In a few hours the time will have come – free agency will officially start at midnight. Until then, as usual, we will provide you with all the news and rumors about the deals at Around the NBA!
NBA rumours: The most important news of the day
- 5:15 p.m.: No Dark Horse heats in the fight for Brunson after all?
- 4:58 p.m.: Potential top pick changes teams
- 4:42 p.m.: “Done Deal”: Tucker probably has a new team
- 4:33 p.m.: Irving was probably really thinking about Lakers’ pay cut yet
- 3:36 p.m.: Numerous names on the Lakers list
- 3:32 p.m.: Kemba before Pistons buyout
NBA Rumors: No Dark Horse Heat in Battle for Brunson After All?
5:38 p.m.: If Brunson goes, a replacement will have to be found in Dallas: the name Goran Dragic is already being hotly traded, but that would be a very small solution. Sam Amico from Hoops Wire brings Collin Sexton into play. He missed much of the pre-season with a meniscus injury but can score points should he recover. Initially, Sexton was asking for around 20 million per year, but his market is said to be more in the 10-12 million range. However, the Mavs have no room for maneuver, Amico mentions a sign-and-trade deal with Dwight Powell as an option. Mhm, difficult … Also, according to John Gambadoro, the Mavs are from Arizona Sports on ex-player Javale McGee, as well as the Bucks and Nets. Could he replace Powell?
5:27 p.m.: Fischer also has a German update ready: In the course of speculation about the future of Isaiah Hartenstein, he brings the Knicks into play. Yesterday Stein had awarded the Magic the leading position in the race for the German Big.
5:22 p.m.: In short, more nuggets from Fischer’s Stein podcast: Offers for Gary Payton (most recently Warriors) as part of the full Taxpayer Midlevel Exception – i.e. around 10 million – could come from the Pistons and Hornets in his opinion. An offer for Joe Ingles (Blazers) could be in a similar range. There are a few options for him, and Memphis is very interested. And: The Hawks, Raptors and Nets are the favorites on Royce O’Neale (Jazz).
5:15 p.m.: But no competition for the Knicks and the Mavs? According to Tim Reynold, no meeting between Jalen Brunson and the Miami Heat is scheduled for today. In general, there were no corresponding plans. This is confirmed by other local reporters, Windermann and Anthony Chiang. That doesn’t necessarily mean that the Heat will start the race for the little guard. As a reminder, Chris Haynes reported yesterday that a Mavs offer of 106m/5 years would definitely not be enough, it would take 125. The Knicks could offer a maximum of four years and 110m. And the Heat were dubbed the Dark Horse.
NBA: Tucker deal “done”? Potential top pick changes teams
5:05 p.m.: Of course, the unmarried topic of Miles Bridges must also be discussed briefly. If it should have been primarily about his (probably) upcoming Max contract with the Hornets, he has now been arrested and is free on bail. After this first TMZ Sports with reference to domestic salary, the LA Police Department on Thursday confirmed the arrest and the franchise also released a statement. One is aware of the reports, but: “We are in the process of collecting additional information. We will not be making any further comments at this time.”
Here’s the news.
4:58 p.m: With the Murray trade, the Spurs have set all signs to rebuild. There are unlikely to be many wins in the coming year, so the name of Victor Wembanyama is already haunting San Antonio. He is considered the favorite for the first pick in the upcoming draft, and he has now made a first decision about his future. The youngster dropped out of his contract at ASVEL Villeurbanne and joins Boulogne-Levallois Metropolitans 92 from Paris. The G League team Ignite, Real Madrid, Barcelona and Paris Basket were also traded as interested parties.
4:47 p.m.: In the Tucker case, it must be said that the reports are not completely congruent. The Miami Herald’s Barry Jackson says the Heat players would at least do their best to keep Tucker in their ranks. Jimmy Butler in particular is hoping for more games together. Should they part ways, Jackson brings in TJ Warren, Kyle Anderson, Thaddeus Young, Nicolas Batum and of course Danilo Gallinari as alternatives for the full mid-level exception.
4:42 p.m.: Another very interesting name is that of PJ Tucker: according to Keith Pompey dated Philadelphia Inquirer, Tucker’s signing with the Sixers is a “done deal”. Cost point: 30 million dollars for three years. He rejected inquiries from Milwaukee and his previous team in Miami, with a guarantee of $27 million. Tucker didn’t exercise his option with the Heat, Stein said a return to South Beach would be a “surprise.” Fischer adds that Joel Embiid is involved in the talks and that Tucker is keen to be paid. The days of being a Journey Man are over.
4:33 p.m.: Interesting: According to Jake Fischer (who said so in the Stein podcast), Kyrie Irving apparently actually considered signing the Taxpayer Mid-Level Exception with the Lakers. “That’s the truth,” he explains. He discussed this possibility in his closest circle and since it’s the Lakers, it wouldn’t have failed because of the finances. Instead of 6.5, there are now 36.5 million in the form of the player option. “Normal people make life work on earth, but people who are different will guide us in the future,” Irving told Shams of his renewal.
4:21 p.m.: Small update to the Heat. According to Ira Windermann from South Florida Sun Sentinel The contracts of Max Strus (1.8m), Gabe Vincent (1.8m) and Omer Yurtseven (1.7m) have been guaranteed since June 29. 5.3 million for three decent players, not bad. Today is the deadline for Moritz Wagner (1.88), Kelly Oubre (from 5 to 12.6), Theo Maledon (1.9) and Juan Hernangomez (7.3). After that, these contracts are guaranteed.
4:16 p.m.: All good things come in threes! Regarding the rumors about possible centers for the Bulls, Johnson says: As for many other teams, Andre Drummond is an interesting name that should be available at the veteran minimum. Speculations about Rudy Gobert, on the other hand, are “exaggerated” and not particularly obvious. In addition, Johnson throws the name Jakob Pöltl into the room, should the Spurs continue to push the rebuild and want to collect picks. Also, Coby White is set to remain in Chicago for his third year in the NBA. Before the draft, the name was thrown out by the franchise, but the demand for a draft pick and a young rotation player was too high.
4:11 p.m.: In addition, Johnson explains that the Bulls would be interested in Danilo Gallinari should he be waived by the Spurs as expected after his move in the course of the Murray trade. Johnson expects a two-year contract in the range of 7-8 million annually. It could help that Gallinari was already trained by Billy Donovan in OKC.
4:08 p.m.: Would you like a load of Chicago Bulls? May I help you. Like KC Johnson of NBC Sports Chicago reported, Zach LaVine is expected to sign a new contract shortly after free agency begins. LaVine has already informed people close to him that he plans to remain in Chicago. His new contract will most likely be a five-year Max deal and 215 million. GM Marc Eversley had already declared shortly after the draft that he would do everything to keep the franchise player.
NBA rumours: Numerous names on Lakers list
3:55 p.m.: Not overly spectacular, but at least worth a mention. As is well known, James Harden, like Bradley Beal, did not exercise his player option – in his case it was worth $ 47.4 million. The goal is to negotiate a longer-term extension at lower pay to facilitate changes in the Sixers roster. Marc Stein expects a contract in the mid-30s, so that the 100 million mark will be cracked in the end. That sounds fair…
By the way, here you will find all the players that are coming onto the market, as well as an explanation of all the terms that are thrown around in free agency.
3.50 p.m.: I still owe you a few minor updates, for example on the spectacular trade by Dejounte Murray, which my colleague Frerks had already looked at more closely (this way). One reason for the Spurs to become active with Murray was probably the fact that he and his agent Rich Paul had no intention of extending the contract in San Antonio in the summer. This is what Brian Windhorst explained (ESPN) on the Hoop Collective Podcast. However, the Spurs could only have offered him a salary increase of 20 percent from the previous 16.6 million – relatively little money for the All-Star. Now he will probably spend the next two years in Atlanta under his current (very team-friendly) contract – and then it will be expensive for his employer.
15.40 Watch: Speaking of Monk: Like the ever-popular Jake Fisher (Bleacher Report) added, there is interest from the Kings in the guard, which apparently meets with approval. Bad sign for the Lakers? FYI: Last year Monk played for just under 1.8 million, after promising performances (13.8 points, 39.1 percent threesomes) it should now be significantly more.
3:36 p.m.: The Lakers still have a little work to do to shape the future squad. Jovan Buha from The Athletic is throwing around (aside from the fact that the Lakers would like to hold Malik Monk if possible) some names that could potentially qualify for the Taxpayer Midlevel Exception. Among them: Otto Porter Jr., Nicolas Batum, Gary Harris, TJ Warren, Caleb Martin, Cody Martin, Mo Bamba and Danuel House Jr. That all sounds very wild … Chris Mannix already reported on the interest in Bamba (AND), who also stated that the Magic would be interested in staying on, but only at a certain price. Of course, this is not mentioned.
3:32 p.m.: One name that will draw interest despite underperforming at the Knicks is Kemba Walker. After his trade to the Pistons, Adrian Wojnarowski reports from ESPN now that agreement on a buyout is imminent. Thus, the point guard comes on the market as an unrestricted free agent. Numbers guru Bobby Marks adds that Walker is still due 9.2 million from Detroit next season and 3 million as a free agent with more than 10 years of NBA experience. Who could hit that?
3:28 p.m.: Good Morning! Free agency is imminent. From 12:00 a.m. Central European Time, i.e. 6:00 p.m. on the east coast in the States, teams can officially discuss deals with free agents. The signature may only be given six days later, but in a few hours we should have much more clarity about how things will continue for numerous exciting names. Let’s start.