WIth the 2022 NBA Lottery now behind us, teams are going to begin finalizing their draft boards knowing who could be available in their range. At the same time, organizations can now begin making plans to see what kind of moves they can make to upgrade their rosters.
This year’s draft class has a consensus top-three forming in Jabari Smith Jr. of Auburn, Chet Holmgren of Gonzaga, and Paolo Banchero of Duke. After that, it is pretty wide open in terms of who will be selected for that next tier.
Because there are such a limited number of teams with projected cap space, a lot of trades are expected to be made. The 2022 NBA Draft will be the first chance some of these teams have to make moves and some have already emerged to keep an eye on.
Three that are expected to actively look for a trade partner are the Sacramento Kings, Portland Trail Blazers, and New Orleans Pelicans. The Kings were one of the biggest winners in the lottery, moving up to the No. 4 pick. The Trail Blazers fell one spot, selecting No. 7, while the Pelicans will be on the clock at No. 8, courtesy of the Los Angeles Lakers.