There have been blockbuster trades, max contract extensions and under-the-radar signings during the NBA's off season. Several marquee players are still unsigned.

The Utah Jazz traded two-time defensive player of the year Rudy Gobert to the Minnesota Timberwolves in one of the most talked about trades of the off-season. The Boston Celtics trade with the Indiana Pacers could have an impact on the league.

Several players signed max contract extensions to stay with their team.

There is still a lot of uncertainty, as Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, who both requested a trade, still remain with the Brooklyn Nets and veterans such as Carmelo Anthony still haven't signed contracts.

There are a lot of questions surrounding the landscape of the 2022-23 season, and our experts dive into the big ones and make their boldest predictions during the off-season.

Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving both requested trades from the Brooklyn Nets yet they still remain on the roster. The Nets want a haul for both players, which means they could remain unmoved at the start of the season. AP Photo/Adam Hunger, File)

1. Which teams will Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Donovan Mitchell and Russell Westbrook be on at the start of the season?

Kevin Pelton thinks that both KD and Irving will start the season on the Brooklyn Nets, which would mean that the LA Lakers would have to wait for a trade for Irving before they could start the season. The Utah Jazz want to be in the lottery next season and the New York Knicks are impatient in negotiations so I expect the Mitchell trade to get done this summer.

Nick Friedell said that the person would end up in Brooklyn. Why would the Nets move him if they weren't getting a comparable return? Irving is going to be at his house. It's not believable that the Nets would reverse course after Sean Marks said they want players who want to be there. The Nets need the Lakers to come up with an offer that makes a deal worth their time, but why should the other teams think Irving would change his ways? There will be no change to the Lakers' structure. This contract is going to be difficult to trade in the NBA. Mitchell will be a member of the New York Knicks. Both Utah and the Knicks want to rebuild.

I don't want to be boring, but I think there's a good chance these guys will go to training camp. They will finish the season in a different way. The Boston-Brooklyn talks over a player are very interesting. Brooklyn is going to demand a blockbuster haul in return for its cooperation. I think Irving will end up with the Lakers, but I'm not sure if it will happen before the season starts or before a possible deal with KD. Danny Ainge will be looking for a gold mine in exchange for Mitchell, so teams might want to wait to see if the price goes down by the deadline.

I wouldn't be surprised if he decided to stay in Brooklyn. Irving could be seen with the Lakers or in Brooklyn. He will be wearing a Knicks jersey. The biggest question is whether or not he is a good player. I wouldn't be surprised to see Irving start the season in Los Angeles.

The two players are going back to Brooklyn. Mitchell is going to New York. It seems like the status quo in each of these situations can't continue, but I don't see a way to get KD and Irving out of Brooklyn. I don't think one of them will play with the Nets next season, so it's either find a trade partner for them or run it back. At this point, the latter seems more probable. It doesn't seem like there's a path for him in L.A., and there's too much noise on the Knicks' part to not make the move.

2. Which under-the-radar signing/trade will be the most impactful next season?

If Christian Wood is in the right frame of mind, he can fill all the things Dallas was missing in the playoffs. He should be able to help Luka Doncic and give him some rim protection.

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Friedell is a big fan of Malcolm Brogdon. He should fit in nicely to the core of the offense they already have. He's going to give a big upgrade if he stays healthy.

There is a person named brogdan who is going to the Celtics. The move made the team even better.

The Philadelphia 76ers have a new player, De' Anthony Melton. While Morant was injured, Melton filled in and played well for the Memphis Grizzles. He's exactly the kind of player Philadelphia needs. He's a good 3-point shooter and will fit in well with the rest of the team.

The Golden State Warriors signed Donte Di Vincenzo. The Warriors needed to add proven depth with the departures of Gary Payton II and Otto Porter Jr. DiVincenzo is a qualified person. He was an excellent trade candidate coming off ankle surgery that kept him out of the lineup for the first two months of 2021. Getting DiVincenzo for $4.5 million this season could be the steal of the summer and help Golden State repeat.

Carmelo Anthony has yet to re-sign with the Los Angeles Lakers or any other team ahead of the 2022-23 season. Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

3. Fact or fiction: Carmelo Anthony has played his last NBA game.

It pains me to see Anthony linger in the free agent wilderness like this again. Over the last three years, he has proved a lot of people wrong. Would he want to play on a team that he isn't playing much on?

There is a fiction by the name of collier. I don't think we've seen the last of Anthony, but I'm not sure if he'll find a home before training camp. He is a very good 3-point shooter and is respected around the league. He could find a role somewhere as injuries inevitably occur and rotation starts to look shaky during training camp.

Youngmisuk is a fiction Anthony can still help a team with his experience and scoring off the bench even if he isn't signed to a team.

There is a fiction by the name of Andrew. Finding the right fit will make the money work and he still has some gas left in the tank.

The book Pelton is fiction. I think Anthony will get a spot before training camp. He's played a role off the bench in the past two seasons. Last season's.579 true shooting percentage was the best of his career.

The Minnesota Timberwolves improved by adding big man Rudy Gobert to their roster in a blockbuster trade with the Utah Jazz. Is it championship or bust for the Wolves? Photo by David Berding/Getty Images

4. Is it championship or bust for the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2022-23 with Rudy Gobert, Anthony Edwards and Karl-Anthony Towns?

Friedell is a champion. Are you with this team? The Wolves have a chance to be fun and interesting, but no team with Towns will win a title. Even with Gobert on the floor, the Wolves shouldn't be thinking about a title until Towns can bring it on both ends of the floor.

Pelton: No, it's not because AnthonyEdwards doesn't celebrate his 21st birthday until next month Rudy Gobert's age increases the need for immediate returns while he's still young. Minnesota should learn to play with Gobert and Towns together, as well as figure out the pieces it needs around them. I don't think the Wolves will make it to the playoffs for another couple of years.

The person said no. TheTimberwolves need to make it to the second or third round of the playoffs. This is the first season with this group, and there are many good teams in the Western Conference.

At this point, no. Since the 2003-04 season, the Wolves have made the playoffs two times and haven't been out of the first round. Securing one of the top six spots in the West and winning a playoff series would be a win for a franchise and fan base that hasn't tasted much winning. The core trio will have to advance further in the playoffs in order for this trade to be considered a success, but leaving next season optimistic about their path forward would be significant in Minnesota.

The Wolves gave up a lot to get Gobert, but they are just starting their journey with Towns andEdwards. They made it to the playoffs last season. Gobert is going to get them to the next level. The Wolves would be ahead of schedule if they made it to the finals.

5. Which team do you think is the dark horse to watch next season?

I think the additions they made to replace some of the depth they lost in the James Harden trade are good. The team will go as far as Harden is willing to go. I don't think he will rise to the level he played in Houston, but I think he will look like the player he was when he first arrived in Brooklyn. I think this team can be a real contender in the East if they put that version of Harden next to the other two players.

Pelton thinks the Raptors have a chance to sneak into a top-four seed in the Eastern Conference with the addition of Otto Porter Jr.

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The New Orleans Pelicans are going to be fun to watch, but I don't think they're ready to compete at the top of the west yet. The Raptors have a lot of interesting pieces but are not ready to make a big push in the conference. I'm part of the group that doesn't think the Milwaukee Bucks are getting enough respect. I think that Antetokounmpo is the best player in the game at the moment. He got a whole summer to rest up, like Khris and Jrue Holiday did. The team should be prepared to win.

How you define a dark horse is dependent on how you define it. The LA Clippers missed the playoffs last season. If their superstars don't disqualify them from this category, it is the New Orleans Pelicans.

The Denver Nuggets are in the news because of the NBA's offseason headlines. The man will be back. The Nuggets will be very dangerous if Michael Porter Jr. can stay healthy and Murray can get into a rhythm by the playoffs.