go bigger than that and trade Michael Porter Jr.

Porter has dealt with some back issues, which removes some of the luster from him, but when healthy, he is a dominant scorer and rebounder. Despite the injury concerns, someone will see how much talent he has and be willing to take a shot. Including him in a trade should help the Nuggets aim even higher for players to add alongside Jokic.

Detroit Pistons – Move More Veterans

The Detroit Pistons already moved their best asset, trading Jerami Grant to the Portland Trail Blazers. They are in a rebuild, so they will continue getting even younger ahead of the 2022 NBA Draft.

The Pistons will trade Kelly Olynyk and Cory Joseph, the two most experienced players on their roster. That will leave Detroit with only two players, Frank Jackson and Hamidou Diallo, on the roster heading into free agency that isn’t on a rookie deal. At 24 and 23 years old, they will be the oldest players on the roster.

Golden State Warriors – Re-Sign Rotation Players

The Golden State Warriors won the NBA Championship for the fifth time in eight years, extending their dynasty. This offseason they will have some difficult decisions to make as their roster is going to get very expensive. But, as long as they keep winning, ownership will be willing to pay.

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That is exactly what they will do this offseason as the Warriors will retain some of their key free agents. Kevon Looney and Gary Payton II will be re-signed this offseason, as Otto Porter Jr. is the only player that will be leaving. Golden State will also work out an extension with Jordan Poole.

Houston Rockets – Trade John Wall

John Wall was once one of the most exciting point guards in the NBA, combining lighting quickness with elite athleticism. He was unfortunately injured during the 2018-19 season, which caused him to miss nearly two calendar years. Wall returned for 40 games during the 2020-21 campaign before missing the entire 2021-22 season.

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Wall didn’t miss time because of an injury, instead, the Rockets were holding him out until they could find a trade involving him. They didn’t find one to make, but that will change this offseason. Wall will finally be able to get back on the court as Houston will find a deal for him.

Indiana Pacers – Sign Miles Bridges

The Indiana Pacers are in a rebuild, but they could turn things around pretty quickly depending on the trade packages that they are able to work out for their veteran players. While it would surprise some people, they could be buyers this offseason, as they are reportedly going to pursue some restricted free agents.

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One of the players that could be on their radar is Miles Bridges of the Charlotte Hornets, and they will succeed in their pursuit of him. A sign-and-trade for him will be worked out, which results in Myles Turner heading to Charlotte. Indiana’s rebuild will be in full motion with Bridges joining Tyrese Haliburton, Chris Duarte, and whoever they select in the 2022 NBA Draft as their foundation.