We’re nearing the two-week mark of NBA free agency, and things have slowed down quite a bit. The big names took care of business quickly, while a number of role players also secured new deals. Now, we’ve reached a tense stage with a number of second-tier players who are stuck in showdowns with their current clubs. And it might be a while before anything gets settled.
So for now, everybody will have to settle for the big names that quickly took care of their own deals. Paul George surprised everyone by staying in OKC, Kevin Durant remained with the Warriors and Chris Paul inked a deal to stick with the Rockets. And then there was LeBron James, who once again left Cleveland to join up with the Lakers this time. After him, DeMarcus Cousins shocked the entire basketball world when he agreed to go to Golden State on a one-year deal.
Carmelo Anthony and the Thunder are also set to , which could result in Anthony becoming a free agent. Plus, there are still plenty of players left unsigned, including Clint Capela and Marcus Smart — both of whom are among the top 15 in our .
To keep all the rumors surrounding free agency — and Kawhi news — straight, we’ll continue to update this post with all the latest on reported deals, trades and negotiations.
Thursday, July 12
Report: IT heading to Denver
Isaiah Thomas has reportedly found a home. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the former All-Star will join the Nuggets on a one-year deal.
Report: Ellington to stay with Heat
Report: Bulls rescind offer to Nwaba
Rockets looking at Nick Young
According to Mark Berman of Fox 26 in Houston, the Rockets are one of at least six teams interested in the services of Nick “Swaggy P” Young. Young played an important role during the Warriors’ most recent NBA title run.
Smart is ‘top priority’ for Celtics
The Celtics and restricted free agent guard Marcus Smart have been locked in a stalemate during his restricted free agency. But according to Celtics GM and team president Danny Ainge, Smart remains the team’s “top priority.”
Wednesday, July 11
Houston picks up James Ennis
The Rockets have a couple of holes to fill at the small forward position after losing Trevor Ariza and Luc Mbah a Moute to free agency. It appears they’ve found a replacement, as Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports reports that Houston will sign free agent James Ennis to a two-year deal.
Report: Knicks mulling Porzingis extension
The Knicks could potentially extend Kristaps Porzingis this summer. They have until October to do so, but New York appears hesitant to give up the $10 million in cap space it would cost them for the summer of 2019. Scott Perry talked to Marc Berman of The New York Post about his plans for the Knicks future.
Report: Towns, Wolves discussing max extension
The Timberwolves and Karl-Anthony Towns are reportedly in discussions for a max contract extension. Towns is an important piece to the Wolves future and someone that they’ll want to lock in for a long time.
Report: Teodosic staying with Clippers
Tuesday, July 10
Warriors to sign Curry’s future brother-in-law
The Warriors are keeping it in the family, reportedly agreeing to a two-way deal with guard Damion Lee, who also happens to be Stephen Curry’s future brother in law. Lee averaged 10.7 points in 15 games for the Hawks last season.
Spurs re-sign Davis Bertans
The Spurs let Kyle Anderson walk, but they’ve elected to hang onto another restricted free agent forward. According to Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports, San Antonio and Davis Bertans have agreed on a two-year, $14.5 million deal.
Heat having trouble trading Whiteside, Johnson
The Miami Heat are trying to trade the unfavorable contracts of Hassan Whiteside and Tyler Johnson, but so far they haven’t had any luck, according to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald. Dion Waiters‘ name has also been raised in trade talks, according to the report.
Report: OKC lets Melo meet with Rockets, Heat
Carmelo Anthony could be on the move. A separation between him and the Thunder feels inevitable at this point, but Oklahoma City is reportedly trying to accomplish that split with a trade. Before that happens, the team has allowed Melo to meet with both the Rockets and Heat — two teams reportedly interested in the veteran.
76ers think they had a real chance at LeBron
Was LeBron James interested in the 76ers? He gave Philadelphia a meeting and the Sixers say that it had to do with how seriously he considered them.
Report: Capela wants new $100M deal
The Rockets and Clint Capela are in contract negotiations, and the big man is reportedly asking for way more than Houston has initially offered. Capela is asking for a contract somewhere in the $100 million range.
Report: Spurs and Forbes reach agreement
The Spurs are bringing back everybody they reasonably can so far in free agency. According to Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports, Bryn Forbes and the Spurs are reaching an agreement to bring Forbes back to San Antonio for another season.
Monday, July 9
Report: Heat, Rockets have interest in Melo
Carmelo Anthony is expected to separate from the Thunder at some point this summer. Reportedly, two of the teams showing interest in him right now are the Heat and Rockets.
Report: Kings ‘preparing’ offer for Smart
The Kings’ plan to get Zach LaVine was spoiled by the Bulls, but they may have found their next free agent target. A. Sherrod Blakely of NBC Sports Boston reported that the Kings are “preparing” to put together an offer for restricted free agent Marcus Smart.
Report: Clippers to add Mbah a Moute
Report: Kings interested in Hood
Nuggets bring back Craig
Report: Spurs re-sign Bertans for four years
Report: Udoh’s contract is guaranteed
Ekpe Udoh will have his contract fully guaranteed by the Jazz, according to Deseret Sports. Udoh signed with Utah last summer and had a productive enough season to earn the second year of his contract.
Sunday, July 8
Report: Spurs won’t match Anderson’s offer sheet
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the San Antonio Spurs will not match Kyle Anderson’s four-year, $37M offer sheet. That clears the way for him to join the Memphis Grizzlies.
Lopez to join Bucks on 1-year deal
Pachulia agrees to 1-year deal with Pistons
Saturday, July 7
Devin Booker reportedly signs max contract extension
Devin Booker is the future face of the Suns. He got paid like it at least. According to Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports, Booker has signed a maximum contract extension with the Suns worth $158 million. Now it’s time for the 21-year-old to prove he’s worth it. .
Bulls, Magic, and Hornets reportedly make three team trade
The Bulls, Magic, and Hornets reportedly executed a three-team trade that sent Bismack Biyombo back to the Hornets, Timofey Mozgov to the the Magic, and Jerian Grant to the Magic as well according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The Bulls received Julyan Stone in the deal in what appears to be be an attempt to save money.
Jerebko waived by Utah
Big Al heads to China
Al Jefferson is taking his game to China. The 14-year NBA veteran reportedly agreed to a deal with the Xinjiang Flying Tigers. It will be interesting to see if he’s able to make an NBA return once the CBA’s season has finished.
Friday, July 6
Blazers bring back Nurkic
Bulls match Kings’ offer for LaVine
Grizz sign Kyle Anderson to offer sheet
The Memphis Grizzlies have signed Spurs restricted free agent Kyle Anderson to a four-year, $37.2 million offer sheet, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. San Antonio has 48 hours to match the offer. (9:01 p.m. ET)
LaVine, Kings agree to $78M offer sheet
The Sacramento Kings have broken the ice, becoming the first team to sign a restricted free agent to an offer sheet this offseason by signing Zach LaVine to a four-year, $78 million offer sheet, according to ESPN. The Chicago Bulls have 48 hours to match the offer.(8:30 p.m. ET)
Report: OKC, Melo plan to part ways
Another big-name free agent could soon be on the market. According to a report from Adrian Wojnarowski, the Thunder will part ways with Carmelo Anthony. The details, though, are still being worked out.
Report: Pelicans to retain Clark
Report: Pacers agree to deal with O’Quinn
Thursday, July 5
Celtics haven’t contacted Smart
Marcus Smart is reportedly ‘hurt and disgusted’ that the Celtics have yet to contact him during his restricted free agency. (10:30 p.m. ET)