Although Free Agency is only three days old, most players have already negotiated their new contracts. But: Damian Lillard and James Harden have called for trades, especially with Lillard it could go faster than expected. You won’t miss a thing with All About the NBA.
NBA Free Agency: Auch Boston an Lillard dran?
5:39 p.m .: It probably wouldn’t have needed any sources for this, but Michael Scotto (HoopsHype) asked around and he learned that Jerami Grant will be a trade candidate again later in the season. Who would have thought? The forward agreed a $160 million, five-year deal with Portland on day one of free agency and will be tradable again starting December 15.
5:24 p.m .: According to Chris Haynes (Bleacher Report), not only the Heat have figured out what it takes to get Lillard out of Portland. Haynes also names the Timberwolves, Pelicans and Boston Celtics as teams that have already rung the bell with the Blazers. The Pels, who still have a few picks from Los Angeles and Milwaukee, could be quite interesting.
NBA Free Agency: Not having Maxey?
5:12 p.m .: Victor Wembanyama could have made his debut today, but the Frenchman will only appear in Vegas on Saturday night. Anyway, with No.2 pick Brandon Miller, the California Classic has something to offer. Here are the schedules for the coming night.
12 o’clock: Lakers vs. Heat (Sacramento) 1 o’clock: Sixers vs. Grizzlies (Salt Lake City) 2 o’clock: Hornets vs. Spurs (Sacramento) 3 o’clock: Jazz vs. Thunder (Salt Lake City) 4 o’clock: Kings vs. Warriors (Sacramento)
4:59 p.m.: Short pan to Cleveland, who has secured some shooting for the wing with Max Strus and Georges Niang. At the same time, there are also rumors that center Jarrett Allen is available. The Big Man didn’t play the best playoff series against the Knicks and, according to Marc Stein (Substack), should not be undisputed. A quick look at his contract: $20 million left until 2026.
4:43 p.m .: Brian Windhorst (ESPN) is skeptical. Here’s an excerpt from his latest Hoop Collective podcast on Maxey: “They want to prove to everyone that Maxey isn’t available. ‘Prime Michael Jordan is available? A 25-year-old LeBron James? Giannis wants to be a sixer? We got the number lost. If you want Maxey, forget it now.’ I don’t believe them, even if that’s what everyone says.”
4:30 p.m .: The other hotspot in the league is, of course, Philadelphia. What happens to Harden? Do the Sixers have any stock in the Lillard race? Tyrese Maxey, who hasn’t signed a rookie extension yet, could play an important role here. The Sixers allegedly want to take their time here, but at the same time see the guard as extremely valuable. Well, at $4.3 million next season, the former No. 21 pick is an absolute steal too. In 2024 the Restricted Free Agency awaits.
NBA Free Agency: Miami goes all-in for Lillard
4:22 p.m.: And one more thing. Tyler Herro took down “Miami Heat” from his bio on Twitter. Yes, yes, that’s investigative journalism. He also doesn’t follow the heat. Unfortunately, we cannot say if he did this before.
4:13 p.m.: Winderman also used the analogy that the Heat had “parked” a “dumpster” in front of the Blazers’ headquarters. That’s pretty good because, as we pointed out, Miami doesn’t even have that much to offer.
Miami Heat: All contracts at a glance
Spieler (Alter)Position23/2424/2525/2626/27Jimmy Butler (33)Forward45,248,852,4*UFABam Adebayo (25)Center32,634,837,1UFAKyle Lowry (37)Guard29,7UFA–Tyler Herro (23)Guard27,029,031,033.0Duncan Robinson (29)Forward18,219,419,9***UFACaleb Martin (27)Forward6,87,1*UFA-Kevin Love (35)Center3,7****3,9****–Jaime Jaquez Jr. (22)Guard3,53,73,9**5,9**Josh Richardson (30)Guard2,9****3,1****UFA-Nikola Jovic (20)Forward2,42,54,4**RFAHaywood Highsmith (26)Forward1,9***RFA–Orlando Robinson (23)Center1,8RFA–
* Player option, ** Team option, *** Not guaranteed, **** Estimated
4:06 p.m.: Let’s start right away in Miami, who probably all want to put their eggs in the Lillard basket. According to Ira Winderman (Sun Sentinel), only Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo are untouchable for Miami in any trade scenario. Only Caleb Martin could still negotiate a little, otherwise the Blazers can choose (including picks) what they want from the Heat.
4 p.m.: New week, new luck. The free agency market is almost empty, but with Damian Lillard and James Harden we also have two fat fish that can be traded. Let’s see what happens.
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