NBA free agency is under way. There’s still plenty of league news, rumours and updates, and that figures to be the case all week as at July 4.
Patrick Patterson Moves To Thunder
Patrick Patterson will be joining the retooling Thunder. He and the Thunder agreed on a $16.4 million contract with a player option in the third year. Patterson is a strong defender that can stretch the floor and a great fit next to Russell Westbrook and Paul George. The third year player option also gives him an escape if those two bolt in free agency once their contracts end.
Otto Porter signs max offer sheet with Nets, Wizards intend to match
Otto Porter and the Nets reportedly agreed to a max contract offer sheet, worth $104 million on Tuesday. Starting July 6, once Porter signs an offer sheet, the Wizards will have 48 hours to match Brooklyn’s offer. As of now, Washington is reportedly expected to match the Nets offer despite the steep price. This is what the Nets do. They go after expensive names in restricted free agency and hope to steal a name however it looks like the Wizards are going to keep this one.
Celtics Shopping Smart?
The Celtics got their man, agreeing to a deal with free agent forward Gordon Hayward, but that means they will have to move someone currently on the team in order to clear the cap space to sign Hayward. According to a report from Fred Katz of the Norman Transcript, the Celtics have been calling teams about moving Marcus Smart.
Warriors agree to deal with Casspi
The Golden State Warriors continued their busy offseason on Tuesday, as ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the team agreed to a
Interest peaking on Olynyk
With the Celtics having, they renounced Kelly Olynyk in order to help clear cap space. With the big man now an unrestricted free agent, there are a number of teams interested, according to a report from ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Gordon Hayward agrees to join Celtics
The Gordon Hayward sweepstakes has come to a conclusion on the Fourth of July. The former Butler player will team up with his college coach Brad Stevens in Boston. Hayward penned a Players’ Tribune article announcing his move from Utah to Boston. He’s reportedly signing a four-year, $128 million deal with the Celtics.
Heat waive Chris Bosh, clear his salary
Because of medical problems related to recurring blood clots, doctors have not cleared Chris Bosh to return to the NBA, and recently the Miami Heat were notified by the league that they would be able to clear Bosh’s salary — $52.1 million over the next two years — from their books.
Bosh will still get his money, but it will not count against the Heat’s salary cap space. On Tuesday, the Heat . Team president Pat Riley added that the Heat will retire Bosh’s number.
Jamal Crawford wants to join Lonzo, Lakers
Jamal Crawford is reportedly being moved to the Hawks in a three-team trade, but it’s likely a buyout could be coming his way in the near future. If that’s the case then he’ll be able to go anywhere he wants. If he gets his way then he could be back in Los Angeles, but this time he’ll be on the Lakers. Reports are that Crawford wants torather than staying with the Hawks.
Memphis awaiting offer sheet from JaMychal Green
JaMychal Green might not be in Memphis next year. His offer from the Grizzlies left his agent very unhappy and now Memphis is awaiting an offer sheet. It appears that the Grizzlies are going to let the restricted free agency market decide the value on Green. If they like the price then they’ll match.
Kings reach deals with George Hill, Zach Randolph
The Kings are off to a busy Fourth of July. According to Shams Charania of the Vertical, Sacramento has reached a three-year, $57M. The Kings, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, also agreed to terms on a two-year, $24 million .
Suns sign Europe standout Mike James
The Phoenix Suns have signed NBA rookie guard Mike James, the team announced on Monday. James has been a star in Europe, where he averaged 13.1 points, 3.0 assists and 0.9 steals in 25 Euroleague games with Panathinaikos in 2016-17. He went undrafted out of Lamar University in 2012.
Young expected to make decision July 4th or 5th
Afterrecently, free agent Nick Young is closing in on a July 4th or 5th decision, Zach Lowe of ESPN reports. Among the bidders, Lowe reports, is the Golden State Warriors and New Orleans Pelicans.
After five seasons with the Atlanta Hawks, free agent guard Mike Scott is finalizing a minimum deal with the Washington Wizards, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports. Scott served as a bit player for the Wizards last season, averaging 2.5 points and 2.1 rebounds last season. But he’s shown flashes of becoming more than just a bench player. In the 2013-14 season, Scott, then 25, averaged 9.6 points and 3.6 rebounds while playing nearly 20 minutes per contest.