ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski Reveals His Bold Prediction For 2022 NBA Draft Originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston
The 2022 NBA Draft is just hours away, and the rumor mill is buzzing as teams try to figure out how to add star players, advance to the first round, eliminate junk salaries, and more.
ESPN’s “2022 NBA Draft Preview” show asked its panel on Wednesday night to give a bold prediction for the upcoming draft.
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Insider Adrian Wojnarowski’s “bold prediction” was particularly interesting given the excitement created by the player movement and draft picks.
“A lot of trading,” Wojnarowski said. “Look, trades are the new free agency at this time of year. You see fewer and fewer impact players going into free agency. They’re signing extensions and then they’re going into the transfer portal when they want out and ask for a trade.
“So I think you’re going to see, with a lot of teams with multiple draft picks and teams knowing that their best chance to improve isn’t going to be in July in free agency, it’s going to be around the draft with trades. I think we’re going to see a lot of that (Thursday) night.”
We have already seen a notable exchange this week.
The Portland Trail Blazers acquired forward Jerami Grant from the Detroit Pistons in exchange for a 2025 first-round pick on Wednesday. The move creates salary cap space for the Pistons, who could be a landing spot for Phoenix Suns center DeAndre Ayton in a possible sign-and-trade.
The Los Angeles Clippers have reportedly bought Luke Kennard, who led the league in 3-point shooting last season. A few teams with no first-round picks might consider returning to the first round. The Boston Celtics are reportedly among the teams interested in the No. 28 Golden State Warriors first-round pick.
The stage is set for a fantastic first round of the NBA Draft, both in terms of the draft itself and the trade rumors/deals made throughout the night. No sport creates more off-season excitement than professional basketball.