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NBA free agency 2022: which free agents are still available and where will they sign?

With many on the move and a few famous faces opting to stay put, we give you a break down of things by position.

Update:
Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine plays against the Toronto Raptors on Jan. 26, 2022, at the United Center. (Armando L. Sanchez/Chicago Tribune/Tribune News Service via Getty Images)
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Join us as we take a look at which free agents are still available in the 2022 Free Agency Market and where they might end up.

2022 NBA Free Agency is a

With NBA free agency now off and running in the 2022 offseason, it’s clear that we’re in for a busy one. There have been a whole host of notable names that were on the move as well as some even bigger ones that stayed put. Ja Morant signed a 5 year max rookie extension with the Grizzlies for example, while Nikola Jokic put pen to paper on the most lucrative contract in NBA history valued at a whopping $264 million. Meanwhile, Bradley Beal opted to stay with the Wizards on a long term deal and James Harden took a pay cut to stay with the 76ers. With all that said let’s get into which high profile players are still out there on the free agent market and what specific positions they play:

Centers

PLAYERTEAM
DeAndre AytonPhoenix Suns
Jusuf NurkicPortland Trail Blazers
Kevon LooneyGolden State Warriors

It should be said that Ayton is currently seeking a max deal while the Phoenix Suns seem ready to cut ties with the 23-year-old big man after drafting him No. 1 overall four years ago. Where both Nurkic and Looney are concerend, reports suggest that the pair are expected to re-sign with their respective teams.

Power Forwards

PLAYERTEAM
Otto Porter Jr.Golden State Warriors
Montrez HarrellCharlotte Hornets
Carmelo AnthonyLos Angeles Lakers

Porter Jr. may well find that he is now a victim of his own success. After a stellar postseason with the Warriors, it’s quite likely his market value has increased significantly. With that in mind there are doubts as to whether the Warriors can afford to offer what he’s likely to get elsewhere. Harrell may will likely re-sign with the Hornets, but where Anthony is concerned, that’s one that’s harder to predict with the veteran moving into the final years of his career.

Small Forwards

PLAYERTEAM
Miles BridgesCharlotte Hornets
TJ WarrenIndiana Pacers
Bruce BrownBrooklyn Nets
Caleb MartinMiami Heat
Cody MartinCharlotte Hornets

Among the names in this specific group, it’s clear that Bridges is the biggest and from what we know so far it seems likely that the Hornets will do whatever is necessary to keep him in Charlotte. With that said Bridges was arrested on charges of domestic violence just this week. It remains to be seen how that will affect his future. The Martin twins and Warren are anybody’s guess at this point, but don´t be surprised if they move. As for Brown, our suggestion would be to watch this space. The forward put in a more than credible season with a team that didn’t. With his value increased and his current environment uncertain, don’t be surprised if we see Brown on in a new team before the curtain comes down.

Shooting Guards

PLAYERTEAM
James HardenPhiladelphia 76ers
Zach LaVineChicago Bulls

With Harden now set to stay it would seem that his situation is resolved. The former MVP is seemingly committed to the cause and the franchise wants him to stay, but stranger things have happened and given that he’s yet to officially sign, he’s technically still a free agent LaVine on the other hand has been one of the sagas of the season with the Bulls star recently saying he wanted to enjoy free agency. Later reports suggested he would stay, but as is always the case, never say never.

Point Guards

PLAYERTEAM
Ricky RubioCleveland Cavaliers
Colin SextonCleveland Cavaliers

The Cavs have some decisions to make it seems. Reportedly in bringing Rubio back, they will also have the situation with Sexton to figure out. The latter it must be said is coming back from a knee injury that ended his season, which will undoubtedly affect how the market treats him.

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