2019 Free Agency
NBA Offseason 2019: July 1 roundup
With free agency open and running at full speed, teams and players are beginning to agree to deals and more. Keep up on all the latest news, talks and more as the offseason rolls along.
And if you are just looking for what your team has done, we’ve got reported moves from all 30 teams here.
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Free agent guard Isaiah Thomas has agreed to a one-year deal with the Wizards, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Thomas, 30, spent all of last season with the Nuggets after brief stints with the Lakers and Cavaliers during the 2017-18 campaign. He averaged 8.1 points and 1.9 assists in 12 games for Denver.
The 5-foot-9 point guard is motivated to recapture the All-Star status he earned during his time with the Celtics a few years ago, a period when the Wizards were considered to be Boston’s rival. Thomas, who has played in 44 games the last two seasons combined, hasn’t displayed that same level of basketball since his hip surgery in 2017. The move should ostensibly give Thomas a chance to showcase what he still has to offer with All-Star guard John Wall sidelined with an Achilles injury.
“I’m going to get back to a level that I was playing at,” Thomas told ESPN. “I’m excited to show what I can do again.”
— 10:39 p.m.
Philadelphia is making another addition to its frontcourt. The 76ers are reportedly signing forward Kyle O’Quinn to a one-year, veteran minimum deal, per multiple reports.
Just 24 hours earlier Philadelphia reportedly reached an agreement with Al Horford, pairing the veteran forward with center Joel Embiid to create arguably the best big-man tandem in the league. O’Quinn played in 45 games last season for the Pacers, averaging 3.5 points and 2.6 rebounds.
— 9:31 p.m.
Kevon Looney has agreed to a three-year, $15 million contract to remain with Golden State, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic. The 23-year-old center started in 24 of 80 regular season games last season, averaging 6.3 points and 5.2 rebounds.
— 8:08 p.m.
Another member from the Warriors’ recent run is on the move. Forward Jordan Bell is reportedly heading to the Timberwolves, according to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports.
Bell is a restricted free agent, and the Warriors reportedly do not plan to match Minnesota’s offer, per Connor Letourneau of the San Francisco Chronicle. Letourneau also states the deal is for one year.
Golden State has reportedly lost Kevin Durant, Andre Iguodala and Bell, but added D’Angelo Russell in a sign-and-trade while agreeing to re-sign Klay Thompson and Kevon Looney.
— 6:45 p.m.
After searching for another team, or two, to help facilitate a Jimmy Butler trade, it appears the 76ers have found the solution in a complex four-team deal, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Butler met with the Heat right when free agency began at 6 p.m. Sunday and made clear that he wanted to be in Miami.
— 6:00 p.m.
According to The Athletic’s Shams Charania, Toronto has agreed to a three-year deal with EuroLeague guard Matt Thomas.
Thomas exercised the opt-out in his contract with Valencia in order to go to the Raptors. Thomas averaged 12.5 points and 1.7 assists in 23 EuroCup games in his rookie season.
— 5:54 p.m.
Detroit is reportedly adding another point guard to the mix. Tim Frazier has agreed to join the Pistons on a one-year deal, per Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports. It’s a veteran’s minimum contract — according to Rod Beard of The Beard News — which is about $1.6 million.
Frazier, who played with the Bucks and Pelicans last season, joins a Pistons backcourt with Derrick Rose and Reggie Jackson. He averaged 5.3 points, 2.8 rebounds and 4.2 assists last season.
— 5:25 p.m.
Nerlens Noel was a solid reserve for the Oklahoma City Thunder last season, playing a career-high 77 games while averaging 4.9 points and 1.2 blocks in 13.5 minutes per game. He had initially agreed to return to OKC, but then had second thoughts on doing so days later.
Whatever worries he had appear to be gone as he has agreed on a deal — again — with the Thunder, per Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
In addition to apparently having Noel back in the fold, the Thunder also secured a deal with veteran guard Alec Burks. He is a decent ball handler and capable 3-point shooter who played for the Utah Jazz, Cleveland Cavaliers and Sacramento Kings last season, averaging 8.8 ppg, 3.7 rpg and 2.0 apg while shooting 36.3 percent on 3-pointers.
— 4:48 p.m.
In his four seasons, all with Charlotte, the 26-year-old Kaminsky averaged 9.8 points and 4.0 rebounds.
— 4:42 p.m.
The Bucks stayed local with their latest edition, agreeing to a deal with former Marquette standout Wesley Matthews, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
The 10-year NBA guard averaged 12.2 points and 2.5 rebounds last season for the Mavericks, Pacers and Knicks.
Wojnarowski adds that several playoff contenders were in the hunt for Matthews, who provides veteran leadership while still able to add some offensive punch.
— 4:17 p.m.
Guard Edmond Sumner has agreed to a three-year deal with the Pacers, sources tell ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
The 23-year-old second-year point guard averaged 2.9 points in 23 games for the Pacers last season.
— 3:57 p.m.
The Kings are adding a bit more size, agreeing on a two-year contract with power forward/center Richaun Holmes, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.
The 25-year-old Holmes averaged 8.2 points and 4.7 rebounds last season playing for the Phoenix Suns. He’ll be entering his fifth NBA season.
— 3:25 p.m.
The Dallas Mavericks are bringing back a fan favorite and solid locker room guy, agreeing to re-sign veteran point guard J.J. Barea to a veteran’s minimum deal, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania.
Barea, 35, averaged 10.9 points and 5.6 assists in just 19.8 minutes per game last season for Dallas.
— 3:14 p.m.
Taking a page of sorts from one of his former teammates, center Enes Kanter revealed where he will be playing next season.
Via a post on social media — which came shortly after Shams Charania of The Athletic broke the news — Kanter said he has agreed to a deal with the Celtics. Per Charania, Kanter will get a two-year, $10 million deal from Boston. The Celtics are reportedly losing their current center, Al Horford, to the Philadelphia 76ers after he reportedly agreed to a deal with them yesterday.
Much like Kevin Durant a day earlier, Kanter — who played with Durant on the Oklahoma City Thunder from 2014-16 — is headed to an Eastern Conference team. Kanter was key to the Portland Trail Blazers reaching the Western Conference finals as he became their starting center once Jusuf Nurkic was lost for the season.
He averaged 13.1 points, 8.6 rebounds and 1.4 steals during the season for Portland and 11.4 ppg, 9.7 rpg and 1.2 apg in the playoffs.
— 2:26 p.m.
Youth continues to be served in Dallas as second-year forward Maxi Kleber is poised to get a big payday.
Per Marc Stein of The New York Times, Kleber and the Mavs have agreed on a four-year, $35 million deal. Undrafted in 2017, Kleber has shown steady development and is coming off a solid season in which he averaged 6.8 points and 4.6 rebounds in 21.2 minutes per game.
— 2:14 p.m.
New York continues to be active in free agency by adding young players, with Monday’s reported move being no different.
The reported deal Payton struck with New York comes hours after the team reportedly landed shooting guard Wayne Ellington. A day earlier, the Knicks came to reported agreements with Julius Randle, Bobby Portis, RTaj Gibson and Reggie Bullock.
Payton played last season with the New Orleans Pelicans and started off well before a thumb injury forced him to miss a stretch of 31 out of 32 games. His top individual highlight occurred in March, when he set a Pelicans record by logging five consecutive triple-doubles.
— 1:48 p.m.
When free agency opened, the Los Angeles Lakers were expected to make some of the biggest noise of the offseason. That hasn’t been the case just yet, but they have got their first free-agent move on the board.
Per multiple reports — and first reported by The Athletic’s Shams Charania — forward Troy Daniels has agreed to a one-year, $2.1 million deal with the Lakers. The journeyman has spent the last two seasons with the Phoenix Suns and has a solid 3-point stroke. Last season, he made 38.1 percent of his 3-pointers and averaged 6.2 points per game as a reserve.
— 1:33 p.m.
The Golden State Warriors have managed to loop the Minnesota Timberwolves in on the sign-and-trade deal that will send D’Angelo Russell to the Bay Area.
Per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Warriors and Brooklyn Nets have outlined a sign-and-trade deal that will deliver Russell to Golden State on a four-year, $117 million deal. The sign-and-trade deal will include Golden State sending a protected future first-rounder to Brooklyn and re-routing Shabazz Napier, Treveon Graham and cash to the Timberwolves.
— 1:04 p.m.
Guard Austin Rivers will be back for another go at it with the Houston Rockets, it seems.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and the Houston Chronicle’s Jonathan Feigen both report Rivers has agreed to a two-year deal with Houston. The Rockets acquired Rivers in December of last year after he was waived by the Phoenix Suns. He became a valuable contributor for them off the bench, averaging 7.2 points, 2.4 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game in 29 games.
In the 2019 playoffs, he posted similar numbers — 7.4 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 1.0 apg — as the Rockets fell to the rival Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference semifinals.
— 12:58 p.m.
The Miami Heat are looking to lock up a sign-and-trade deal for guard Jimmy Butlerto give it a star player to build around in the future. As that takes place, the big man it once considered one of its go-to guys is apparently on the move.
Anthony Chiang of the Miami Herald reports the Heat are trading Whiteside to the Portland Trail Blazers for big men Meyers Leonard and Maurice Harkless. News of the deal was first reported by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The trade was also reported by Ira Winderman of the Sun-Sentinel.
— 12:48 p.m.
The Dallas Mavericks are bringing a familiar face back to the fold, it seems.
Per Marc Stein of The New York Times and Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the Mavs have agreed to a deal with sharpshooting reserve guard Seth Curry. He played for the Mavs in 2016-17, averaging a career-best 12.8 points per game while also shooting 42.5 percent on 3-pointers.
Last season with the Portland Trail Blazers, Curry averaged 7.9 ppg and 45 percent on 3-pointers as he was one of the NBA’s top reserve 3-point shooters in catch-and-shoot and pull-up situations.
— 12:38 p.m.
The Kemba Walker era is seemingly over in Charlotte, as the Hornets’ star guard reportedly agreed to a four-year maximum deal with the Boston Celtics yesterday.
While Walker is set to move on from the only NBA state and city he’s ever known, he made it clear in a piece he wrote for The Players’ Tribune that Charlotte will always have a fond place in his heart.
In a story titled “Boston, Let’s Do This” on the website, Walker reflected on his days with the Hornets starting from when he was drafted by the then-Charlotte Bobcats with the No. 9 pick in the 2011 Draft. It was a Draft-night conversation with Hornets owner Michael Jordan that made a big impact on Walker back in 2011.
— 12:07 p.m.
Over the final 12 games of the 2018-19 season, Michael Carter-Williams proved to be a solid player for the Orlando Magic as they charged toward the playoffs. He was solid in playoffs, too, and that play may have helped secured him another year in Orlando.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports Carter-Williams has agreed to a one-year deal with the Magic. The former Kia Rookie of the Year winner averaged 5.4 points, 4.8 rebounds and 4.1 assists in 12 games for Orlando, then went for 6.6 ppg, 4.0 rpg and 2.4 apg in the playoffs as Orlando lost in five games in the first round to the eventual-champion Toronto Raptors.
— 11:26 a.m.
Early Monday morning, the Sacramento Kings and guard Cory Joseph reportedly agreed to a deal. As with just about any free-agent deal in the works, it affects more than just one player on the roster.
Such is the case for Willie Cauley-Stein, who had his qualifying offer from the Kings pulled so the team would have enough salary cap room for Joseph’s looming deal. Per Jason Anderson of The Sacramento Bee, who reported the news, this give Cauley-Stein his long-sought wish for an exit from Sacramento.
The Kings landed Cauley-Stein with the No. 6 pick in the 2015 draft and he averaged 11.9 points, 8.4 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.2 steals per game last season.
— 11:21 a.m.
Another day, another smaller-scale move for the New York Knicks, it seems.
This time, the Knicks are apparently addressing a key need from last season, 3-point shooting. Per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Knicks have agreed to a two-year deal with former Detroit Pistons marksman Wayne Ellington.
The Knicks ranked 24th in 3-pointers made last season, were 28th in 3-point percentage and were 21st in the percentage of shots they took from 3-point range. Ellington averaged a career-best 12 points per game last season and shot 37.3 percent on 3-pointers. He has never shot worse than 32.4 percent in any of his 10 NBA seasons.
— 10:40 a.m.
As a part of the looming D’Angelo Russell-to-Golden State trade, the Warriors are reportedly sending Andre Iguodala to the Memphis Grizzlies for a protected first-round pick. Whether or not Iguodala would want to stay with a young team like the Grizzlies remains to be seen (provided the deal goes through).
If Iguodala does end up getting bought out by the Grizzlies at some point, Tim MacMahon reports the Houston Rockets would have a strong interest in adding him.
— 10:33 a.m.
Although it is not an official transaction just yet, the Los Angeles Lakers got the 2019 offseason rolling with their reported trade for New Orleans Pelicans superstar Anthony Davis in mid-June. The Lakers will reportedly send Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart and three first-round picks to the Pelicans in a trade that is not expected to be ratified until July 6 at the earliest.
Since then, Lakers star LeBron James has reportedly given up his No. 23 jersey to Davis (who has worn that number in entire NBA career) and Davis has been announced as one of the cover athletes for the “NBA 2K20” video game.
Despite all this news about Davis, nothing has been heard from Davis of late. That changed on Monday morning as Davis chatted with Arash Markazi of the Los Angeles Times about living in Los Angeles, shared some thoughts on James and more. Although he wouldn’t talk specifically about the pending trade, Davis did discuss other topics of note.
— 10:08 a.m.
In the 2019 draft, the Chicago Bulls picked point guard Coby White to be their playmaker of the future. As he learns the NBA trade, it seems they might be turning the keys to the offense over to a more tested veteran for the time being.
Per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Bulls are acquiring former Wizards guard Tomas Satoransky via a sign-and-trade deal with Washington. The deal is expected to be for three years and $30 million, Wojnarowski reports. The move was also confirmed by David Aldridge of The Athletic, who notes the Wizards are talking with Isaiah Thomas as a possible replacement for Satoransky.
K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports that the Bulls are sending a 2020 second-round pick and the rights to swap a future second-round pick in the deal.
Satoransky was drafted by the Wizards with the No. 32 pick in the 2012 draft and made his NBA debut in the 2016-17 season. He spent his entire career with the Wizards, averaging 6.6 points, 2.8 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game. He had a breakout season in 2018-19, averaging 8.9 ppg, 3.5 rpg and 5.0 apg as he took on a bigger role, starting 54 games as star guard John Wall was lost for the season in February.
— 8:31 a.m.
The Washington Wizards know they will be without John Wall until at least late in 2019-20 after their star point guard had surgery on his left Achilles earlier this year. Tomas Satoransky, who has been Wall’s top backup, is reportedly on his way to the Chicago Bulls in another deal.
No matter what happens with Satoransky, the Wizards have given themselves some form of point guard insurance by reportedly reaching a deal with veteran guard Ish Smith. Per Shams Charania of The Athletic, Smith has agreed to a two-year, $12 million deal.
Smith, a journeyman in the NBA, has become a solid backup point guard over the last few seasons. He spent the past three seasons with the Detroit Pistons, averaging 9.8 points, 2.8 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game in 219 games during that span.
— 8:14 a.m.
The Miami Heat were not thought to be big players in free agency this summer, but that changed when everything opened on Sunday night.
Per multiple reports, the Heat are trying to put the finishing touches on a sign-and-trade deal with the Philadelphia 76ers that will land them guard Jimmy Butler. The swingman has reportedly agreed to a four-year, $142 million deal, but Miami and Philadelphia were still working out some aspects of the swap, such as the addition of Dallas as the third team.
The Heat are reportedly sending Josh Richardson to Philadelphia as part of the deal and, at one point, guard Goran Dragic was on the move to Dallas in the trade.
However, the status of the deal seems to be held up as of early Monday morning.
— 4:51 a.m.
That means Derrick Favors, who has been with the Jazz since 2011, is on his way out of town and headed a little closer to his home state of Georgia. Per multiple reports, the New Orleans Pelicans are set to acquire Favors via a trade. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports the Pelicans are sending 2012 and 2023 picks — which are both from the Golden State Warriors — to the Jazz as part of the deal.
— 4:28 a.m.
The Sacramento Kings are trying to keep pace in the Western Conference roster-building race this offseason. They started out by getting Harrison Barnes to agree to a new deal and adding spring center Dewayne Dedmon as well, too.
Attention has reportedly shifted to the backcourt as the Kings and veteran point guard Cory Joseph have agreed to a three-year, $37 million deal, reports Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports. Joseph spent the last two seasons with the Indiana Pacers, and before that logged two seasons with the Toronto Raptors after spending his first four NBA seasons with the San Antonio Spurs.
Overall, he has career averages of 6.9 points, 2.6 rebounds and 2.8 assists in 528 career games.
— 3:20 a.m.
Reggie Bullock becomes the latest reported addition for the Knicks, who continue to add role players after missing out on superstar talent. Shams Charania of The Athletic reports that Bullock will sign with New York for two years and $21 million.
The 28-year-old swingman played 63 total games with the Lakers and Pistons last season, averaging 11.3 points while shooting 37.7 percent from 3-point range.
— 2:19 a.m.
Patrick Beverley has made a career out of scrapping for everything he earns. It paid off early Monday morning when he confirmed reports of his return to the Clippers for a three-year, $40 million contract.
Beverley served as a veteran leader and defensive pest for the Clippers, who defied expectations en route to 48 wins and taking the Warriors to six games in the first round of the NBA Playoffs. The former second-round pick averaged 7.6 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.8 assists last season, his seventh in the NBA and second with LA.
— 1:29 a.m.
After coming within a game of the Western Conference finals, Denver is reportedly ensuring its young core remains intact.
Shams Charania of The Athletic reports that the Nuggets have come to terms on a five-year, $170 million extension for Jamal Murray. The seventh overall pick in the 2016 Draft, Murray averaged career-highs in points (18.2), rebounds (4.2) and assists (4.8) per game last season.
Murray (22) joins Nikola Jokic (24) and Gary Harris (24) as young, key players that Denver has under contract for the foreseeable future. The Nuggets extended the Portland Trail Blazers to Game 7 in the Western Conference semifinals, the end of the franchise’s first postseason appearance since 2013.
— 12:44 a.m.
The Knicks continue to gather frontcout help, this time from Washington. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that New York and Bobby Portis have come to terms on a two-year, $31 million offer sheet. Because he is a restricted free agent, Portis could remain with the Wizards if they decide to match the Knicks’ offer. Fred Katz of The Athletic, however, reports that Washington has no plans to do so.
In 50 total games divided between the Bulls and Wizards last season, Portis averaged 14.2 points and 8.1 rebounds while shooting a career-high 39.3 percent from 3-point range.
— 12:19 a.m.
The 76ers are reportedly bringing back veteran Mike Scott on a two-year deal, per Shams Charania of The Athletic.
— 12:08 a.m.
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