NBA 2022, Free Agency; done deals, Zion Williamson, Joe Ingles, Nikola Jokic contract, Jalen Brunson, Patty Mills, James Harden, news, updates

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NBA 2022, Free Agency; done deals, Zion Williamson, Joe Ingles, Nikola Jokic contract, Jalen Brunson, Patty Mills, James Harden, news, updates

The NBA Free Agency period has begun with a bang, with a host of massive deals being done in the opening hours.

And Aussie Joe Ingles has been a part of the action, landing a new team in a move that was sensationally announced on social media.

Meanwhile Zion Williamson is finalising a mammoth extension while two-time MVP Nikola Jokic is about to get a huge payday.

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ZION SET TO POCKET MONSTER DEAL

It’s Zion Williamson’s turn to get paid.

The injury-riddled big man is signing a five-year rookie max contract with the Pelicans, Shams Charania reported Friday morning. The deal will pay Williamson up to $AUD338 million and keeps Williamson under contract through the 2027-28 season.

Williamson, the first overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, is averaging 25.7 points and 7.0 rebounds per game across his three year NBA career.

The 21-year-old has yet to fulfill the lofty expectations bestowed upon him coming out of Duke because of his inability to stay on the court.

Williamson missed the entire 2021-22 season with a fractured foot after suffering a setback during his rehab, while a meniscus tear sidelined him for the first three months of his rookie season. Concerns, too, linger about Williamson’s weight and physique.

Without Williamson, the Pelicans finished with a 36-46 record, though they squeaked into the NBA playoffs and pushed the Phoenix Suns to six games in their opening-round series. New Orleans boasts a tantalizing young core headlined by a healthy Williamson and fellow Duke product, Brandon Ingram.

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CHICAGO KEEPS PRIZED POSSESSION

One of the biggest stars still on the market now has one of the biggest deals of NBA free agency.

All-Star Zach LaVine agreed to a five-year, $215.2 million max contact with the Bulls on Thursday, agent Rich Paul told The Athletic.

An eight-year NBA veteran after being a first-round pick in 2014, the shooting guard made the postseason for the first time in 2022. He averaged 24.4 points, 4/6 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game last season en route to getting a second straight All-Star nod.

Despite being non-committal in his end-of-season press conference, there seemed to be little worry among Bulls brass LaVine would return.

BLAZERS HANG ONTO BIG MAN

Jusuf Nurkic will be back in Portland — and ready for the start of the season.

The Bosnian center, whose season ended in March due to plantar fasciitis, has a new four-year, $70 million contract with the Trail Blazers, per ESPN.

The 27-year-old averaged 15 points per game to go will 2.8 assists and 11.1 rebounds — and a 53.5 field-goal percentage — in 56 games.

Nurkic missed the team bottoming out with 11 straight losses to close the season, though it does not appear Portland is planning to tear it all down. The Blazers added Gary Payton II on Thursday at $28 million over three years, and extended Anfernee Simons with a four-year deal worth $100 million.

Portland also retained F/C Drew Eubanks on a one-year deal.

PATTY GETS PAID

Patty Mills is headed back to the Nets after all.A day after the sharp-shooting guard declined a $6.2 million option to become a free agent, he agreed on a two-year, $14.5 million deal to return to Brooklyn, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Last season, the 33-year-old proved valuable to the Nets. With Joe Harris injured, Mills started 48 games, averaged 11.4 points and shot 40 percent on seven attempts per game from 3-point land.Mills joined Brooklyn last season after 10 years in San Antonio.

The Aussie was also a valuable leader. Mills won the league’s Joe Dumars Trophy last season, given to the player who most exemplifies the ideals of sportsmanship on the court with ethical behavior, fair play and integrity.

It’s a big boost for Ben Simmons who has yet to play for the Nets since being trade from the 76ers. Mills has been public in his support of Simmons and his desire to help the All-Star get back to his best.

INGLES LANDS NEW TEAM

Aussie sharpshooter Joe Ingles has joined the Milwaukee Bucks, as revealed by his superstar wife Renae Ingles in an all-time social media post.

Ingles left the Utah Jazz in heartbreaking fashion after suffering an ACL injury, bringing to a close a lengthy and successful stint there, but will now team up with superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo in Milwaukee.

Ingles, 34, averaged 7.2 points, 3.5 assists and 2.6 rebounds last year.

The deal is worth $6.5 million USD, according to Yahoo Sports.

Fellow Aussie Patty Mills inked a two-year, $14.5 million USD agreement to remain with the Nets, ESPN reports. he initially opted to become a free agent before signing the new deal.

KNICKS GET SUPERSTAR POINT GUARD

The New York Knicks have a point guard after a decade of pain at the position.

Mavericks star Jalen Brunson has reportedly signed a whopping $110 million USD deal over four years – far more than Dallas was willing to pay to retain him – while the Knicks have had to dump a host of veterans to create room in their salary cap to afford the star.

Kemba Walker, Alec Burks and Nerlens Noel have each been ousted by Brooklyn, while they’ve given up the No. 11 overall draft pick.

25-year-old Brunson enjoyed a career-best year in points (16.3), assists (4.8), rebounds (3.9) and minutes (31.9). He guided the Mavericks to the Western Conference finals by posting 21.6 points, 4.6 rebounds and 3.7 assists in the playoffs, and stood up in Luka Doncic’s absence in the first round.

SIXERS MAKE MOVES

Rockets guard Trevelin Queen has joined the 76ers on a two-year, $3.3 million contract, according to Yahoo Sports.

Philly have also landed 29-year-old Danuel House from the Knicks on a two-year deal.

The Athletic reports that 37-year-old veteran PJ Tucker will join the 76ers on a three-year, $33.2m USD deal from the Heat.

The Heat will retain Victor Oladipo on a one-year contract, giving him another chance after an injury-plagued season saw him appear just eight times.

The Sixers are also hoping to lock in James Harden on a discount deal, with ESPN reporting a meeting will be held between the two parties this weekend.

JOKIC LANDS RECORD DEAL

In one of the first deals of the free agency period, Nikola Jokic made history.

The two-time NBA MVP inked a five-year, $264 million deal with the Denver Nuggets acco

It is the richest deal in NBA history. The 27-year-old averaged career highs last season with 27.1 points and 13.8 rebounds per game.

FORMER ALL-STAR BOLSTERS CONTENDERS

Free agent center Andre Drummond, 28, appears to be on his way to the Chicago Bulls, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.

Already with starting center Nikola Vucevic under contract through the 2022-23 season, Drummond will provide a rim-protecting and rebounding presence as a role player for the Bulls.

Among centers last year, Vucevic averaged the fifth-most minutes per game at 33.1. Drummond, who averaged 10.3 rebounds and 11.8 points in 22.3 minutes per game for the Nets last year, could be in store to give the soon-to-be 32-year-old a little more rest in the upcoming campaign.

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EVERY DEAL

Lu Dort, Thunder agree to five-year, $87.5 million deal, via ESPN

Nic Claxton, Nets agree to two-year, $20 million deal, via ESPN

Jusuf Nurkic, Trail Blazers agree to four-year, $80 million deal, via Yahoo

Lonnie Walker IV, Lakers agrees to one-year, $6.5 deal, via The Athletic

Marvin Bagley III, Pistons agree to three-year, $37 million deal, via Yahoo

Patty Mills, Nets agree to two-year, $14.5 million deal, via ESPN

Jae’Sean Tate, Rockets agree to three-year, $22 million deal, via The Athletic

Troy Brown, Lakers agree to deal, via The Athletic

Nic Batum, Clipvias agree to two-year deal, via ESPN

Thad Young, Raptors agree to two-year, $16 million deal, via Yahoo

Tyus Jones, Grizzlies agree to two-year, $30 million deal, via ESPN

Chris Boucher, Raptors agree to three-year, $35 million deal, via ESPN.

Joe Ingles, Bucks, agree to one-year, 6.5m deal, via Yahoo

Davon Reed, Nuggets agree to two-year deal, via Denver Post

Dewayne Dedmon, Heat agree to two-year, $9 million, via The Athletic

Wes Matthews, Bucks agree to deal, via Yahoo

Trevelin Queen, 76ers agree to deal, via ESPN

Anfernee Simons, Trail Blazers agree to four-year, $100 million deal, via ESPN

Mohamed Bamba, Magic agree to two-year, $21 million deal, via Yahoo

Devin Booker, Suns agree to four-year, $214 million deal, via The Athletic

Danuel House, 76ers agree to two-year, $8.5 million deal, via ESPN

Nikola Jokic, Nuggets agree to five-year, $264 million deal, via The Athletic

Bobby Portis, Bucks agree to four-year, $49 million deal, via ESPN.

Amir Coffey, Clipvias agree to three-year, $11 million deal, via ESPN

Damian Jones, Lakers agree to two-year deal, via ESPN

Javon Carter, Bucks agree to two-year deal, via The Athletic

Bradley Beal, Wizards agree to five-year, $251 million deal, via ESPN

DeAndre Jordan, Nuggets agree to deal, via The Athletic

Isaiah Hartenstein, New York Knicks agree to two-year, $16 million deal, via The Athletic

Victor Oladipo, Heat agree to one-year, $11 million deal, via ESPN.

PJ Tucker, 76ers agree to three-year, $33 million deal, via The Athletic

Malik Monk, Kings agree to two-year, $19 million deal, via The Athletic

Jalen Brunson, New York Knicks agree to four-year, $110 million deal, via The Athletic.

Zach LaVine, Chicago Bulls agree to five-year, $215.2 million deal, via The Athletic

Zion Williamson, New Orleans Pelicans agree to five-year, $338 million deal, via The Athletic

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