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NBA free agency 2022: Breaking down the biggest signings, opt-ins and extensions of the summer

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NBA free agency is here, and stars are making some big-money moves.

Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving opted into his $36.5 million player option for the 2022-23 season. But although his decision removes the possibility of Irving leaving the Nets via free agency this summer, questions will continue to surround Irving and Kevin Durant's future after the latter requested a trade hours before the 6 p.m. ET start to free agency.

The Dallas Mavericks have been informed that guard Jalen Brunson intends to sign with the New York Knicks in free agency, sources told ESPN's Tim MacMahon.

John Wall, who was slated to make $47.4 million after exercising his player option with the Houston Rockets, has reached a buyout with the team and will join the LA Clippers.

Bradley Beal will stick with the Washington Wizards on a five-year deal, while Zach LaVine is staying put in Chicago. Russell Westbrook, meanwhile, will exercise his $47.1 million option with the Los Angeles Lakers, sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

Which remaining free agents will change teams this summer?

How are the latest deals impacting the NBA landscape? Kevin Pelton is breaking down the biggest signings, opt-ins and contract extensions.

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LaVine strikes max deal with the Bulls

As announced by his agency, Klutch Sports, Zach LaVine joins Bradley Beal as the second free agent this offseason to sign a deal for his maximum salary. Because LaVine has just eight years of experience to Beal's 10, that maximum is slightly smaller -- although still massive -- at $215 million over five years.