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Live NBA Free Agency Blog

Sunday, July 1, 2018


**This is no longer being updated as of Sunday at midnight.

 

Welcome to the Rotoworld Live Blog for NBA Free Agency. This should be updated for most of the weekend, but be aware there may be lapses, as I'll have to sleep at some point. Enjoy. (The timestamps are the time they hit the Rotoworld Newsfeed). 

 

11:04 p.m. JaVale McGee has agreed to a one-year deal with the Lakers, but we'll have to see if DeMarcus Cousins is heading to the Lakers before truly knowing McGee's potential role. If the Lakers get Kawhi Leonard or Cousins, they're putting together a team they think can compete with the Warrriors, and getting one of their centers for the veteran's minimum was a coup. 

 

10:57 p.m. Elfrid Payton signed a one-year deal to join the Pelicans with a player option on a second year. Rajon Rondo and Ian Clark are unrestricted free agents, so Payton is going to get minutes if Rondo doesn't return, and maybe a lot of them if the Pelicans play Jrue Holiday at shooting guard, where he flourished last year. Payton was a lot more fun to own when he had crazy hair, but he should be a decent low-end fantasy option in New Orleans. But if Rondo re-signs and is the starter, Payton will likely still be on the waiver wire after your fantasy draft is over.  

 

10:29 p.m. Lance Stephenson agrees to a one-year, $4.5 million deal to join the, wait for it...Lakers!! This is fascinating and hilarious on several levels, as his relationship with new teammate LeBron is famous for the 2014 "blowing in the ear" incident, as well as several other run ins. Stephenson will play some point and provide some veteran support in the locker room, but his signing makes it look like Isaiah Thomas might not be coming back to the Lakers. 

 

9:52 p.m. Aaron Gordon and the Magic have agreed on a four-year, $84 million deal. Gordon was in a tough spot here. He was a restricted free agent in a tight market, without many teams willing or able to tie up huge money in an offer sheet -- especially since the Magic had vowed to match almost anything. The deal is fully guaranteed without any team or player options, and it's good news for fantasy owners -- AG was a mid-round roto value despite lousy percentages last year, and could take the next step under coach Steve Clifford.

 

9:12 p.m. Mario Hezonja has agreed to a one-year, $6.5 million deal with the Knicks. Multiple teams were after Hezonja in free agency, but he reportedly wanted to play for coach David Fizdale. That's a welcome change of pace for the Knicks, given previous coach Jeff Hornacek's often contentious relationship with players. Courtney Lee is a glaring trade target which could open up a starting job for Hezonja, making this a great place for him to have landed.

 

8:42 p.m. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope has agreed to a one-year, $12 million deal with the Lakers. So much for KCP landing with the Clippers -- he was initially supposed to meet with them on Sunday, but that meeting was pushed back and it's since become clear why. He slots into a solid 32+ minute role and should continue to be a sneaky steals-and-3s specialist alongside LeBron.

 

8:09 p.m. LeBron James has agreed to a four-year, $154 million deal with the Lakers, with the fourth year as a player option. L.A. had emerged as the frontrunner but this deal is still stunning for the length, with LBJ going all-in on building a new legacy on the west coast. Kawhi Leonard reportedly hasn't changed his stance of wanting to be dealt to an L.A. team, and LeBron's arrival should give Magic Johnson and the Lakers' front office renewed urgency to build a package the Spurs will accept for Kawhi. LBJ is a fantasy wrecking ball no matter where he lands, and the only question is which teammates he'll bring along for the ride in 2018-19. The Rockets kept Chris Paul in the fold, the Thunder retained their star duo with Paul George returning, and the Warriors remain the team to beat. With LBJ in L.A. now, the Western Conference is shaping up to be a dogfight.

 

3:56 p.m. Salah Mejri has re-signed with the Mavericks on a one-year, $1.6 million deal. With DeAndre Jordan coming to town, Mejri's simply a backup role player at this point. 

 

2:08 p.m. Glenn Robinson III is finalizing a two-year, $8.3 million deal with the Detroit Pistons. He'll likely need the Pistons to part ways with James Ennis to have a shot at serious minutes. 

 

!:37 p.m. The Heat signed Derrick Jones Jr. to a standard deal, likely for the minimum. This might be the least exciting free agency news over the last 24 hours. 

 

11:15 a.m. Luke Kornet has agreed to a one-year, $1.6 million deal with the Knicks. Stop the presses! He didn't play much last year, but there's a little deep-sleeper potential here.

 

10:39 a.m. Fred VanVleet has agreed to a two-year, $18 million deal to remain with Toronto. He's back, baby. And qualifies as a deep sleeper in fantasy. 

 

2:27 a.m. Nik Stauskas has agreed to a deal with the Blazers, according to Chris Haynes of ESPN.com. Would you like some special sauce on your Big Mac?

 

1:08 a.m. Rockets will sign Gerald Green to a one-year deal, although we don’t know about the money yet. Green could get a boost with Trevor Ariza bailing for Phoenix, but then again, as long as Chris Paul and James Harden are healthy, it’s tough to see Green doing much on most nights. It’s just cool that he’s stayed in the league for as long as he has after blowing out the candle on a cupcake, sitting on the back of the rim in a dunk contest back in 2008. And if you’ve never seen it…

 

1:01 a.m. Marco Belinelli agrees to a two-year, $12 million deal with the Spurs. He actually won a title with them in the past and there are enough questions about the Spurs that he could make a fantasy impact.

 

12:59 a.m. Omri Casspi agrees to a one-year deal with the Grizzlies. He’ll join one of the worst offensive teams in history (last season) and hit some threes, but he’s not a fantasy target for now.

11:51 p.m. Kevin Durant agrees to a two-year, 61.5 million deal with a player option for the 2019-20 season. No surprise.

 

12:52 a.m. Derrick Rose will be back in Minnesota after agreeing to a one-year deal for a reported $2.1 million. Oh how the MVP has fallen, and he’ll have to compete with Jeff Teague and Tyus Jones for minutes at the point. And as you know, his knees are always a concern.

 

12:45 a.m. Ed Davis agreed to a one-year, $4.4 million deal with the Nets. He’ll be Jarrett Allen’s backup at center and should also play some power forward for a team lacking in that department. But he’s not a fantasy target as of now.

 

12:42 a.m. Trevor Ariza will sign a one-year, $15 million deal with the Suns. The former Rocket’s not used to losing a ton of games, but that’s probably about to change. He should see a boost in Phoenix though, until they rest him when the losses pile up. Tough break for the Rockets.

 

12:22 a.m. Jerami Grant will re-sign with OKC on a three-year deal worth $27 million. He was a nice role player for the Thunder last season and could have an even bigger role this year. He’s probably worth a late flier, but a guy named Carmelo Anthony is standing in his way of being a household name in fantasy.

 

12:21 a.m. Aron Baynes will re-sign with the Celtics on a two-year, $11 million deal. He’ll back up Al Horford, but is still just Aron Baynes – a solid role player.

 

12:08 a.m. DeAndre Jordan will join the Mavericks on a one-year, $24.1 million deal. Of course, we’ve seen Jordan go to the Mavericks and then bail out before, but this one should stick. They needed a center badly, and got one of the best, although hitting free throws in Dallas won’t be any easier than hitting them in L.A.

 

12:02 a.m. Ersan Ilyasova agrees to a three-year, $21 million deal with the Bucks. The Ghostface Ilya won’t go away quietly and will probably hit a ton of threes and miss a lot of games for the rest of his career.

 

12:02 a.m. Chris Paul will re-sign with the Rockets for a four-year, $160 million deal and will team with James Harden in one of the league’s sickest backcourts.

 

11:58 p.m. Joe Harris re-signs with the Nets for $16 million over two years. He had a nice season last year, but it will depend on what other guards come back to the Nets before we can fully trust him.

 

11:57 p.m. Doug McDermott agrees to a three-year, $22 million deal with the Pacers. McBuckets in the Fieldhouse could be interesting.

 

11:48 p.m. Rudy Gay will sign a one-year, $10 million deal to rejoin the Spurs next season. He made a cool $1.2 million after declining his $8.8 million player option. Nice message, Rudy. If Kawhi Leonard’s not with the Spurs, Gay could be a sleeper.

 

11:44 p.m. Nikola Jokic will agree to a $148 million max-deal after midnight. Y’all know we love us some Jokic at Rotoworld and he will be the centerpiece of Denver’s future. He’s just 22 years old.

 

11:44 p.m. Paul George has committed to a max deal with the Thunder. He agreed to a four-year, $137 max deal just after midnight and we’re going to be seeing a heavy dose of Russell Westbrook to PG-13 for years to come. So much for LeBron James joining George and Kawhi Leonard in L.A.

 

11:01 p.m. Will Barton and Denver will come to terms on a four-year deal just north of $50 million (54) when free agency opens, according to Chris Mannix of Yahoo! Sports. Good for Barton, who is one of the more underrated players in the league.



Steve "Dr. A" Alexander is the senior editor for the NBA for Rotoworld.com and a contributor to NBCSports.com. The 2017-18 NBA season marks (at least) his 16th year of covering fantasy hoops for Rotoworld. Follow him on Twitter - @Docktora.
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