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NBA Free Agency 2022: The latest deals, news, rumors and reports from around the league

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NBA free agency doesn’t start until June 30 at 6 pm ET, but the news is already pouring in from across the Association.

Much of the initial buzz comes from New York, where the status of Kyrie Irving’s contract has pundits and fans speculating about the future of the Brooklyn Nets’ star point guard. (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).

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

A host of young stars are also eligible for rookie contract extensions. While the Memphis Grizzlies and Ja Morant will almost certainly agree on a maximum deal, what does the future hold for the New Orleans Pelicans and Zion Williamson, who played in just 85 games during his first three seasons due to an injury and missed all? from 2021-22 with a broken foot?

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

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June 21 Updates

5:01 p.m. Eastern Time: John Wall of the Houston Rockets has exercised his $47.4 million player option for the 2022-23 season, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The Rockets will continue to seek a trade for the 31-year-old guard, but the two sides are expected to work on terminating the contract 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 decline his $3.3 million player option and become a free agent, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. There is expected to be mutual interest in reaching a new deal in July, the sources said. Batum started 54 of the 59 games he appeared in, averaging 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 told ESPN’s Tim Bontemps. Green had until Monday to decide if he would accept 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 during his 14-year NBA career.

June 18 Update

8:30 p.m. Eastern time: Golden State Warriors forward 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 that he “would love to stay” in Golden State. .

Third-year guard Jordan Poole, who is 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 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 26th pick in the 2022 NBA draft and Boban Marjanovic, Marquese Chriss, Trey Burke and Sterling Brown, four players with expiring contracts. Wood is set 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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