NBA free agency doesn’t begin until June 30 at 6 p.m. ET, but news is already rolling in from across the Association.
Much of the early buzz came from New York, where Kyrie Irving’s contract status has pundits and fans speculating about 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 23 update
10:15 p.m. ET: The Memphis Grizzlies have agreed to trade guard De’Anthony Melton to the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for the No. 23 pick in this year’s draft, source tells ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Melton averaged a career-high 10.8 points in 73 games with Memphis in 2021-22.
9:49 p.m. ET: The New York Knicks made several moves on draft night to free up cap space. They sent the No. 11 pick to the Oklahoma City Thunder, who took $4.5 million off their cap sheet, then sent Kemba Walker to the Detroit Pistons, netting an extra $9.2 million in salary. dollars for 2022-2023. Walker and the Pistons are expected to discuss a contract buyout that will allow him to become a free agent, sources have told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
4:50 p.m. ET: Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving has a list of teams he’d like the team to consider if the two sides can’t reach an agreement to stay with Brooklyn, sources tell ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The roster includes the Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers, New York Knicks, Miami Heat, Dallas Mavericks and Philadelphia 76ers – none have the ability to sign him without the help of the net.
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June 22 Updates
6:13 p.m. ET: The Portland Trail Blazers acquired forward Jerami Grant from the Detroit Pistons in exchange for a protected 2025 first-round pick and additional draft assets, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The Blazers are absorbing Grant’s $21 million salary using a trade exception, sources said. Grant, entering the final year of his contract, is eligible to sign a four-year, $112 million extension beginning in December. The Pistons, on the other hand, now have $43 million in salary cap space for free agency.
2:58 p.m. ET: Milwaukee Bucks guard Pat Connaughton exercises his $5.7 million option to return for the 2022-23 season, sources tell ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Connaughton averaged a career-high 9.9 points in 65 games for the Bucks last season.
2:13 p.m. ET: Golden State Warriors general manager Bob Myers said contract extensions for Andrew Wiggins and Jordan Poole were a “high priority,” adding “We’ll be making a big effort to keep these guys.” However, he understands that those deals might not happen right away. The deadline for Poole to sign an extension to his rookie contract isn’t until Oct. 31, and Wiggins doesn’t have a deadline for an extension to the maximum contract he signed with the Minnesota Timberwolves.
12:06 p.m. ET: James Harden heads for his $47.3 million player option, then extends his contract for possibly up to two more years with the Philadelphia 76ers, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports on SportsCenter. Harden’s extension would likely be less than a maximum contract, but would still be a significant commitment from Philadelphia.
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 the two sides 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, 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 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 on 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.