2022 NBA free agency: follow all signings, latest news originally appeared on NBC Sports Bay Area
After an exciting 2022 NBA Finals and NBA draft, it’s time to start the next phase of the off-season: free agency.
To continue building a roster for the upcoming season, teams will spend money – if they have such a tool – to best available talent to compete for the championship.
The 2022 NBA free period begins at 6 p.m. ET on Thursday, but the deals won’t go official until about a week later, on July 6 at 12:01 p.m. ET.
So which free agents go where? Here’s a tracker of the latest moves to meet all your free agency inquiries:
Jalen Brunson leaves Mavericks for Knicks
The Knicks’ cap-clearing moves paved the way for the team to land a new point guard. Jalen Brunson is reportedly planning to join New York on a $110 million four-year deal, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania† Brunson achieved career average heights in 2021-2022 with 16.3 points, 4.8 assists and 3.9 rebounds per game, taking the Mavericks to the Western Conference finals.
Huge expansions on the way for Nikola Joki† Yes Morant and more
Nikola Jokic, Ja Morant, Devin Booker and Karl-Anthony Towns are expected to verbally agree to long-term extensions with their respective teams when the free agency begins, according to Marc Stein† Those deals can’t go official until 12:01 p.m. ET on Friday.
Stein also noted that extensions for Zion Williamson and Darius Garland are expected this offseason, while Bradley Beal will sign a new deal with the Wizards after opting out of his 2022-23 player option.
A day after he was dealt to the San Antonio Spurs as part of the Atlanta Hawks’ trade package for: Dejounte Murray, Danilo Gallinari will reportedly be waived. The Celtics, Bulls and Heat are among the teams the attacker is interested in Dave McMenamin of ESPN†
It turns out Kyrie Irving Choosing his player option for the 2022-23 season was far from the biggest off-season news for the Nets. Kevin Durant filed a trade request with owner Joe Tsai on Thursday, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN† The Suns and Heat are reportedly among the teams Durant has on his ‘wish list’, but Wojnarwoski also noted that the Nets are seeking a trade with the team that can give them the most return.
Within minutes of news of Durant’s trade request breaking, the Nets also reportedly traded a first-round pick to the Utah Jazz for Royce O’Neale†
Kemba Walker completes contract surrender
For the second time in as many summers, Kemba Walker reportedly plans to reach a contract buyout. He was traded to the Pistons from the Knicks in a draft day deal. Now he is expected to get a buyout from the organization, gain exemptions and become a free agent.