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The 2019 NBA free agency signing period is upon us and here you can find live analysis for each agreement from our team of writers @DKLive. Check back here for live fantasy basketball analysis and you can also find complete analysis on the DK Live Dashboard.


Kevin Durant to sign with the Nets

It looks like the Warriors dynasty is starting to break up, with Kevin Durant expected to sign a four-year, $142M maximum contract with Brooklyn, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Durant will likely be out much of the season with a torn Achilles suffered in the NBA Finals, but when he returns, the Nets will have a strong foundation to build around since they are expected to sign Kyrie Irving Sunday as well. With Kyrie and Durant teaming up, the Nets are also expected to sign C DeAndre Jordan, who is a good friend of Durant’s. The additions also likely mean the Nets will renounce the rights to D’Angelo Russell, making him an unrestricted free agent.
— Zach Thompson, DK Live contributor


Report: Warriors, Willie Cauley-Stein agree on deal

The Golden State discount is alive and well. After re-signing Kevon Looney to a very team-friendly deal earlier in the week, Marcus Thompson of the Athletic is reporting that Cauley-Stein has reached an agreement to join the Warriors at just slightly above the minimum salary. The former lottery pick never really lived up to the hype in Sacramento, however, that’s not to say Cauley-Stein never showed flashes of potential. The 25-year-old averaged 11.9 points and 8.4 rebounds per game in 2018-19, starting all but one of the Sacramento’s regular-season contests. If Steve Kerr is content to continue to bring Looney in off the bench, Cauley-Stein should be given a chance to start next year.
— Greg Ehrenberg, DK Live contributor


Report: Hassan Whiteside headed to Trail Blazers for Mo Harkless, Meyers Leonard

Whiteside will be unloaded for Mo Harkless and Meyers Leonard, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The Heat have been trying to clear salary cap space in order to complete a Jimmy Butler sign-and-trade with the 76ers, and the Heat now have to unload less money to complete the Butler trade. For the Blazers, their center position has some uncertainty with Jusuf Nurkic recovering from a brutal leg injury, and Whiteside gives them a starting option as insurance for Nurkic. Whiteside is a talented rebounder and interior defender, ranking as the league’s best rebounder by the percentage of missed shots he grabs while holding opponents to just 54% shooting on shots within five feet of the basket, one of the best marks in that zone.
Timothy Finnegan — DK Live contributor


Report: Celtics, Enes Kanter agree to two-year deal

The deal is for two years and $10 million, and Kanter’s second year is a player option, per The Athletic’s Shams Charania. Kanter will add scoring punch and rebounding to a Celtics frontcourt that lost both Al Horford and Aron Baynes. Kanter posted a strong 22.3 player efficiency rating last season, 13th best at center, and carries fantasy value provided a good minute load. While Kanter is a talented offensive player and rebounder, he is considered to be a liability defensively. Kanter was the league’s second worst defensive center by defensive real plus-minus last season, ranking an ugly 66th of 67 centers.
Timothy Finnegan — DK Live contributor


Report: Knicks add another veteran, bring in PG Elfrid Payton on two-year deal

After missing on Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant, the Knicks continue to add solid free agents from the next tier by adding Payton on a deal worth $16 million, per The Athletic’s Shams Charania. Payton battled multiple injuries early in the season after signing with the Pelicans a year ago, but when he played he was pretty effective averaging 10.6 points, 7.6 assists, 5.2 rebounds and 1.0 steals per game. He had several dominant stretches for the hapless Pelicans including a run of five straight triple-doubles in mid-March. Payton is not a score-first guard but can distribute well and get solid rebounds. He will be reunited with Julius Randle, whom he played with in New Orleans this season. His arrival in New York will mean less playing time for Dennis Smith Jr. and Frank Ntilikina.
— Zach Thompson, DK Live contributor


Report: Seth Curry, Mavs agree to four-year deal

Curry played last season in Portland but will return to Dallas on a four-year deal worth $32 million, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Curry averaged just 7.9 points, 1.6 rebounds and 0.9 assists while playing 18.9 minutes off the bench for the Blazers. In the previous season, he played 70 games for the Mavs and averaged 12.8 points, 2.7 assists and 2.6 rebounds in 29 minutes per game. He will add some nice shooting depth for the Mavs second unit and can play the point if needed. Curry made a great impression in the clubhouse in his previous stop in Dallas and will be looking to bounce back after a rough season in Portland.
— Zach Thompson, DK Live contributor


Report: Rockets, Austin Rivers agree to two-year deal

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski first reported the agreement, but the financial terms are still unclear. Rivers joined the Rockets in late December 2018 and while his 8.2 player efficiency rating with Houston during the regular season was ugly, he was an effective rotation player in the playoffs. Houston outscored opponents by about six points per 100 possessions in minutes with Rivers on the court in the playoffs, a boost from their numbers with Rivers off the court. Rivers was particularly effective in the Warriors series, with the Rockets outscoring the Warriors in minutes with Rivers on the court while being outscored by Golden State with Rivers off the court.
Timothy Finnegan — DK Live contributor


Report: Lakers, Troy Daniels agree to one-year deal

Daniels’ agent told The Athletic’s Shams Charania that the deal is for one year and $2.1 million, and it will not affect Los Angeles’ cap space. Daniels is a good fit for a Lakers roster that badly needs shooting, as focal point of the offense, LeBron James thrives with shooters around him. Daniels has shot an excellent 40% from 3-point range in his career and was lethal last season when given space to shoot, shooting an outstanding 48% on wide-open 3s, per the league’s player tracking system, which measures the closest defender to the shooter. Daniels’ ability to drain open 3s will help space the floor for James and make defenses more reluctant to sag off to double team James.
Timothy Finnegan — DK Live contributor


Report: Maxi Kleber, Mavs agree to four-year deal

Kleber, who was a restricted free agent, will stay with the Mavericks on a four year, $35 million dollar deal, per the New York Times’ Marc Stein. Kleber is now the third member of the Mavericks’ frontcourt to be re-signed this offseason, joining Dwight Powell and Kristaps Porzingis. Kleber played 21 minutes per game across 71 games for Dallas last season, 18 of which were starts, and despite a below average 13.1 player efficiency rating, he shot a respectable 35% from 3-point range, a good number for a big. Because he is a restricted free agent, Kleber’s extension will not affect Dallas’ cap room in free agency this summer.
Timothy Finnegan — DK Live contributor


Report: The Bulls, Wizards agree to sign-and-trade involving PG Tomas Satoransky

Chicago has agreed to acquire Satoransky in a sign-and-trade with the Wizards, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The three-year deal with the Bulls is expected to be for $30 million while Washington will receive draft-pick compensation in return. Satoransky played parts of the past three seasons with the Wizards and took over as starting PG after the injury to John Wall this past season. He averaged 10.3 points, 5.9 assists, 4.1 rebounds, and 1.2 steals in 31.7 minutes per game over his final 58 games of last season. He offers the Bulls some nice flexibility since he is a bigger guard who can flex to SF if needed. He’ll compete for playing time with Kris Dunn and rookie Coby White while offering nice depth as well.
— Zach Thompson, DK Live contributor


Report: The Clippers are bringing back PG/SG Patrick Beverley on a three-year deal

Despite rumors that the other team in Los Angeles was looking to add Beverley to its developing super team, the 30-year-old guard decided to stay put with a three-year deal worth $40 million, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Beverley was a huge part of the Clippers’ success last season, averaging 7.6 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 0.9 steals. He was the glue that held the team together through injuries and the Tobias Harris trade, and helped get the Clips to the playoffs. Beverley is mostly known for his defense but can also offer balanced offensive production when called upon to be more actively involved on that end of the floor. His return means Shai Gilgeous-Alexander will be brought along slowly this season.
— Zach Thompson, DK Live contributor


Report: Knicks, Reggie Bullock agree to two-year deal

Knicks fans are still not happy after losing out on Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant, but the organization did continue to make moves late into the night, agreeing to terms with Bullock on a two-year contract worth $21 million, per The Athletic’s Shams Charania. Bullock split last season between the Pistons and the Lakers, averaging 11.3 points, 2.7 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 0.6 steals per game. He could be an interesting option depending on if he can establish himself as a regular contributor on a team in need of outside shooting. If he is a starter and gets regular shots, he’ll be a low-level contributor of points and three-pointers. He also provides some experience for the young Knicks’ wings.
— Zach Thompson, DK Live contributor


Report: Andre Iguodala has been traded to the Grizzlies

Also going to the Grizzlies is a conditional pick to fall between the years 2024-26, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. The move was necessary as the Warriors reportedly pulled off a sign-and-trade to acquire D’Angelo Russell and the move hard-capped the team at $138.9 million. It’s not out of the realm of possibilities Iguodala ends up being bought out and lands with a different team, as he’d be a great addition to almost any team. Iguodala is set to make $17.1 million this upcoming season after averaging 5.7 PPG and 3.7 RPG.
— Steve Buchanan, DK Live contributor


Report: The Warriors have acquired D’Angelo Russell

Of all the destinations considered for Russell, nobody fathomed the Warriors would end up as the landing spot. Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that D’Lo is heading to Golden State on a four-year, $117M contract via a sign-and-trade. On paper, the chemistry could be a bit wonky for the Warriors’ offense with Curry and Russell sharing the floor. Both are high usage, although Russell does provide depth and insurance until Klay Thompson returns from his ACL injury. Russell is coming off a breakout season and his first All-Star selection. He averaged 21.1 points per game, but wasn’t efficient and shot 43.4% from the field. Russell figures to see better looks playing alongside Curry, which should boost his percentages.
— Greg Ehrenberg, DK Live contributor


Report: Pelicans are acquiring Derrick Favors

Tony Jones of The Athletic reports that the Pelicans have worked out a trade for Favors, with picks going back to the Jazz. After the Jazz signed Bojan Bogdanovic during free agency on a four-year deal at $73 million, Favors’ departure was the way to make the deal work. The Pelicans will take on his cap space, which is set at $17.6 million, which was part of the deal. With the acquisition, Favors is likely their starter at center and will join a new-look team that also signed J.J. Redick earlier today. In 76 games with the Jazz last season, Favors averaged 11.8 PPG and 7.4 RPG.
— Steve Buchanan, DK Live contributor


DeAndre Jordan agrees to terms with Nets to complete superteam

The deal covers four years and is worth $40 million. One of the more shocking reports is Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant were willing to take less than the max to allow Jordan to get paid, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. No longer in his prime, Jordan is still a high-volume rebounder but is no longer considered a strong defensive player. He averaged 13.1 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game last season. At his peak, Jordan averaged 2.5 blocks per game. He is likely to split time with Jarrett Allen at center, although it’s unclear who will start. There’s an argument to be made that Allen is the better player and he still is improving.
— Greg Ehrenberg, DK Live contributor


Report: The Heat are finalizing a sign-and-trade for Jimmy Butler

In return for Butler, the 76ers are getting back Josh Richardson, per Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. Butler is signing a four-year, $142M contract with Miami to give it the star to replace Dwyane Wade. Butler has bounced around from Chicago to Minnesota to Philly in the last few seasons, but finally appears to have landed in a long-term destination. He only averaged 18.2 points per game on the 76ers, although he figures to see increased usage as the top option for the Heat. In Josh Richardson, Philadelphia gets an affordable wing player who is an elite defender with the ability to space the floor.
— Greg Ehrenberg, DK Live contributor


Report: Al Horford agrees to four-year deal with 76ers

In what might be one of the bigger shockers in a wild 2019 NBA free agency, Horford agreed to the $109 million deal with $97 million of it guaranteed, per Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. Horford, who looked as if he might remain with the Celtics, has joined one of their rivals. He joins what is a talented and defensive-minded starting five that includes Josh Richardson, who was acquired after the team did a sign and trade with the Heat for Jimmy Butler. Horford adds another 3-point threat and brings some elite defense to what will be a dynamic starting lineup. Horford averaged 13.6 PPG, 6.7 RPG and hit 36% of his 3-point attempts last season.
— Steve Buchanan, DK Live contributor


Report: Taj Gibson agrees to two-year deal with Knicks

The deal is worth a reported $20 million, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. The Knicks are looking to piece together a roster any way they can after losing out on, well, everyone. Gibson will serve as depth behind newly signed Julius Randle and Mitchell Robinson. Gibson was said to have drawn some heavy interest with as many as nine teams in the mix for his services after averaging 10.8 PPG and 6.5 RPG through 70 games with the Timberwolves. With the deal, it’ll take Gibson to the age of 36 once it expires, so this could be the last significant contract of his 10-year career.
— Steve Buchanan, DK Live contributor


Report: George Hill agrees to return to Bucks on three-year deal

It was only a couple of days ago when Hill was waived by the Bucks in hopes to save up some salary to re-sign some of their big-ticket free agents. Now, Hill will rejoin the team with the deal worth $29 million, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic. With Khris Middleton back in the fold and potentially Brook Lopez, the Bucks seem to be in the same salary scenario prior to when they waived Hill, indicating that something could be coming down the line. Regardless, Hill is coming off a strong postseason, especially when Eric Bledsoe was struggling. Hill averaged 7.6 PPG and 2.5 RPG during the regular season.
— Steve Buchanan, DK Live contributor


Julius Randle has agreed to a three-year contract with the Knicks

The Knicks weren’t going to sit around and do nothing as the Nets grabbed the headlines. After opting out of his deal with the Pelicans, Randle has agreed to join the Knicks for three years and $63 million. At 24, he’s young and figures to play a pivotal role in the Knicks’ rebuild. Randle made big strides to his game last season and averaged a career-best 21.4 points per game. The key to his development was the addition of a jump shot. Randle shot 34.4% from 3 and helped New Orleans to space the floor. His biggest weakness is his inability to serve as a rim protector, but this should be covered up nicely by Mitchell Robinson.
— Greg Ehrenberg, DK Live contributor


Tobias Harris agrees to re-sign with the 76ers

The Sixers acquired Harris in a mid-season trade from the Clippers and will keep him long-term after agreeing to a five-year contract for $180 million. Harris averaged 18.2 points, 7.9 rebounds and 2.9 assists in his 27 games with Philadelphia and proved to be a nice compliment to Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid. With JJ Redick reportedly agreeing to join the Pelicans and Jimmy Butler rumored to be headed for the Heat, Harris could be in an even bigger role this season depending on who else Philadelphia is able to add this offseason.
— Zach Thompson, DK Live contributor


Report: Ricky Rubio has agreed to three-year deal with Suns

The deal is worth $51 million, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic. With the Jazz trading for Mike Conley, the writing was on the wall that Rubio would be landing with a new team once free agency hit. The Suns have been in need for someone to pair with Devin Booker, and Rubio fits the mold after averaging 12.7 PPG and 6.1 APG. These two, along with Deandre Ayton, should provide plenty of points for the Suns, who will be looking to improve upon a season in which they managed just 19 wins. Rubio should continue to thrive in his new atmosphere.
— Steve Buchanan, DK Live contributor


Report: Malcolm Brogdon is heading to the Pacers in a sign-and-trade

A restricted free agent, Brogdon agreed to a four-year, $85 million deal with the Pacers, per Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. As compensation, Indiana is sending a first-round and two future second-round picks back to the Bucks. A foot injury limited him to 64 games last season, but it was a breakout campaign for Brogdon when healthy. He scored 15.6 points per game, the best of his career, and did it on 50.5% shooting from the field. With Darren Collison retiring and Victor Oladipo expected to miss a chunk of the season, Brogdon is in line for big fantasy numbers.
— Greg Ehrenberg, DK Live contributor


Jeremy Lamb agrees to three-year deal with Pacers

The deal is worth $31.5 million, per Lamb’s agent Jeff Schwartz. The deal looked to heat up as the Pacers felt as though they would be losing Bojan Bogdanovic to the Jazz, which has reportedly occurred with a four-year, $73 million deal. Luckily for the Pacers, Lamb is coming off a career year in which he posted 15.3 PPG, 5.5 RPG and 2.2 APG. While Lamb lacks consistency at times, his shooting abilities are undeniable. The Pacers were looking to get faster and sign a player that can generate offense so they landed the second-best-case scenario here.
— Steve Buchanan, DK Live contributor


Report: Bojan Bogdanovic agrees to deal with the Jazz

Utah continues to add weapons this offseason by agreeing to a four-year, $73 million contract with the former Pacer, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Bogdanovic had been a huge part of the Pacers the past two seasons, starting all but three regular season games. He averaged 18.0 points, 4.1 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 2.0 3-pointers per game last season, all establishing new career-highs. He’ll join Mike Conley and Donovan Mitchell to give the Jazz a nice backcourt, wing scoring and spacing around Derrick Favors and Rudy Gobert this season. It’s a big deal, but Bogdanovic is a very nice fit for the Jazz if he continues to flourish as he has the past two seasons.
— Zach Thompson, DK Live contributor


Report: Al-Farouq Aminu has agreed to terms with the Magic

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN is reporting Aminu has agreed to a three-year deal worth $29M. Per dollar, this is a good deal for Orlando, although Aminu doesn’t fill a position of need. The Magic are filled with frontcourt players and lack guards who can shoot. Between Aminu, Nikola Vucevic, Jonathan Isaac, Aaron Gordon and Mo Bamba, extended playing time could be hard to come by and somebody is going to be left out of the rotation. The addition of Aminu likely hurts the fantasy value of Bamba and Isaac the most. Last season, Aminu averaged 9.4 points and 7.5 rebounds per game and was a strong defensive presence.
— Greg Ehrenberg, DK Live contributor


Report: Trevor Ariza agrees with Kings on two-year deal

Shams Charania of The Athletics has the deal valued at $25 million dollars. The signing of Ariza fills a big need for the Kings with his ability to hit three-pointers and his defense. Granted, his defense isn’t like it was years ago, but the big man can still fill that void for the team. His shots from three-point range are still on point; he hit 33.4% of his attempts between the Wizards and Suns last season. Overall, he averaged 12.5 PPG, 5.4 RPG and 3.7 APG through 69 games. Ariza will join recently-signed Dewayne Dedmon, who agreed to a three-year $41 million dollar deal.
— Steve Buchanan, DK Live contributor


Terrence Ross staying with the Magic

Ross was expected to get a lot of attention on the free agent market, but the 3-and-D specialist is staying put in Orlando, after agreeing to a four-year, $54 million deal to stay with the Magic. Ross joined the Magic in a trade from the Raptors in the middle of the 2016-17 season and played 81 games off the bench, averaging a career-high 15.1 points, 3.5 rebounds, 1.7 assists and a career-high 2.7 3-pointers in 26.5 minutes per game this season. He likely will continue to be one of the chief sources of scoring off the Orlando bench and will post big games when he gets his shot dropping from long-range.
— Zach Thompson, DK Live contributor


Dewayne Dedmon signs three-year deal with Kings

After playing the past two seasons with the Hawks, Dedmon is going to Sacramento for three years and $41 million. Despite being a valuable player, this will be the sixth different team for Dedmon in six seasons. A solid defender, he’s managed to adapt his game to the modern NBA as a competent 3-point shooter. Dedmon made 1.3 triples per game last season on 38.2% shooting from deep. He also averaged 10.8 points and 7.5 rebounds per game in 25.1 minutes. He figures to start in the frontcourt alongside Marvin Bagley.
— Greg Ehrenberg, DK Live contributor


Report: Thaddeus Young signs with the Bulls

The Bulls and Young reached a three-year, $41-million deal just after free agency officially opened, per Chris B. Haynes of Yahoo Sports. Young spent the past three seasons with the Pacers after time with the 76ers, Timberwolves and Nets. Young will be entering his 13th season in the NBA and will provide a veteran presence on a young Bulls roster. He started 81 games each of the past two seasons and averaged 12.6 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game last season. Young’s role will be determined by the rest of the additions the Bulls make this offseason.
— Zach Thompson, DK Live contributor


Report: JJ Redick has agreed to a two-year deal with Pelicans

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN has the deal at valued at $26.5 million for the 35-year-old shooting guard. This is a big change from his stance just over a month ago, when Redick expressed interest in re-joining the 76ers after spending the past two seasons with them. With the massive overhaul of their roster with the number of Lakers joining the team, New Orleans’ lack of shooting was an area it could improve upon. Redick is coming off a season where he averaged 18.1 PPG while hitting 39.7% of his 3-point attempts. His locker room presence also will be welcomed with the Pelicans employing such a young core of players.
— Steve Buchanan, DK Live contributor


Report: Rudy Gay expected to sign a two-year deal to stay in San Antonio

The Spurs are going to keep Gay around as a veteran presence for their young core and re-sign him to a two-year deal worth $32 million once free agency officially opens, per The Athletic’s Shams Charania. Gay was limited to 69 games last season, but averaged 13.7 points, 6.8 rebounds and 2.6 assists in 26.7 minutes per game. It was his second full season with the Spurs, where he seems to have become a part of coach Gregg Popovich’s plans to rebuild the team going forward.
— Zach Thompson, DK Live contributor


Report: Khris Middleton intends to stay with the Bucks

The Bucks are doing all they can to get the band back together after posting the best record in the NBA last season, and they’ll re-sign Middleton to a massive five-year, $178 million contract, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Middleton had a strong regular season as the second option in the Bucks offense behind Giannis Antetokounmpo. He averaged 18.3 points, 6.0 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 1.0 steals per game. With Middleton and Brook Lopez expected to sign today, the one remaining piece of the Bucks lineup still unresolved is Malcolm Brogdon, who is a restricted free agent.
— Zach Thompson, DK Live contributor


Report: Terry Rozier headed to the Hornets in a sign-and-trade

The Celtics and Hornets will work out a deal that sends restricted free agent Rozier to Charlotte, per The Athletic’s Shams Charania. Rozier will sign a three-year, $58-million contract with Boston and be traded to the Hornets where he’ll replace Kemba Walker, who is expected to sign with the Celtics later today. The parameters of the deal are still not clear at this point, so stay tuned as more details emerge as free agency gets underway.
— Zach Thompson, DK Live contributor


Report: Harrison Barnes expected to stay with the Kings

After acquiring Barnes in a mid-season trade from the Mavericks, the Kings will keep the 27-year-old forward around for the next four years on an $85 million deal, per The Athletic’s Sam Amick. Barnes averaged 14.3 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 28 starts for Sacramento and will continue to work with the Kings’ rising talent. His contract is built to decline over the next four seasons and be extremely affordable by the end of the deal. He’ll likely start and get good minutes at the start of the season but could see his usage and minutes decline depending on the evolution of Bogdan Bogdanovic, Buddy Hield and Marvin Bagley III.
— Zach Thompson, DK Live contributor


Report: Brook Lopez planning to stay in Milwaukee

When free agency opens in a few hours, Bucks C Brook Lopez is ready to sign a four-year, $52M deal to stay with the Bucks, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The veteran will be entering his 12th season but revitalized his career with a big season in his first year in Milwaukee. He played 81 regular season games and averaged 12.5 points, 4.9 rebounds, 2.2 blocks, 1.2 assists and 2.3 three-pointers made per game. His developing outside game helped the Bucks spread the floor for Giannis Antetokounmpo and makes him an ideal fit for Milwaukee as it tries to build on its success last season. The length of the deal is a little surprising for a 31-year-old, but the Bucks definitely view him as their starting center for years to come.
— Zach Thompson, DK Live contributor


Report: Kevin Durant will announce free agent decision Sunday night

Durant will announce his decision Sunday night on his company owned sports business network called The Boardroom, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Durant has primarily been linked to the Knicks, Nets, Clippers and Warriors, and a report from David Aldridge of The Athletic stated that if Durant were to take free agent meetings with teams, it would be located in New York City, which could be a hint as to where Durant is planning on ending up. Durant has long been linked to teaming up with Kyrie Irving, and if that were to happen, it looks like it will be in Brooklyn, as Irving appears set to join the Nets based on reports. Durant is expected to miss the entire 2019-20 season recovering from Achilles tendon surgery.
— Timothy Finnegan, DK Live contributor


Report: Damian Lillard, Trail Blazers working towards super max extension

The Athletic’s Shams Charania was the first to report, and the super maximum would pay Lillard $196 million over four years. Lillard is not eligible to become a free agent for two more seasons, but became super max eligible this summer, a provision that is designed to help keep players with their original teams, as the original team can pay the player far more than any other suitor would be allowed to offer. Lillard is one of the top point guards in the league and is a four-time All-NBA player, most recently being named Second Team All-NBA for 2018-19 after being named First Team All-NBA in 2017-18. Lillard’s 23.7 player efficiency rating ranked fourth best at PG last season.
— Timothy Finnegan, DK Live contributor


Report: Jonas Valanciunas expected to agree to deal with Grizzlies

The deal is expected to be for three years and $45 million, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, and will keep Valanciunas in Memphis. Valanciunas was traded from the Raptors to the Grizzlies in February last season and played a significant role for the Grizzlies, playing 28 minutes per game over 19 games, 17 of which were starts. Valanciunas posted an excellent 24.4 player efficiency rating last season, the best of his career. He averaged 20 points and 11 rebounds per game with the Grizzlies after the trade, also the best of his career and significantly above the 12 points and 8.5 rebounds per game he averaged in his career previously.
— Timothy Finnegan, DK Live contributor


Report: Dwight Powell and Mavericks expected to agree to extension

The Mavericks and Powell are expected to agree to a three-year, $33 million extension shortly after free agency begins, per The New York Times’ Marc Stein. The extension will start during the 2020-21 season, so it will not affect Dallas’ cap space for the 2019 free agency period, per ESPN’s Tim MacMahon. Powell had a player option worth about $10.2 million for the 2019-20 season, which he will apparently pick up as part of the extension. Powell had a good season for the Mavericks in 2018-19, posting a 20.4 player efficiency rating, the best of his five-year career. He had an expanded role toward the end of the season, averaging 31 minutes per game over his final 22 games, a boost from 18 minutes per game over his first 55 games.
— Timothy Finnegan, DK Live contributor


Saturday, June 29

Report: Nikola Vucevic plans to re-sign with the Magic

The terms are good ones for Orlando. Coming off his first All-Star appearance, the prevailing wisdom was Vucevic would get a max-contract, but Shams Charania of The Athletic is reporting the impending agreement is four years and $100 million. This keeps together the core of the Magic, who won the Southeast Division and played a few close games against the Raptors in the first round of the playoffs. Vooch averaged 20.8 points and 12 rebounds per game in his contract season. This deal brings into question the future of Mo Bamba. Selected by the Magic in the first round of last year’s draft, he doesn’t have a clear path to playing time as another pure center on the roster.
— Greg Ehrenberg, DK Live contributor


Report: Celtics to renounce rights to Terry Rozier

With Kemba Walker likely signing with the Celtics, Chris Haynes of Yahoo is reporting Boston will renounce the rights to Rozier. Once considered untouchable in trade talks, Rozier appeared disgruntled backing up Kyrie Irving and likely will find a team willing to make him a starting point guard. The Knicks and Suns have been two of the teams floated in rumors as having interest. While last season was considered disappointing for Rozier, his efficiency numbers closely mirrored his career stats. He shot 38.7% from the field and 35.3% from 3 last season compared to 38% from the field and 35.4% from 3 for his career.
— Greg Ehrenberg, DK Live contributor


Report: Derrick Rose nearing agreement with Pistons

After revitalizing his career with a big year in Minnesota, Rose is expected to meet with the Pistons as free agency starts Sunday with both sides motivated to reach a two-year deal quickly, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Rose played 51 games with the Timberwolves in 2018-19 and averaged 18.0 points, 4.3 assists, 2.7 rebounds and 27.3 minutes per game. He had played just 25 games total in the two previous seasons and appeared to be on his way out. Instead, he’ll look to join the Pistons, who made the playoffs as the eighth seed in Blake Griffin’s first full season in Detroit but lost to the Bucks in the first round.
— Zach Thompson, DK Live contributor


Report: Kyrie Irving and the Nets motivated to reach quick agreement

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN is reporting the Nets will offer Irving a four-year, $141 million deal when the two sides meet in New York on Sunday. All signs have indicated Kyrie wanted to join the Nets and, barring a setback, it appears a deal will be finalized at the start of free agency. With the Celtics last season, he averaged 23.8 points and 6.9 assists. Staying in the same division is sure to ruffle feathers in Boston and create a fun rivalry. Currently a restricted free agent, D’Angelo Russell’s future in Brooklyn could be coming to an end. Woj is reporting that Russell’s rights are expected to be renounced once the deal with Irving is completed.
— Greg Ehrenberg, DK Live contributor


Report: Frank Kaminsky will become an unrestricted free agent

The Hornets declined to make Kaminsky a qualifying offer, which will make Frank the Tank an unrestricted free agent this offseason. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports there is “significant interest” in Kaminsky, and he could be an intriguing fantasy option in the right situation. Kaminsky has shown flashes when given expanded opportunities but hasn’t ever been able to put it all together. He was out of rotation much of the season but emerged to average 12.8 points, 4.8 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.6 3PM in the final 21 games. He would be an interesting option in a situation where he can help spread the floor and provide rebounding.
— Zach Thompson, DK Live contributor


Report: Kemba Walker plans to sign with the Celtics

The Celtics reportedly have moved on from Kyrie Irving and are planning on agreeing with Walker to a four-year, $141 million maximum contract when free agency opens Sunday, per The Athletic’s Shams Charania. Walker played all 82 games for Charlotte last season and averaged 25.6 points, 5.9 assists, 4.4 rebounds and 1.2 steals. He played the first eight years of his career with the Hornets, after being drafted with the No. 9 overall pick out of UConn. Walker is a nice veteran addition for a Celtics team that looks to be ready to rely more heavily on young players Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown. Al Horford is also expected to depart as a free agent, leaving the Celtics to reshape their team after under-achieving last season.
— Zach Thompson, DK Live contributor


Report: Nikola Mirotic to sign with Euroleague club Barcelona

The Athletic’s Shams Charania was the first to report Mirotic’s decision to go overseas, and the exact terms of the deal have yet to be leaked. This is a fairly stunning decision, as Mirotic was in demand as a floor-spacing big and was expected to receive significant contract offers from NBA teams. Mirotic is a career 36% 3-point shooter, which is slightly better than average, and his ability to pull other bigs away from the paint to defend him on the perimeter is a coveted skill set. Mirotic began last season with the Pelicans before being traded to the Bucks, a move that was praised due to Mirotic’s ability to space the floor for lethal driver Giannis Antetokounmpo.
— Timothy Finnegan, DK Live contributor


Report: Nuggets to pick up Paul Millsap’s option for 2019-20

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski first reported the transaction. Millsap’s option is worth a hefty $30.3 million, and despite now being over the salary cap, Denver will have a $9.2 million mid-level exception to sign free agents this summer. Millsap was hobbled by a toe injury last season, but still posted a better than average 17.9 player efficiency rating while playing outstanding defense. Millsap was the league’s fifth-best defensive power forward by defensive real-plus minus, and he shot just under 37% from 3-point range, a good percentage for a big. The Nuggets are in the mix of a Western Conference that has its biggest window in years in large part due to injuries to the Warriors.
— Timothy Finnegan, DK Live contributor


Report: Klay Thompson and Warriors plan to reach agreement on max deal

The agreement will be for five years and $190 million, per The Athletic’s Shams Charania. The deal keeps the Splash Brothers together until at least the summer of 2022, as that is when Stephen Curry’s contract is set to expire. Thompson is one of the best long distance shooters in NBA history, posting a career 3-point percentage of 42% while showcasing the ability to hit tough, contested shots due to his height and lightning quick release. Thompson is also one of the best perimeter defenders in the league, making him an elite two-way player. Thompson is set to miss a significant part of the 2019-20 season recovering from ACL surgery, and it’s not clear when he will be able to return to action.
— Timothy Finnegan, DK Live contributor


Report: Kawhi Leonard and Kevin Durant discussing teaming up

The Clippers and Knicks are the two teams that Leonard and Durant have discussed joining together, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. While Durant has been strongly linked to the Knicks, Leonard has not been strongly linked there until today, and this represents a development for New York, who traded Kristaps Porzingis earlier in the year in part to create cap space for two max free agents. Prior to this report, Leonard has been primarily linked to Toronto and the two Los Angeles teams. Wojnarowski adds that the Nets remain free agent PG Kyrie Irving’s sole focus, and that a scenario exists that could include both Irving and Durant teaming up in Brooklyn.
— Timothy Finnegan, DK Live contributor