NBA free agency is underway with negotiations between teams and players happening around the league. Players can begin signing these deals on July 6. The top players to watch include James Harden, Bradley Beal, Zach LaVine, Deandre Ayton and Jalen Brunson. Brunson, according to Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes, intends to sign with the New York Knicks. Follow along for live updates on signings, trades, contract extensions and all NBA happenings.
Before the free agent negotiations could even start, Kevin Durant shocked the NBA world by requesting a trade from the Brooklyn Nets, sources told Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes. Durant’s preferred landing spot is the Phoenix Suns, Haynes reported. The Brooklyn experiment with Durant, Kyrie Irving, James Harden and now Ben Simmons has been a complete failure. So, what teams can actually send the Nets the largest return package in NBA history for Durant?
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Harden reportedly declined his $47.4 million option Wednesday, and the expectation is that he will re-sign with the team on a new contract. He is eligible for a max contract worth $270 million over five years, but the Philadelphia 76ers are expected to offer him a two-year extension.
LaVine is an unrestricted when free agency begins, but the Chicago Bulls are expected to offer him a five-year, $212 million maximum contract offer and LaVine is expected to stay in Chicago.
This is where things could get shaken up. Ayton did not receive a max extension last summer from the Phoenix Suns. He has four options this summer: 1) re-sign with the Suns; 2) sign an offer sheet elsewhere, which Phoenix can (and should) match; 3) seek a sign-and-trade deal to another team; or 4) play the final season of his rookie contract on a $16.4 million qualifying offer and become an unrestricted free agent after next season.
Wall agreed to a buyout of the final year of his contract with the Houston Rockets, according to Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes. Wall did not play in Houston last season but has publicly said he wants to play on a contending team. He is expected to sign with the Los Angeles Clippers once he clears waivers, Haynes reported.