2022 NBA free agency rumors: Live updates as Zach Lavine, Bulls agree on max deal; savvy Celtics make moves

The 2021-22 season and NBA Draft are both in the books, and now all eyes are on the start of free agency. The speculation and rumors that surround free agency are what make this time of the year truly entertaining. This summer may not have some of the biggest names available on the free-agent market, but it’s still going to be a hectic offseason. Hours before free agency officially kicked off, Kevin Durant requested a trade away from the Brooklyn Nets. One of the NBA’s biggest superstars is now set to change teams this summer, and K.D.’s trade request will undoubtedly impact how teams handle their offseason business.

NBA free agency started Thursday at 6 p.m. ET, when teams could start negotiating deals with players. However, contracts won’t actually be official until the moratorium period is lifted on July 6. The NBA has reportedly told teams the salary cap for next season is projected to be set at $123.6 million, up $11.6 million from last year’s $112 million cap figure. Zach LaVine (Bulls) and Bradley Beal (Wizards) both agreed on max deals to return to their respective teams. The Knicks made a move by acquiring Jalen Brunson. Also, the Eastern Conference champion Celtics improved after pulling off a trade to land Pacers guard Malcolm Brogdon, and are set to  sign Danilo Gallinari as well.

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Live updates


Warriors sign DiVincenzo

After losing Gary Payton II, Juan Toscano-Anderson and Otto Porter Jr. so far this offseason, the Warriors added back to their bench depth with the addition of Donte DiVincenzo. The former Kings guard is joining the defending champs on a two-year, $9.3 million deal, a nice deal for both the team and the young guard who didn’t get a qualifying offer from Sacramento. Jasmyn Wimbish2 hrs ago

Kornet staying in Boston

Free agent center Luke Kornet has agreed to a two-year deal to return to the Boston Celtics, according to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports. Kornet spent time with the Celtics in each of the past two seasons, and he apparently showed enough for the team to want to bring him back. The Celtics have been busy, as they also traded for Malcolm Brogdon earlier today. Michael Kaskey-Blomain3 hrs ago

Juan Toscano-Anderson thanks Warriors for his time with the team

After signing a deal with the Los Angeles Lakers in free agency, Juan Toscano-Anderson took to Twitter to thank the Golden State Warriors for his time with the team. He spent the past three seasons of his career with the Warriors, and he helped the team win a title this past season. Here’s what he had to say to the Warriors: https://platform.twitter.com/embed/Tweet.html?creatorScreenName=cbssports&dnt=false&embedId=twitter-widget-0&features=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%3D%3D&frame=false&hideCard=false&hideThread=false&id=1542936752460931072&lang=en&origin=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cbssports.com%2Fnba%2Fnews%2F2022-nba-free-agency-rumors-live-updates-as-zach-lavine-bulls-agree-on-max-deal-savvy-celtics-make-moves%2Flive%2F&sessionId=b74afdaecd505a06335adc46ee44b83d9f15e3e5&siteScreenName=cbssports&theme=light&widgetsVersion=b45a03c79d4c1%3A1654150928467&width=550pxMichael Kaskey-Blomain4 hrs ago

Derrick Jones Jr. staying in Chicago

The Bulls have been pretty busy since free agency began. They signed Andre Drummond yesterday, and then they inked Zach LaVine to a max contract extension earlier today. They’re also bringing back Derrick Jones Jr. on a two-year deal worth $6.6 million, per Shams Charania. The second year of the deal includes a player option. Not bad value for the Bulls there. Michael Kaskey-Blomain5 hrs ago

Jazz trading Rudy Gobert to the Timberwolves

In a shocking move, Utah is trading three-time Defensive Player of the Year Rudy Gobert to the Timberwolves in exchange for Malik Beasley, Patrick Beverley, Walker Kessler, Jarred Vanderbilt and four first-round picks, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Though the Jazz got some solid role players in return, this package hints that Utah may not be done dealing just yet. Perhaps the Jazz are also thinking of moving star guard Donovan Mitchell, who has been connected to the Miami Heat in a potential trade. We’ll just have to wait and see how this plays out. Jasmyn Wimbish6 hrs ago

Looney returns to Warriors on three-year deal

After showing how important he was during the Warriors title run this past season, Looney gets rewarded with a three-year, $25.5 million deal to return to Golden State, per Adrian Wojnarowski. Looney was a rebounding machine throughout the playoffs, and benefited off the defensive pressure Curry faced throughout the playoffs. He proved to be a key piece for the Warriors and now the defending champs will be getting their big man back. Jasmyn Wimbish6 hrs ago

Celtics acquire Brogdon in trade with Pacers

In what’s been a long awaited departure, Malcolm Brogdon is finally getting traded from the Indiana Pacers, and he’ll be landing with the Boston Celtics where he’ll now be the team’s new lead point guard, per Adrian Wojnarowski. All it took for Boston to get him was Daniel Theis, Aaron Nesmith and a 2023 first-round pick. That’s a huge win for a Celtics team that could’ve desperately used the two-way ability of Brogdon in the NBA Finals against Steph Curry and the Warriors. Earlier Friday, they also agreed on a deal with Danilo Gallinari, who will provide more shooting and size to their rotation. Now they’ll enter next season reloaded and ready to get back and take care of some unfinished business. Jasmyn Wimbish8 hrs ago

Hawks trade Huerter to Kings for Harkless, Holiday, future pick

The Atlanta Hawks aren’t done making trades this summer. After acquiring All-Star guard Dejounte Murray from the San Antonio Spurs, the Hawks are now trading Kevin Huerter to the Sacramento Kings in exchange for Justin Holiday, Maurice Harkless and a future first-round draft pick, per Adrian Wojnarowski. The future draft pick is lottery protected in 2024, and it becomes top-12 protected in 2025 and top-10 protected in 2026.Jasmyn Wimbish8 hrs ago

Wall agrees to deal with Clippers

John Wall has officially found a new NBA home. The veteran guard agreed to a two-year, $13.2 million contract with the Los Angeles Clippers, per Klutch Sports. The news comes a few days after Wall and the Houston Rockets reached a buyout agreement that allowed him to become an unrestricted free agent. Wall has played just 72 games over the past four seasons due to a combination of injuries and Houston’s disinterest in using him, but perhaps he’ll be able to jumpstart his career again in L.A. Michael Kaskey-Blomain8 hrs ago

Nurkic staying in Portland

Free agent center Jusuf Nurkic has agreed on a new four-year, $70 million deal to stay with the Portland Trail Blazers, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Nurkic has been with the Blazers since the 2016-17 season, and he has developed into an integral piece of the team, as he has started in every game he’s played since the ’17-18 season. Now he’ll get to continue to play alongside Dame Lillard and co. for the forseeable future. Michael Kaskey-Blomain9 hrs ago

LaVine gets the bag in Chicago

Zach LaVine isn’t going anywhere. The star guard agreed to a five-year, $215.2 million maximum contract to remain in Chicago, his agent confirmed to Shams Charania. The fifth year of the deal includes a player option. LaVine has developed into one of the most explosive offensive players in the league, and now he’ll get to continue his career with the Bulls and help them try to make it back to the NBA Finals for the first time since 1998. Michael Kaskey-Blomain9 hrs ago

Bruce Brown headed to Denver 

Bruce Brown’s time with the Brooklyn Nets has come to an end, as he has agreed to a two-year deal with the Denver Nuggets worth more than $13 million, per ESPN’s Malika Andrews. The agreement includes a player option for the second year of the deal. In Denver, Brown will get to play alongside reigning two-time NBA MVP Nikola Jokic. Michael Kaskey-Blomain9 hrs ago

Otto Porter to Toronto

After helping the Golden State Warriors win the NBA title last season, veteran forward Otto Porter Jr. has found a new home. According to Chris Haynes of Yahoo, Porter has agreed to a two-year deal with the Toronto Raptors. The second year of the deal will reportedly include a player option. Solid pickup for Toronto. Michael Kaskey-Blomain10 hrs ago

Bol Bol staying in Orlando 

Bol Bol will be staying in Orlando, as the big man reportedly agreed to a two-year deal with the Magic. Bol was traded from the Nuggets to the Magic in February, but he has yet to play in a game for the team after having right foot surgery. He’ll help to bolster Orlando’s frontcourt moving forward. Michael Kaskey-Blomain10 hrs ago

Pinson to stay in Dallas 

Free agent guard Theo Pinson is returning to the Dallas Mavericks on a one-year deal, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Pinson only appeared in 19 games for the Mavs last season, but they need to keep up their guard depth following the loss of Jalen Brunson, who signed with the Knicks in free agency. Michael Kaskey-Blomain10 hrs ago

Robinson returning to Knicks

The New York Knicks and free agent center Mitchell Robinson reached an agreement on a new four-year contract worth $60 million, according to his agent. The big man averaged 8.5 points, 8.6 rebounds and 1.8 blocks in 72 games for New York last season.Eric Kernish11 hrs ago

Rubio returning to Cleveland 

It looks like Ricky Rubio will be returning to Cleveland, as the veteran guard is nearing a multi-year deal with the Cavaliers, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Rubio played in 34 games for the Cavs last season before tearing his left ACL. The Cavs traded him to the Indiana Pacers as an expiring contract at the deadline, but both sides were obviously interested in a reunion. Rubio will help to provide some veteran leadership on a young Cavs team. Michael Kaskey-Blomain12 hrs ago

Payton signing with Blazers

Gary Payton II played a key role en route to the Warriors’ championship last season. Now, the free-agent guard will take his talents to Portland as he agreed to a three-year, $28 million deal with the Trail Blazers.Eric Kernish12 hrs ago

Zion, Pelicans nearing 5-year max contract extension

Zion Williamson is closing in on a five-year rookie max contract extension with the New Orleans Pelicans that could be worth up to $231 million, according to Shams Charania. Eric Kernish12 hrs ago

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Payton drawing interest from Blazers

Gary Payton II burst onto the scene last season, and earned himself a nice payday with his performance in the Finals, as he helped the Warriors beat the Celtics. The question now is where Payton will sign. While there is interest in a return to the Warriors, the Trail Blazers are also in the mix, per Jake Fischer. It’s worth noting that the Blazers have thus far offered the most money at $8 million. Jack Maloney21 hrs ago

Drummond finalizing a deal with Bulls

Andre Drummond has made his way around the league in recent years and it appears as though he is heading back to the Central Division as Shams Charania is reporting that the big man is finalizing a deal with the Chicago Bulls. We’ll see exactly what the big man brings to Chicago but, at the least, the Bulls have another big body on the roster. Michael Bohlin23 hrs ago

Brunson agrees to deal with Knicks

While it had been widely expected to happen, Jalen Brunson has reportedly agreed to a four-year, $104 million deal with the New York Knicks. Brunson, whose father was recently hired by New York as an assistant coach, will leave the Mavericks to join the Knicks and presumably take over as the team’s starting point guard. Dallas reportedly offered Brunson a five-year, $106 million deal but it was not enough to retain the guard. Michael BohlinJun 30, 2022 at 9:39 pm ET

JaVale McGee joining the Mavericks

McGee continues to turn his career around as he has gone from a player seemingly no one wanted to sign to agreeing to a three-year, $20.1 million deal with the Dallas Mavericks. McGee is confident in what he will be able to bring the Mavericks as the big man believes he can be the starter in the middle for Dallas this season. Michael BohlinJun 30, 2022 at 8:40 pm ET

Patty Mills staying in Brooklyn

Mills had recently opted out of his $6.2 million option to become an unrestricted free agent, and there was some thought that he would perhaps play elsewhere next season. The news that Kevin Durant requested a trade only added to that assumption, but Mills is reportedly re-signing with the Nets on a two-year, $14.5 million deal, per Adrian Wojnarowski. Mills had a solid season with Brooklyn last year, splitting half the time as a starter due to Kyrie Irving’s inability to play for most of the season due to his vaccination status, and while his production decreased in the playoffs, he was still an important piece off the bench for BrooklynJasmyn WimbishJun 30, 2022 at 6:59 pm ET

Marvin Bagley re-signs with Pistons

Bagley will stay in Detroit on a three-year, $37 million deal, per Chris Haynes. After being traded to the Pistons at the deadline by the Kings last season, Bagley had a rejuvenated stint with Detroit. He was pushed out of the rotation in Sacramento, but he averaged 27 minutes with Detroit, the most of his career, over the 18 games he played there. Though that’s a small sample size, it was an encouraging sight to see the 22 year old put up 14.6 points and 6.8 rebounds. It’s unclear how much of that is guaranteed, given Bagley’s injury history, but it sounds as though the Pistons are taking a chance on the former No. 2 overall pick. Jasmyn WimbishJun 30, 2022 at 6:54 pm ET

Dort, Thunder agree to new deal

One of Oklahoma City’s key young pieces is returning next season as the team is signing Lu Dort to a five-year, $87.5 million deal, per Adrian Wojnarowski. Dort was OKC’s second-leading scorer last season, averaging 17.2 points and 4.2 rebounds. He’s an absolute pest on the defensive end of the ball, and with him returning the Thunder will have an exciting team to watch next season with Dort, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and newly-minted No. 2 overall pick Chet Holmgren.  Jasmyn WimbishJun 30, 2022 at 6:28 pm ET

Ingles joining the Bucks

Veteran Australian forward Joe Ingles will be joining the Milwaukee Bucks on a one-year deal, his wife Renae announced on Twitter. Ingles is recovering from a torn ACL suffered in late January, and it’s unclear when he’ll be cleared to play. He should return well before the end of the season, however.

Ingles will turn 35 before the start of the season, and is no longer the player he was during his heyday with the Jazz. Still, he’s a smart, versatile forward who can run pick-and-roll and is an elite 3-point shooter. Assuming he can come back from this injury, he’ll be a nice option for the Bucks off the bench Jack MaloneyJun 30, 2022 at 6:26 pm ET

Bobby Portis returning to Bucks

The Bucks agreed to a four-year, $49 million deal to bring Portis back, per Shams Charania, a huge win for a team that fell in the second round of the playoffs to the Boston Celtics. Portis has been crucial in each of the last two seasons with Milwaukee, especially this year as he spent a bulk of his time during the regular season starting for the injured Brook Lopez. 

Portis averaged a career-high 14.6 points and 9.1 rebounds with Milwaukee last season, so he’s surely deserved his payday. He’ll return to a Milwaukee team that hopes to be win a championship again with a healthier roster next season. Jasmyn WimbishJun 30, 2022 at 6:21 pm ET

Simons to sign 4-year, $100M extension with Blazers

In one of the least surprising moves of free agency, the Portland Trail Blazers have moved quickly to sign Anfernee Simons to a long-term extension worth $100 million over four years, per Adrian Wojnarowski

Simons, the No. 24 overall pick in 2018, played sparingly in the first few seasons of his career, but burst onto the scene last season. He averaged 17.3 points and 3.9 assists per game — both career-highs — and shot 40.5 percent from 3-point land. He’s seen as a key part of their future as they try to re-tool their roster around Damian Lillard. 

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