NBA free agency has already kicked off, even though players can’t officially sign contracts yet. Verbal agreements have been made by some players, while the NBA world is still waiting on some dominoes to fall. Here is a recap of everything we know so far.
LeBron James shocks the world, is a Laker
Some may have seen it coming, but it was still shocking that James headed out west and is now a Laker. James hasn’t said much publicly about the move yet, but his relationship with Magic Johnson and the city of Los Angeles sold him on the move.
— Klutch Sports Group (@KlutchSports) July 2, 2018
Paul George stays with Thunder
Russell Westbrook flew home from Hawai’i to host a party, which initially got the big time rumors swirling. George announced at the party that he would be returning. The deal is a max contract for George, but is extremely friendly to the Thunder, who signed him for three years with a player option for a fourth. This means he won’t be on the free agent market next year when he could make a lot more money. The official deal is four years for $137 million (via ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski).
You heard it here first. pic.twitter.com/jN6gBn6j1Z
— Gabe Ikard (@GabeIkard) July 1, 2018
Chris Paul is returning to Houston
The Rockets almost made the NBA Finals and very well could have had Paul stayed healthy throughout the whole series. He returns to try and make his first NBA Finals appearance of his career. He signed a four-year deal worth $160 million.
UNFINISHED BUSINESS…RUN IT BACK 🤘🏾🚀 pic.twitter.com/KwWcsp6lx6
— Chris Paul (@CP3) July 1, 2018
Kevin Durant stays a Warrior
To no one’s surprise, Durant has signed another “1+1” deal which means that he will likely be in the same situation next year.
Kevin Durant has committed to a two-year, $61.5M deal to return to the Golden State Warriors, league sources tell Yahoo.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 1, 2018
DeAndre Jordan heading to the Mavs…finally
A few years ago, Jordan almost signed with the Mavericks only to reconsider and go back to the Clippers. With the Clippers clearly in rebuild mode, Jordan goes to Dallas in his native Texas. He will be part of a rebuild there as well.
DeAndre Jordan and the Dallas Mavericks have verbally agreed on a one-year deal approaching the $24.1 million option with the Clippers for next season that Jordan relinquished Friday, according to league sources
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) July 1, 2018
Nikola Jokic to stay with Nuggets
Jokic has blossomed into a star and the Nuggets are trying to lock him down long-term. With a young and growing team, the Nuggets seem to be on the right path to make the playoffs this season and compete in the future.
Gifted young center Nikola Jokic is poised to accept a five-year, $148M maximum contract to stay with the Denver Nuggets shortly after midnight, league sources tell ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 1, 2018
Suns net Trevor Ariza
Ariza leaves a void at the forward spot for the Rockets and joins a team with a lot of young forwards in the Suns.
Houston free agent Trevor Ariza has agreed to a one-year, $15M deal with the Phoenix Suns, league sources tell Yahoo.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 1, 2018
Other reported free-agent deals
- Will Barton and the Denver Nuggets agree on a five-year, $45 million deal (via Chris Mannix)
- Doug McDermott has agreed to a three-year deal worth $22 million with the Indiana Pacers (via Adrian Wojnarowski)
- Joe Harris has agreed to a two-year, $16 million deal with the Brooklyn Nets (via Adrian Wojnarowski)
- Ersan Ilyasova has agreed to a three-year, $21 million deal with Milwaukee (via Adrian Wojnarowski)
- Forward Ed Davis has agreed to a one-year, $4.4 million deal with the Nets (via Adrian Wojnarowski)
- Derrick Rose will return to Minnesota on a one-year deal (via Adrian Wojnarowski)
- Omri Casspi has agreed to a one year deal with the Grizzlies (via Adrian Wojnarowski)
- Marco Belinelli has agreed to a two-year, $12 million deal with the Spurs (via Adrian Wojnarowski)
- Jerami Grant will return to the Thunder on a three-year, $27 million deal (via Adrian Wojnarowski)
- Timberwolves plan to give Jimmy Butler a four-year max deal (via Marc Stein)
- Gerald Green agrees to stay in Houston for one-year, $2.4 million deal (via Jonathan Feigen)
- Aaron Baynes stays with Boston for two-year, $11 million deal (via Shams Charania)
- Rudy Gay will return to the Spurs on a one-year, $10 million deal (via Shams Charania)
- RFA Fred Van Vleet agrees to a two-year deal worth $18 million (via Shams Charania)
- New York Knicks agree to deal with Mario Hezonja (via Adrian Wojnarowski)
- Elfrid Payton and Pelicans agree to one-year deal (via Adrian Wojnarowski)
- Kentavious Caldwell-Pope has agreed to one-year, $12 million deal (via Chris Haynes)
- Lakers agree to deal with Lance Stephenson (via Chris Haynes)
- Javale McGee agrees to one-year, minimum deal with the Lakers (via Chris Haynes)
- The Magic have agreed to a four-year, $84 million deal with Aaron Gordon (via Marc J. Spears)
- One-year, minimum deal for Salah Mejri to stay with the Mavericks (via Mar Stein)
More will be updated as we go along with NBA free agency.