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Latest NBA Free Agency News and Rumors: Pacers Trade Chris Duarte to Kings

All your news and notes the day before NBA Free Agency opens.

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NBA Free Agency, 2023 opens at 6:00 PM Eastern tomorrow. News and rumors will start flying like hotcakes today. In this post you’ll find the most interesting ones accumulated. Check back during the day for updates and feel free to discuss the proceedings in the comment section below!

Kyrie Goes Where?!?

According to Chris Haynes of Bleacher Report, Kyrie Irving intends to meet with the Phoenix Suns. You know, because Devin Booker, Kevin Durant, and Bradley Beal aren’t enough.

The Suns are still being ultra-aggressive in trying to assemble top talent to play alongside their three stars... New Suns governor Mat Ishbia and general manager James Jones are working tirelessly to construct a legitimate championship team.

No word yet how “Kyrie Irving” and “Legitimate Championship Team” are going to fit into the same sentence, or how the Suns will feel bumping up against the hard cap like they’re standing on top of the elevator instead of riding in it.

Rockets Making Bids

In the same article, Haynes indicates that the Houston Rockets are expected to make a strong play for Kyle Kuzma and also plan to battle with the Toronto Raptors for guard Fred VanVleet.

There’s growing momentum that the Rockets will have the edge in signing unrestricted free agent Kyle Kuzma, league sources tell B/R

The Sacramento Kings have also shown interest in Kuzma. They’re one of the few teams with the type of cap space to offer the veteran forward the salary he’s seeking.

The Rockets are ready to turn the corner on their rebuild by adding proven players who are capable of leading them back to the playoffs next season.

Harden Opts In

Shams Charania of the Athletic reports that Philadelphia 76ers guard James Harden accepted his player option. He added that Harden and the 76ers are working together to find a trade for Harden out of Philadelphia.

Hart Stays in New York

Charania also reported that New York Knicks wing Josh Hart accepted his player option for the 2023-24 season.

Knox’s Option Isn’t Picked Up

Danny Marang reported that the Portland Trail Blazers did not pick up the team option for Kevin Knox II meaning he will become an unrestricted free agent this off-season.

Barnes Stays Noble

Harrison Barnes has agreed on a contract extension with the Sacramento Kings worth $54 million over three years, says Adrian Wojnarowski.

Pacers and Kings Open the Trading

The Indiana Pacers and Sacramento Kings are nearing an agreement that would send Chris Duarte to the Kings in exchange for draft compensation according to Shams Charania of the Athletic.

Joe Harris to the Pistons

Monty Williams and the Detroit Pistons are acquiring Joe Harris and second-round picks from the Brooklyn Nets.

Maxey Not Receiving Extension

Tyrese Maxey, the fourth year guard for the Philadelphia 76ers, will not get a rookie extension this off-season according to ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne. The 2023-24 season will be the last year on his rookie contract.

Suns pull qualifying offer for Australian center Jock Landale

The Phoenix Suns are making their back up big man a free agent, per Yahoo Sports’ Jake Fischer.

Stay tuned for more updates throughout the day.