NBA free agency 2022 – Latest deals, news, buzz and reports from across the league

NBA free agency doesn’t begin until June 30 at 6 p.m. ET, but news is already rolling in from all over the Association.

Much of the early buzz came from New York, where Kyrie Irving’s contract status has pundits and fans alike speculating on the Brooklyn Nets star point guard’s future. (Irving has a $36.5 million player option for the 2022-23 season).

Elsewhere in the NBA, other superstars with player options for next season include James Harden ($47.4 million), Bradley Beal ($36.4 million) and Russell Westbrook ($47.1 million). ).

And which free agents will change teams this summer? Some of the biggest names include Zach LaVine, Jalen Brunson, and Deandre Ayton, all of whom could give a new franchise a major boost if they choose to change scenery.

A host of young stars are also eligible for rookie contract extensions. With the Memphis Grizzlies and Ja Morant all but certain to agree on a max deal, what does the future hold for the New Orleans Pelicans and Zion Williamson, who has played just 85 games in his three first seasons through injury and missed all of 2021-22 with a broken foot?

Keep it here throughout the offseason for the latest NBA free agency buzz, news and reports.

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June 21 Updates

5:01 p.m. ET: The Houston Rockets’ John Wall has exercised his $47.4 million player option for the 2022-23 season, sources have told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The Rockets will continue to seek a trade for the 31-year-old guard, but both parties are expected to work on a contract buyout if a trade cannot be found, sources told Wojnarowski. Wall averaged 20.6 points and 6.9 assists in 40 games for the Rockets in 2020-21 before being shut down.

12:55 p.m. ET: LA Clippers forward Nicolas Batum will turn down his $3.3 million player option and become a free agent, sources have told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. There should be mutual interest in reaching a new deal in July, sources said. Batum started 54 of 59 games he played and averaged 8.3 points and 4.3 rebounds in his second season with the Clippers.

June 19 update

11:43 a.m. ET: Denver Nuggets forward Jeff Green has exercised his $4.5 million player option for the 2022-23 season, sources have told ESPN’s Tim Bontemps. Green had until Monday to decide whether or not to participate in the deal, according to ESPN’s Bobby Marks. Green, who turns 36 in August, averaged 10.3 points in 75 games (63 starts) for Denver last season, his 11th team in his 14-year NBA career.

June 18 update

8:30 p.m. ET: Golden State Warriors swingman Andrew Wiggins, who is heading into the final season of the $147 million rookie extension he signed with the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2017, told reporters Saturday he would “love stay” in Golden State.

Third-year guard Jordan Poole, entering the final year of his rookie contract, has until Oct. 17 to negotiate a new deal with the defending NBA champions.

Gary Payton II, Andre Iguodala, Kevon Looney, Otto Porter Jr., Nemanja Bjelica, Damion Lee and Chris Chiozza will also all be unrestricted free agents. Juan Toscano-Anderson and Quinndary Weatherspoon will be restricted free agents.

June 15 update

9:39 p.m. ET: The Dallas Mavericks acquired center Christian Wood from the Rockets in exchange for the No. 26 pick in the 2022 NBA Draft and Boban Marjanovic, Marquese Chriss, Trey Burke and Sterling Brown — four players whose contracts are expiring. Wood is expected to earn $14.3 million for the 2022-23 season, the final year of his contract. Wood averaged 19.1 points and 9.9 rebounds during his two seasons in Houston.

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