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NBA Free Agency News Tracker: Donovan Mitchell, Nikola Jokic, Kyrie Irving & More

by Mike Maher | @mikeMaher | Featured Writer
Jun 30, 2022
NBA Free Agency News Tracker

Let’s take a look at the latest news and notes around fantasy basketball. To stay up to date on all of the latest fantasy basketball news, be sure to follow @FantasyProsNBA on Twitter and bookmark the FantasyPros NBA Player News page.

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Jalen Brunson agrees to four-year, $104 million deal with Knicks

Free agent guard Jalen Brunson has agreed to a four-year, $104 million deal with the New York Knicks, according to a report from NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski. (Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Brunson had a breakout year for the Mavericks this season, averaging a career-high 31.9 minutes and 16.3 points per game. At one point, he was considered a lock to return to Dallas, but he instead inks a four-year deal with a fifth-year player option with the Knicks ahead of his 26th birthday. Brunson joins Evan Fournier in the New York backcourt and should be a focal point of a reshaped Knicks offensive attack in 2022-2023.
Mike Maher

Kevin Durant reportedly requests trade from Brooklyn Nets

Kevin Durant has requested a trade from the Brooklyn Nets, and Nets GM Sean Marks is working with Durant on finding a trade partner, according to reports from Shams Charania and Adrian Wojnarowski. (Source: Shams Charania)

Fantasy Impact: There were rumors over the last several weeks that Durant’s relationship with the Nets had become strained, but many thought that Kyrie Irving opting into his contract and reportedly staying in Brooklyn for at least the 2022-2023 season was a step in the right direction. However, Durant apparently still wants out. Durant will turn 34 before next season but is still one of the most prolific scorers in the league. His 37.2 minutes per game in 2021 were his most since he averaged 38.5 in 2013 as a 25-year-old.
Mike Maher

Jaren Jackson Jr. underwent surgery to repair a stress fracture in his foot

According to Adrian Wojnarowski, Memphis Grizzlies F Jaren Jackson Jr., underwent surgery to repair a stress fracture in his right foot on Wednesday and is expected to be sidelined for 4-to-6 months. (Source: Adrian Wojnarowski)

Fantasy Impact: Just 30-minutes prior to free agency, the Grizzlies dropped the news that injury-riddled forward, Jaren Jackson Jr., has surgery to repair a stress fracture in his right foot. The team is optimistic that Jackson will make a full recovery and in time to return for the regular season. A 4-6 month recovery has him looking at a November return which will likely have him missing a few games to start the season.
– Kyle Williams

Devin Booker inks a four-year, $214 million supermax contract with Suns

According to Shams Charania, The Phoenix Suns and All-NBA guard Devin Booker are finalizing a four-year, $214 million supermax contract extension (Source: Shams Charania)
– Kyle Williams

Kyrie Irving focused on ‘forcing’ his way to the Lakers

According to Brian Windhorst of ESPN, Nets G Kyrie Irving is focused on “forcing” his way to the Lakers. (Source: Brian Windhorst)
– Kyle Williams

Bradley Beal inks five-year, $251 million maximum contract with Wizards

According to Adrian Wojnarowski, All-Star guard Bradley Beal has agreed to a five-year, $251 million maximum contract to stay with the Washington Wizards (Source: Adrian Wojnarowski)
– Kyle Williams

Anfernee Simons inks four-year, $100 million deal with Blazers

According to Brett Siegel, F Anfernee Simons and the Portland Trail Blazers agree to a four-year, $100M deal (Source: Brett Siegel)
– Kyle Williams

Victor Oladipo and the Heat agree upon one-year, $11 million deal

According to Brett Siegel, The Miami Heat have agreed to a one-year, $11 million deal with Victor Oladipo. (Source: Brett Siegel)

Fantasy Impact: Despite reports this offseason that Oladipo was “as good as gone”, the veteran decided to re-up with the Heat on Thursday. With P.J. Tucker out and headed to Philly, it’s likely we see Oladipo slide into the starting role in place of Tucker. During the playoffs, we saw the veteran guard succeed when he started alongside Butler and Adebayo. In 2022, he makes for an interesting redraft player with high upside as a potential 2B scorer to Tyler Herro.
– Kyle Williams

Malik Monk is signing a two-year, $19M deal to join the Kings

According to Shams Charania, Malik Monk is signing a two-year, $19M deal to join the Kings. (Source: Shams Charania)
– Kyle Williams

P.J. Tucker agrees to a 3-year, $33.2 million deal with the 76ers

According to Brett Siegel, The Philadelphia 76ers have agreed to a 3-year, $33.2 million deal with P.J. Tucker. (Source: Brett Siegel)
– Kyle Williams

Nicolas Batum agrees to a 2-year, $22 million with the Clippers

According to Brett Siegel, The Los Angeles Clippers have agreed to a 2-year, $22 million deal with Nicolas Batum. (Source: Brett Siegel)
– Kyle Williams

Isaiah Hartenstein agrees to a two-year, $16 million-plus deal with Knicks

According to Shams Charania, Free agent center Isaiah Hartenstein has agreed to a two-year, $16 million-plus deal with the New York Knicks (Source: Shams Charania)
– Kyle Williams

Bobby Portis Jr. inks 4-year, $49M contract with Bucks

According to Adrian Wojnarowski, Free agent F Bobby Portis is returning to the Milwaukee Bucks on a 4-year, $49M contract. (Source: Adrian Wojnarowski)

Fantasy Impact: After rumors that Portis would leave in free agency to secure a hefty contract, the Bucks made it a priority to get a deal done. During the 2022 season, the veteran forward averaged 14.6 points, 9.1 rebounds, and 1.2 assists in 72 games. His ability to rebound and score at a high clip should rank him inside the top 120 again in redraft fantasy basketball leagues.
– Kyle Williams

DeAndre Jordan signs deal with Nuggets

According to Mike Singer, C DeAndre Jordan has inked a contract with the Denver Nuggets. (Source: Mike Singer)

Fantasy Impact: After a rough 2021-2022 season in which Jordan was ousted by the Lakers and benched by the 76ers, he decided to sign as a backup center in Denver. With little presence behind Nikola Jokic after the trade of JaMychal Green, the Nuggets prioritized getting a rim-protecting big man like Jordan for when Jokic is off the floor. At 33 years old, I’m not sold on how much he has to offer for fantasy or in real life.
– Kyle Williams

Amir Coffey inks three-year, $11M deal with the Clippers

According to Adrian Wojnarowski, Amir Coffey has agreed to a three-year, $11M deal with the Clippers (Source: Adrian Wojnarowski)
– Kyle Williams

Wesley Matthews inks one-year deal with Bucks

According to Brett Siegel, Wesley Matthews inks a one-year deal with the Bucks. (Source: Brett Siegel)
– Kyle Williams

Tyus Jones inks two-year, $30M deal to return to Memphis

According to Adrian Wojnarowski, Free agent G Tyus Jones is returning to the Memphis Grizzlies on a two-year, $30M deal. (Source: Adrian Wojnarowski)

Fantasy Impact: After filling in admirably for Ja Morant this past season and averaging 8.7 points, 4.4 assists, and 2.4 rebounds in 73 games, the Grizzlies awarded him with a two-year, $30M deal. His scrappy scoring and facilitating off the bench help propel the Grizzlies to the playoffs and a near 75% win rate with Morant out. Jones was considered one of the hottest names in the free agency market.
– Kyle Williams

Joe Ingles inks one-year deal with the Bucks

According to Chris Haynes, Joe Ingles inks one-year deal with the Bucks. (Source: Chris Haynes)
– Kyle Williams

Chris Boucher returning to the Toronto Raptors on a three-year deal

According to Adrian Wojnarowski, Chris Boucher is returning to the Toronto Raptors on a three-year, $35.25M deal (Source: Adrian Wojnarowski)
– Kyle Williams

Luguentz Dort agreed to a five-year, $87.5 million deal with OKC Thunder

According to Adrian Wojnarowski, Free agent G Lu Dort has agreed to a five-year, $87.5M deal to stay with the Oklahoma City Thunder (Source: Adrian Wojnarowski)
– Kyle Williams

Damian Jones signs two-year deal with Lakers

According to Dave McMenamin, the Lakers and free-agent center Damian Jones have agreed on a two-year contract. (Source: Dave McMenamin)

Fantasy Impact: An under-the-radar move for the Lakers by signing Jones. Stuck in a committee in Sacramento, Jones flashed real upside as a rebounding machine. In 2022, Jones averaged 8.1 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 1.2 assists in 56 games. With little depth behind Anthony Davis, who is often injured, we may see Jones post several top-75 weeks in fantasy.
– Kyle Williams

Jevon Carter re-signs with Bucks on a two-year deal

According to Brett Siegel, F Jevon Carter is re-signing with the Bucks on a two-year deal. (Source: Brett Siegel)
– Kyle Williams

Trevelin Queen agrees to terms with 76ers

According to Adrian Wojnarowski, Free agent G Trevelin Queen has agreed on a deal with the Philadelphia 76ers (Source: Adrian Wojnarowksi)
– Kyle Williams

Donovan Mitchell’s name floated in potential deal with Heat

According to Greg Sylvander, the Miami Heat have submitted a trade offer for Donovan Mitchell. (Source: Greg Sylvander)
– Kyle Williams

Dewayne Dedmon re-signing with the Heat on a 2-year, $9 million deal

According to Shams Charania, Dewayne Dedmon is returning to the Miami Heat on a 2-year, $9M deal. (Source: Shams Charania)

Fantasy Impact: After losing P.J. Tucker in free agency to the 76ers, the Heat made it a priority to re-sign backup center, Dewayne Dedmon. During his stint with the team last year, averaged 6.3 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 0.7 assists in 67 games. He offers little fantasy value but should see an increase in minutes this season with Tucker out of the lineup.
– Kyle Williams

Davon Reed inks two-year contract with Nuggets

According to Mike Singer, Davon Reed inks a two-year contract to return to the Denver Nuggets. (Source: Mike Singer)
– Kyle Williams

Thaddeus Young has agreed to a two-year, $16M deal with the Toronto Raptors

According to Brett Siegel, Thaddeus Young has agreed to a two-year, $16M deal with the Toronto Raptors (Source: Brett Siegel)

Fantasy Impact: After spending half of the season in 2021-2022 with the Raptors, the team has decided to re-sign Young to a two-year deal. During his time with the team, he averaged 6.3 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 1.7 assists in 26 games. He doesn’t offer much fantasy value in either category or points leagues and is safely droppable in dynasty.
– Kyle Williams

Deandre Ayton drawing ‘no interest’ from the Nets

According to John Gambadoro, the Nets are not interested in Deandre Ayton ahead of a potential Kevin Durant trade. (Source: John Gambadoro)
– Kyle Williams

Danilo Gallinari offered one-year, $10.5 million contract by Timberwolves

According to Davide Chinellato, the Minnesota Timberwolves are offering Danilo Gallinari a one-year, $10.5 million contract (Source: Davide Chinellato)
– Kyle Williams

Gary Harris gets contract extension from Orlando

The Orlando Magic and guard Gary Harris have agreed on a two-year, $26 million contract extension, his agents Austin Brown and Aaron Mintz of CAA Basketball tell ESPN, via Adrian Wojnarowski. (Source: Adrian Wojnarowski via Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: With the contract extension the Magic offered, it’s apparent the young rebuilding team was looking to keep some veteran presence around the locker room. Harris could be a large part of the rotation early on in the 2022-23 season, making him worth rostering and he should give fantasy managers a solid floor but limited upside. The veteran guard averaged 11.1 points, 1.9 threes, 2.0 rebounds, and 1.8 assists per game last season for the Magic.
– Evan Ritter

Kevin Knox inks new deal with the Pistons

Free-agent Kevin Knox has agreed to a two-year, $6 million deal with the Detroit Pistons, via lead NBA Insider for The Athletic, Shams Charania. (Source: Shams Charania via Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Knox became a free agent this week after the Atlanta Hawks chose not to extend a qualifying offer to the forward before the league deadline. He now joins the Pistons on a 2-year deal where he’ll provide additional depth in the frontcourt. Knox played in 30 games last season where he averaged 3.1 points, 1.5 rebounds, and 7.4 minutes per game for the Knicks and Hawks.
– Evan Ritter

Juan Toscano-Anderson reaches agreement with Lakers

Free agent, Juan Toscano-Anderson has reached an agreement with the Los Angeles Lakers, his agent Erika Ruiz of Klutch Sports told Yahoo Sports, via Chris Haynes, Senior NBA Insider for Yahoo Sports. (Source: Chris Haynes via Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Toscano-Anderson was most recently a member of the Golden State Warriors Championship team and has spent the last three seasons with the team as a bench option. The forward has averaged a career 4.8 points per game and will most likely remain in a similar role off the bench for the Lakers as he did for the Warriors. Unless he can carve out a larger role with his new team, he will continue to stay off most fantasy radars.
– Evan Ritter

Kyle Anderson signs two-year, $18M deal with Timberwolves

Kyle Anderson reportedly agreed to a two-year, $18M contract with the Minnesota Timberwolves on Thursday. (Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Timberwolves, who have been relatively quiet to open up free agency, are bringing in the 28-year-old Anderson as their first major move. The forward averaged 7.6 points and 5.3 rebounds per game on 45% from the field off the bench in Memphis. The UCLA product will likely come off the bench in Minnesota and produce in a similar fashion.
– Evan Ritter

JaVale McGee is signing with the Mavericks

According to Brett Siegel, JaVale McGee is signing with the Mavericks. (Source: Brett Siegel)

Fantasy Impact: Another impressive move by the Mavericks as they continue to sure up their roster. Adding both Christian Wood via trade and Javale McGee via free agency has the Mavericks front court looking excellent heading into 2022. Last season with the Suns, the veteran big man averaged 9.2 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1.1 blocks in 74 games.
– Kyle Williams

Nic Claxton is returning to Brooklyn on a two-year, $20M deal

According to Brett Siegel, Nic Claxton is returning to Brooklyn on a two-year, $20M deal. (Source: Brett Siegel)

Fantasy Impact: During the 2022 regular season, Claxton struggled with immaturity and overall play on the court. Despite the struggles and nearly being traded to the Raptors at the trade deadline, the veteran remained intact and was a big contributor for the Nets in the playoffs averaging 10.5 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 2.3 blocks in 4 games. With the potential for Durant and Irving to both leave this offseason, Claxton may be a sneaky grab in late-round fantasy drafts.
– Kyle Williams

Lonnie Walker IV agrees to deal with the Lakers

Free agent Lonnie Walker IV has agreed to a deal with the Los Angeles Lakers. (Source: Shams Charania on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Spurs rescinded their qualifying offer for Walker which made him an unrestricted free agent. Over his first four seasons in the NBA, we have seen Walker slowly improve each year coming off a season where he posted a career-high 12.1 points per game. There isn’t too much room for fantasy upside on this Lakers roster outside of LeBron James and Anthony Davis, but Walker should hold a pretty valuable role as a scorer on this Lakers offense in what they hope to be a bounce back season.
– Ari Koslow

Marvin Bagley III agrees to deal with the Pistons

Restricted free agent forward Marvin Bagley III has reached an agreement with the Detroit Pistons on a three-year, $37 million deal. (Source: Chris Haynes on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Bagley averaged just under 15 points per game and seven rebounds across 18 games last season in Detroit. He doesn’t offer too much fantasy appeal as of now, but he did show flashes in limited games with Detroit late last season and will look to carry that momentum into this season.
– Ari Koslow

Patty Mills re-signs with the Nets

Patty Mills came to an agreement on a two-year deal, $14.5 million deal with the Nets. (Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Mills did not pick up his player option to explore free agency, but he will remain in Brooklyn. Mills averaged a little over 11 points last season with the Nets, shooting 40 percent from deep. We don’t know what the Nets roster is going to look like this upcoming season at this point in time. If Kyrie Irving is traded, Mills could be in line for a lot more playing time next season.
– Ari Koslow

Jae’Sean Tate is staying with the Rockets on a three-year, $22.1M deal

According to Brett Siegel, Jae’Sean Tate is staying with the Rockets on a three-year, $22.1M deal. (Source: Brett Siegel)

Fantasy Impact: After a standout season in 2022 in which Tate flashed high upside scoring to the tune of 11.8 points, the Rockets rewarded him with a three-year deal. With newly acquired big man Jabari Smith Jr in the mix, it’s unclear the role for Tate on the 2022 Rockets, but I envision a likely bench-scoring role. He will rank outside my top 150 heading into 2022.
– Kyle Williams

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