Free agency 2022 | The Top 10 Pivots

Free agency 2022 |  The Top 10 Pivots

The NBA season ended and the Draft 2022 passed, it is now the hour of the “free agency”, which will agitate the first days of July.

This year, it will start from the night of June 30 to July 1, at midnight in France (6 p.m. in New York). As always, the signatures will only become official once the moratorium period is lifted, one week after the opening of the “free agency”, on July 6 at 6:00 p.m. in France (12:00 p.m. in New York).

This cuvée of pivots free agents is rather exciting, even if there are no real stars on the market. A trio of incumbents stands out, followed by a dozen solid “role players”, looking for a salary increase, or more simply a new start in sport.

1 – Deandre Ayton (23 – protected – Phoenix Suns)

2021/22 stats (regular season): 17.2 points, 10.2 rebounds
Stats 2021/22 (playoffs): 17.9 points, 8.9 rebounds

Although its leaders protected him with a “qualifying offer”and that they can therefore match any competing offer, Deandre Ayton could well leave the Suns in the next few hours.

His relationship with his coach Monty Williams, and more generally with the franchise, seemed scratched at the end of Game 7 lost in large widths by the Suns against the Mavericks in May, and the scenario of a departure thus took on extent over the weeks.

The Pistons, which have a substantial envelope, are very interestedalthough the arrival of Jalen Duren via the Draft may have cooled this track.

In any case, if departure of the first choice of the Draft 2018 there was to be, the “sign-and-trade” scenario would logically be preferred by the Suns, who do not wish to lose the pivot without compensation.

2 – Jusuf Nurkic (27 – unprotected – Portland Trail Blazers)

2021/22 stats (regular season): 15 points, 11.1 rebounds, 2.8 assists

After a difficult season, the Blazers want to move forward by focusing on continuity.

Thus, after the transfer of Jerami Grant and the Draft of the talented Shaedon Sharpe, the club would like to extend Jusuf Nurkican important element of the five major for several seasons.

Physically fragile, defensively limited, the Bosnian pivot remains a player who weighs in the Portland attack, and his complicity with Damian Lillard is no longer to be underlined. While he received 12 million dollars last season, he can hope for a slight increase this summer.

3 – Mitchell Robinson (24 – unprotected – New York Knicks)

2021/22 stats (regular season): 8.5 points, 8.6 rebounds, 1.8 blocks

Even though he is free agent Unprotected, and therefore free to sign anywhere, Mitchell Robinson is expected to remain in New York.

In any case, this is what the always well-informed Marc Stein reports, who evokes a mutual interest between the two camps, and a new four-season contract, around 60 million dollars. In parallel, SNY adds that the Knicks would already be in search of a replacement pivot on the marketafter the departure of Nerlens Noel to Detroit, a sign that the club is confident about the extension of Mitchell Robinson.

If they seem to hold the rope, the Knicks will still have to beware the bullswhose interest in the pivot is not new.

4 – Mo Bamba (24 – unprotected – Orlando Magic)

2021/22 stats (regular season): 10.6 points, 8.1 rebounds, 1.7 blocks

Left free by the Magicand so free agent unprotected, Mo Bamba will be courted this summer. We know in particular that the Rockets and the Bulls intend to position themselves, and no doubt that other franchises will want to talk to him.

His profile as a circle protector, also capable of moving behind the arc in attack, is valuable when coming off the bench.

It remains to be seen what the interested party will favor, after four seasons without flavor on the collective level: a nice contract in a team at the bottom or mid-table, or a lower salary within an ambitious franchise?

5 – Kevon Looney (26 – unprotected – Golden State Warriors)

2021/22 stats (regular season): 6 points, 7.3 rebounds, 2 assists
Stats 2021/22 (playoffs): 5.8 points, 7.6 rebounds, 2.2 assists

Among the Warriors, the day after the title, all free agents unsurprisingly want to come back, but the club will not be able to bring everyone back. The leaders will have to make choices, and Kevon Looney seems to be a priority file, as reported by Marc Stein recently.

An exemplary “role player” with the Warriors since the start of his career in 2015, the pivot will be courted, notably by the Kings and the Hornetsbut the suspense should be short-lived: a contract extension awaits him in the Bay.

6 – Isaiah Hartenstein (24 – unprotected – Los Angeles Clippers)

2021/22 stats (regular season): 8.3 points, 4.9 rebounds, 2.4 assists

7 – Nic Claxton (23 – protected – Brooklyn Nets)

2021/22 stats (regular season): 8.7 points, 5.6 rebounds
Stats 2021/22 (playoffs): 10.5 points, 6.3 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.3 steals, 2.3 blocks

8 – Montrezl Harrell (28 – unprotected – Charlotte Hornets)

2021/22 stats (regular season): 11.4 points, 4.9 rebounds

9 – JaVale McGee (34 – unprotected – Phoenix Suns)

2021/22 stats (regular season): 9.2 points, 6.7 rebounds
Stats 2021/22 (playoffs): 6.8 points, 4 rebounds

10 – Andre Drummond (28 – unprotected – Brooklyn Nets)

2021/22 stats (regular season): 7.9 points, 9.3 rebounds, 1.8 assists
Stats 2021/22 (playoffs): 3.8 points, 3 rebounds

Others : Hassan Whiteside (unprotected), DeMarcus Cousins ​​(unprotected), Robin Lopez (unprotected), Thomas Bryant (unprotected), Taj Gibson (unsecured), etc.

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