The NBA free agency is underway with negotiations between teams and players across the league. Players will be able to start signing these offers on July 6th. 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 up to receive live updates on signings, exchanges, contract extensions, and all NBA events.
Before free agent negotiations could begin, Kevin Durant surprised the NBA world by asking for a change from the Brooklyn Nets, sources told Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes. Durant’s favorite landing site 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 which teams can send the Nets the biggest return package in NBA history for Durant?
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Harden declined his $ 47.4 million option on Wednesday, and is expected to re-sign with the team with a new contract. He is eligible for a maximum contract of $ 270 million for five years, but the Philadelphia 76ers are expected to offer him a two-year extension.
LaVine is an unrestricted free agency when it starts, but the Chicago Bulls are expected to offer him a maximum contract offer of five years and $ 212 million and LaVine is expected to stay in Chicago.
This is where things could shake. Ayton did not receive a maximum overtime last summer from the Phoenix Suns. This summer he has four options: 1) re-sign with the Suns; 2) sign an offer sheet elsewhere, which Phoenix can (and should) match; 3) seek a signing and exchange agreement with another team; or 4) play the final season of his rookie contract with a $ 16.4 million qualifying offer and become an unrestricted free agent after next season.
Wall accepted the purchase of the final year of his contract with the Houston Rockets, according to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports. Wall did not play in Houston last season, but has publicly said he wants to play on a rival team. He is expected to sign with the Los Angeles Clippers once he approves the waivers, Haynes reported.