NBA Free Agency Forecast and Landing Points Update |  Launderer's report

NBA Free Agency Forecast and Landing Points Update | Launderer’s report

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    NBA free agency still has a few notable players on the market, with some potential bargains to be found as well.

    Deandre Ayton has yet to find a home and could be linked to a certain superstar’s business demand. Collin Sexton is the best guard still available (assuming James Harden is a lock to return to the Philadelphia 76ers) while some veterans and notable players coming off injuries are also looking to secure their next contracts.

    As Day 4 of the 2022 free agency season approaches, here’s where some of the most notable names could land.

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    After using up their mid-tier taxpayer exception on Lonnie Walker IV in full, the Lakers are now limited to minimal contracts.

    A potential target? Bryant, 24, who started his career in Los Angeles in 2017-18.

    Like the LA Times’ Brad Turner reported, “The Lakers have a strong interest in reuniting with free agent center Thomas Bryant, but with LA having just the bare minimum of veterans to offer, he’s in no rush to make a decision. Additionally, the Lakers have competition for Bryant’s services, as Toronto is also interested.”

    Bryant showed great potential as a rim protector and three-point shooter before tearing his ACL as a member of the Washington Wizards in January 2021, but was able to return to the court last January.

    While the Lakers may not have the contract he wants, they could promise him something no other team could: a starting job.

    If Anthony Davis doesn’t start at center, Los Angeles has just signed Damian Jones as an option. Veteran Dwight Howard is still a free agent.

    Bryant could try to rehabilitate his value as a starting center in Los Angeles with a minimum deal and look to cash in next offseason. Before tearing his ACL, he was averaging 14.3 points, 6.1 rebounds, 0.8 blocks and shooting 42.9% from three in his first 10 games of 2020-21.

    Adding a big ground-spacing man in the frontcourt next to Davis would give everyone more room to operate, especially if Russell Westbrook returns.

    Look for Bryant to possibly accept a one-year contract with the Lakers and try to increase his value for next year.

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    With Jalen Brunson, Ricky Rubio, Tyus Jones, Delon Wright and other playmakers off the board, the ground generals market is quickly drying up.

    Even at 36, Dragic still has gas in the tank as a veteran substitute for a competitor.

    One team that could use an extra point guard is Dallas, who just saw Brunson leave for the New York Knicks. Mark Stein reports that the Mavs have expressed interest in Dragic and still have a spot on the open roster.

    Of course, there’s the Luka Doncic connection. The two hail from Slovenia and are currently playing together this summer in the FIBA ​​World Cup 2023 qualifier. If Doncic wanted to do off-season recruiting, he wouldn’t need to go far.

    With Doncic and Spencer Dinwiddie now the only real playmakers on the Mavs roster, getting Dragic as a backup to play 10-15 minutes a night and continue to mentor the young superstar would be an ideal situation for everyone involved.

    With Dallas down to minimal veteran contracts, that should be enough for Dragic, who could enter the final season of his career.

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    It was surprising to see Schroder stay with the Rockets past the trade deadline, as he seemed like an ideal buyout candidate to join a contender. While he’s finished his contract in Houston, Kelly Iko of The Athletic reports that he’ll likely sign elsewhere now:

    “When it comes to their own free agents, Dennis Schroder is valued in Houston, but he should have a new home for the 2022-23 season, sources told The Athletic. Schröder arrived at the February trade deadline. and brought professionalism, experience and speed to a team in need, but with Daishen Nix on tap, along with Porter, Christopher and Green, there’s a real need to free up some minutes for the young, developing talent in the game. roster big minutes and compete deep in the playoffs.”

    Of teams with at least the mid-level taxpayer exception, Miami makes the most sense for Schroder.

    Kyle Lowry had a turbulent first season with the Heat, as the 36-year-old missed 19 games and averaged his lowest scoring since the 2012-13 season (13.4 points per game). While third-year guard Gabe Vincent has done an admirable job, Miami could use another ball veteran as insurance for Lowry and to help keep him fresh for the playoffs.

    Schroder averaged 13.5 points, 3.3 rebounds and 4.6 assists between the Boston Celtics and Rockets and is just two years away from sixth man of the year honors with the Thunder d ‘Oklahoma City.

    He would be a backup for Lowry here, but could still receive good minutes for a team that just advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals.

    Look for Schroder to sign a one-year, $6.5 million mid-rate deal in Miami to help keep Lowry fresh.

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    The number of remaining teams that can pay Sexton above a mid-level exception has dropped to two, further proving the 23-year-old guard will be back in Cleveland.

    Only the San Antonio Spurs ($38.5 million) and Indiana Pacers ($27.9 million) have more than the $10.5 million mid-tier exception, according to Spotrac. Keith Smith. The Cavs are down to part of their middle tier after signing Ricky Rubio, but have Sexton’s bird rights and can go over the salary cap to keep him.

    The Spurs could technically use a guard after trading Dejounte Murray to the Atlanta Hawks, but that franchise appears to be in full tank mode heading into the 2022-23 season. Signing Sexton would help them win, which may not be the goal right now.

    Indiana already has its backcourt of the future in Tyrese Haliburton and rookie Bennedict Mathurin, which means Sexton would likely sign to become the team’s sixth man with Buddy Hield.

    Cleveland is in a much better position to win than either team after reaching the playoffs less than a game away last season and could promise Sexton his starting shooting guard job.

    Sexton, although also replaced by Klutch Sports Group, will not get a maximum deal like his backcourt mate Darius Garland just received. He and the Cavs could even negotiate a shorter deal that would allow him to become an unrestricted free agent sooner, similar to the three-year, $52.5 million deal Caris LeVert signed with the Brooklyn Nets in 2019. .

    With cap space drying up, look for Sexton to stay with the Cavaliers.

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    The buzz around Ayton has been oddly quiet lately, which means there could be more at stake here.

    With Kevin Durant officially requesting a trade, ESPN’s Brian Windhorst reports that the Phoenix Suns are at the top of his list.

    Now, that doesn’t mean Ayton will go to Brooklyn, because a signing and a trade would cap a Nets team that already has a salary of $173.8 million. For any Durant-to-Phoenix trade, a third team would almost have to be involved.

    This is where the Pacers come in.

    Indiana could be a home for Ayton, with Myles Turner only having one year left on his contract. Given Turner’s three-point shooting ability, the two could also play side-by-side.

    There’s a three-team trade base to be found here where Durant goes to the Suns, Ayton is signed and traded to the Pacers, and the Nets get a package based on Mikal Bridges, Turner, and plenty of first-round picks and extra players.

    As the offers keep pouring in for Durant, don’t be surprised if Ayton’s free agency drags on a bit longer as the Suns keep their options open. Ultimately, look for Ayton to land with the Pacers to join a young core of Tyrese Haliburton, Bennedict Mathurin and Chris Duarte.

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