June 28, 2022 at 9:00 a.m. EDT

Five offseason questions Brad Stevens and the Celtics need to answer

The Boston Celtics are in a great position to keep fighting, but that won’t be enough. Now that they are within championship range, there is still a litany of questions about the immediate future for the front office to address.

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Jared Weiss·

Writer, Celtics


Five offseason questions Brad Stevens and the Celtics need to answer

June 28, 2022 at 8:30 a.m. EDT

The timeline this week for John Wall and the Clippers

The clock is on to see when John Wall will be redeemed. It takes 48 hours to clear the waivers, and then Wall would be immediately available as he would be on a terminated contract, not one that expires before the league’s new year.

Murray's Law

Murray’s Law·

Personal Editor, Clippers

June 28, 2022 at 8:06 a.m. EDT

John Wall could finally play with Paul George

David Aldridge

David Aldridge·

Senior Columnist, NBA

June 27, 2022 at 10:59 p.m. EDT

Knicks’ RJ Barrett Extension Question: How Much Will It Take?

RJ Barrett becomes eligible for an extension on July 1. He and the Knicks have until the day before the start of the 2022-23 season to reach an agreement. If they don’t, he’ll hit the restricted free agent next summer.

Until then, the big question remains: Should the Knicks give Barrett a max contract, worth a projected $185 million over five years? The deal would go into effect for the 2023-24 season with a starting salary of $32 million.

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Fred Katz

Fred Katz·

Personal Writer, Knicks


Knicks’ RJ Barrett Extension Question: How Much Will It Take?

June 27, 2022 at 10:10 p.m. EDT

John Wall, Rockets, agree to buyout, will join Clippers

John Wall and the Houston Rockets have agreed to a buyout, which will make him an unrestricted free agent, sources have confirmed to The Athletic. Wall will return $6.5 million of his $47.3 million salary for 2022-23 upon his buyout with the Rockets.

Wall held firm all last season as the Rockets focused on developing young players. Wall, a five-time All-Star, has played just 40 games since the 2018-19 season. He missed the entire 2019-20 season recovering from a ruptured Achilles and an infection. He appeared in 40 games with the Rockets in 2021.

Wall was the first pick in the 2010 NBA draft and has career averages of 19.1 points, 9.1 assists, 4.3 rebounds and 1.7 steals.

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By sports team

June 27, 2022 at 9:59 p.m. EDT

Wizards free agency goals: Re-sign Bradley Beal, land a point guard

Washington Wizards executive Tommy Sheppard will enter NBA free agency with two overriding priorities.

The main target, as the whole league knows, involves Bradley Beal. Monumental Sports & Entertainment principal owner Ted Leonsis and Sheppard want to re-sign Beal to a long-term contract.

The second goal revolves around what Sheppard, in a tongue-in-cheek moment immediately after the draft, called “a little place wide open.” This wide open place happens to be a critical point. Washington needs a top-notch playmaker in the most desperate way.

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josh robbin

josh robbin·

Senior Writer, Wizards


Washington Wizards free agency goals: Re-sign Bradley Beal, land a point guard

June 27, 2022 at 9:02 p.m. EDT

The best free agent centers in the NBA

The central market is usually relatively quiet, but not this year. While we once again have the typical bunch of minimum caliber big players looking to hang on for another year (seriously, scroll down: it’s an amazing list), this time around the agent The league’s most accessible restricted free play this position, along with several other players interesting enough to command at least the mid-level exception.

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John Hollinger

John Hollinger·

Senior Writer, NBA


The best free agent centers in the NBA in 2022: Deandre Ayton leads a deeper class than usual

June 27, 2022 at 8:03 p.m. EDT

What we’re hearing about the Golden State Warriors free agency plans

A group of key Warriors front office decision makers, including Bob Myers, Kirk Lacob, Mike Dunleavy and Larry Harris, will move to Los Angeles later this week. This is where much of the NBA’s free agency activity is housed.

The Warriors are not expected to dive into high profile waters. Their expensive core is cemented. But, if you lay out the various personnel decisions that could shape the 2023 title race, the Warriors’ week is among the most important. They’re trying to pull together the second layer of a championship core. Kevon Looney, Gary Payton II, Otto Porter Jr. and Nemanja Bjelica — sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth in playoff minutes for the Warriors — are all unrestricted free agents.

Anthony Slater

Anthony Slater·

Senior Writer, Warriors


What we’re hearing about the Golden State Warriors free agency plans

June 27, 2022 at 6:43 p.m. EDT

Nets star Kyrie Irving opts for player option, will stay with Brooklyn

Shams Charania

Shams Charania·

Senior Insider, NBA

June 27, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. EDT

Celtics free agent targets

Based on what he’s said publicly, Brad Stevens would like to add more offensive punch without altering his team’s big defensive identity. It’s hard to find this type of players on a tight budget. Please keep that in mind as you read through this list of possible Boston mid-tier exceptional targets, which is full of veterans surrounded by question marks. This great free agent board, based on my own opinions, includes players who could reasonably be available to the Celtics at a price they can afford. If you think I’m crazy for not putting someone on this list, I’ve probably ruled that player out due to the high likelihood of them accepting more money elsewhere (or, in the case of Patty Mills , because it does not offer what the Celtics want on one side of the field).

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Jay King

Jay King·

Writer, Celtics


Celtics free agent targets: Otto Porter Jr., Danilo Gallinari and more for the right price

June 27, 2022 at 12:57 EDT

The Knicks Active in the NBA Draft: Movements, Motivation and What Could Next

Let the New York Knicks create maximum drama without making a choice.

In one night, they managed three transactions. Six first and four second went through them. They’ve dealt with a former All-NBA player, and they’ve come one step closer to creating significant cap space this summer.

The NBA Draft is over. Let’s break it all down.

Fred Katz

Fred Katz·

Personal Writer, Knicks


The Knicks Active in the NBA Draft: Movements, Motivation and What Could Next

June 27, 2022 at 12:34 EDT

Kyrie Irving receives clearance to ask to sign and trade: Sources

Brooklyn Nets All-Star guard Kyrie Irving has been cleared by the organization to request a signing and trade, sources have confirmed to The Athletic Monday. Irving has a Wednesday deadline to collect his $36.9 million player option for next season.

Learn more here.

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The sports staff

The sports staff


Kyrie Irving signing and trade options: What a Knicks, Lakers or Clippers trade could look like

June 27, 2022 at 12:05 p.m. EDT

Will Kyrie Irving leave the Nets, and will Kevin Durant be next?

Kyrie Irving and the Nets appear to be deadlocked in contract talks as the June 29 player option deadline approaches. During the draft, Rich Kleiman, Kevin Durant’s agent and longtime business partner, even made an appearance before NBA commissioner Adam Silver began introducing the league’s next generation.

With so much at stake entering a crucial week of options decisions and free will, Alex Schiffer, Athleticism The Nets writer enlisted national writers Sam Amick and Joe Vardon to sift through what’s leveraged and what’s legit in the constant talk surrounding the organization.

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Alex Schiffer

Alex Schiffer·

Personal Writer, Nets


Will Kyrie Irving leave the Nets, and will Kevin Durant be next?

June 27, 2022 at 11:06 a.m. EDT

Malik Monk willing to take less money to stay with Lakers

Unrestricted free-shooting guard Malik Monk is willing to accept less money to return to Los Angeles Lakers, he says Athleticism in an exclusive interview.

“They might not be able to pay me as much as I want,” Monk said. “But I could be here and be way more comfortable as a Laker than going to any other team and they pay me $5 million more. So it’s just me trying to figure out which team would really want me.

The most the Lakers can offer Monk is their Mid-Tier Taxpayer Exception, which is worth about $6.3 million. That number could be a discount for Monk, as he could command a multi-year deal worth $10 million to $12 million a year on the open market, according to multiple league sources.

Learn more here.

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Jovan Buha

Jovan Buha·

Staff Writer, Lakers