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NBA free agency 2022 – Probably the most impactful decisions of the summer

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Which NBA free agents will make the largest impact with their decisions?

The league’s rules have made extensions so favorable for veterans during a period where salaries have risen faster than the cap, so 2023 won’t feature the star power or depth of past or future free agent classes. Last yr, Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant signed extensions that took them out of this summer’s free agency class together with Patrick Beverley, Malcolm Brogdon, Clint Capela, Dorian Finney-Smith, Aaron Gordon and Marcus Smart.

Still, a handful of stars will likely be available when the NBA’s free agency officially opens for business on Thursday at 6 p.m. ET (Players and teams can comply with contracts during this moratorium period, but cannot complete them until July 6.)

All-Stars Bradley Beal and Zach LaVine are the highest players sure to be available, while Kyrie Irving of the Brooklyn Nets could change up free agency by declining his $36.9 million player option before Wednesday’s deadline.

Beyond the celebs and restricted free agents (headlined by Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton) is a gaggle of useful role players whose decisions in the approaching days could help shape the race for the 2023 title.

Here’s a have a look at this summer’s most significant free agents:

The player option decisions

James Harden | G | Philadelphia 76ers

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