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Free Agency Overview

Friday, July 14, 2017

There have been plenty of fireworks in the NBA during the first two weeks of July, including free agent signings, Summer League breakout performances and substantial rules changes. Today's column focuses primarily on the first category – free agency.


Below you'll find a team-by-team breakdown of free agency signings, a list of remaining free agents, and recent injury updates. July 1-14 covers the entirety of free agency, so for brevity’s sake I'm not discussing which team lost a particular free agent (e.g. the Jazz lost Gordon Hayward), and I'm not getting into the endless rumors that circulate this time of year. Toward the end of the column I will sum up the remaining pool of players still available, in addition to key injury updates since July 1.


Given the number of transactions and volume of news that has occurred in the past two weeks I'm sure I’ve made a few errors, large or small... if you notice any oversights, just contact me via email or a Direct Message on Twitter @Knaus_RW.


If you're interested in previous offseason injury- and general-news updates, check out a catch-all column I wrote covering April and May. I also wrote a deep-dive into early trades involving Brook Lopez, D'Angelo Russell, Dwight Howard, Miles Plumlee, and more.


To reiterate...this covers the period of July 1 through July 14.


Free Agency

(Note: I'm listing each team in alphabetical order by city/state, and their acquisitions are in descending order based upon total salary, not annualized salary…I’m also intentionally skipping many ‘make good’ and two-way deals with players who are unlikely to have any fantasy impact)


Hawks: Dewayne Dedmon (two years, $14.0 million), Mike Muscala (two years, $10.0m), Ersan Ilyasova (one year, $6.0m)


Celtics: Gordon Hayward (four years, $128 million max deal), Abdel Nader (four years, $6.0m), Aron Baynes (one year, $4.3m),


Nets: n/a


Hornets: Michael Carter-Williams (one year, $2.7 million)


Bulls: Cristiano Felicio (four years, $32.0 million), Justin Holiday (two years, $9.0m)


Cavaliers: Kyle Korver (three years, $22.0 million), Cedi Osman (three years, $8.3m), Jeff Green (one year, $2.3m), Jose Calderon (one year at the minimum)


Mavericks: Dirk Nowitzki (two years, $10.0 million)


Nuggets: Paul Millsap (three years, $90.0 million)


Pistons: Langston Galloway (three years, $21.0 million), Reggie Bullock (two years, $5.0m), Anthony Tolliver (one year, $3.3m)


Warriors: Stephen Curry (five years, $201.0 million super-max deal), Kevin Durant (two years, $53.0m extra-value-meal deal), Andre Iguodala (three years, $48.0m), Shaun Livingston (three years, $24.0m), Nick Young (one year, $5.2m), Zaza Pachulia (one year, $3.5m), Omri Casspi (one year, salary unknown)


Rockets: P.J. Tucker (four years, $32.0 million), Nene (three years, $11.0m), Tarik Black (terms unknown)


Pacers: Bojan Bogdanovic (two years, $21.0m), Darren Collison (two years, $20.0m)


Clippers: Blake Griffin (five years, $173 million *agreed to but not official*), Danilo Gallinari (three years, $65.0m), Milos Teodosic (two years, $12.3m)


Lakers: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (one year, $18.0 million)


Grizzlies: Ben McLemore (two years, $10.7 million), Tyreke Evans (one year, $3.3m)


Heat: James Johnson (four years, $60 million, roughly), Dion Waiters (four years, $52.0m), Kelly Olynyk (four years, $50m+), Wayne Ellington (one year, $6.3m via team option)


Bucks: Tony Snell (four years, $46.0 million)


Wolves: Jeff Teague (three years, $57.0 million), Taj Gibson (two years, $28.0m), Jamal Crawford (two years, $8.9m)


Pelicans: Jrue Holiday (five years, $126+ million)


Knicks: Tim Hardaway Jr. (four years, $71.0 million...Hawks declined to match Knicks' offer), Ron Baker (two years, $8.9m)


Thunder: Andre Roberson (three years, $30.0 million), Patrick Patterson (three years, $16.4m), Raymond Felton (one year, $2.3m), Nick Collison (one year at the minimum)


Magic: Jonathon Simmons (three years, $20.0 million), Shelvin Mack (two years, $12.0m)


76ers: J.J. Redick (one year, $23.0 million), Amir Johnson (one year, $11.0m)


Suns: Alan Williams: (three years, $17.0 million)


Blazers: n/a


Kings: George Hill (three years, $57.0 million), Bogdan Bogdanovic (three years, $27.0 million), Zach Randolph (two years, $24.0m), Vince Carter (one year, $8.0m)


Spurs: Patty Mills (four years, $50.0 million), Rudy Gay (two years, $17.0m+), Joffrey Lauvergne (two years, salary unknown), Brandon Paul (minimum, terms unknown)


Raptors: Kyle Lowry (three years, $100 million), Serge Ibaka (three years, $65.0m)


Jazz: Joe Ingles (four years, $52.0 million), Thabo Sefolosha (two years, $10.5m), Jonas Jerebko (two years, $8.2m), Ekpe Udoh (two years, $6.5m)



Wizards: Otto Porter (four years, $106.0 million, after Wizards matched Nets' max offer), Jodie Meeks (two years, $7.0m), Mike Scott (one year at the minimum)





James Harden inked a four-year contract extension worth around $228 million, the largest extension in NBA history. The massive new pact will kick in two years from now, keeping him under contract through 2022-23. I think that’s it for extensions? The Wizards offered John Wall a four-year ‘supermax’ extension worth approximately $170, but for now he seems more inclined to play out the season on his current deal.





Although they happened just before July 1, I'll mention three major deals that shouldn't be excluded. 1) Paul George was dealt to OKC in exchange for Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis... 2) Chris Paul headed to the Rockets in a sign-and-trade for a large package that included Lou Williams, Pat Beverley, Sam Dekker and Montrezl Harrell... 3) Ricky Rubio went to Utah for a 2018 first-round pick. There are more but the focus here is on July 1 and beyond!


The Celtics traded Avery Bradley and a future second-round pick to the Pistons, who in turn sent Marcus Morris to Boston. Financial necessity prompted the move by the Celtics, who needed to clear space for Gordon Hayward. They may have also been responding to the future dilemma of trying to retain AB and Isaiah Thomas next summer, on a roster that already features two max contracts.


C.J. Miles went to the Raptors in a sign-and-trade deal sending Cory Joseph to the Pacers. Miles will ink a three-year, $25.0 million deal to give Toronto a court-spreading swingman, while Joseph gives Indiana some backcourt insurance behind newly-signed Darren Collison.


DeMarre Carroll's stint in Toronto ended with a salary-dump to the Nets, who also received future first- and second-round picks for their efforts. In exchange for the picks and DeMarre, who is owed a guaranteed $30.2 million over the next two seasons, the Raptors took back (and immediately waived) Justin Hamilton.


The Mavs traded A.J. Hammons to the Heat in exchange for Josh McRoberts, a future second-round pick, and cash.





(Note: Jonathon Simmons isn't here because he since signed with the Magic)

Shabazz Muhammad, Wolves renounced rights

Boris Diaw, waived by Jazz

Tyler Zeller, waived by Celtics

Monta Ellis, waived by Pacers

(There are more waivings, like Mike Miller, Rakeem Christmas, etc...but none with clear fantasy implications)



Available FAs


Restricted: Nerlens Noel (Mavs), Mason Plumlee (Nuggets), JaMychal Green (Grizzlies), Alex Len (Suns), Nikola Mirotic (Bulls),


Unrestricted: Derrick Rose, Pau Gasol, Rajon Rondo (Bulls waived him...his $13.4m salary was only guaranteed for $3m), Willie Reed, Jordan Hill, Manu Ginobili, Tony Allen, Shabazz Muhammad (whose rights were waived by MIN), Ian Clark, JaVale McGee, Andrew Bogut, Marreese Speights, Donatas Motiejunas, Luc Mbah a Moute, Thomas Robinson, Brandon Jennings, David Lee, Deron Williams, Rodney Stuckey, Anthony Morrow, Lavoy Allen, Ty Lawson, Matt Barnes, Dante Cunningham, Roy Hibbert, K.J. McDaniels, Randy Foye, Festus Ezeli, Gerald Green, James Michael McAdoo, Tiago Splitter, Jared Sullinger



Injury Updates


A slew of players suffered minor injuries at Summer League, but nothing major enough to suggest it will cost them much time. Examples include Markelle Fultz (ankle, 1-2 weeks), De'Aaron Fox (stiff ankle), Jayson Tatum (right knee tendinitis), Jaylen Brown (bruised quad), Jonathan Isaac (hip), Zach Collins (bruised quad), and recent casualty Marquese Chriss (sprained left ankle...severity unknown). If anything proves to be a long-term issue, we’ll know about it well before fantasy drafts occur.


Zach LaVine (ACL surgery) said that he's ahead of schedule and will be ready for training camp. His enthusiasm is great, but as usual we're not taking the word of the player himself (or his agent) as the final word. Chicago will certainly be cautious with LaVine's recovery, especially since explosive athleticism is such a big part of his game.


Isaiah Thomas reportedly won't require surgery on his strained right hip, saying, "Every indication is that he feels good and will be ready to go." You'd think that if he did need surgery, he'd have done it as soon as possible, so that's a good sign. Thomas is angling for a max contract next summer, and he could help his case by playing injury-free this season, or at least not aggravating his hip.


Ben Simmons (right foot surgery) is playing 5-on-5 but he skipped Summer League, and coach Brett Brown said that it would be "very ambitious" to assume he won't have limitations next year. Translate that as a minute-limit and DNPs in plenty of back-to-back sets (especially on the road, if Joel Embiid is anything to go by).


Joel Embiid (left knee surgery) didn't play in Summer League and he's also skipping the NBA Africa Game, but he's on target for training camp. Philly will undoubtedly keep a tight rein on him next season, and Brett Brown basically confirmed that a minute-limit will be in place.


Jamal Murray (sports hernia surgery) "fully expects" to be ready for training camp, and he did warm up with the Nuggets prior to multiple Summer League games.


Rudy Gay (Achilles surgery) is "ready" and has been "cleared", according to his agent. No agent in history has expressed pessimism about his client's health, so take this in context. Gay also said he plans to have the greatest recovery ever, or something to that extent.


Wolves rookie Justin Patton had surgery to repair a fractured metatarsal in his left foot on July 4. His return date is unknown, but the Wolves obviously aren't going to rush it.


Darrell Arthur flew to Germany for Regenokine treatment on his troublesome left knee. Denver can afford to take it easy with Arthur even if he's not 100 percent for training camp, given the profusion of big men on the roster.


I hoped that helped condense what has been a wild few weeks to begin July! Again, if you see any oversights or errors, just contact me via email or on Twitter @Knaus_RW. Have a great week!

Despite residing in Portland, Maine, Ryan Knaus remains a heartbroken Sonics fan who longs for the days of Shawn Kemp and Xavier McDaniel. He has written for Rotoworld.com since 2007. You can follow him on Twitter.
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