2019 Free Agency
NBA Offseason 2019: July 2 roundup
From NBA Twitter and media reports
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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After acquiring Rodney McGruder late in the 2018-19 season, the LA Clippers apparently saw enough in practice to re-sign the three-year veteran, according to a report by Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports.
The 27-year-old McGruder spent his first three seasons with the Miami Heat after signing as an undrafted free agent in 2016. Waived on April 7 this year after averaging 7.6 ppg and 3.6 rpg in 23.5 minutes across 66 games with Miami, McGruder was claimed by the Clippers on April 9, though he didn’t appear in a game for LA.
ESPN’s Bobby Marks quickly noted that the contract, due to McGruder’s existing cap hold, shouldn’t impact the Clippers’ pursuit of reigning Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard in free agency:
The Rodney McGruder deal with LAC (per @ChrisBHaynes) has no impact on the ability to sign a player to a max contract. The McGruder $3M free agent hold was factored into the max slot that is available.
— 10:34 p.m.
Veteran Wilson Chandler is reportedly heading back to the Big Apple, though this time with the Brooklyn Nets, according to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports.
Drafted No. 23 overall in 2007, Chandler spent his first four seasons with the Knicks, before being sent to the Denver Nuggets in the Carmelo Anthony trade. After signing an extension with Denver in 2015, Chandler was traded to the 76ers last July, and then again to the Clippers in February’s blockbuster for Tobias Harris. Limited to 51 games — his fewest in five seasons — Chandler averaged 6.0 points (37.3 3P%) and 4.2 rebounds in 23.1 minutes overall.
— 9:14 p.m.
After a breakout campaign with the New York Knicks re-established his NBA potential, former lottery pick Emmanuel Mudiay is heading back west, reportedly agreeing to a 1-year deal with the Utah Jazz. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Tony Jones of The Athletic delivered the news in rapid succession.
As [ESPN’s Tim MacMahon] says, Mudiay’s development stands to continue an upward trajectory with coach Quin Snyder and Mike Conley Jr. The Jazz program is significant reason why Mudiay’s agent, BJ Armstrong, believed Utah’s such a good fit for his 23-year-old client.
After being drafted No. 7 overall by the Denver Nuggets in 2015 and turning in a solid rookie campaign, Mudiay’s playing time and effectiveness steadily declined until being sent to New York in a three-team deal at the 2018 trade deadline. Last season, given a chance by coach David Fizdale, Mudiay took over a starting role for much of the campaign (59 games), averaging 14.8 points, 3.3 rebounds and 3.9 assists while shooting 44.6 percent in 27.2 minutes for the Knicks.
— 8:54 p.m.
Luke Kornet has reportedly agreed to a 2-year deal with the Chicago Bulls, per Shams Charania of The Athletic.
A 7-foot-1 big with 3-point range, Kornet shot 36.3 percent on 4.2 attempts in 17.0 minutes across 46 games for the New York Knicks.
— 8:26 p.m.
Jared Dudley provided locker room guidance — and crucial two-way contributions — for an up-and-coming Brooklyn Nets squad. He’s now reportedly set to bring that skill set across the country, heading to the Los Angeles Lakers on a one-year, $2.6 million contract, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
In 59 games (25 starts) in Brooklyn, Dudley averaged 4.9 points on 42.3 percent shooting, including 35.1 percent from 3-point range, in 20.7 minutes per game.
Wojnarowski further clarified that Dudley, who played in L.A. with the Clippers in 2013-13, was intrigued by the opportunity to compete for the Staples Center’s senior side:
Dudley had a real impact on the Nets young roster a year ago, and really wanted the chance to play for the Lakers. He’ll get a chance to impact on a roster that needs veterans capable of contributing in a pressure environment.
— 7:44 p.m.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that well-traveled forward Jeff Green is headed to Utah after agreeing to a one-year, $2.5 million contract with the Jazz.
Green, known as “Uncle Jeff” ever since LeBron James unintentionally bestowed the moniker in Green’s second season, would be joining his eighth NBA team and sixth team in as many campaigns. Last year, he played 77 games for the Washington Wizards, making 44 starts and averaging 12.3 points — his highest mark since 2014-15 — and 4.0 rebounds while shooting 47.5 percent overall in 27.2 minutes per game.
— 7:28 p.m.
The Minnesota Timberwolves have agreed to a one-year deal with forward Noah Vonleh, according to a report from Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic.
Vonleh played 68 games for the New York Knicks last season with averages of 8.4 points, 7.8 rebounds and 1.9 assists.
— 6:13 p.m.
The Golden State Warriors continue to fill their roster with young talent, according to a report from Shams Charania of The Athletic.
The Warriors reportedly are expected to sign Glenn Robinson III to a two-year deal with a player option for the second year.
The 25-year old forward — who won the NBA Slam Dunk Contest in 2017 — averaged 4.2 points and 1.5 rebounds over 47 games for the Detroit Pistons last season.
— 6:05 p.m.
Restricted free agent guard Ryan Arcidiacono has agreed to a three-year deal to return to the Chicago Bulls, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.
The undrafted guard out of Villanova averaged 6.7 points, 3.3 assists and 2.7 rebounds over 81 games during 2018-19, his second season in the league.
The three-year deal reportedly is worth $9 million.
— 5:52 p.m.
The Philadelphia 76ers are expected to retain forward James Ennis with a two-year deal, according to a report from Shams Charania of The Athletic.
Ennis was a key piece for the Sixers’ bench last season with averages of 6.7 points and 3.1 rebounds over 58 games.
According the Charania, Ennis turned down larger offers from other teams to return to Philadelphia. His deal with the Sixers is reportedly worth $4.1 million.
— 5:45 p.m.
The Golden State Warriors are expected to sign center Willie Cauley-Stein, according to reports from Marcus Thompson of The Athletic, Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports and Zach Lowe of ESPN.
The 25-year-old center spent the first four seasons of his NBA career with the Kings, who selected him with the No. 6 pick in the 2015 NBA Draft. He averaged 11.9 points and 8.4 rebounds over 81 games last season.
According to Lowe, Cauley-Stein is expected to sign a contract worth slightly above the minimum salary.
— 5:35 p.m.
The Boston Celtics have come to an agreement on a one-year deal with guard Brad Wanamaker, according to a report from Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
Wanamaker was the oldest rookie in the league last season at age 29. He averaged 3.9 points (47.6 FG%) in 9.5 minutes across 36 games with the Celtics.
— 5:29 p.m.
Center Daniel Theis, one of the Boston Celtics’ more reliable bench performers, is reportedly staying with the team.
Theis and the Celtics have agreed on a two-year, $10 million deal, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. The big man has played two seasons in the NBA, logging both of them with Boston. Last season, he averaged 5.7 points, 3.4 rebounds and 0.6 blocks per game after posting similar numbers in 2017-18.
He is expected to serve as the top backup to the Celtics’ new center, Enes Kanter (who said he agreed to a deal with Boston).
— 2:20 p.m.
The Philadelphia 76ers may have some changes on tap, but one of them will reportedly not be at point guard.
All-Star guard Ben Simmons has been offered a five-year contract extension by the team, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. The Sixers and Simmons’ agent, Rich Paul, are expected to work through the details and eventually reach an agreement, Wojnarowski also reports.
— 1:30 p.m.
Dorian Finney-Smith suffered through an injury-plagued season in 2017-18, but bounced back nicely in 2018-19 for the Dallas Mavericks. His upward growth as Dallas tries to build around youth has apparently led to a new deal for him.
Finney-Smith and the Mavs have agreed to a three-year, $12 million deal, reports Shams Charania of The Athletic. Last season, Finney-Smith averaged 7.5 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game in 81 games (26 starts).
— 1:26 p.m.
Tony Parker announced in early June that he was retiring from the NBA after a stellar career. Today, the Charlotte Hornets made that fact official in their waiving of Parker’s deal.
— Charlotte Hornets PR (@HornetsPR) July 2, 2019
Selected 28th overall by the Spurs in the 2001 Draft, Parker had said he hoped to play 20 seasons in the NBA. A six-time All-Star, Parker was named to the All-NBA second team three times in his career and was Finals MVP in 2007. He spent the 2018-19 campaign with the Charlotte Hornets, who signed him after the Spurs opted not to bring him back as a free agent last summer. Parker reportedly signed a two-year deal with the Hornets and came off the bench in each of his 56 games last season.
Parker stated 1,151 games regular season games and averaged 15.5 points and 5.6 assists per game. He also played in 226 playoffs games, averaging 17.9 points and 5.1 assists per game.
— 11:38 a.m.
Reigning Kia Sixth Man of the Year winner Lou Williams had his future secured with the LA Clippers last summer. It was at that point he got a three-year deal with the team, which came after a run of changing teams almost annually for Williams.
On the heels of his successful 2018-19 season, Williams has gotten a bit of a reward from the Clippers. Per Shams Charania of The Athletic, the final year of Williams’ deal in 2020-21 has been fully guaranteed. That maneuver assures Williams of an $8 million payday that season.
Last season, Williams averaged 20 points, 3.0 rebounds and 5.4 assists per game as he came off the bench in 74 of his 75 games played.
— 10:20 a.m.
Kemba Walker essentially said his goodbye to the only NBA city he’s ever called home yesterday in a piece for The Players’ Tribune. Ever since word of his reported deal with the Boston Celtics became public knowledge over the weekend, the Charlotte Hornets have been picking up the pieces.
Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer writes via Twitter that should the Hornets go into a full rebuild mode, veterans such as Michael-Kidd Gilchrist, Bismack Biyombo and others could be bought out and then hit the free-agent market:
If @hornets go deep-rebuild/youth movement next season in playing time, assume that one or more veterans in final contract season will want to be bought out. MKG would make sense, maybe Biyombo. They’d give up some guaranteed $ to be released.
— 9:20 a.m.
Forward Anthony Tolliver has agreed to a one-year, $2.6 million deal with the Trail Blazers, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic. Tolliver played in 65 games for the Timberwolves last season, averaging 5.0 points and 2.7 rebounds in nearly 17 minutes of action.
— 1:01 a.m.