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2019 NBA free agency has been underway for a few days now, and things got off to a chaotic start. Although there was no shortage of deals reached, players will not be able to officially sign contracts with teams until July 6 — when the Moratorium period has ended.
This year’s free agency is shaping up to be one of the biggest and most eventful in a while. Several marquee free agents have already departed from their current teams, including two-time Finals MVP Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, who are both taking their talents to Brooklyn. Additionally, Jimmy Butler will be relocating from Philadelphia to South Beach, while Al Horford left Boston for South Philly. The summer’s biggest prize, Kawhi Leonard, will reportedly meet with the Clippers, Lakers and Raptors. Not to mention there will be a second tier of star free agents who will be intensely pursued, including established veteran names such as DeMarcus Cousins.
With plenty of players already off of the market, here are the latest rumors and updates that you need to know now that free agency is officially underway.
Davis opens up about joining LeBron’s Lakers, talks ‘legacy’
Anthony Davis says he is NBA career, according to Arash Markazi of the L.A. Times.his “legacy,” with the Lakers, and that he isn’t worried as much about making a ton of money during his
“Money comes and goes; your legacy is forever,” Davis said. “I think how you establish yourself in the NBA and what you do on and off the court is something that people will remember forever. Obviously, our money is public and people know what we make, but at the end of the day no one cares about how much money you make.
“Anthony Davis is not going to be a great basketball player because of the amount of money he makes, it’s going to be about what he achieved on the court and also off the court. That’s all part of my legacy, and I think that’s way more valuable than any monetary value.”
No market for Cousins
There’s not much interest in veteran center DeMarcus Cousins on the open market, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
“There’s not a market for [DeMarcus Cousins]. I think he hoped that some big market teams would strike out, they’d have cap space and he could get a one-year, $12, $15, $18, $20 million deal. That’s not happening,” Wojnarowski said on “SportsCenter” Tuesday morning. “The mid-level exception he got in Golden State last year? I don’t think that’s there.”
76ers offer max extension to Simmons
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Sixers have offered ato All-star guard Ben Simmons. The organization and Simmons’ agent — Rich Paul of Klutch Sports — are expected to work through the details toward an eventual agreement. Simmons currently has one guaranteed season left on his four-year, $26.6 million rookie contract.
Irving explains why he signed with Nets
In a video shared by his new representation — Roc Nation Sports — All-Star guard Kyrie Irvingthe Boston Celtics and sign with the Brooklyn Nets in free agency this summer.
“In my heart, I always knew I wanted to play at home,” Irving said in the video. “Home is where my heart is. It’s always been there. Simply because of such a great love that I have for my family and the way I grew up … I wouldn’t change anything about this journey. It’s brought me back here and that’s home, and home is where my family is, home is where I want my legacy to continue. And I’m happy to be in Brooklyn.”
Irving — along with Kevin Durant when he returns from the Achilles injury he suffered in the NBA Finals — will be tasked with turning the Nets into a legitimate title contender.
Tolliver signs with Blazers
Veteran forward Anthony Tolliver has agreed to a one-year, $2.6 million deal with the Portland Trail Blazers, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.
Thomas joins Wizards
Isaiah Thomas says he is ready to get his career back to the All-Star level, and he should have the opportunity to do that with the Washington Wizards. The two sides, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Sixers to sign O’Quinn
According to Kyle Neubeck of The Philly Voice, the Sixers have reached an agreement with veteran big man Kyle O’Quinn on a one-year deal. Later on, Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer confirmed that his contract would be worth $2.1 million for the 2019-20 campaign.
Looney agrees to return to the Warriors
Many people thought that Kevon Looney had played his way out of the Warriors’ price range. Well, those people were wrong. Monday night, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.com reported that Looney and the Warriors had come to an agreement on a three-year, $15 million contract.
Bell to join Timberwolves
Jordan Bell is moving on from the Golden State Warriors. According to a report from Yahoo’s Chris Haynes, Bell has agreed to a guaranteed deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves, though terms of the deal are not yet clear.
Butler deal finally gets complete
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Philadelphia 76ers, Miami Heat, Portland Trail Blazers and Los Angeles Clipperscentered around Jimmy Butler and Meyers Leonard going to the Heat. Josh Richardson will head to the Sixers while Hassan Whiteside will end up with the Trail Blazers. The Clippers will receive Moe Harkless and a future first-round pick.
Frazier agrees to join the Pistons
One day after coming to terms on a deal with free agent point guard Derrick Rose, the Pistons have reportedly added another guard to their backcourt. According to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports, Tim Frazier has agreed to a one-year, $2 million deal with Detroit.
Burks agrees to deal with OKC
Kaminsky leaving Hornets for Suns
Frank Kaminsky will join Kemba Walker and Jeremy Lamb in leaving the Hornets this summer. According to a report from ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Kaminsky has agreed to a two-year deal with the Suns that will pay him $10 million.
Noel staying with the Thunder
Nerlens Noel reportedly agreed to a deal with the Thunder on Sunday night, but then got cold feet and asked them for more time to think over his options, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. By Monday, though, Noel apparently felt good enough about OKC to agree to re-sign there.
Matthews to return to Wisconsin, sign with Bucks
Wes Matthews grew up in Madison and played his college basketball at Marquette. Now, he’ll return to his home state to sign with the Milwaukee Bucks. According to a report from ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Matthews will sign a one-year, veteran’s minimum deal.
Warriors expected to trade Russell
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