If the 2021 NBA Draft is any indication of what is to come during NBA free agency, there is going to be a lot of movement. There was a flurry of trades during the draft.
While the only deal that would be considered a blockbuster by many was the Los Angeles Lakers acquiring Russell Westbrook from the Washington Wizards, teams laid the groundwork to make moves in the coming weeks.
There will be numerous teams with cap space this offseason. In what is considered a weaker free-agent class, we could see those teams aggressively pursue some of the higher-upside players available this summer.
There is an interesting crop of restricted free agents hitting the market this offseason. Duncan Robinson of the Miami Heat, Lauri Markkanen of the Chicago Bulls, Lonzo Ball of the New Orleans Pelicans and Gary Trent Jr. of the Toronto Raptors.
All should receive varying degrees of interest. Markkanen, Ball and Trent are all 24-years of age or younger. While Duncan Robinson is 27, his elite 3-point shooting will garner plenty of interest on the open market.
Will there be a team that can snag any of these restricted free agents away from their respective teams? Let’s make some predictions for the four restricted free agents and where they will land in free agency.