2022 NBA free agency Day 2: Grades, great values, head-scratchers and more

Day 2 of 2022 NBA free agency was another day of big money and big moves. We also saw three significant trades all happen within a couple of hours of one another, and none of them were Kevin Durant. His trade request still looms over the NBA, but it has not halted business in the … Read more

Did Kevin Durant’s trade request give a Kyrie Irving Lakers deal new life?

Kevin Durant shocked the NBA world a few hours before free agency began, requesting a trade from the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday afternoon according to The Athletic‘s Shams Charania. The ripple effects of the Durant trade demand have the power to reshape the league—including the Los Angeles Lakers’ future. Only two days have passed since … Read more

Los Angeles Lakers add Lonnie Walker IV, Damian Jones, Troy Brown Jr., Juan Toscano-Anderson during NBA free agency

LOS ANGELES — The Lakers opened up free agency Thursday with a flurry of moves aimed at getting younger, more athletic and defensive minded in a clear divergence from their roster building a year ago that added big-name veterans and led to one of the most disappointing seasons in franchise history. LA signed Lonnie Walker … Read more

As NBA free agency 2022 begins, here are the top 25 available players

The thing about 2022 free agency is that we’ve already had an awful lot of action considering we haven’t even hit the “free agency” part of the program yet. Player transactions are going back and forth despite that in the form of player trades and contract extensions, even though nobody can agree to a deal … Read more

What to know about NBA free agency 2022: Exceptions, key terms and more

It’s that time of year when the NBA world gets flipped on its head. On Thursday, NBA free agency officially opens up, and we’re going to have a flurry of moves. Some of these will be free-agency signings. Some will be trades. Some will be sign-and-trades. The list of free agents isn’t as eye-popping as … Read more

Inside the Kyrie Irving-Nets negotiations and the future in Brooklyn

With the eyes of the basketball world on the Nets and their potential superstar breakup, Kyrie Irving put an end to the speculation on Monday. The seven-time All-Star will opt into his $37 million player option for the 2022-23 season to fulfill his four-year contract signed in 2019, as well as his commitment to the … Read more

2022 NBA Draft: Analysis, fits for every pick from John Hollinger and Sam Vecenie

The 2022 NBA Draft is now complete. Check out NBA Draft analyst Sam Vecenie and front-office insider John Hollinger judging each pick as it happened. This features instant analysis, projections and live reactions to all 58 picks – plus any key trades that occurred. We began with a late curveball at the top of the … Read more

Kyrie Irving has sign-and-trade wish list if no deal with Brooklyn Nets

6:39 PM ET Tim BontempsESPN NEW YORK — Kyrie Irving has created a list of teams he’d like the Brooklyn Nets to consider working with on a sign-and-trade if he and the team can’t agree on terms for him to stay in Brooklyn, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. That list includes the Los Angeles Lakers, … Read more

John Hollinger’s 2022 NBA Mock Draft: Chet Holmgren goes No. 1 before the real intrigue starts at No. 4

The draft isn’t for 36 more hours, but the wheels are already turning and have been for several days. More than a week ahead of Thursday’s big event, two first-round picks changed hands. What is this, the NFL? The waters will only get murkier as we get into draft night, with several more picks expected … Read more

Shaquille O’Neal didn’t want son Shareef to enter NBA Draft

Shaquille O’Neal’s son, Shareef O’Neal, attended a pre-NBA Draft workout at the Lakers facility on Tuesday against his father’s wishes. Shaq — whose No. 34 Lakers jersey was retired by the team in 2013 — preferred his 22-year-old son stay in school, but Shareef insists he is ready for the NBA plunge. “We kind of … Read more