It it officially July 1st, and that means just one thing, the free agency period of the NBA season is underway. With so many stars electing for free agency, pandemonium would be the order of the day as teams bid for these players. Numerous deals were struck, but all players will have to wait to sign contracts until July 6.
It is said that the 2019 NBA free agency is shaping up to be one of the biggest in history. A whole host of marquee free agents have left their current teams in search of new pastures. Some of these players include, two-time Finals MVP Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, Kawhi Leonard, DeMarcus Cousins and many more.
So, here are some of the latest rumours and updates from the NBA free agency period.
According to Yahoo Sports, Cory Joseph has agreed to terms with the Sacramento Kings. Up until then, the 27-year old was playing for the Indiana Pacers in the 2018-19 season. It is reported that his contract is set at around $37 million for a period of three years.
The Athletic has reported that the New York Knicks may be acquiring the services of Reggie Bullock from the Los Angeles Lakers. It is believed that the 28-year old will be on a two-year deal worth $21 million.
Ever since they lost out on Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, the New York Knicks are gunning for Bobby Portis. Portis has reportedly agreed to a two-year, $31 million deal since he left the Washington Wizards.
Robin Lopez parted ways with the Chicago Bulls to join his brother Brook with the Milwaukee Bucks. ESPN revealed that Lopez is closing in on an agreement to join the Bucks, following their league’s best record last season.
The Golden State Warriors are keen to acquire the services of D’Angelo Russell from Brooklyn. With this deal in place.
Ed Davis was going to have a tough time finding minutes on the new-look Nets, so he’s decided to take his talents to Salt Lake City. A report from ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski stated that Davis has agreed to a two-year, $10 million deal with the Jazz.
DeAndre Jordan is the latest big name free agent to agree to a deal with the Nets on Sunday. The big man is good friends with Durant, which assuredly helped him earn this deal. According to ESPN, Jordan’s deal will be worth $40 million over four years.
In the wake of the Butler move, the Sixers will use the newly opened up cap space to sign Al Horford to a, according to a report from ESPN. Horford’s deal will have $97 million in guaranteed money and $12 million tied to bonuses.
The New York Knicks are set to miss out on the summer’s biggest free agents, but they have splashed some money around. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski revealed that the Knicks have agreed to a three-year, $63 million deal with Julius Randle.
The Bucks decided not to shell out over $20 million per year to retain Malcolm Brogdon, but they have agreed to a deal with another point guard.The Athletic stated that George Hill will sign a three-year, $29 million deal to stay with the Bucks.
The Trail Blazers traded for Rodney Hood last season, and he proved to be an important part of their run to the Western Conference finals. Thus, they were eager to keep him around, and the two sides have reportedly agreed to a two-year, $16 million deal.
The Philadelphia 76ers had two huge priorities in free agency with Tobias Harris as one of them. ESPN reported that Harristo return to the Sixers.
Veteran point guard Ricky Rubio has found a new home after the Utah Jazz traded for Mike Conley. According to The Athletic, Rubio has agreed to a three-year, $51 million contract with the Phoenix Suns.
The Milwaukee Bucks and Indiana Pacers have reportedly pulled off ato send Malcolm Brogdon to the Indiana Pacers, who will pay him $85 million over the next four years, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
As expected, 7-foot-2 star Kristaps Porzingisdeal with the Dallas Mavericks. The Mavs traded for the big man from the Knicks before last season’s deadline.
Former NBA MVP Derrick Rose has found a new NBA home, as he will sign a two-year deal with the Detroit Pistons, according to ESPN. The deal is worth $15 million.
He may no longer be in his prime, but Rudy Gay proved to be an instrumental piece to the Spurs as a role player last season. Now, he’s re-signing with San Antonio on a two-year, $32 million deal, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic. The 33-year-old Gay averaged 13.7 points and 6.8 rebounds per game on a career-high 50.4 percent from the field and 40.2 percent from beyond the arc last season.
Kyrie Irving to the Nets seems like a done deal, and according to the New York Times‘ Marc Stein, they hope other stars will be following. Stein reported that the Nets are confident that Kevin Durant will announce he’s heading to Brooklyn when he makes his decision Sunday night, and that they’ll also be able to add DeAndre Jordan in the coming days. A short time later, Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Durant would indeed sign with the Nets, and then Durant’s company, The Boardroom, confirmed it on Instagram once free agency began.
Unfortunately for Durant, his debut for the Nets will have to wait longer as he is out of the 2019-20 season with injury. The 30-year old ruptured his Achilles last season and will have to sit out.
The Celtics are expected to sign Kemba Walker, while Kyrie Irving seems to be on his way to the Nets. Meanwhile, the Hornets have shown interest in Terry Rozier. With those moves on the horizon, the Celtics are reportedly engaging those two teams on working out a three-way sign-and-trade deal that would help them save some cap space. So far, however, according to Adrian Wojnarowski, the talks are just “exploratory.”
Jimmy Butler has no shortage of suitors in free agency, but he apparently wants to be in Miami. According to the AP, Butler is expected to tell Heat officials that he wishes to play for them. The Heat don’t have the salary cap space to sign him outright, so they would need the Philadelphia 76ers to participate in a sign-and-trade in order for a deal to get done.
DeMarcus Cousins is looking for a new NBA home this summer, and the veteran big man is open to a return to the Sacramento Kings, according to a report from The Athletic. The interest in a reunion might be one-sided, though, as the Kings have not expressed any interest in bringing back Cousins.