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NBA free agency roundup: Day 2

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. Click here for the day one recap.

DeMarcus Cousins becomes a Warrior

There were conflicting reports coming out about Cousins. One said that he got no offers and contacted the Warriors about playing for them. The other said that it was between the Warriors and Celtics. There was probably some middle ground between the two reports. Because of his Achilles injury and concerns over his presence in the locker room made Cousins take a deal that was below market value.

Rondo to join forces with James as a Laker

Rajon Rondo helped the Pelicans upset the Trail Blazers in the first round of the playoffs last season, but will be moving on to play with his former rival, LeBron James. This has created speculation around the league that Lonzo Ball will be on the move, as Rondo likely could have gotten similar money and started in the backcourt had he stayed in New Orleans. Either way, the Lakers locker room will be one to watch with Rondo, James, Lance Stephenson, Javale McGee and the presence of Lavar Ball around. The deal is reportedly for one year and $9 million.

Julius Randle leaves L.A. for New Orleans

After their recent signings, it became clear that the Lakers would not have enough minutes to give Julius Randle, so he talked to Lakers’ management about becoming an unrestricted free agent. Anthony Davis pushed hard to get Randle in New Orleans. They now have two good inside presences, although they need some guard help with the departure of Rondo.

J.J. Reddick to stay in Philly

Reddick has decided to stay in Philly and with the departure of James to the Western Conference, makes them one of the favorites to advance out of the Eastern Conference. Reddick’s role is increasingly important to help spread the floor since Ben Simmons and Markelle Fultz have had their fair share of struggles shooting the ball.

Derrick Favors will be back in Utah

After a surprisingly good year, the Jazz got some good news when Favors decided to stay with the Jazz. The soon-to-be 27-year-old had the most efficient year of his career, shooting 56.3% from the field.

Nerlens Noel joins Thunder

Noel hasn’t played too poorly but has had a rocky career so far nonetheless. From the bad 76ers teams to his injury-plagued time in Dallas, Noel has talent but hasn’t been in the best situations. He will have a chance to prove himself in Oklahoma City.

Other reported free agent deals

  • Mike Scott has agreed to a one-year deal with the Clippers (via Adrian Wojnarowski)
  • Seth Curry agrees to two-year deal with the Trail Blazers (via Adrian Wojnarowski)
  • Clippers and Avery Bradley agree to two-year deal with the Clippers (via Shams Charania)
  • The Washington Wizards claim Thomas Bryant off of waivers from the Lakers (via Shams Charania)
  • Anthony Tolliver agrees to one-year deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves (via Shams Charania)

 

More will be updated as we go along with NBA free agency.

 

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