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Fantasy Basketball: Five sleeper free agents who could boom on a new team

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The hustle and bustle of NBA free agents is coming, and some players may want to move to more ideal locations this summer. Some may leave chasing big money, while others may be chasing big team success or opportunities. We’ve shortlisted five big names to keep an eye on ahead of the 2022-2023 championship starting July 1st. Here are a few names to know ahead of the draft season.

Jalen Brunson, Dallas Mavericks (no limit)

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Jalen Brunson

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Brunson may not be considered a legitimate sleeper after the year he’s had, but he’s definitely ready for a career year. The Dallas Mavericks could have offered him a $55.5 million four-year extension ahead of the 2021-22 season, but they didn’t think he was worth the money. This summer, they might regret that decision. The combo defender was one of the top 15 fantasy players in his position, despite playing alongside Luka Doncic, the fifth overall scorer. Brunson could demand more money on the open market and become a full-fledged starting point guard in 2022. Last season, he averaged 17.5 points, 5.0 assists and 4.1 rebounds in 33.3 minutes per game as a starter.

Yusuf Nurkic, Portland Trail Blazers (unlimited)

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Yusuf Nurkic

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Nurkic has dealt with significant injuries over the past three seasons and is entering free agency with the Portland Trail Blazers, who essentially cleaned things up last season. Free agents will not insist on joining a team that finished 13th in the Western Conference with a 27-55 record in 2021-22. Portland wants to build around Damian Lillard, but overpaying to keep Nurkic could limit the flow of new talent. Bigman has averaged 14.6 points, 9.9 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game in 272 games for the Pelicans and could be a valuable asset to a new team with an underdeveloped frontcourt. Nurkić has played at least 70 games in two of his last five seasons and has been in the top 10 fantasy centers on both occasions.

Ricky Rubio, Indiana Pacers (no limit)

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Ricky Rubio

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Some thought that Valha Rubio was shot when he joined the Cleveland Cavaliers. However, the seasoned point guard thrived despite having to compete with Darius Garland and Collin Sexton. He tied his all-time points-per-game record while posting more assists than Lonzo Ball of the Chicago Bulls, six fewer minutes per contest. Recovering from an ACL tear will not be easy, and the Cavaliers are interested in re-signing Rubio. However, using his talents elsewhere could lead to great success for the Spaniard. Last season, he was a more productive fantasy asset than Derrick White, Mike Conley and Spencer Dinwiddie.

T.J. Warren, Indiana Pacers (no limit)

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TJ Warren

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Warren’s fantastic potential is shrouded in mystery. The Indiana Pacers swingman missed all of last season with a lingering foot injury that followed him out of the 2021 NBA playoffs. He never had a problem filling it when he was healthy and boasts career averages of 15.5 points and 4.1 rebounds in the regular season. The Bubble TJ, who nearly two years ago scored 20.3 points per game against the Miami Heat in the playoffs, could be back. Warren could be one of the biggest steals in the late round of 2022 if he returns to form and maintains his scoring. Warren has been in the top 15 small forwards in two of the last four seasons he has competed in and has broken into the top eight in 2020.

Victor Oladipo, Miami Heat (no limit)

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Victor Oladipo

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Oladipo played for the Heat last season for pennies and appeared in only eight regular season games. His playing time was limited early in the postseason, but he was ready to take on a challenge in the first round when Kyle Lowry went down with an injury. Oladipo had 23 points on three assists and three rebounds in 36 minutes by the end of his only start in the 2022 NBA Playoffs. There are plenty of mouths to feed Kyle Lowry, who runs the point, and Tyler Herro, who just wrapped up a Sixth Man of the Year award-winning season. It wouldn’t be surprising if the healthier Oladipo was looking for a bigger role on a team that could pay him a little more. Oladipo averaged 20.6 points, 4.8 rebounds and 5.8 assists in 36 minutes in 2021/22.



Source: www.cbssports.com

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