NBA free agency is in full swing with some superstars still waiting to make decisions. Will the Dallas Mavericks strengthen again? What happens to James Harden? We stay on the ball.
This article will be continuously updated.
NBA Free Agency: Price for James Harden “very high”
4:48 p.m .: A little more information about Grant Williams, who should be on the list with the Mavericks. According to The Athletic, the Celtics are expecting the mid-level exception or a sign-and-trade deal in the matter of Grant. Boston hopes to get a first-round pick as compensation for such a deal, but such picks rarely change hands in a sign-and-trade. In addition to Dallas, Atlanta, Charlotte, the Knicks and Wizards are also named as potential teams.
Williams can sign an offer sheet from another team on July 6, giving the Celtics 24 hours to go along with the offer. Also interesting: Internally, it is expected that the cause of Williams will be clarified before Jaylen Brown’s extension.
4:39 p.m .: LeBron James’ eldest son Bronny is well on his way to the league, even if his talent is definitely not as high as Mr. Papa’s back then. According to Yahoo, several teams want to scout the 18-year-old at the “Peach Jam” basketball tournament. As there would be: Lakers, Mavericks, Knicks, Suns, Heat, Cavaliers, Hawks, Magic and other teams. Probably has something to do with the fact that you could get LeBron for a bargain price should Bronny be drafted next year… This fall, the Filius will play for the USC Trojans in college for the first time.
4:35 p.m .: What’s new from James Harden? Woj has revealed to ESPN that the bearded man attended sports mogul Michael Rubin’s birthday party yesterday, as did Joel Embiid and Sixers owner Josh Harris. So we’re still talking to each other, that’s a good thing!
Less good for Harden: “The Sixers have spoken to other teams about a Harden trade. The price quoted is very high,” said Woj. So things could drag on for a while, similar to Ben Simmons two years ago. But there are definitely interested teams.
NBA Free Agency: Mavericks an Williams und Thybulle dran
4:29 p.m .: By the way, did you know that a new flopping rule and a new challenge rule are being tested in the NBA? You can read that in yesterday’s ticker (8:42 p.m.). So, I also promoted it!
4:27 p.m .: And there is also a promotion from today: The Orlando Magic promoted Anthony Parker to general manager. He takes over for John Hammond, who will take on an advisory role from now on. Parker will now assist team president Jeff Weltman, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.
4:25 p.m .: Which team still has which exception available? A list from Spotrac guru Keith Smith can be found here.
4:18 p.m .: Nothing is fixed for the players yet, but Jason Kidd’s coaching staff will be further strengthened in Dallas: According to Marc Stein (substack), Josh Burghammer (previously Cavaliers assistant) is coming. He is the third new signing after Alex Jenson (Utah) and Bryan Gate (Phoenix).
4:10 p.m .: ESPN’s Tim “Banned” MacMahon has new information about the Dallas Mavericks’ plans: According to this, restricted free agents Grant Williams (Celtics) and Matisse Thybulle (Trail Blazers) are potential targets for the Mavs. You could sign either of them with the full mid-level exception. That would be just over $12 million annually.
However, one must not forget that the two swingmen are “restricted” free agents. So Boston and Portland could each take the offers and keep the players that way.
4:00 p.m.: Hello everyone, after a rather quiet Tuesday in the NBA, things should definitely get wild again today! Let’s get started.