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NBA free agency is under way. There’s still plenty of league news, rumors and updates, and that figures to be the case all week. Stay current as we keep you posted …

Heat no longer an option for Hayward

The Gordon Hayward sweepstakes is apparently down to two teams. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Gordon Hayward eliminated the Miami Heat from consideration on Monday night. That leaves either the Celtics or Jazz as the team that wins Hayward’s services.

There were earlier reports Tuesday indicating that Hayward chose Boston, but conflicting reports say he has yet to make a decision. (Updated Tuesday, July 4 at 6:24 p.m. EST) 

Jamal Crawford wants to join Lonzo, Lakers

Jamal Crawford
is reportedly being moved to the
Atlanta 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
Los Angeles Lakers
. Reports are that Crawford wants to play for Lonzo Ball and the Lakers rather than staying with the Hawks. (Updated Tuesday, July 4 at 5:02 pm. EST)

Memphis awaiting offer sheet from JaMychal Green

JaMychal Green
might not be in Memphis next year. His offer from the
Memphis 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. (Updated Tuesday, July 4 at 4:58 p.m. EST)

Hayward chooses Celtics? Agent: No decision yet

Free agent forward
Gordon Hayward
reportedly chose the
Boston Celtics
, according to a report from ESPN and confirmed by other outlets. However, there were conflicting reports from Adrian Wojnarowski and David Aldridge saying Hayward had not made a final decision(Updated Tuesday, July 4 at 3:01 p.m. ET)

Kings reach deals with George Hill, Zach Randolph

Sacramento Kings
are off to a busy Fourth of July. According to Shams Charania of the Vertical, Sacramento has reached a three-year, $57M deal with veteran point guard George Hill. The Kings, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, also agreed to terms on a two-year, $24 million deal with veteran big man Zach Randolph(Updated Tuesday, July 4 at 1:40 p.m. ET)

Warriors frontrunners if Jamal Crawford seeks buyout; Cavs, Spurs inquiring

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Clippers and Nuggets are working on a sign-and-trade deal that would send free agent forward
Danilo Gallinari
to Los Angeles on a three-year, $65 million deal. Shams Charania of The Vertical reports that the Hawks would also be involved, and the final deal would be Gallinari to L.A. and Jamal Crawford and
Diamond Stone
to Atlanta. ESPN reports, however, that Crawford will seek a buyout from Atlanta, should he be traded, and Golden State would be the frontunners to land him. Cleveland and San Antonio are also inquiring about Crawford, according to the report. (Updated Tuesday, July 4 at 12:15 p.m. ET)

Suns sign Europe standout Mike James

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. (Updated Tuesday, July 4 at 10:38 a.m. ET)

Young expected to make decision July 4th or 5th

After declining his player option with the Los Angeles Lakers recently, 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
New Orleans Pelicans
. (Updated Tuesday, July 4 at 9:50 a.m. ET)

Free agent Mike Scott finalizing deal with Wizards

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. (Updated Tuesday, July 4 at 8:41 a.m. ET)

Hayward to sleep on free agency decision

Gordon Hayward’s three free agency meetings are all complete, as he finished up with the
Utah Jazz
on Monday night, but according to USA Today’s Sam Amick, Hayward is “genuinely torn,” and will sleep on his decision, with an announcement expected July 4(Updated  Monday, July 3 at 10:39 p.m. ET)

Jazz conclude meeting with Hayward

According to a report from Jody Genessy of the Desert News, the Jazz’s meeting with Gordon Hayward has concluded and they did an “excellent job” making their case. Take from that what you will. (Updated  Monday, July 3 at 10:19 p.m. ET)

Pacers working towards buyout with Ellis

Indiana Pacers
have been busy this offseason, shipping
Paul George
to the
Oklahoma City Thunder
in one of the most talked about deals of the summer. Earlier Monday afternoon they also reached an agreement with free agent point guard Darren Collison. Now, it appears they could be parting ways with
Monta Ellis
, as Nate Taylor of the Indy Star reported that the two sides are discussing a buyout, and it could be done later this month. (Updated  Monday, July 3 at 10:13 p.m. ET)

Rubio flying in from Spain to join meeting with Hayward

The Utah Jazz received some reinforcements for their meeting with Gordon Hayward, as Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported that their new acquisition, Ricky Rubio, flew in from Spain in order to make his case for the swingman to stay in Salt Lake City. (Updated  Monday, July 3 at 7:28 p.m. ET)

Pacers agree to deal with Collison

Jeff Teague
gone to Minnesota, the Indiana Pacers were in need of a point guard for next season, and it appears they have found one, as Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported that the Pacers have agreed to a two-year deal with veteran free agent Darren Collison(Updated  Monday, July 3 at 7:23 p.m. ET)

Durant takes major paycut

Kevin Durant
has reached an agreement with the Warriors that will serve as a major tax break for ownership. It was expected that he would take a paycut to help Golden State sign free agents and keep key players. However nobody expected him to cut off as much as he did. Durant will make $54 million over two years with a second year player option. That is well below the max. (Updated  Monday, July 3 at 6:30 p.m. ET)

Swaggy to Warriors could happen, but several other teams interested

USA Today’s Sam Amick reports that Nick Young joining the Warriors is still a real possibility, but that several other teams are also interested in the 32-year-old free agent. The Warriors could offer Young the mid-level exception, while New Orleans has also been reported to have interest in Swaggy P, who shot 40 percent on 170 made 3-pointers last season with the Lakers. (Updated Monday, July 3 at 4:30 p.m. ET)

Hayward told Jazz he wanted Rubio

Gordon Hayward has not yet made a decision about whether to return to Utah, but ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne reports that Hayward told the Jazz that he wanted to play with point guard Ricky Rubio. The Jazz traded for Rubio just before the free agency period began, possibly with the hope that it would help entice Hayward to re-sign with Utah. (Updated Monday, July 3 at 3:30 p.m. ET)

Suns waive Barbosa

Phoenix is waiving guard
Leandro Barbosa
, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Arizona Sports’ Craig Grialou reports that the move will save the Suns $3.5 million in cap space, and that Barbosa’s $4 million contract for next season would have become guaranteed after Monday. (Updated Monday, July 3 at 3 p.m. ET)

George Hill meeting with Lakers

Free agent point guard George Hill is meeting with the Lakers to discuss a potential one-year deal, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. The Lakers, who have also been linked to
Rajon Rondo
, reportedly hope to play Hill and Lonzo Ball together in the backcourt. (Updated Monday, July 3 at 1:45 p.m. ET)

Cavs still have no GM

The Cavs may have to wait a little longer on a new general manager. Brian Windhorst said Monday that it’s become “very clear” that their intended target, Chauncey Billups, is moving on from the position. Cleveland has yet to interview anybody else for the position. We are three days into free agency and the club has no GM. (Updated Monday, July 3 10:45 a.m. ET)

Rose interested in Milwaukee

Derrick Rose plans on meeting with the Bucks on Monday. The former MVP point guard hasn’t been linked to many teams, and so far only the
New York Knicks
have shown interest. Milwaukee could use a backup point guard, and if Rose is willing to take that role the two sides could find common ground. (Updated Monday, July 3 9:35 a.m. ET) 

Clippers make strong impression on Gallinari

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports the Clippers made a “strong impression” in their presentation to free agent Danilo Gallinari in L.A. on Sunday. Gallinari opted out of the last year of his deal that was to pay him $16 million next season in Denver, and could be set for a big payday; however, the Clippers are over the cap and currently don’t have the assets to make a competitive offer without roster manuevering or potentially working a deal to land him via a sign-and-trade. (Updated Sunday, July 2 at 11:59 p.m. ET)

Paul Millsap joins Nuggets on 3-year deal

Free agent
Paul Millsap
has agreed to terms to join the Denver Nuggets on a three-year deal worth $90 million, according to Shams Charania of The Vertical. Matt Moore of CBS Sports reports the third year of his deal is a team option. (Updated Sunday, July 2 at 11:15 p.m. ET)

Memphis finalizing a deal to acquire Ben McLemore

Shooting guard
Ben McLemore
is finalizing a deal to join the Memphis Grizzlies, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports. McLemore averaged 8.1 points and 2.1 rebounds per game last season in Sacramento, but could see an expanded role on offense as a member of the Grizzlies. His deal is two years, $11 million, according to the report from Wojnarowski. (Updated Sunday, July 2 at 10:25 p.m. ET)

Lakers have Sunday evening meeting with Miami’s Waiters

Dion Waiters
was to meet with the Lakers on Sunday evening, according to Michael Scotto of Basketball Insiders. Waiters averaged 15.8 points and 4.3 assists and had the most efficient 3-point shooting campaign (42.4 percent) of his career last season for the
Miami Heat
. (Updated Sunday, July 2 at 10:10 p.m. ET)

Minnesota pulls qualifying offer from Shabazz Muhammad

The Wolves pulled their qualifying offer to
Shabazz Muhammad
, making him an unrestricted free agent, according to ESPN. Muhammad, a 6-foot-6 wing, spent the past four seasons in Minnesota and averaged 9.9 points last season. (Updated Sunday, July 2 at 10:02 p.m. ET)

Celtics waive Tyler Zeller

The club waived
Tyler Zeller
after three seasons. Zeller had a non-guaranteed contract that would have been fully guaranteed at $8 million had he not been waived by the end of the day on July 2. The 7-foot center averaged 3.5 points and 2.4 rebounds last season. (Updated Sunday, July 2 at 9:28 p.m. ET)

Nick Young being considered by Warriors as mid-level exception addition

Free agent Nick Young is a candidate to sign with the Warriors as a mid-level exception signee, according to a report from Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. David Aldridge reports the New Orleans Pelicans, which could potentially offer more playing time, also are in the mix for Young. (Updated Sunday, July 2 at 8:20 p.m. ET)

Lakers interested in signing Rondo

After drafting
UCLA Bruins
point guard Lonzo Ball with the No. 2 overall pick, the Lakers reportedly have interest in signing Rajon Rondo as a veteran presence, according to Ramona Shelburne of ESPN. Rondo spent last season with the
Chicago Bulls
but was waived. (Updated Sunday, July 2 at 8:05 p.m. ET)

Vince Carter set to meet with Kings Monday

Eight-time All-Star Vince Carter is slated to take a meeting with Sacramento on Monday, according to a report from ESPN’s Chris Haynes. Carter has spent the past three seasons with the Memphis Grizzlies and has proven to be a formidable outside shooter late in his career. (Updated Sunday, July 2 at 8:01 p.m. ET)

Knicks coach Hornacek things Kristaps stays put

Despite the buzz about
Kristaps Porzingis
on the trading block before Phil Jackson was fired, coach Jeff Hornacek doesn’t think he’s going anywhere. “We love KP and what he does,” Hornacek told Newsday.com. “I don’t see him going anywhere.” (Updated Sunday, July 2 at 7:55 p.m. ET)

Sacramento offers max to Otto Porter

Sacramento extended a max offer sheet to Wizards restricted free agent
Otto Porter
Jr., according to Chris Haynes of ESPN. The Wizards can match any offer he fetches to retain him after a strong 2016-17 season. (Updated Sunday, July 2 at 6:59 p.m. ET)

Lowry, Raps agree to three-year, $100M deal

Kyle Lowry
is returning. He wrote in The Players’ Tribune that Toronto is home and that made his decision easy. It also helps that Toronto is offering him a three-year, $100 million contract. With
Serge Ibaka
planning a return as well it’s looking more and more like Toronto’s plan is to run it all back for another season. (Updated Sunday, July 2 at 5:27 p.m. ET)

Clippers eyeing Danilo Gallinari

The Clippers reportedly are targeting free-agent power forward Danilo Gallinari as they look to move on after losing
Chris Paul
and J.J. Redick. According to a report from Sam Amick of USA Today, the Clippers are searching for a third team to possibly make a sign-and-trade work with the Nuggets. (Updated Sunday, July 2 at 2:56 p.m. ET)

Riley, Spoelstra head west to meet with Waiters

Pat Riley and Erik Spoelstra have had a busy free agency so far. They spent Saturday recruiting Gordon Hayward to Miami and now they’re heading west to go talk to Dion Waiters. The Heat got a solid numbers out of Waiters last season when he showed that he can be a solid 3-and-D type player. It’s no surprise they want to look into keeping him around especially if Hayward doesn’t re-sign. (Updated Sunday, July 2 at 1:03 p.m. ET)

Meeks, Wizards strike a deal

Jodie Meeks
agreed to a two year deal with the Wizards worth $7 million, on Sunday. One of the stronger shooters in the NBA Meeks has been fighting injuries the last few years of his career. However, when healthy he’s a great shooter that can help just about any team in the NBA. Low risk and high reward for the Wizards. (Updated Sunday, July 2 at 12:45 p.m. ET)

Raptors not done with moves …

Cory Joseph
could be on the way out of Toronto. Rumors surfaced Sunday of a potential trade that would send Joseph to the Pacers in an attempt to create cap space. Likely so the
Toronto Raptors
can bring back both Kyle Lowry and Serge Ibaka on expensive contracts. They’ve already agreed to a deal with Ibaka. Now they have to get Lowry. (Updated Sunday, July 2 at 12:33 p.m. ET)

Gibson reunited with Thibodeau

Tom Thibodeau is getting the band back together. According to The Vertical’s Shams Charania, the
Minnesota Timberwolves
and free agent big man
Taj Gibson
have agreed to a two-year, $28 million deal. This will reunite Gibson with Thibodeau, his former coach with the Chicago Bulls, and
Jimmy Butler
, the former Bulls star. (Updated Sunday, July 2 at 12:05 p.m. ET)    

Ibaka stays with Raptors

The Toronto Raptors and free agent big man Serge Ibaka have reached an agreement on a three-year, $65 million contract, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Ibaka, 27, joined the team in February in a trade with the
Orlando Magic
(Updated Sunday, July 2 at 12 p.m. ET)   

Rockets land P.J. Tucker

Free agent defensive specialist P.J. Tucker has agreed to a four-year, $32 million contract with the
Houston Rockets
, according to Shams Charania of The Vertical. Tucker spent last season with the Suns and Raptors, averaging 6.8 points and 5.8 rebounds in 81 games. (Updated Sunday, July 2 at 1:05 a.m. ET)

Iguodala agrees to terms with Warriors

According to multiple sources, including the man himself, Andre Iguodala has agreed to return to the Golden State Warriors on a three-year, $48 million deal. Iguodala met with several teams and reportedly received an offer from the Rockets before coming to terms with the Warriors late Saturday night. (Updated Sunday, July 2 at 12:05 a.m. ET)

Lowry re-signing with Raptors?

According to Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today, there’s a growing sense among NBA executives that Kyle Lowry will re-sign with the Raptors. Zillgitt estimates that the deal will be in the neighborhood of three years at $27 million per season. (Updated Saturday, July 1 at 10:30 p.m. ET)

LeBron not actively recruiting for Cavs

According to ESPN’s Dave McMenamin,
LeBron James
is not taking an active role in recruiting free agents to Cleveland. The Cavs agreed to terms with
Jose Calderon
and are reportedly pursuing Zach Randolph, but James has been quiet thus far in terms of pitching potential free agents to come to the Cavs. (Updated Saturday, July 1 at 10:25 p.m. ET)

Ingles heading back to Utah

Restricted free agent forward
Joe Ingles
has agreed to a four-year, $52 million deal to return to the Utah Jazz, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. (Updated Saturday, July 1 at 9:40 p.m. ET)

Waiters talking with New York, Chicago, Sacramento

Free agent guard Dion Waiters is in discussions with the Knicks, Bulls and Kings according to the AP. The Heat are interested in bringing Waiters back to Miami, but aren’t expected to make an offer until Gordon Hayward decides between them, Utah and Boston. (Updated Saturday, July 1 at 9:33 p.m. ET)

Cavs bringing in Calderon

According to his agency, Priority Sports, and a report by Shams Charania of The Vertical, the Cavs have agreed to a one-year minimum deal with veteran point guard Jose Calderon. The deal with Calderon likely means that the Cavs will not attempt to bring back
Deron Williams
, who finished last season in Cleveland. (Updated Saturday, July 1 at 9:30 p.m. ET)

Hornets agree to terms with Carter-Williams

Free agent
Michael Carter-Williams
, who played with the Chicago Bulls last season, has agreed to a deal with the
Charlotte Hornets
, according to ESPN’s Jeff Goodman. The 2014 NBA Rookie of the Year will join his fourth team in five seasons. (Updated Saturday, July 1 at 6:15 p.m. ET)

Amir Johnson agrees to deal with 76ers

Free agent
Amir Johnson
has agreed to a one-year, $11 million deal with the
Philadelphia 76ers
, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Johnson spent the last two seasons with the Boston Celtics, and averaged 6.5 points and 4.6 rebounds per game last year. (Updated Saturday, July 1 at 6 p.m. ET)

Cavs, Rockets talking Shumpert trade

The Houston Rockets and
Cleveland Cavaliers
are reportedly discussing a deal that would send Iman Shumpert to Houston. The Cavs are reportedly looking for a draft pick and a trade exception in the deal, which would free up money to re-sign free agent guard
Kyle Korver
(Updated Saturday, July 1 at 5:15 p.m. ET)

Redick trusts the process

J.J. Redick has reportedly agreed to a one-year, $23 million deal with the Philadelphia 76ers. Redick averaged 15 points for the Clippers last season, but was not expected to return to the team. (Updated Saturday, July 1 at 4:15 p.m. ET)

Celtics reach deal with German All-Star

The Celtics reached an agreement with a free agent on Saturday, but probably not one that fans were hoping for. The team reportedly agreed to terms with German All-Star Daniel Theis on a two-year deal. The 25-year-old has been an All-Star in Germany for each of the past four seasons. (Updated Saturday, July 1 at 3:30 p.m. ET)

Knicks reach out to Rose, looking at Rondo, Collison

With Ricky Rubio traded to Utah,
Jrue Holiday
re-signing in New Orleans, Jeff Teague going to Minnesota and
Patty Mills
sticking in San Antonio, the number of available point guards is dwindling. In need of a veteran point guard to go along with their top draft pick, Frank Ntilikina, the Knicks could bring back
Derrick Rose
after all. They’ve reportedly been in contact with Rose, as well as Rajon Rondo and Darren Collison. (Updated Saturday, July 1 at 2:26 p.m. ET)

West agrees to one-year deal with Dubs

After taking less money to sign with the Warriors last season in hopes of winning a championship,
David West
did just that, and now he’s decided that he’d like to run things back, as he’s reportedly agreed to a one-year deal with the Warriors. (Updated Saturday, July 1 at 2:20 p.m. ET)

Pelicans to talk with Nick Young

According to TNT’s David Aldridge, the Pelicans will engage in talks with free agent Nick Young on Saturday. Young averaged 13.2 points and made 40 percent of his 3-pointers for the Lakers last season. (Updated Saturday, July 1 at 2:08 p.m. ET)

Galloway agrees to terms with Pistons

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, free agent
Langston Galloway
has agreed to a three-year, $21 million contract with the
Detroit Pistons
. Galloway averaged 7.9 points per game with the Pelicans and Kings last season, and is a career 39 percent 3-point shooter. (Updated Saturday, July 1 at 1:42 p.m. ET)

Pelicans, Jrue Holiday agree to 5-year, $126M deal

The Pelicans’ star core is remaining intact. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, New Orleans and Jrue Holiday have agreed to a five-year, $126 million incentive-laden deal early Saturday morning. The deal, which could push the contract’s value to $150 million, also includes a player option for a fifth year. (Updated Saturday, July 1 at 7:35 a.m. ET)

Wizards, Porter haven’t come to agreement

The Washington Wizards met with their young swingman Otto Porter immediately after free agency began early Saturday morning, but according to David Aldridge of TNT, the two sides were not able to come to any agreement, though Washington is supposedly set to match any offer the restricted free agent receives. (Updated Saturday, July 1 at 1:48 a.m. ET)

Wolves find their new point guard in Jeff Teague

The Jeff Teague to Minnesota move that had been talked about all day after the Timberwolves traded Ricky Rubio to Utah has now been agreed upon, as the Wolves brought Teague in with a three-year, $57M offer. (Updated Saturday, July 1 at 12:09 a.m. ET)

Bucks keep swingman Tony Snell in town

Except for their confusing GM search, the
Milwaukee Bucks
have been quiet for the past few weeks, but they struck early in free agency, giving Tony Snell four years and $46M to stay and help them “Own The Future.” (Updated Saturday, July 1 at 12:07 a.m. ET)

Spurs agree to deal with Patty Mills

In one of the first free-agent deals announced, the San Antonio Spurs have decided to make sure Patty Mills sticks around, reportedly offering him a four-year, $50M deal. (Updated Saturday, July 1 at 12:05 a.m. ET

Thunder swoop in and make trade for Paul George

After weeks of rumors and reports, the Oklahoma City have swept in and won the Paul George sweepstakes out of nowhere, sending
Victor Oladipo
Domantas Sabonis
back to Indiana. (Updated Friday, June 30, 10:00 p.m. ET)

Clippers, Griffin agree to 5-year, max deal

Blake Griffin
and the Clippers have reportedly reached an agreement on a max contract, worth either $173M or $175M, according to conflicting reports. This locks Griffin into a long-term contract and begins a new era of Clippers basketball. With Chris Paul gone the role of Griffin is going to be larger than ever. He’s shown flashes of offensive creation before, but now it’s up to him to run the show. (Updated Friday, June 30 9:42 p.m. EST)


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