Over the course of the last couple of days, more moves have been made. Some teams are making some small, subtle moves while others are making splashes. Here is the 2022 NBA offseason moves part two.
Bruce Brown Signs with Denver
It has been several days since this news broke out, but this move is very good for Denver. Brown was the savior for the Nets in the latter part of last season. After the all-star break, Brown put up averages of 14.7 points, 5.9 boards, 3.7 assists, 1.2 steals, 1.1 blocks, and just 1.1 turnovers a game on 53% from the field, 47% (!!!!!) from three on 2.4 attempts a game, and 78% from the line. Unfortunately, the Nets never offered Brown another contract. Thinking Patty Mills is more important than one of their top three players from this past playoff run might hurt this club more than they might think. Now, Brown gets to play with a contender in the Western Conference for the first time in his career. He will most likely be backing up newcomer Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and the oft-injured Michael Porter Jr. Still, he will be making a huge difference for this team, and he might be getting a decent amount of minutes for them regardless of the rotation.
Victor Oladipo Re-ups with Heat
Oladipo was one of the difference-makers in the playoffs for the Heat. Despite missing a lot of time due to coaching decisions and injuries, Oladipo resurfaced due to the struggles of Duncan Robinson. He didn’t exactly wow anyone with his averages (10.6 points, 3.4 boards, 2.1 assists, 1.3 steals, 0.3 blocks, and 1.7 turnovers on 37% from the field, 27% from the three-point line and 79% from the line) but his defense was the main reason this team was able to make it far. After proving he is still capable of playing at a high level, he re-upped with the Heat. It’s an interesting scenario as he’s still likely to come off the bench for them. Still, the decline of Kyle Lowry and Robinson may give Oladipo some more leeway. Getting more playing time for this club will definitely help him as he plays out his one-year prove-it deal with Miami.
Mitchell Robinson Re-signs with Knicks
The Knicks are known for making some baffling moves. However, this offseason is very much different. They’ve re-signed Robinson and brought in free agents Jalen Brunson and Isaiah Hartenstein. Robinson is an integral part of what the Knicks are all about, so re-signing him was huge. He was one of the best interior defenders and rebounders last season, averaging 8.5 points, 8.6 boards, 0.5 assists, 0.8 steals, and 1.8 blocks a game on 76% from the field and 49% from the line. Despite having no sort of shooting ability (except for in practice gyms), he is still an important player for this club. He re-signed for a team-friendly four-year-$60 million contract. Next year, he might be able to average more than 30 minutes a game for the first time this season. Still, this team has made some very good moves this off-season, so hopefully, they can get it altogether next season.