Free Agency has arrived! Teams have already been very active in trading and plotting in order for them to compete with the juggernaut Warriors team. Every team is doing their best to prepare to take them down and avoid letting another championship gracefully fall into their hands. With that being said, let’s take a look at this list of the top free agents and where they may be heading for next season:
KD and the Warriors have reached an agreement on a 2 year deal worth $53 million. There is a player option after the first year although Durant took $9 million less than the max deal in order to ensure the Warriors core of players stays intact. Durant is making it obvious he wants to continue to win and build a legacy within this franchise. Very selfless move on KD’s part.
The two-time MVP will re-signed with Warriors on “supermax” deal. Contract is worth $201 million over 5 years.
Hayward has officially agreed to join the Celtics. The contract he agreed to is $128 million over 4 years. He announced his decision with an article on The Player’s Tribune just hours after a false news report came out stating what ended up to be the actual outcome. This is huge news for the Celtics and even the league as a whole. The addition of Hayward makes the Celtics an actual contender to come out of the East and play a Western team for an NBA championship. Also, it makes the West as a conference just slightly weaker. With Paul George, Paul Millsap, and Jimmy Butler all in the Western Conference now it helps the balance of the league. Only by a small margin though.
Blake Griffin has reportedly re-signed with the Clippers on a 5 year deal worth $173 million.
Chris Paul was recently traded to the Rockets before becoming a free-agent. He will sign with Houston. Paul just wanted to help the Clippers get something out of him leaving the franchise.
Kyle Lowry has agreed to keep the Raptors All-Star duo intact by signing a $100 million deal over 3 years.
Millsap has agreed to join the Denver Nuggets on a 3 year deal worth $90 million.
Holiday is going to stay in New Orleans and re-sign on a contract worth $126 million over 5 years.
The Clippers acquired the forward in a three team trade that is sent Jamal Crawford, Diamond Stone, and L.A.’s 2018 protected first-round draft pick (via Houston) to Atlanta and a 2019 second-round draft pick from Atlanta (via Washington) to Denver. Gallinari’s contract will be over 3 years and worth $65 million.
Ibaka has chosen to stay with the Raptors stating that he feels like there is “unfinished business” to take care of with the team. The veteran forward signed a 3 year deal worth $65 million.
Pau Gasol declined his player option on his contract to become an unrestricted free agent although he is planning to re-sign with the Spurs. Both sides are looking to come to an agreement on a longer term deal as the Spurs also look to add a significant player to the roster.
Wade decided to pick up the $23.8 million player option for next season in order to “secure the bag” knowing he would not be offered the same amount of money from another team this late in his career. Expect Wade to be bought out by the team within this upcoming season.
Hill has decided to join the Sacramento Kings on a 3 year deal worth $57 million. He is a proven player that can help mentor the young players on the Kings’ roster including the 5th overall pick in this year’s draft in De’Aaron Fox who is a PG with superstar potential.
Porter agreed to a 4 year max deal worth $107 million offered by the Brooklyn Nets. The Wizards are looking to match the offer although have yet to do so. It seems as if they are weighing all of their options before committing to max Porter out.
Monroe plans to opt into his player option for this season worth $17.88 million. Monroe is currently being shopped around the league as the Bucks hope to trade him and his high value contract.
Jeff Teague has reached an agreement to sign with the Minnesota Timberwolves. Contract is worth $57 million over a 3 year span.
It seemed as if Iggy was on the verge of leaving although after cancelling the remainder of his meetings with teams after he talked with the Rockets although he has agreed to terms to re-sign with the Warriors on a 3 year deal worth $48 million.
Nerlens Noel is expected to test free agency waters with the potential of reaching a max contract deal from a non-playoff contender. Mark Cuban talked to Noel over the phone recently and told reporters that the Center is looking forward to continue playing in Dallas although if he decides to go where the money is, he will move on as Dallas can only offer $18-20 million a year which is slightly less than a max offer.
JJ has come to an agreement on a 1 year deal worth $23 million with the 76ers.
Dallas has re-signed Dirk to a 2 year deal worth just $10 million.