The opening of transfer market in the NBA It is one of the most exciting times of the whole year. With the start of the Free Agency, a big number of players he happens to have to look for a new team or renew with the previous one, which gives rise to a large number of rumours, potential transfers and news. The edition of 2022 aims to be just as exciting as in previous years.
All attention will be on big names like Kyrie Irving, Russell Westbrook, James Harden y Bradley Beal. But you can’t take your eyes off others like Zach LaVine, Deandre Ayton, Jalen Brunson o Miles Bridges.
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Undoubtedly, some exciting days where the information will be key. Next, all the rumours, operations completed and other relevant aspects of NBA transfer market.
Information and rumors | Agreements and signings | Transfers
Saturday June 25
The Knicks are preparing a big offer for Brunson
The movements made by the New York franchise during Draft night seem to be headed in one direction: Jalen Brunson. As reported by Marc Stein in Substack the Knicks have released some salaries to be able to present an offer of 100 million for four seasons for the point guard trained in Villanova.
This would force the Dallas Mavericks to raise their offer so they don’t lose someone key they couldn’t replace because of the salary cap.
Friday June 24
Kevin Durant, ¿se aleja de Brooklyn?
With all the chaos generated by the Irving situation, Shams Charania reported that Kevin Durant would be evaluating his future options in the New York franchise. Nevertheless, Adrian Wojnarowski commented on the ESPN broadcast quite the opposite, assuring that he would not ask for the transfer in case Kyrie left.
On the other hand, on the Eddie Gonzalez podcast, Durant assured that his future does not depend on Irving: “I just let things play out and see what happens. No matter what happens, the friendship will still be there. There is no participation at all. I can’t get involved in that.”
Ayton, objective of several teams
How things played out in Phoenix with Ayton both on and off the floor could see the young insider leave the Suns in free agency. The Bahamian wants a maximum contract but the franchise does not seem inclined to give it to him, something that the Detroit Pistons, who have salary space to spare, could do.
As reported Mike Scotto de HoopsHypeAmong the teams interested in signing inside either by Free Agency or sign & trade would be the aforementioned Pistons, the Hawks with Capela in between, the Blazers with Nurkic in the equation and the Pacers, who would deliver Myles Turner.
Vasilije Micic in the spotlight
Micic is one of the best players available in Europe and is at his peak of performance. The Serbian point guard wants to make the leap to the NBA but his rights belong to the Oklahoma City Thunder, who have no interest in signing him today. Despite this, according to Mike Scotto of HoopsHype, the Turkish Anadolu Efes player would be looking for a salary between 6 and 10 million (Mid Level Exception) and the teams interested in him would be the Bucks, Bulls, Nuggets and Spurs.
Thursday June 23
Kyrie Irving’s situation hangs in the balance
In recent days, Irving’s renewal with the Brooklyn Nets has become the most important news in the NBA. Not so much because of the numbers but because of the ripple effect he can have on the rest of the league. The player wants a maximum and long-term contract, but the franchise has doubts, having missed many games due to injuries and off-sport issues.
Kyrie has a player option worth €36.5m that he must exercise or decline before June 29. If he does not activate it, he will become an unrestricted free agent, with the problem that there are hardly any teams with room to give him a maximum. In case of agreeing to go somewhere else he should be in most cases at sign & trade and as long as Brooklyn agreed. On the other hand, if he accepts it he could later force the trade, in which case his preferences would be: Lakers, Clippers, Knicks, Heat, Mavericks and 76ers.
Thursday June 23
New York Knicks gain cap space
After dropping one spot in the Draft with a deal with the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Knicks managed to move Kemba Walker to the Detroit Pistons in exchange for several rounds of the Draft and the rights to Jalen Duren. In this way, New Yorkers will gain salary maneuverability by increasing their space to 27 million dollars.
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De’Antony Melton a los 76ers
Philadelphia needed to get rid of the salary of Danny Green, who will spend virtually all of next season injured. Therefore, as reported by Adrian Wojnarowski and Shams Charania, they sent the veteran and the 23rd pick to the Memphis Grizzlies in exchange for the young De’Anthony Melton, with a contract until 2024.
Jerami Grant sets course for the Blazers
Portland’s big goal is to rebuild as quickly as possible so that Damian Lillard stays as long as possible. The first movement has been a declaration of intentions by taking over Straw Grant “only” for a batch of Draft picks.
What did Portland give to get Grant? A 1st Round pick of the year 2025, which originally belonged to the Bucks. In addition, they exchanged 2nd Round picks this year: now Detroit chose 36th and Portland 46th.
The Free Agency 2022 will start next Thursday, June 30 at 6:00 p.m. Eastern time in the United States (5:00 p.m. CDMX; 7:00 p.m. Argentina; 0:00 a.m. in Spain). From that moment on, all the agreements made by the players who agree to a new link will be compiled in this section.
However, it should be remembered that there is a period of moratorium in which the signings cannot be made official even if there is already an agreement between both parties.
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