NBA free agency tracking 2022
NBA free agency tracking 2022. Free-agent talks will start on Thursday, June 30 at 6:00 p.m. ET. The free-agent class of this year isn’t the deepest in recent memory, but it is still led by a quartet of multi-time All-Stars in Zach LaVine, Bradley Beal, and James Harden. Deandre Ayton, one of the league’s rising stars, and Jalen Brunson, one of this season’s breakout players, are also included. Many players will agree to contracts throughout the next week even though they can’t be formally signed until July 6 at 12:01 p.m. ET. The Sporting News will keep tabs on all the significant transactions and signings as they happen.
Goran Dragic joins the Bulls
The 36-year-old will be an important part of the team’s guard rotation in Chicago alongside Lonzo Ball, Ayo Dosunmu, and Coby White after a brief stay in Brooklyn.
Suns to sign Josh Okogie
Okogie, a tough wing defender, is moving to Phoenix after Minnesota declined to extend a qualifying offer to him. Soon-to-be 24-year-old Okogie has the chance to establish himself in a championship-level setting.
Suns purchase the Warriors Danny Lee
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, Damion Lee, the guard who led the Warriors to a championship, will join the Suns for a single season.
Bryn Forbes is moving to Minnesota
A hectic day has passed for the Timberwolves. The Wolves and Bryn Forbes have agreed to terms, according to Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic. It has not yet been disclosed what the agreement will cover.
Donte DiVincenzo will attend the championships
Donte DiVincenzo has joined the Warriors on a two-year, $9.3 million contract, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic, after the Warriors had already lost some important players in free agency.
In year two of the agreement, the player has an option. DiVincenzo is acquired by the Warriors using a portion of their tax mid-level.
Rudy Gobert is moving to the Timberwolves
Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports that Rudy Gobert will be traded by the Jazz to the Timberwolves. Malik Beasley, Patrick Beverley, Walker Kessler, Jarred Vanderbilt, Leandro Bolmaro, as well as four first-round selections, are being given to Utah in exchange.
Kevon Looney rejoins the Warriors
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Warriors have re-signed starting center Kevon Looney to a three-year, $25.5 million contract. Looney, who averaged 5.8 points and 7.6 rebounds per game while controlling the paint for Golden State during its 2022 NBA title run, was an important member of the team.
Buying Malcolm Brogdon for the Celtics
Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports that Malcolm Brogdon was purchased by the Celtics from the Pacers in exchange for Daniel Theis, Aaron Nesmith, Nik Stauskas, Malik Fitts, Juwan Morgan, and a 2023 first-round selection.
Bulls and Zach LaVine agree to a max deal
LaVine has signed a five-year, $215.2 million contract with the Bulls, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic. In the fifth year of his contract, LaVine has a player option.
Gary Payton II gives the Blazers more depth at the guard position
According to Chris Haynes of Yahoo! Sports, Gary Payton II converted his outstanding 2021–22 season into a hefty paycheck by signing a three–year, $28 million contract with the Portland Trail Blazers. A player option and incentives are included in the agreement. Payton played a significant role in the Warriors’ run to their fourth NBA championship in eight seasons this past season.
Andre Drummond provides the Bulls with additional frontcourt depth
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, Drummond has allegedly agreed to a two-year, $6.6 million contract, giving the Bulls the frontcourt help they needed. Drummond averaged 11.8 points and 10.3 rebounds per game in Brooklyn after being dealt with the Nets at the deadline the previous year.
Lakers acquire two new young wings
In free agency thus far, the Lakers have sought younger players. Los Angeles has signed both Lonnie Walker IV and Troy Brown Jr., according to Shams Charania of The Athletic. Walker is a talented athlete and averaged 12.1 points per game for the Spurs last year. He is only 23 years old. The dynamic wing, Brown, 22, averaged 10.4 points, 5.6 rebounds, and 2.4 assists for the Wizards in just the previous two seasons. Additionally, Juan Toscano-Anderson, who won a championship with the Warriors this past season, has joined the Lakers. Toscano-Anderson, 29, is a tall defender with versatile coverage skills.
Detroit becomes home to Marvin Bagley III
By scoring 14.6 points and 6.8 rebounds per game for his new squad, the Pistons acquired the former No. 2 overall pick in a trade last year. According to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports, Bagley has signed a three-year, $37 million contract with Detroit, which suggests that the team is excited about his potential for the team’s future.
On a two-year contract, Mo Bamba rejoins the Magic
According to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports, the former top-five choice has inked a two-year, $21 million agreement to return to Orlando, dispelling concerns that the Magic were prepared to let Bamba go. Last season, Bamba, 24, averaged 10.6 points, 8.1 rebounds, 1.7 blocks, and 1.5 three-pointers per game.
Luguentz Dort signed an advantageous extension with Thunder.
According to reports, Dort, one of the league’s best defensive stoppers, has signed a five-year, $87.5 million contract with the Thunder. Last season, Dort posted 17.2 points, 4.2 rebounds, 1.7 assists, and 0.9 steals per game, all career highs.
Damian Jones is added after the Lakers lose Malik Monk
Monk, according to several reports, passed on the Lakers in favor of a two-year, $19 million agreement with the Kings. But so far, Los Angeles has made one signing. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the team signed center Jones, 27, on a two-year deal, adding depth to the frontcourt. Jones averaged 8.1 points and 4.4 rebounds per game for the Kings last season. It has not yet been disclosed how much money would be given.
In Portland, Anfernee Simons receives a $100 million extension
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the Trail Blazers have extended the contract of their 23-year-old emerging star, Simons, for a further four years and $100 million. Last year, Simons had a breakthrough season, averaging 17.3 points and 3.9 assists per game.
PJ Tucker joins the 76ers
Tucker will reconnect with his former teammate James Harden and former front office employee Daryl Morey by signing a three-year, $33.2 million contract with the 76ers, The Athletic’s Shams Charania said. This is in line with previous reports prior to free agency.
The maximum contract extensions are reached by superstars Nikola Jokic, Devin Booker, and Bradley Beal
Shams Charania of The Athletic revealed two sizable deals for athletes who had reached the maximum length of their contracts just before free agency began. A five-year, $264 million supermax agreement with the Nuggets has been reached by reigning MVP Nikola Jokic, and a four-year, $214 million supermax deal with the Suns has been reached by Devin Booker. Booker will appear on the cover of NBA 2K23, Charania further stated. Bradley Beal’s five-year, $251 million max deal to remain with the Wizards was revealed by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, who also joined in on the fun.
Jalen Brunson is given a $104 million contract by the Knicks
It was anticipated that the Mavericks would meet with Brunson one more time, but NBA Insider Marc Stein was the first to disclose that the meeting had been canceled just before the start of free agency. The Athletic’s Shams Charania then said Brunson planned to agree to a four-year, “near” $110 million contract with the Knicks. Later that night, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN put the finishing touches on the story and revealed that Brunson had been signed by the Knicks for four years and $104 million. In the year of his contract that is left, he has a player option.
From Jazz, the Nets purchase Royce O’Neale
The Nets have reportedly acquired starting forward Royce O’Neale from the Jazz in exchange for a 2023 first-round pick, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic. This news comes amid the chaos surrounding Brooklyn’s request for Kevin Durant to be traded.
Spurs trade Dejounte Murray to the Hawks
The Hawks and Spurs reached an agreement to trade Danilo Gallinari, three first-round picks, and a pick swap the day before the start of free agency in exchange for Dejounte Murray, a former All-Star. Zach Lowe of ESPN claims that Atlanta is handing San Antonio unprotected first-round picks in 2025 and 2027.