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Zion Williamson agreed to a five-year, $193-million maximum contract extension with the New Orleans Pelicans, his agent told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

The star forward can earn as much as $231 million over the course of the deal – which runs through the 2027-28 season – with additional contract incentives.

Williamson averaged 25.7 points on 60.4% shooting from the field, seven rebounds, and 3.2 assists in 85 career games. The former Duke product is the only player in NBA history to average 25 or more points on 60% shooting, according to Statmuse.

The 6-foot-6 forward missed the entirety of the 2021-2022 season with a foot injury after making the All-Star team the previous season. The Pelicans finished with a 36-46 record, good for eighth in the Western Conference. New Orleans made it out of the play-in tournament and pushed the Phoenix Suns to six games in its first-round defeat.

The Cleveland Cavaliers and All-Star guard Darius Garland agreed to terms on a five-year, $193-million maximum designated rookie contract extension, Klutch Sports CEO Rich Paul told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

The deal could be worth up to $231 million should Garland make one of the league’s three All-NBA teams in each season of the contract, according to ESPN’s Bobby Marks. The agreement represents the largest contract in Cavaliers franchise history.

Garland averaged 21.7 points, 8.6 assists, 3.3 rebounds, and 1.3 steals for the Cavs this past campaign to earn his first All-Star appearance. Cleveland drafted Garland fifth overall in 2019.

The Cavaliers doubled their win total from the prior season to collect 44 victories in 2021-22. Despite the improvement, Cleveland lost both play-in games, marking the club’s fourth straight campaign without playoff basketball.

The Cavs have been busy this offseason, drafting Kansas wing Ochai Agbaji 14th overall, reportedly retaining key free agent Ricky Rubio, and adding veterans Robin Lopez and Raul Neto.

The Chicago Bulls and Zach LaVine agreed to a five-year, $215.2-million maximum contract, Klutch Sports CEO Rich Paul told The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

The deal contains a player option in the fifth year.

LaVine made his second straight All-Star team this past season. He averaged 24.2 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 4.5 assists in 67 games for the Bulls, helping the team reach its first postseason since 2016-2017.

The 27-year-old has spent five seasons in Chicago since being dealt to the Bulls in the Jimmy Butler trade in 2017.

Chicago also reportedly added center Andre Drummond on a two-year, 6.6-million deal.

The Utah Jazz are trading three-time Defensive Player of the Year Rudy Gobert to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Malik BeasleyPatrick BeverleyWalker KesslerJarred VanderbiltLeandro Bolmaro, and four first-round picks, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Utah will receive the Timberwolves’ unprotected first-round picks in 2023, 2025, 2027, a swap in 2026, and a top-five protected first-rounder in 2029, The Athletic’s Jon Krawczynski reports.

The Jazz failed to make it beyond the second round of the last six postseasons.

Utah has no plans to trade Donovan Mitchell at the moment and is committed to building around him, according to The Athletic’s Tony Jones.

In nine seasons with the Jazz, Gobert averaged 12.4 points, 11.7 rebounds, and 2.2 blocks. He led the league in rebounding with 14.7 per game this past campaign.

Utah has undergone a coaching shake-up with former bench boss Quin Snyder stepping down in June. The club replaced him with ex-Boston Celtics assistant Will Hardy on Wednesday.

Jazz executive Danny Ainge is no stranger to blockbuster trades. In 2007, he acquired Hall of Famers Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen, which propelled Boston to its first title since 1986. Ainge then sent Garnett, Jason Terry, and franchise legend Paul Pierce to the Brooklyn Nets in 2013 for a package including three first-round picks, which helped the Celtics nab Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum.

Bradley Beal isn’t leaving the Washington Wizards.

The Wizards re-signed the All-Star guard to a five-year, $251-million contract as free agency opened Thursday, his agent told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Beal declined his $36.4-million player option for the 2022-23 campaign before inking the new mega-deal with Washington.

The Florida product has spent his entire career in the nation’s capital.

Beal has averaged 22.1 points, 4.2 assists, 4.1 boards, and 1.1 steal over 10 seasons with the Wizards. He finished second in the NBA scoring race in 2020 and 2021.

Washington has been reshaping its roster around Beal this offseason. The club reportedly acquired guard Monte Morris and wing Will Barton from the Denver Nuggets in exchange for sharpshooter Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and guard Ish Smith.

The Wizards also added veteran guard Delon Wright on a two-year, $16-million contract, his agent told Wojnarowski.

The Milwaukee Bucks are re-signing forward Bobby Portis to a four-year, $49-million contract, his agent told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Portis has played the last two seasons in Milwaukee, averaging 13.1 points and 8.1 rebounds per contest. The journeyman has provided the team with an offensive punch and deft shooting touch, making 42% of his 3-pointers with the Bucks.

The Arkansas product has started 120 games across seven seasons in the league after being drafted with the No. 22 pick in 2015.

The Portland Trail Blazers and guard Anfernee Simons have reached an agreement on a four-year, $100-million contract, Simons’ agent told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Simons had a breakout campaign last year, more than doubling his scoring from 7.8 to 17.3 points per game. The 23-year-old stepped into the Blazers’ starting lineup admirably following Damian Lillard‘s abdominal injury absence. He averaged 23.4 points, 5.8 assists, and 2.7 rebounds per contest while shooting 42.3% from distance as a starter.

He struck a career-high 43 points in a Jan. 3 win over the Atlanta Hawks, going 9-of-16 from the 3-point line to help Portland withstand a 56-point outburst from Trae Young. He set his previous personal best as a rookie in 2019 when he dropped 37 on the Sacramento Kings in the final game of the regular season.

The former 24th overall pick was a restricted free agent this offseason coming off his fourth NBA campaign. Though his year was cut short due to a knee issue in late March, he’s expected to suit up alongside Lillard in Portland’s starting backcourt to begin the 2022-23 season.

The Phoenix Suns and guard Devin Booker agreed on a four-year, $224-million super-max contract extension, his agents told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Booker’s new deal kicks in 2024-25 and brings his total contract value to six years and $295 million.

The three-time All-Star averaged a career-high 26.8 points, 5.0 rebounds, 4.8 assists, and 1.1 steals in 68 games with the Suns this past season. The 25-year-old’s performance was recognized with All-NBA first-team honors.

The Dallas Mavericks eliminated the Suns in the second round of the playoffs, a year removed from Phoenix’s first NBA Finals appearance since 1993.

Booker previously signed a five-year, $158-million extension with the Suns in 2018.

The Kentucky product has spent all seven seasons of his career in Phoenix since the franchise picked him 13th overall in the 2015 NBA Draft.

The Denver Nuggets and reigning MVP Nikola Jokic agreed to an NBA-record five-year, $270-million super-max extension, his agents told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Jokic’s new contract includes a player option and trade kicker.

Jokic averaged career highs in points (27.1) and rebounds (13.8) this past season while leading the team in assists with 7.9 per game. The 27-year-old won his second consecutive MVP award after helping a depleted Denver squad without Jamal Murray and Michael Porter Jr. to a 48-34 record.

The Serbian big man was selected 41st overall in the 2014 NBA Draft. After missing the playoffs for four straight seasons, the Nuggets have now made the postseason four years in a row, including a trip to the 2020 Western Conference finals.

The Nuggets have been active in the offseason, reportedly trading Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Ish Smith for Monte Morris and Will Barton.

The Dallas Mavericks have agreed to a three-year, $20.1-million pact with free-agent center JaVale McGee, sources told The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

McGee’s new contract will reportedly contain a player option in the final season.

The Olympic gold medalist and three-time NBA champion spent 2021-22 with the Phoenix Suns, averaging 9.2 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 1.1 blocks per game, mostly in a reserve role. In 12 playoff games, McGee registered just 6.8 points and four rebounds per contest but led all postseason performers with a 70% field-goal percentage.

The 34-year-old will be playing in his 15th NBA campaign in 2022-23.