With the NBA Finals and 2022 NBA Draft now in the books, the next big item on the league calendar is free agency. And while it technically didn’t start until 6pm ET on June 30, it’s clear that the teams are already up and running. Here’s a look at some of the latest bits of information.
Bronson now expects to sign with the Knicks
Galen Bronson was one of the playoff stars, helping the Dallas Mavericks reach the Western Conference Finals for the first time since 2011. Plus, when Luka Doncic was sidelined at the start of the first round, he showed he can be more than just a complement.
As a result, he’s set to earn a big paycheck this summer, especially with the Mavericks and the New York Knicks engaged in a bidding war for his services. Shortly after the Mavericks were eliminated, all signs indicated Bronson would return to Dallas. But the wind has changed now.
Mark Stein reported on Tuesday That there is a “growing resignation” in the Mavericks that Bronson will sign with the Knicks. Later in the day, the Knicks boosted their chances of getting Bronson When they traded Alec Burkes and Nerlance Noel for the Detroit PistonsAnd I made more space in the process. They are expected to offer Bronson a $110 million four-year deal, by Chris Hines.
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Tucker is likely to join the Sixers
It looks like PJ Tucker’s tour of Eastern Conference contenders will continue next season. After winning the title with the Milwaukee Bucks in 2021, and reaching the Eastern Conference Finals with the Miami Heat in 2022, Tucker is expected to join the Philadelphia 76ers.
While it is not surprising to see Tucker take on another competitor, it is somewhat surprising to see that he will be getting a long-term deal worth $30 million over three years, According to Keith Pompey. While he is still capable of defending at a high level, and made 41.5 percent of his 3-point career high last season, he will turn 40 in the final year of that deal. If he can stay healthy, he’ll help the Sixers, but that doesn’t guarantee a player in his late thirties plays physically like Tucker.
ZiwiPeak cash in
Ivica Zubak is one of the most underrated big guys and often flies under the radar on the Los Angeles Clippers with many of the big names. However, the team is well aware of its importance and has moved quickly this summer to keep it long-term.
Zubac had only one year left on his contract, which was an option for the team. Instead of his practice, the Clippers signed Zubac to a new $33 million deal over three years, According to Adrian Voinarowski. Zwiback averaged 10.3 points and 8.5 rebounds last season, both of which were highs, shooting 62.6 percent from the field. He’s playing a big role next season as the Clippers hope to return to the ranks of title contenders with the healthy Kawhi Leonard.