NBA Free Agency 2022 – The latest deals, news, buzz and reports from around the league

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

Much of the early buzz is coming out of New York, where Kyrie Irving’s contract status has many critics and fans speculating about the Brooklyn Nets goalkeeper’s stellar future. (Irving has a $36.5 million player option for the 2022-23 season.)

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

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

A large group of young stars are also eligible to extend junior contracts. While the Memphis Grizzlies and Ja Morant would all agree to a maximum deal, what does the future hold for the New Orleans Pelicans and Zion Williamson, who played just 85 games during his first three seasons through injury and missed everything. From 2021-22 with a broken foot?

Keep it here all season long for the latest news, news, and reports surrounding the NBA Free Agency.

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June 21 updates

5:01 p.m. ETSources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski: The Houston Rockets’ John Wall has exercised his $47.4 million player option for the 2022-23 season. Sources told Wojnarowski that the missiles will continue to seek a deal for the 31-year-old goalkeeper, but the two sides are expected to work on a buy-for-contract deal if a swap cannot be found. Wall averaged 20.6 points and 6.9 assists in 40 games for the Rockets in 2020-21 before being closed out.

12:55 PM ET: Los Angeles Clippers forward Nicholas Batum has said he will turn down his player’s $3.3 million option and become a free agent, sources have told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Sources said there is expected to be a common interest in reaching a new deal in July. Batum started 54 of the 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 used his $4.5 million player option for the 2022-23 season, sources told ESPN’s Tim Bontemps. Green had until Monday to decide whether to opt for the deal, according to ESPN’s Bobby Marks. Green, who will turn 36 in August, averaged 10.3 points in 75 games (63 starts) with Denver last season, his eleventh team during his 14-year NBA career.

June 18 update

8:30 p.m. ET: Golden State Warriors player Andrew Wiggins, heading into the final season of the rookie $147 million 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 Paul, who is entering the final year of his contract with the rookie, has until October 17 to negotiate a new deal with the NBA champion.

Gary Payton II, Andre Iguodala, Kevon Looney and Otto Porter Jr. And Nemanja Bjelica, Damion Lee, and Chris Chiozza are also unrestricted free agents. Free agents Juan Toscano Anderson and Quindari Witherspoon will be restricted.

June 15 update

9:39 PM ET: The Dallas Mavericks acquired center Christian Wood from the Rockets in exchange for the 26th pick in the 2022 NBA Draft, Boban Marjanovic, Marquis Chris, Trey Burke and Sterling Brown — four players with expired 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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