The 2022 NBA free agency period began not with a signing, but with the stunner of Kevin DurantBrooklyn nets. With Kyrie Irving also expected to follow him out the door, that drama and intrigue has been stealing the show for the past few days.
So it’s perhaps fitting that the early days of free agency were highlighted by blockbuster trades, including the Minnesota Timberwolves acquiring Rudy Gobert from the Utah Jazz, the Atlanta Hawks adding Dejounte Murray from the San Antonio Spurs, and the Boston Celtics getting Malcolm Brogdon. of the Indiana Pacers.
But despite all the movement via exchanges, there has still been a lot of movement in the free agent market. Notable deals included Jalen Brunson joining the New York Knicks, John Wall with the Los Angeles Clippers and Otto Porter Jr. heading north of the border to the Toronto Raptors.
Additionally, players like Zach LaVine (Chicago Bulls) and Bradley Beal (Washington Wizards) have agreed to max deals to return to their teams, while Nikola Jokic (Denver Nuggets), Devin Booker (Phoenix Suns) and Karl-Anthony Towns (Minnesota Timberwolves) accepted maximum extensions.
At this point, there aren’t too many big names left in the market. One deal that has yet to be settled, however, is the return of James Harden to the Philadelphia 76ers. He’s meeting with the team in the Hamptons this weekend to figure out what will likely be a short-term deal.
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