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The Sacramento Kings officially signed up free agents: 6’9’’ forward, Omri Casspi and 6’8’’ forward, Mbah a Moute were confirmed by their Vice-President Vlade Divac. However, the negotiations weren’t made public due to certain regulations and policies. Casspi in his five seasons and 394 games had a career with three teams, Sacramento Kings (where he was originally drafted as the 23rd overall pick, 2009-11, 2014-15), Cavaliers (2011-12 and 2012-13), and Houston Rockets (2013-14). He has averaged his basketball career at 7.9 points, 3.9 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game. He is also a good free throw shooter with 73.3% from the free throw line. Mbah a Moute spawned his 466 games career with Milwaukee (2008-09, 2012-13), Kings (2013-14) Minnesota Timberwolves (2013-14), and 76ers (2014-15). Originally drafted by Milwaukee in 2008 as the 37th pick, his career held high was 9.9 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game for the 76ers in the previous season.
6’7’’ forward Draymond Green re-signed with the Warriors to a five-year, $82 million contract. The young star from Warriors (2015 NBA champions) happily announced on his Twitter page that “I’m going back to the bay!!”. The last season was quite important and his stars proved lucky enough for him and he came forward and performed when David Lee of warriors went down with a knee injury. Green didn’t disappoint, instead he rose to the occasion and not only brought home the title but had major personal achievements of his own. Green recorded his first career triple-double with 16 points, 11 rebounds and 13 assists in a 126-105 win over the Toronto Raptors. He went on to finish runner-up in both the Defensive Player of the Year Award and the Most Improved Player Award. He capped off a great season with an NBA championship and a triple-double in Game 6 of the NBA Finals, playing a center position role in place of Andrew Bogut. He became just the fifth player in NBA history to record a triple-double in an NBA Finals clinching game, joining Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Tim Duncan, and LeBron James. In the last season, he averaged 11.7 points, 8.2 rebounds, and 3.7 assists. Though he is considered undersized for a power forward at 6 feet 7 inches (2.01 m), Green is an excellent defender; he can guard his own position, good wings, quality point guards, and centres.
Pierce signed what was reported to be a 3 year, $10 million contract with the Los Angeles Clippers. The 37-year-old, 6’7’’ star man, once a starter of Boston Celtics and 2008 NBA finals. MVP decided to re-join his former coach Doc Rivers at the Clippers. He has appeared 10 times for All-Star games and twice in NBA finals. Pierce also is one of only three players, together with Larry Bird and John Havlicek, who have recorded over 20,000 points in their career with the Celtics alone. He holds the Celtics’ record for most three-point field goals made and also ranks third in team history in the games played, second in points scored, seventh in total rebounds, fifth in total assists, and first in total steals. He spent his last and only season with the Wizards, which turned out to be an average one. Overall, career average rests at 20.6 points per game and 5.8 rebounds.
Legal Sources say that Paul Millsap has decided to stay back with his former team Atlanta Hawks when he signed up a 3year, $59 million deal with the Hawks. The 6’8” power forward has played for Utah and Atlanta in his 8 seasons, starting with the Jazz and has averaged himself at 13.5 points and 7.3 rebounds in all the 687 games. Earlier he was supposedly offered a maximum contract by the Orlando Magic.
Kevin Love has decided to stay with the Cavaliers (Runners up 2015 NBA finals). The contract details have been mentioned at 5 year- $110 million deal. Also, Tristian Thompson was recaptured by the Cavaliers, reportedly offering a sum of excess $80 million. The stars were seen as backbones of the cavaliers who led the previous season along with James led to the NBA finals. 6’10’’, Love plays at power forward/center position and last season averaged 16.4 points, 9.7 rebounds, and 2.2 assists while Thompson has averaged 8.5 points, 8 rebounds and 54.7 % overall shooting (in the 2014-15 season).
25-year-old, Jimmy Butler, has finalized a 5 year-$90 million deal with the Chicago Bulls. Last season proved to be an impressive one from the 6’7’’ small forward with Chicago with 20 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 3.3 assists. He was drafted with the 30th overall pick in the 2011 NBA draft by the Bulls. In 2014–15, he was named an NBA All-Star and the NBA Most Improved Player.
Tyson Chandler has agreed to a four-year deal with the Phoenix Suns worth $52 million. Another extension deal involving Brandon Knight and the suns has also taken place. Brandon Knight has put up his signature to a five-year- $ 70 million deal with his former team. His last season saw an average of 17 points, 3.9 rebounds and 5.2 assists with 43.5 % overall shooting.
6’9’’ power forward, Amir Johnson of Toronto has agreed to move to the Boston Celtics, who have offered to pay him $24 million and for the next two years he shall be playing at Boston. His last season with Raptors was at 9.3 points, 6.2 rebounds and 57.4 % overall shooting. On the other hand, the Raptors are keen to sign DeMarre Carroll in a 4-year deal worth $60 million to compensate the Johnson loss. Last season of Hawks saw an average of 12.6 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 1.7 assists and 39.5% three-point shooting.
Portland Trail Blazers’ President, Neil Olshey, was euphoric to announce that they had successfully completed the signing of guard Damian Lillard up to the 2020-21 season. The player, who recently celebrated his 25th birthday in a lavish party, announced “I am grateful to Trail Blazers for believing me with this contract extension. The city of Portland has always welcomed me since the day I arrived. My family and I have made Portland home.” He was drafted in 2012 and held the record for most three-pointers(599) in the first three seasons itself while the first NBA player to have 4000 points, 1200 assists in his first 200 games since 2003-04 record. He set a career high average in the previous season with 21 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 6.1 assists in last season. Lillard is one of the four players in league history to be NBA rookie of the year after previously winning in 2013.