The NBA Free Agency 2022 promises strong emotions. After the Finals and the Draft, the NBA brings another of its main dishes: the transfer market. It is one of the periods of greatest interest around the competition.
The base market offers different options. Some star has to decide his future, it is true, but above all many intelligent players appear, with experience or outstanding specialties. Discover in The Sporting News The best guards of the NBA Free Agency 2022.
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1. Kyrie Irving (Brooklyn Nets, player option)
- Age: 30
- Medias: 27.4 points, 5.8 assists and 4.4 rebounds
- minutes per game: 37,6
His future is uncertain. He has a player option for next season, but his link with Brooklyn falters. They do not agree on the salary range for the contract extension. The Nets prefer less money and fewer years, as well as incentives, while Kyrie is looking for a big deal.
Irving’s quality and differential ability are beyond doubt. When he is on the court he is one of the best in the entire NBA, but the question is that, its availability. Since he left Cleveland he has only played 22 playoff games.
2. Jalen Brunson (Dallas Mavericks)
- Age: 25
- Medias: 16.3 points, 4.8 assists and 3.9 rebounds
- minutes per game: 31,9
Progressive evolution since its first season. He lost minutes last year with Rick Carlisle, but with Jason Kidd he has been indisputable. Luka Doncic’s best teammate in Dallas. In the 2022 Playoffs he went up to 21.6 points per night with 47% shooting.
He is an unrestricted free agent and will receive a lot of interest. The incentive of Mavs, beyond the existing connection, is to offer the fifth year of the contract and more money. The Texans are obliged to renew him or they will not be able to fill that gap with a similar player. Knicks or Pistons, among those interested.
3. Anfernee Simons (Portland Trail Blazers, restricted agent)
- Age: 30
- Medias: 17.3 points, 3.9 assists and 2.6 rebounds
- minutes per game: 29,5
He exploded without Lillard or McCollum to become the star of the rebuilding Blazers. While Simons was in action they won games. Very special talent to get many points easily. Has a sniper rifle per arm.
He is a restricted free agent and everything points to a renewal in Portland. Both parties are interested in continuity. The idea is for Simons to be Lillard’s offensive partner. in the umpteenth attempt of the Blazers around their leader.
4. Russell Westbrook (Los Angeles Lakers, player option)
- Age: 33
- Medias: 18.5 points, 7.1 assists and 7.4 rebounds
- minutes per game: 34,3
The first season in Hollywood was very complicated. For oblivion. Westbrook improved and his regular season finale was positive, but it was too late. Neither fit well nor the collective context accompanied. It was not the main problem of the Lakers in their disastrous course without Playoffs.
Darvin Ham arrives with renewed hopes and wants a more involved Westbrook. Defensive effort and variety of roles in attack. He has a player option and, except for a capital surprise, he will continue with the gold and purple. That chime could occur with the Irving case, although it is complex.
5. Ricky Rubio (Cleveland Cavaliers)
- Age: 31
- Medias: 13.1 points, 6.6 assists and 4.1 rebounds
- minutes per game: 28,5
The terrible anterior cruciate ligament injury suffered in December marks everything. He was having a remarkable year with the Cavaliers and faces Free Agency with great courage. Veteran, excellent partner and moment of maximum confidence in his career.
Ricky will receive interest from many Playoff teams interested in his services. Even so, the preferred option seems to return to Cleveland. Rubio found himself very comfortable in Ohio. Attention to juicy offers of candidates. The Spanish point guard has the respect of the league.
- Tyus Jones (Memphis Grizzlies): One of the most reliable backup point guards in the league. No restrictions.
- Delon Wright (Atlanta Hawks): his defense allows him to play in the Playoffs. Undervalued. No restrictions.
- Dennis Schroder (Houston Rockets): free verse within any team or scheme. The German has talent and needs the role of sixth man to contribute. No restrictions.
- Patty Mills (Brooklyn Nets): One of the best shooters in Free Agency. The points fall from his hands. Player option.
- Rajon Rondo (Cleveland Cavaliers): experience and leadership. Rondo is still useful, especially for the playoffs. No restrictions.
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