NBA Free Agency: Central

NBA Free Agency: Central
Ryan Knaus surveys the free agent landscape for the Central Division's Bucks, Bulls, Cavaliers, Pacers and Pistons.
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Joe Johnson - G/F - Jazz

The Jazz agreed to terms with unrestricted free agent Joe Johnson on a two-year, $22 million deal.

The Jazz were interested on a number of wings and they'll go with Iso Joe on a short-term deal. Johnson just turned 35 this week and did show he still had a little left in the tank with the Heat, averaging 13.4 points, 2.8 boards, 3.6 assists, 0.9 steals and 1.5 treys on 51.8 percent from the field in those 24 games. He is likely only looking at minutes in the low 20s to help out the second unit. The Jazz look like a playoff contender.
Jul 2 - 12:51 AM

The Nets have "weighed all day" whether they should sign restricted free agent Allen Crabbe, according to Marc Stein of ESPN.com.

To start the day, there was almost no chance Crabbe was going anywhere, but the Blazers giving Evan Turner a four-year, $70 million deal could have opened the door. Crabbe might be one of the most underrated players in the NBA due to being overshadowed, but he is a plus-defender and posted an effective 57.2 true shooting percentage last season. The Nets have a ton of space, so they might offer the max to put pressure on the Blazers.
Jul 2 - 12:11 AM

Unrestricted free agent Rajon Rondo is getting interest from the Kings, Bulls, 76ers and possibly Pelicans, according to Marc Spears of ESPN.com.

An earlier report from multiple Pelicans beat writers said the team wasn't interested, but Spears adds that Anthony Davis is a Rondo fan. It's hard to see any of these teams being aggressive on Rondo with most of them set to build around young players. The Bulls could be the frontrunner of this group after Rondo met with them on Friday.
Jul 2 - 12:05 AM
Al Horford - F/C - Hawks

Unrestricted free agent Al Horford met with a mystery team on Friday.

He also met with the Celtics, Wizards and Rockets. The mystery team angle is always a fun one and sometimes that team does come through. The best bet would be the Thunder, who are expected to make a run at Horford and move some contracts around. Horford should have his decision this weekend.
Jul 2 - 12:01 AM

The Hawks and Suns have "pondered in recent days" a trade involving Paul Millsap and a collection of Suns draft picks, according to Chris Haynes of Cleveland.com.

The Hawks are going to try to explore a deal to keep Al Horford, but this seems like a wild move for one of the best power forwards in the NBA on a good contract next season. Although, Millsap is a lock to not pick up his player option in 2017, so he would be unrestricted next summer. The Suns had two top-eight picks in Marquese Chriss and Dragan Bender while they hold all their future picks and two additional firsts coming their way from Miami. Get ready for a lot of Hawks rumors this weekend.
Jul 1 - 11:47 PM
Al Horford - F/C - Hawks

Al Horford met with the Rockets, Wizards and Celtics on Friday, and is expected to make a decision over the weekend.

With Kent Bazemore re-signing, the Hawks won't have the cap space to bring back Horford. There is some talk of the Celtics trying to get Horford to agree to terms before they meet with Kevin Durant on Saturday, so that's something to watch. There are also reports of the Hawks trying to make some moves to clear out space for Horford, but it's not going to be easy.
Jul 1 - 11:01 PM

The Hawks have reached an agreement with Kent Bazemore for a deal worth $70 million over four years.

This news also basically means Al Horford has no chance of a return. The Hawks used their two draft picks on potential Bazemore replacements, but they'll have him ready to take on a bigger role in 2016-17 with Jeff Teague in Indiana. Bazemore ran the offense a lot more when he was younger while he was in Summer League and with the Lakers, so that might be a new wrinkle to his game. His fantasy ceiling should increase next season. Additionally, he's having a very happy 27th birthday on Friday.
Jul 1 - 10:48 PM

The Knicks and Joakim Noah have officially agreed on a four-year, $72 million deal.

The framework has been decided for about 22 hours, but the parties met in Orlando to come to a more formal agreement -- Noah won't sign the deal until at least July 7. This is a lot of money to give to an oft-injured, 31-year-old center. On top of only playing in 29 games, Noah turned in awful shooting numbers of 38.3 percent from the field and 48.9 percent from the line. The change of scenery helps, but he's still not a great fantasy option.
Jul 1 - 10:41 PM
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