Rookies, trades and super teams: A recap of major NBA offseason events


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Josias Fernandez

The 2021-22 NBA season finished with the Golden State Warriors defeating the Boston Celtics, clinching their fourth title in the Stephen Curry era for the Bay Area. Shortly after, the 2022 NBA Draft in Barclays Center commenced, with the Orlando Magic making the first overall pick.

It was not surprising that the Magic selected forward Paolo Banchero out of Duke University. The Oklahoma City Thunder selected the highly regarded center Chet Holmgren out of Gonzaga University with the second overall pick.

Draft night was headlined by the two prospects taken at the top, but the NBA offseason was just starting.

For the Thunder, the excitement ended after Holmgreen suffered a season-ending injury just two months after the draft.

The Atlanta Hawks were off to the races to improve their roster after an underwhelming season. The Hawks acquiredDejounte Murray from the San Antonio Spurs in a trade that involved several first-round picks and Danilo Gallinari.

In the Western Conference, the Utah Jazz began to rebuild the franchise this summer, starting when rumors of theimminent departure of Rudy Gobert became more than just rumors. On July 6, the All-Star center was traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves for five first-round picks and five players, including the promising Malik Beasley and rookie Walker Kessler.

Following the trade of Gobert, the Jazz, moved their young star Donovan Mitchell to the Cleveland Cavaliers in a puzzling swap for three first-round picks and two swap picks, including young players Lauri Markkanen and Collin Sexton. The former signed a 4-year, $72 million contract extension with the Jazz.

The reigning Eastern Conference Champion Celtics also made moves to improve their squad. The Celtics traded for veteran point guard Malcom Brogdon, sending Daniel Theis, Aaron Smith and several others to the Indiana Pacers.

The trade market paused for weeks following the Brogdon deal because of Kevin Durant’s request to be traded, which was made public on June 30. After a long summer featuring a lack of trades and multiple meetings with Nets ownerJoseph Tsai, Kevin Durant rescinded his trade request from the Nets.

After a disappointing season for Russell Westbrook and the Los Angeles Lakers, the team had to make some changes this summer. The Lakers traded Talen Horton-Tucker and Stanley Johnson to the Jazz for Patrick Beverly.

There were several notable free-agent signings this offseason.

The New York Knicks signed Jalen Brunson to a four-year, $108 million deal. Out in Denver, the Nuggets superstar Nikola Jokic signed a five-year supermax extension worth $264 million.

In the same conference, the Los Angeles Lakers hoped Kyrie Irving would decline his $37 million player option to stay with the Nets. But at the beginning of free agency, Kyrie Irving decided to opt into the final year of his contract and will remain in Brooklyn for the upcoming season.

After many rumors, Bradley Beal decided to stay with the Washington Wizards, signing a five-year supermax deal worth $250 million.

As the NBA 2022-23 season approaches, there will be more transactions and rumors to follow. But the Brooklyn Nets are still among the teams to watch this season, as this may be the final year of their super team experiment and perhaps the end of Kevin Durant saga with the Nets.