OKBET SPORTS BETTING NEWS: NBA OFFSEASEON
The 2021-22 NBA season concluded with the Golden State Warriors defeating the Boston Celtics in six games to claim the championship. Basketball fans are shifting their focus to the upcoming NBA offseason now that the previous season has concluded.
This year’s summer should be filled with entertainment, what with the 2022 Okbet NBA Draft, free agency, and potential forthcoming transactions. Nevertheless, upcoming transactions will undoubtedly affect future betting chances in some way.
While nothing is official as of yet, here are some prospective summer moves that could impact NBA futures in the United States for 2022-23.
Can Beal assist the Lakers in winning an NBA title?
No matter if you’re a Los Angeles Lakers fan or not, the common view is that the Russell Westbrook deal was a complete failure, resulting in the team’s failure to qualify for the postseason.
Although Westbrook occasionally displayed hints of brilliance, he, Anthony Davis, and LeBron James simply lacked synergy. Now, it appears that the Lakers are interested in Bradley Beal of the Washington Wizards, an experienced point guard.
NBA insider Kevin O’Connor revealed over the weekend that the Lakers are interested in moving for Beal, whose 2022-23 player option is worth $36.4 million. O’Connor stated that the Lakers are attempting to include Westbrook and their 2027 and 2029 first-round picks in a potential sign-and-trade deal for Russell Westbrook.
Last season, perimeter shooting was one of the Lakers’ chief difficulties. Recruiting a seasoned professional like Beal could readily resolve the issue. The 28-year-old veteran has been one of the top scorers over the past three seasons, averaging 29.0 points and 2.3 three-pointers per game while shooting.466/.341/.860.
Beal’s addition would immediately make the Lakers a title contender for the 2022-23 NBA season, despite their failure to fulfill expectations last season. If LeBron and Davis can maintain their health, there is no reason to distrust them.
Nonetheless, a transaction may be difficult to complete. The Lakers would need to convince the Wizards to accept Westbrook’s contract, and other teams may be able to offer superior lottery picks.
FanDuel Sportsbook now lists the Lakers’ 2022-23 Okbet NBA Championship chances at +2600 (No. 12). Nonetheless, it is an intriguing hypothetical situation that would almost certainly boost the Lakers’ prospects of winning the NBA Championship in 2022-23.
Allegedly, Hawks Have Their Eyes on Gobert
After reaching the Eastern Conference Finals in 2020-21, the Atlanta Hawks were surrounded by a great deal of anticipation. They were unable to reach that level during the postseason, losing in five games to the Miami Heat in the first round.
The Atlanta Hawks are reportedly interested in Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert in order to improve their performance during the 2022-23 NBA season.
Jake Fischer of Bleacher Report stated lately that the Hawks could trade power forward John Collins if they pursue Gobert. The 24-year-old is coming off a disappointing season in which he averaged 16.2 PTS/7.8 REB/1.8 AST in 54 games.
Atlanta may also potentially trade veteran center Clint Capela and the No. 16 overall pick in the 2022 NBA Draft. Gobert, whose contract expires in three years, will be difficult to acquire regardless of the circumstances.
The cost will be justified if it means adding a player of Gobert’s caliber. In three of the last five seasons, the French center has been awarded Defensive Player of the Year, becoming one of only four players in league history to do so.
In addition, he is coming off a season in which he led the NBA in field-goal percentage (71.3%), rebounds (14.7), and blocks (2.1 per game). Given that the Hawks averaged just 51.2 rebounds per game (No. 22) and allowed 112.0 points per game (T.No. 18), it is simple to see how they could benefit from Gobert’s abilities.
Currently, the Hawks have the 18th-best odds to win the 2022-23 NBA Championship on FanDuel Sportsbook, but that may rapidly change if they add Gobert to their frontcourt.
Is Brunson en route to New York?
The 2021-22 NBA season was loaded with feel-good stories, including as Dallas Mavericks guard Jalen Brunson’s breakout success.
In 79 games with the Mavericks, the former Villanova player averaged career highs in points (16.3), rebounds (3.9), and assists (4.8) while shooting.502/.373/.840. He is now scheduled to become a free agency during the offseason and will likely expect a significant pay raise.
Several speculations indicate that the 25-year-old could be headed to the New York Knicks, however it is entirely conceivable that he will remain in Dallas.
Earlier this month, the Knicks recruited Brunson’s father, Rick, as an assistant coach. Others might be intrigued in the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, but some players would never want to play for their father.
While the Knicks do not have enough cap space to sign Brunson at the moment, they can try to trade Alec Burks and Kemba Walker to create the necessary space. Given how amazing New York’s backcourt was last season, it is a no-brainer to make these adjustments to create room for Brunson.
Can Brunson make the New York Knicks a contender? His presence should help them at least qualify for the playoffs, something they failed to do previous season.
The Knicks have odds of +13000 (No. 21) on FanDuel Sportsbook to win the next NBA Championship, which is not ideal, but acquiring Brunson would help improve those odds.