2022 NBA Draft Rumors: Is Benedict Mathurin a Top 8 Insurance? Kyrie Irving, Nets in a ‘stalemate’

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Rumors are afoot ahead of the 2022 NBA Draft.

The Warriors’ NBA Finals victory over the Celtics ends the NBA postseason. They now join the 29 other teams in the league to focus on making decisions about their 2022-23 rosters. With the draft set for Thursday, there’s plenty of time for a shakeup before the first pick is announced.

Mathurin led Arizona at times last season, averaging 17.7 points, 5.6 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.0 steals. He’s a bouncy scorer who’s something of a 6-foot-6, 210-pound tweener, but apparently also believed to be a lock for the top eightaccording to Jonathan Wasserman of Bleacher Report.

“Teams don’t expect Bennedict Mathurin to top the New Orleans Pelicans at No. 8,” Wasserman writes. “Most people in the league think he’ll be off the board by then at the latest.”

The Pelicans could use a sizeable perimeter partner next to CJ McCollum, but Mathurin will only be the answer there if he gets past Sacramento, Detroit, Portland and Indiana. All four teams could see the Wildcats guard fitting in on the wing.

Kyrie Irving has made it clear that he would like to be in Brooklyn playing with Kevin Durant next season. However, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic, contract negotiations between Irving and the Nets have reached a “stalemate” and Irving may have to weigh his options.

Charania added that the Lakers, Clippers and Knicks are among Irving’s top suitors. The seven-time All-Star can become a free agent in July if he chooses to opt out of his $36.3 million player option. Player choice also gives you a significant advantage in ending up in one of his preferred destinations.

The Knicks are probably the only team that would make a move for Irving., according to CBS Sports’ Sam Quinn, as they’re the only ones who could realistically create cap space. The Lakers and Clippers would have to do gymnastics with the salary cap to make the numbers work.

Grant’s appeal as a two-way forward who can change anyone is evident. Both the Portland Trail Blazers and Atlanta Hawks have had their names in the running as potential landing spots for Grant.

Now, another team has been added to that list. According to NBA insider Adam Borai, the Miami Heat are the last team to enter Grant’s draft.

Borai notes that “concerns about its extension have prevented potential suitors from seriously engaging (Detriot) as of now.”

The Pistons could always stick with Grant for the time being if they can’t get the assets they’re looking for in return.

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