Zach LaVine amongst winners from NBA free agency 2022 originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago
Per week of free agency has passed within the NBA, and we’ve a greater idea of how teams are constructing their respective rosters for the 2022-23 season.
We’ve seen young stars like Devin Booker and Zion Williamson receive max extensions and trades that shuffled some rosters – but we’re still not done yet.
Sagas involving Brooklyn Nets stars Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving and Phoenix Suns big man Deandre Ayton should be resolved while we wait to see what happens with guys like James Harden and Collin Sexton.
Within the meantime, let’s dig into the winners and losers of the 2022 NBA free agency period up to now:
Winner: Contract extensions
You get a contract extension, you get a contract extension, everyone gets a contract extension! It was a very good time to be a budding or proven star this summer, with quite a few players being inked to a lucrative multi-year extension. These are only among the names: Bradley Beal, Zach LaVine, Nikola Jokic, Devin Booker, Zion Williamson, Ja Morant and Karl-Anthony Towns. We’ll see if more are coming within the near future.
Loser: Deandre Ayton
On the flip side, not every young prospect has received an enormous payday. As aforementioned, the 2018 No. 1 overall pick has not inked an extension and a trade appears to be the most certainly option. He could still get an extension with a latest team, however it stays to be seen who wants to offer the previous Arizona Wildcat a giant deal.
Sexton is one other name here after a torn meniscus sidelined him last season. Charlotte Hornets forward Miles Bridges was also recently arrested – and later released – on a felony domestic violence charge. He was available for an extension price around $30 million a season, but his status going forward shouldn’t be yet clear.
Winner: Jalen Brunson while Knicks concurrently a loser
When signing a player to an enormous extension, you’re paying for future production in hopes that the player will meet that value. The Recent York Knicks penned Brunson to a four-year, $104 million deal as their marquee addition this summer – barring any surprise trades. Yes, Brunson is coming off a profession yr where he averaged 16.3 points, 4.8 assists and three.9 rebounds on a 50-37-84 shooting split, but making him your highest-paid player is a big risk. He’s already in his prime at 26, 6-foot-1 and doesn’t move the needle for the Knickerbockers within the East. He was deserving of a pay raise, but time will tell if Recent York overpaid.
Loser: Brooklyn Nets
The Nets’ two stars want out. What could’ve been with Durant, Irving and James Harden is looking like a thing of the past. Possibly the Nets could herald a haul for Durant to alleviate the situation, but this project is heading toward a colossal failure. Brooklyn also lost Bruce Brown Jr., Goran Dragic and Andre Drummond in free agency while Ben Simmons is yet to make his debut. Veteran forward T.J. Warren signed with the team, but he has played in only 4 games since 2020.
Winner: Sacramento Kings
Could the Kings finally push for a playoff spot this yr? It’s been 16 years, but perhaps the 2022-23 season is the drought-ender. Sacramento made two big moves: acquiring Kevin Huerter and signing Malik Monk. After rating twenty fourth within the NBA in 3-point percentage (34%), the Kings landed flamethrowers in Huerter and Monk, who each shot 39% from downtown this past yr. Putting them, No. 4 overall pick Keegan Murray, Davion Mitchell and Harrison Barnes alongside De’Aaron Fox and Domantas Sabonis makes them an intriguing dark horse this yr.
Loser: Detroit Pistons paying Marvin Bagley III
The No. 2 overall pick within the 2018 draft has definitely not lived as much as expectations. The previous Kings big man was traded to the Pistons last yr after he did not improve on a promising rookie campaign. He’s handled multiple injuries throughout his profession, but he’s still a struggling defender and a giant man with a limited arsenal on offense.
As a restricted free agent this summer, the possibilities of a bidding war for the Duke product’s services were unlikely, however the Pistons forked over $37 million for 3 years, and it’s all fully guaranteed. That seems way too pricey, but perhaps the Pistons are convinced there’s something more to his lob reference to 2021 No. 1 overall pick Cade Cunningham.
Winner: Los Angeles Lakers learning from mistakes
One of the best thing you possibly can do after a mistake is learn from it. The Lakers appear to have done that. A yr after forming the oldest roster within the league, Los Angeles went out and sought children in Lonnie Walker IV, Troy Brown Jr., Thomas Bryant and Damian Jones. Juan Toscano-Anderson, 29, from the Golden State Warriors also joined. The Lakers haven’t yet re-signed any of last yr’s veterans as they appear to contend with a healthy LeBron James and Anthony Davis. It’ll be interesting to see if Los Angeles can move on from Russell Westbrook, who’s clearly a clumsy fit, however it takes two teams to make a trade.
Losing Monk to a divisional foe stings, but Walker should bring the identical microwave scoring ability to the table. The Lakers went younger, and after their young players last season led to a lot better form than the veterans who were past their prime, perhaps that’s an indication for what lies ahead next yr.