The Brooklyn Nets Should be Back
After a weird season that resulted in Kyrie Irving barely playing and the end of the woeful James Harden experiment, the Nets are set for 2023. Durant should return, Irving has opted in, and Ben Simmons should finally be in a space where he can step on an NBA court.
This means that the Nets should be in full win-now mode. Personally, I think the Nets could make an offer for Jakob Poeltl in return for Seth Curry and a future first-round pick. With Irving, Simmons, and Mills all probably coming back, the Nets can see Curry go, and they could use a defensive anchor and an upgrade at center, which might affect San Antonio.
The Hornets Might Not Pay Miles Bridges
Miles Bridges is a restricted free agent, which means the Hornets can match any offer he receives. A team who might overpay a little? The San Antonio Spurs. With Johnson and Sochan on the roster, this seems unlikely, though, but with more money than they know what to do with, Brian Wright might make a massive splash, especially if the Hornets won’t match a maximum offer.
Zach LaVine Might Still Leave Chicago
At this point, the Bulls are all but expected to retain their All-Star guard, but he has not signed a piece of paper yet. Dejounte Murray has made it clear he wants Zach LaVine in San Antonio, but it seems unlikely. Still possible, but one of the more unlikely scenarios for the Spurs.