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THE WORLD STILL WAITS ON KAWHI
NBA FREE AGENCY TRACKER: List of signings, best available players
We’ve already seen Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant sign with the Nets. Kemba Walker is off to Boston. Jimmy Butler is taking his talents to the Heat. What happens next with Kawhi Leonard?
NBA free agency rumors 2019: Live updates, news on signings
10:20 p.m. ET – KAWHI WATCH 2019: No decision as of Wednesday night.
8:40 p.m. ET – The 76ers lost a small point guard in TJ McConnell, but they find his replacement with Raul Neto.
8:35 p.m. ET – Minnesota absorbs Jake Layman into part of a trade exception it created with a draft-night deal. The previous trade between the Timberwolves and Suns will be done first before the Wolves acquire Layman.
6 p.m. ET – A bold proclamation from ESPN’s Jalen Rose. He says Kawhi Leonard is staying in Toronto.
4:30 p.m. ET – Not a bad trade for Memphis. De’Anthony Melton (21 years old) and Josh Jackson (22) fit the Grizzlies’ timeline.
3:45 p.m. ET – TJ McConnell, TJ Leaf and TJ Warren. The Pacers are embracing Team TJ.
Source: Deal is two-years, $7M. https://twitter.com/wojespn/status/1146502718045007875 …
Free agent TJ McConnell has agreed to deal with Pacers, league source tells ESPN.
2:40 p.m. ET – Only one Morris twin left in free agency…
2:20 p.m. ET – Live coverage of Kawhi Leonard reportedly hopping off a plane? We’ve reached peak offseason.
12:50 p.m. ET – NO! BOBAN MARJANOVIC AND TOBIAS HARRIS AREN’T ON THE SAME TEAM. NO!
Boban Marjanovic is signing a two-year, $7M deal with the Dallas Mavericks, league sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium. https://twitter.com/ShamsCharania/status/1146456480645885952 …
Sources: Free agent Boban Marjanovic has agreed to a deal with the Dallas Mavericks.
11:10 a.m. ET – As ESPN’s Zach Lowe said, this may be the most depressing trade of the summer.
10:35 a.m. ET – Darius Miller should help provide spacing for the Pelicans. He’s a career 38.2 percent 3-point shooter.
9:20 a.m. ET – For teams in need of depth at point guard, Quinn Cook is officially on the market.
Wednesday, July 3
10:30 p.m. ET – Don’t worry, Clippers fans. The Rodney McGruder signing won’t prevent Los Angeles from having enough cap space to offer Kawhi Leonard a max contract.
Source: McGruder agrees to a three-year, $15 million deal. https://twitter.com/chrisbhaynes/status/1146243644929667072 …
Free agent guard Rodney McGruder has reached an agreement with the Los Angeles Clippers, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.
9:15 p.m. ET – After starting his career in New York with the Knicks, Wilson Chandler returns to NYC as a member of the Nets.
9 p.m. ET – Only 23 years old, Emmanuel Mudiay should be able to develop in a backup role under Jazz coach Quin Snyder.
8:30 p.m. ET – Luke Kornet’s legendary run with the Knicks ends after two seasons in New York.
7:50 p.m. ET – The Lakers add Jared Dudley on a minimum salary. Great value. (This won’t impact LA’s pursuit of Kawhi Leonard.)
7 p.m. ET – Jeff Green is going to sign one-year deals until the end of time.
6:55 p.m. ET – Minnesota boosts its frontcourt depth with Noah Vonleh, who averaged 8.4 points and 7.8 rebounds in 68 games for the Knicks last season.
5:45 p.m. ET – A few quick hitters…
- Willie Cauley-Stein to the Warriors
- Brad Wanamaker re-signs with the Celtics
- James Ennis re-signs with the 76ers (two years, $4.1 million)
- Ryan Arcidiacono re-signs with the Bulls (three years, $9 million)
- Glenn Robinson to the Warriors
4:50 p.m. ET – Marc Stein of The New York Times offers a summary of where the Clippers, Lakers and Raptors stand in the Kawhi Leonard sweepstakes.
2. Officials from both the Lakers and Clippers appear to determined to say as little as possible — less than ever for a free agent of this prominence as @ryenarussillo likes to say — to avoid upsetting Kawhi’s camp when they have insisted on total silence
3:25 p.m. ET – In Kawhi Leonard news, there is no final decision as of Tuesday afternoon, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania.
2:20 p.m. ET – Daniel Theis could be the Celtics’ starting center next season. He will fight for minutes with Enes Kanter and Robert Williams.
1:30 p.m. ET – A bonus of re-signing Dorian Finney-Smith for Dallas: no impact on the salary cap. The Mavericks will use Finney-Smith’s Bird rights.
1:15 p.m. ET – The Sixers paid Joel Embiid, Tobias Harris and Al Horford. Ben Simmons will join the crew with a max extension.
Under new salary cap projections, Ben Simmons’ maximum contract total has crept slightly higher: $170M. https://twitter.com/wojespn/status/1146101162833252352 …
Philadelphia has offered a five-year, $168M maximum contract extension to Ben Simmons and the Sixers and agent Rich Paul are expected to work through the details toward an eventual agreement, league sources tell ESPN.
12:15 p.m. ET – It could be a rough few days for DeMarcus Cousins. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski says there’s “not a market” for the four-time All-Star.
11:35 a.m. ET – So long, Tony Parker. Enjoy retirement.
10:55 a.m. ET – Marcus and Markieff Morris are being patient. Could we see Marcus end up on the Lakers?
10:10 a.m. ET – The Clippers with a little show of appreciation for three-time Sixth Man of the Year award winner Lou Williams. Well, not that little. It’s $8 million.
9:30 a.m. ET – Danny Green is waiting on Kawhi Leonard’s decision, but the Mavericks are targeting the veteran 3-and-D wing.
The Mavs believe Danny Green can provide valuable floor spacing for Doncic/Porzingis pick and roll actions, influence winning habits in a young locker room and add a valuable defensive presence on the wing … Green and his camp see his worth there and have been offered as such
12:45 a.m. ET – Anthony Tolliver makes a triumphant return to Portland! OK, he only played two games for the Trail Blazers back in 2009. Still, a solid fit here.
Tuesday, July 2
10:40 p.m. ET – This is a good opportunity for Isaiah Thomas. John Wall is out with an Achilles injury, and Tomas Satoransky is heading to Chicago. There are minutes available at point guard.
9:50 p.m. ET – Jarrett Jack speaks for all of us.
9:15 p.m. ET – Sixers general manager Elton Brand is trying to set the record for tallest team in NBA history.
8:05 p.m. ET – That is an absolute steal for the Warriors.
7:10 p.m. ET – Will Pau Gasol find a landing spot for his 19th NBA season?
Free agent C @paugasol wants to return next season and says he’s recovering well from left foot procedure. He tells ESPN: “My recovery from surgery has been smooth and I expect to be fully cleared for basketball activities in early August. I cannot wait to start training again.”
6:30 p.m. ET – Jordan Bell reportedly had a few options in free agency, but he chose the Timberwolves because of the opportunity for a bigger role.
Jordan Bell agreed to a one-year, $1.6 million deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves, a league source told @TheAthleticNBA. https://twitter.com/chrisbhaynes/status/1145816889211277312 …
Free agent Jordan Bell has agreed to a guaranteed deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves, agents Aaron Mintz and Michael Tellem of CAA told Yahoo Sports.
6 p.m. ET – What does Matt Thomas give the Raptors? Shooting, shooting, shooting. (You can read more about his background here.)
5:30 p.m. ET – Tim Frazier joins the sixth NBA team of his career. One more and he receives a free ice cream cone.
One year deal at approximately $2 million. https://twitter.com/chrisbhaynes/status/1145804447450189825 …
Free agent guard Tim Frazier has agreed to a deal with the Detroit Pistons, his agent Mark Bartelstein of @PrioritySports tells Yahoo Sports.
5:10 p.m. ET – The latest on the Jimmy Butler, which is very complicated:
4:40 p.m. ET – Back-to-back deals for big men. Frank Kaminsky is heading to Phoenix, and Nerlens Noel is staying in Oklahoma City.
Nerlens Noel is agreed on a deal with OKC — again, league source tells ESPN. https://twitter.com/wojespn/status/1145519015818911744 …
Free agent Nerlens Noel has asked OKC for time to re-evaluate their earlier commitment on a new deal, and sides are continuing discussions, league sources tell ESPN.
4:30 p.m. ET – A little backcourt help for the Bucks following Malcolm Brogdon’s departure.
4 p.m. ET – Shoutout to Xavier!
3:30 p.m. ET – A nice rim-rolling backup for the Kings. Nothing wrong with this signing.
2:55 p.m. ET – JJ Barea will still be playing for the Mavericks in the year 3019.
2:20 p.m. ET – Enes Kanter brings rebounding and inside scoring to Boston. Defense? Not much of that.
2:05 p.m. ET – Maxi Kleber’s contract could be an under-the-radar steal for the Mavericks.
Mavs will use Maxi Kleber’s Early Bird rights, so this doesn’t impact their $22.4M cap room. If anything, it could actually increase their room slightly, to $22.6M, since they no longer need to keep his qualifying offer.https://twitter.com/TheSteinLine/status/1145754366684663808 …
Maxi Kleber and the Mavericks have agreed on a four-year, $35 million deal, league sources say
1:45 p.m. ET – Uh, what’s the Knicks’ plan?
Year 2 of Elfrid Payton’s deal with the Knicks is a team option, a league source told @TheAthleticNBA. https://twitter.com/shamscharania/status/1145749263160401923 …
Free agent guard Elfrid Payton has agreed to a two-year, $16M deal with the New York Knicks, agents Ty Sullivan and Aaron Mintz of CAA Sports tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium.
1:15 p.m. ET – The Lakers did a thing! (No, it’s not Kawhi Leonard.)
Free agent Troy Daniels has agreed to a one-year, $2.1M with the Lakers, agent Mark Bartelstein of Priority Sports tells @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium. Daniels gives the Lakers an elite shooter to pair with LeBron James and Anthony Davis and does not affect the team’s cap space.
1 p.m. ET – It’s only right that basketball player named Austin signs with Houston.
12:35 p.m. ET – Whoa. This is a weird one.
12:25 p.m. ET – One of the top available sharpshooters is off the market.
11:55 a.m. ET – So, we’ve got Warriors drama…
A source close to Kevin Durant said: “All (the drama) showed a lack of respect for one of the greatest players to put that uniform on and the fact that he took all that abuse and still put his career on the line to help them win.” http://bit.ly/300O0BW #Warriors #NBAFreeAgency
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11:30 a.m. ET – It appears the Magic are comfortable running it back.
11 a.m. ET – D’Angelo Russell shouldn’t get too comfortable in the Bay Area.
10:40 a.m. ET – The Knicks definitely needed shooting after going big on the first day of free agency. Insert Wayne Ellington.
10:05 a.m. ET – ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski explains why the Knicks never really had a chance with Kevin Durant.
9:15 a.m. ET – The terms on Tomas Satoransky’s deal with the Bulls: three years, $30 million.
Sources: Washington gets some pick value in sign-and-trade: Chicago eliminates protections on 2023 second-round pick to Washington; Wizards get better of Memphis and Chicago’s 2020 second-round pick; Wiz get right to swap Lakers 2022 second w/ better of Chi/Det. 2022 seconds.
8:30 a.m. ET – A few new reported agreements and rumors on Day 2…
- Cory Joseph to the Kings (three years, $37 million)
- Ish Smith to the Wizards (two years, $12 million)
- Tomas Satoransky to the Bulls in a sign-and-trade (three years, money not specified)
- Wizards are talking with Isaiah Thomas
- Kings rescinded Willie Cauley-Stein’s qualifying offer, making him an unrestricted free agent
1:55 a.m. ET – Reggie Bullock isn’t a power forward, but the Knicks signed him anyway! Neat!
1:25 a.m. ET – It’s not Kawhi Leonard, but the Clippers finally signed a player.
1:15 a.m. ET – A quick breakdown of teams with cap space as we head into Monday morning…
12:25 a.m. ET – The Nuggets took care of Nikola Jokic with a five-year max, and they do the same with Jamal Murray.
12:15 a.m. ET – The Knicks did, uh, something…
Monday, July 1
11:50 p.m. ET – Lopez Brothers, reunited at last.
11:45 p.m. ET – Andre Iguodala’s run with the Warriors is over. The Grizzlies will receive a lightly protected future first-round pick in a trade with Golden State.
11:30 p.m. ET – WOW. D’ANGELO RUSSELL TO THE WARRIORS.
11:15 p.m. ET – Oh, we’re getting weird.
11 p.m. ET – JaVale McGee isn’t signed just yet, but he could be working toward a deal with the Pistons.
10:50 p.m. ET – Mario Hezonja breakout year!
10:35 p.m. ET – A frontcourt boost for the Pelicans arrives late Sunday.
Update: this may turn into a Utah-New Orleans trade, sources say. https://twitter.com/ZachLowe_NBA/status/1145520393899388928 …
New Orleans is closing in on an agreement with Derrick Favors, sources tell ESPN
10:35 p.m. ET – Shortly after news broke that Nerlens Noel is reconsidering his deal with the Thunder, Oklahoma City shifts its focus to Mike Muscala.
10:30 p.m. ET – TWIN TOWERS. DO IT, BUCKS.
10:25 p.m. ET – Update on the Jimmy Butler sign-and-trade: Apparently Goran Dragic is staying in Miami, and Kelly Olynyk and Derrick Jones are heading to Dallas.
The Mavericks are huge fans of Goran Dragic but could not take him back in the Miami sign-and-trade with Philadelphia that sends Jimmy Butler to the Heat because Dallas feared losing its flexibility to make additional moves this summer, league sources say
10:20 p.m. ET – For any Warriors fans wondering about Klay Thompson’s status, don’t worry. That max contract isn’t disappearing.
10:10 p.m. ET – Utah is having an outstanding offseason. How is Ed Davis consistently underpaid?
9:55 p.m. ET – And here comes DeAndre Jordan to the Nets. Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving are helping out their new center.
9:35 p.m. ET – The Heat needed to clear space in order to make the Jimmy Butler sign-and-trade work, so Goran Dragic is off to Dallas.
9:20 p.m. ET – No decision from the best free agent on the market. Check back again later.
9:10 p.m. ET – AND NOW AL HORFORD TO THE 76ERS. THIS IS CHAOS.
The Horford contract has $97M guaranteed and $12M in bonuses tied to championships, league sources tell ESPN. https://twitter.com/wojespn/status/1145499428398215168 …
Five-time All-Star F/C Al Horford has agreed to a four-year, $109M deal with the Philadelphia 76ers, agent Jason Glushon tells ESPN.
9:05 p.m. ET – JIMMY BUTLER TO THE HEAT ALERT.
8:55 p.m. ET – Taj Gibson, a Brooklyn native, will be a veteran presence in the Knicks’ locker room.
8:40 p.m. ET – Harrison Barnes celebrates his new contract by sharing a photo of himself missing a jumper. Can someone find a shot of this guy dunking or something?
8:20 p.m. ET – With Kyrie Irving filling the point guard slot in Brooklyn, D’Angelo Russell is searching for a new home. The Timberwolves would love to sign him, but it won’t be easy.
8:05 p.m. ET – Is Derrick Favors on his way out of Utah? Rudy Gobert seems to think so.
8 p.m. ET – The Bucks lost Malcolm Brogdon in free agency, but they’ve got George Hill returning to the backcourt.
7:40 p.m. ET – If you can’t sign Kevin Durant, then go for… Julius Randle. (He could be decent!)
7:30 p.m. ET – Ah, that’s pretty interesting.
7:25 p.m. ET – The Spurs emerge from the bushes to snag a wild DeMarre Carroll.
Carroll is signing a two-year, $13M deal with the Spurs, league sources said. https://twitter.com/ShamsCharania/status/1145473373612511232 …
Sources: Free agent DeMarre Carroll has agreed to a deal with the San Antonio Spurs.
7:20 p.m. ET – CLASSIC KNICKS!
The Knicks and owner Jim Dolan were not prepared to offer Kevin Durant a full max contract due to concerns over his recovery from the Achilles injury, league sources tell me and @wojespn. Knicks officials are in Los Angeles tonight, meeting with free agents such as Julius Randle.
7:15 p.m. ET – Philadelphia follows the Tobias Harris contract with a new deal for Mike Scott.
7:10 p.m. ET – Tobias Harris re-signs with the 76ers for only $10 million less than a full max contract. Cut the check.
6:45 p.m. ET – The Trail Blazers keep Rodney Hood for at least one more year. A good value signing.
6:40 p.m. ET – The sources are talking. More reported deals…
- Jeremy Lamb to the Pacers (three years, $31.5 million)
- Bojan Bogdanovic to the Jazz (four years, $73 million)
- Malcolm Brogdon to the Pacers in a sign-and-trade (four years, $85 million; Bucks receive future draft picks)
- Thomas Bryant re-signs with the Wizards (three years, $25 million)
- Danuel House re-signs with the Rockets (three years, $11.1 million)
6:30 p.m. ET – Surprise! Ricky Rubio is actually going to Phoenix.
6:25 p.m. ET – Ricky Rubio and the Pacers have been linked for quite some time. This could be a done deal soon.
The Indiana Pacers and Ricky Rubio are in advanced talks on a deal, League Sources tell @ScottAgness and myself. Deal isn’t done yet, but expected to be finalized soon, according to League Sources
– Tony Jones (@Tjonesonthenba) June 30, 2019
6:20 p.m. ET – The Magic are desperately trying to sign every single lanky forward with inconsistent shooting numbers.
6:15 p.m. ET – Another rundown of the latest reported deals…
- Harrison Barnes re-signs with the Kings (four years, $88 million)
- Dwight Powell re-signs with the Mavericks (three years, $33 million extension)
- Derrick Rose to the Pistons (two years, $15 million)
- Jonas Valanciunas re-signs with the Grizzlies (three years, $45 million)
- Gerald Green re-signs with the Rockets (one year, money not specified)
- Terrence Ross re-signs with the Magic (four years, $54 million)
- Trevor Ariza to the Kings (two years, $25 million)
6:05 p.m. ET – OK, this is a lot. A rundown of the reported agreements so far…
- JJ Redick to the Pelicans (two years, $26.5 million)
- Dewayne Dedmon to the Kings (three years, $41 million)
- Kemba Walker to the Celtics (four years, $141 million)
- Thaddeus Young to the Bulls (three years, $41 million)
- Kristaps Porzingis re-signs with the Mavericks (five years, $158 million)
- Nikola Vucevic re-signs with the Magic (four years, $100 million)
- Khris Middleton re-signs with the Bucks (five years, $178 million)
6 p.m. ET – FREE AGENCY IS OFFICIALLY HERE. (Just pretend nothing happened before this.)
5:55 p.m. ET – Now that the Knicks have missed out on Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, it’s time to pursue other players to fill out the roster.
5:45 p.m. ET – Is Kawhi Leonard to the Lakers picking up steam?
5:25 p.m. ET – Khris Middleton is getting paaaiiidddd.
5:20 p.m. ET – After two productive seasons in San Antonio, Rudy Gay is re-signing with the Spurs.
5:15 p.m. ET – The Hornets are swapping guards with the Celtics. Kemba Walker
5:10 p.m. ET – Aside from the Nets starting their party at Barclays Center, the Kings are staying busy.
4:55 p.m. ET – BOOM. KEVIN DURANT TO THE NETS.
4:40 p.m. ET – It’s not a superstar signing, but the Nets are set to add veteran shooting guard Garrett Temple on a team-friendly deal.
4:35 p.m. ET – “Splash Mountain” stays in Milwaukee. Bringing back Brook Lopez is a big move for the Bucks, a team looking to return to the Eastern Conference finals next season.
4:25 p.m. ET – Kevin Durant will reportedly announce his decision Sunday night. The Warriors are prepared to offer a five-year, $221 million supermax contract, but the Nets might be the favorite at the moment.
4:10 p.m. ET – To no one’s surprise, the Trail Blazers have locked up Damian Lillard. That’s a looooot of money.
Damian Lillard’s Portland extension: Total of six years and $258M, an annual salary of $43M. https://twitter.com/ShamsCharania/status/1145397820410793984 …
Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard is working toward agreement on a four-year, $196 million super maximum contract extension, league sources told @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium.
4 p.m. ET – Kyrie Irving is on his way to Brooklyn, but he might not be the only one in a Nets jersey by the end of the evening. Could Kevin Durant join Irving?
The Nets will have a formal commitment from Kyrie Irving at their practice facility in two hours, league sources say, and — as @NYTSports reported Monday — have been aggressively pursuing a Kyrie/Kevin Durant/DeAndre Jordan trio in hopes of luring Durant away from Golden State
Sunday, June 30