2017 NBA Free Agency, Trades and Rumors: Pacers send Paul George to Thunder

NBA free agency has officially tip off on July 1. There’s still plenty of league news, rumors and updates all week long. Stay current as we keep you posted …

Raptors, Lowry camp have talked, no deal imminent

The Toronto Raptors have made contact with Kyle Lowry’s camp, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, but as of now there is no deal in place, though they are expected to speak again over the weekend. (Updated Saturday, July 1 at 1:55 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)

Knicks, Bucks show interest in Ben McLemore

According to ESPN’s Chris Haynes, the New York Knicks and Milwaukee Bucks have both shown interest in former No. 7 overall pick Ben McLemore, who has struggled during his time with the Sacramento Kings, but is still just 24 years old. (Updated Saturday, July 1 at 1:45 a.m. ET)

Lakers make contact with Rondo, Iguodala

The Los Angeles Lakers spoke with free agents Andre Iguodala and Rajon Rondo shortly after midnight on July 1, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports. Iguodala first met with the Spurs in free agency, but is generating plenty of interest on the market. Rondo was waived by the Chicago Bulls on Friday. (Updated Saturday, July 1 at 1:30 a.m. ET)

Minnesota showing strong interest in Redick

J.J. Redick is drawing strong interest on the free-agent market and both the Timberwolves and Nets have been “really aggressive” in their respective pursuit of him, according to a report from Adrian Wojnarowski. The 76ers are also involved but they prefer to sign him to a lofty one-year deal. Redick’s preference, according to the report, is a long-term deal. (Updated Saturday, July 1 at 12:25 a.m. ET)

Warriors have deals in place with Curry, Livingston

The Warriors seem to have took care of some of their business early, as reports indicate they have worked out deals with both Steph Curry and Shaun Livingston, with Curry agreeing to a five-year, $201M “supermax” deal, while Livingston’s deal is said to be for three years and $24M. (Updated Saturday, July 1 at 12:18 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

Nene staying in Houston

The Rockets will sign Nene to a four-year, $15 million contract, according to Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle. Nene is on the older side now and frequently injured, but when he’s able to play his energy on the court still makes him a great player. Houston will get good use out of him on a bargain deal. (Updated Friday, June 30 11:21 p.m. EST)

Magic could make big offer to Ingles

The Utah Jazz have their hands full trying to keep Gordon Hayward in town, but it seems they’ll also have an interesting decision to make regarding Joe Ingles. According to Tim Bontemps of the Washington Post, the Orlando Magic are prepared to make Ingles a big five-year, $60M deal in free agency. (Updated Friday, June 30 at 10:11 p.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 and 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)

Wizards offer Wall 4-year, $170M extension

John Wall has been offered a 4-year $170 million contract extension by the Wizards. Wall qualified for the new “supermax” contract after making an All-NBA team and the Wizards wasted no time offering an extension. If Wall signs it then Washington will have him locked into a contract for the majority of his prime. However, he plans to wait before making a decision. (Updated Friday, June 30 9:17 p.m. EST)

Spurs to get first meeting with Iguodala

Andre Iguodala may still end up remaining with Golden State, but that isn’t stopping him from shopping around during the free agency period. The first meeting of free agency for Igudoala will be with the Spurs right at midnight. If he were to sign in San Antonio then that would give the Spurs another monster perimeter defender next to Kawhi Leonard. Wings everywhere shutter at the thought. (Updated Friday, June 30 8:15 p.m. ET)

Rose unlikely back with Knicks

After just one season with the Knicks, it appears that Derrick Rose will not be back at Madison Square Garden next season, as the New York Daily News is reporting it is unlikely the Knicks re-sign the free-agent point guard. (Updated Friday, June 30 at 6:06 p.m. ET)

Wolves trading Rubio to Jazz

Ricky Rubio is finally leaving Minnesota. Reports came out Friday that the Jazz and Wolves were in active talks to send Rubio to Utah for a first round pick. This deal initially only effects Rubio, but it could have a larger effect on the future of George Hill and Gordon Hayward. (Updated Friday, June 30 5:22 p.m. EST)

Bulls release Rajon Rondo

Rajon Rondo has been officially waived by the Bulls. His time with Chicago was short, but he managed to potentially salvage a lost career. His late season and playoff performances reminded everybody of what Rondo is capable of and created a scenario where he could receive a decent contract in the summer. Chicago on the other hand appears to be heading towards a rebuild. (Updated Friday, June 30 5:00 p.m. ET)

Blazers cut ties with oft-injured Ezeli

Last summer, Festus Ezeli moved on from the Warriors, signing a two-year deal with the Portland Trail Blazers worth just under $15 million. It was seen as a risky signing given Ezeli’s injury history, which included missing the entire 2013-14 season with a knee injury. 

Unfortunately for the Trail Blazers, the risky signing ended up having no reward as Ezeli ended up missing the entire season due to more problems with his knees. Now, with Ezeli’s second year not fully guranteed, the Trail Blazers are choosing to part ways with the oft-injured big man, waiving him before he ever played a game with the team, making him now a free agent. (Updated Friday, June 30 at 4:44 p.m. ET

Redick interested in Rockets at right price

J.J. Redick has reportedly shown interest in signing with the Rockets. If Houston can meet Redick’s price point then he’d be willing to sign on despite the Rockets already having plenty of guards like James Harden and Eric Gordon. The role Redick would play with Houston would likely be smaller than what he had in L.A. but he would win games. (Updated Friday, June 30 at 4:34 p.m. ET

C’s, Griffin having tough time setting up meeting

The Boston Celtics are looking to make a splash this summer, as they’ve been in talks about trying to acquire Paul George, Kristaps Porzingis and Jimmy Butler, while also reportedly having interest in free agents such as Gordon Hayward and Blake Griffin. Unfortunately, their plans for the former has hit some snags, as the Celtics and Griffin are reportedly having a hard time finding a time to meet. (Updated Friday, June 30 at 3:52 p.m. ET)

Iguodala, Warriors don’t have meeting set yet

Andre Iguodala does not plan on meeting with the Warriors in the initial free agency period, according to ESPN. With multiple teams interested in adding Iguodala to their roster, there’s potential for him to go elsewhere. However, Golden State remains the favorite and once its money situation has been taken care of that will likely be the time for Iguodala to re-sign. (Updated Friday, June 30 at 3:30 p.m. ET)

Pels expected to reach quick deal with Jrue Holiday

The Pelicans’ biggest question mark in free agency is whether or not they’ll be able to re-sign starting point guard Jrue Holiday. But on Friday afternoon, Marc Stein reported that the two sides likely won’t have much of an issue coming to an agreement on a quick five-year deal. (Updated Friday, June 30 at 2:08 p.m. ET)

Heat could make a run at Serge Ibaka

The Miami Heat are in the running for some of the bigger names in free agency, including Blake Griffin and Gordon Hayward, but if they strike out there, Pat Riley and Co. could make a play for Serge Ibaka, according to a report from Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel. (Updated Friday, June 30 at 2:04 p.m. ET)

Hawks expected to waive Mike Dunleavy

The Atlanta Hawks are reportedly planning to waive veteran forward Mike Dunleavy, who if not waived by Saturday would be guaranteed the full $5.2M on his contract. (Updated Friday, June 30 at 2:01 p.m. ET)

Bulls expected to waive Rondo if he’s not traded

Chicago is actively shopping point guard Rajon Rondo on the trade market and hope to move him on Friday, according to a report from the Chicago Tribune.

Rondo has a $13.397 million team option for the 2017-18 season but the Bulls don’t intend to exercise the option, it seems. The most likely options are that he’s either traded Friday or waived shortly thereafter. (Updated Friday, June 30 at 12:22 p.m. ET) 

Griffin will meet with Suns Saturday

When the Clippers traded Chris Paul to the Houston Rockets on Wednesday, many wondered what that meant for former teammate Blake Griffin, who will reportedly opt out of the final year of his deal with Los Angeles to become a free agent.

The Clippers reportedly want to bring Griffin back, but now Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times reports that Griffin will meet with the Phoenix Suns on Saturday, the first day of the free agency period. (Updated Thursday, June 29 at 5:55 p.m. ET)

Hayward tells Jazz he’ll become free agent

For a long time now, people have assumed that Gordon Hayward would decline his player option for the 2017-18 season and become a free agent. According to ESPN’s Marc Stein, the 27-year-old All-Star forward has made it official, informing the Jazz that he will enter free agency on July 1. (Updated Thursday, June 29 at 5:35 p.m. ET)

Warriors could lose Iggy due to tax concerns

Right after the Finals it appeared that Andre Iguodala was ready to re-sign with the Warriors, but things have taken a dramatic turn since then. It now appears that Iguodala will entertain offers from other teams and, according to The Vertical’s Shams Charania, the Warriors have luxury tax concerns that could prevent them from retaining the 2015 NBA Finals MVP. (Updated Thursday, June 29 at 4:15 p.m. ET)

Pelicans think re-signing Holiday will lure free agents

The Pelicans reportedly believe Jrue Holiday is the key to their offseason — not only because they want the 27-year-old point guard back, but also because they believe it will allow them to bring in more key free agents. Retaining Holiday would give New Orleans the exceptions they need to spend more on potential targets. (Updated Thursday, June 29 at 4 p.m. ET)

Nets picking up options on Kilpatrick, Harris

After a successful 2016-17 season with the Nets in which Sean Kilpatrick averaged 13.1 points per game, the team has picked up its $1.5 million option on the shooting guard, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical. The Nets are also picking up their team option on Joe Harris for the same amount. (Updated Thursday, June 29 at 11:57 a.m. ET)

Bogut slated to hit free-agent market Saturday

Last season, Andrew Bogut signed with the Cavaliers but suffered an injury that ended his season in the opening minutes of his first game with Cleveland. Months later, he’s expected to be back fully on the free agent market on Saturday — the first day of free agency — and he’s been cleared for running/jumping activities, according to a report from Marc Stein of ESPN. The 7-foot Bogut is an above-average defender who played a huge role in the Warriors’ NBA title in 2015. (Updated Thursday, June 29 at 11:40 a.m. ET)

Rudy Gay to host FA meetings; OKC interested?

After three successful seasons in Sacramento in which he averaged slightly over 19 points per game, free agent Rudy Gay is hosting meetings in Austin, Texas for interested suitors, according to The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The Oklahoma City Thunder “continues to be a team who sees a fit,” according to the report. (Updated Thursday, June 29 at 10:10 a.m. ET)

Clips focused on bringing back Griffin

The Clippers are down one star as Chris Paul is being traded to the Rockets. They also appear to be losing J.J. Redick, who says he doesn’t plan to re-sign with Los Angeles. However, the Clips are planning to focus all their efforts on re-signing Blake Griffin, who told the team that he was set to opt out of the final year of his contract and become a free agent. (Updated Wednesday, June 28 at 3:29 p.m. ET)

Mutual interest between Knicks, Teague

Just a few hours after the Knicks announced the departure of Phil Jackson as team president, ESPN’s Ian Begley reported that New York is expected to give point guard Jeff Teague a look during free agency, and apparently the interest is mutual. The 29-year-old played for the Pacers last season after spending his first seven seasons in the league with the Hawks. He had yet another solid season, averaging 15.3 points, 7.8 assists and four rebounds per game, and would be a nice veteran point guard to bring in after drafting Frank Ntilikina. (Updated Wednesday, June 28 at 2:55 p.m. ET)

Redick not returning to Clippers

Now that Chris Paul is headed to the Rockets, J.J. Redick has reportedly made it clear that he will not re-sign with the Clippers. Redick enters free agency on July 1 and, according to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, Redick isn’t even considering a return to the Clippers. Though the Paul trade may have had something to do with it, Windhorst said that Redick wanting to leave was the “worst kept secret in the NBA” over the last few months. (Updated Wednesday, June 28 at 2:15 p.m. ET)

Rockets not done dealing

Just over an hour after reports surfaced that Chris Paul would be opting into his contract and being traded from the Clippers to the Rockets, Daryl Morey and the Houston front office aren’t done wheeling and dealing just yet. According to Marc Spears of The Undefeated, the Rockets have acquired DeAndre Liggins from the Mavericks in exchange for cash considerations. Houston will also acquire Ryan Kelly from the Hawks in exchange for cash considerations. (Updated Wednesday, 12:59 p.m. ET)

Clippers to trade Chris Paul to Rockets

Chris Paul will be traded to the Rockets in a stunning deal. Three days before NBA free agency, the Clippers agreed to send Paul to Houston for a return of Patrick Beverley, Lou Williams and Sam Dekker, according to Adrian Wojnarowski. The Rockets will also receive a 2018 first-round pick. The plan is for Paul to opt in to the final year of his contract so the trade can take place. (Updated Wednesday, 11:55 a.m. ET)

Durant plans to re-sign after Warriors make offseason moves

Kevin Durant decided to opt out of the final year of his contract in order to restructure his deal with the Warriors, and according to reports, he won’t re-sign until after the Warriors have taken care of some other business first, namely re-signing the likes of Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston. (Updated Wednesday, 10:10 a.m. ET)

Bulls still unsure about Rondo

The Chicago Bulls have a big decision to make about Rajon Rondo, but according to vice president of basketball operations John Paxson, they’re still unsure. The Bulls can buy Rondo out for $3 million by Friday, or else they are on the hook for his $13.4 million salary next season. Chicago is clearly rebuilding, but will they bring Rondo back to mentor the youth movement? (Updated Tuesday, June 27 at 9:38 p.m. ET)

Knicks want to re-sign Rose?

Could Derrick Rose make a return to the Big Apple? According to ESPN’s Ian Begley, the New York Knicks have “legitimate” interest in re-signing Rose, who becomes an unrestricted free agent on July 1. Rose’s agent has already stated that his client might be interested in taking a pay cut to stay in New York, a departure from previous reports that he was seeking a max contract. (Updated Tuesday, June 27 at 8:20 p.m. ET)

Several teams want Iguodala

Free agent Andre Iguodala is expected to draw interest from several teams, according to Chris Haynes of ESPN. The Timberwolves, Spurs, Clippers, 76ers, Magic, Nets and Jazz are all reportedly interested in the 33-year-old former All-Star. The teams reportedly have a dual interest in signing Iguodala — to improve their rosters and to hurt the Warriors at the same time. (Updated Tuesday, June 27 at 7:20 p.m. ET)

LeBron will ‘never’ join Clippers

According Mike Wise of The Undefeated, sources close to LeBron James have indicated that, despite the rumors, the Cavs star will never sign with the Clippers. Wise said that the reasons are unclear, but that James was vehement that he would never entertain the idea of joining the Clippers. Rumors surfaced just after the Finals about LeBron considering making a move to Los Angeles to play for either the Lakers or Clippers after the 2017-18 season. (Updated Tuesday, June 27 at 7:10 p.m. ET)

Clippers, CP3 meet before free agency

Last week, the Los Angeles Clippers’ star point guard Chris Paul decided to opt out of the final year of his contract in order to become an unrestricted free agent. Ahead of the official start of free agency, the Clippers and Paul reportedly met Tuesday to discuss the two sides’ futures. Despite Paul opting out, he very well could re-sign with the Clippers, and they’ll be able to offer him about 205 million reasons why he should stay. Additionally, Bill Oram, who confirmed that the meeting took place, indicates that figuring out the CP3 situation is the Clippers’ first priority this summer. (Updated Tuesday, June 27 at 4:40 p.m. ET)

Melo looking for buyout; Knicks reluctant

According to a report from ESPN’s Marc Stein on Tuesday, Carmelo Anthony and his camp are willing to talk about a buyout. However, now it’s Phil Jackson and the Knicks who are reluctant to agree to a deal that would get Anthony out of New York. (Updated Tuesday, June 27 at 2:50 p.m. ET)

Westbrook open to signing extension

After taking home the MVP award on Monday night, Westbrook said an extension with the Thunder isn’t on his mind right now. But according to a report from ESPN, sources citing knowledge with those close to the 28-year-old indicated that Westbrook would sign an extension with the team when it’s offered.

OKC cannot begin negotiations with Westbrook until July 1 at midnight, where they can offer him a five-year deal worth approximately $215 million. (Updated Tuesday, June 27 at 1:07 p.m. ET)

Wolves still want to deal Rubio

After the draft day acquisition of Jimmy Butler, the Minnesota Timberwolves “remain intent” on dealing Ricky Rubio, according to a report from ESPN’s Marc Stein. The goal in doing so, according to the report, is to bring in more shooting to surround their new franchise cornerstone Butler and rising star Karl-Anthony Towns. The Wolves shipped point guard and former top-5 pick Kris Dunn to Chicago as part of the Butler trade, which would leave Minnesota relatively thin at point guard if a deal to ship Rubio out were completed. (Updated Tuesday, June 27 at 11:08 a.m. ET)

76ers, Nets expected to make push for Redick

According to a report Monday, both the 76ers and Nets are expected to make a hard push for Clippers guard J.J. Redick. The veteran sharpshooter has spent his last four seasons in L.A. but will hit the market as an unrestricted free agent on July 1. (Updated Tuesday, June 27 at 11:03 a.m. ET)

Wizards extend qualifying offers to Porter, Bogdanovic

On Monday, the Washington Wizards extended qualifying offers to both Otto Porter Jr. and Bojan Bogdanovic, according to a report from the Washington Post‘s Candace Buckner. This move by Washington is one that locks them up as they are now restricted free agents. If a team swoops in with big offers, the Wizards now hold the option to match and retain the rights to both within 48 hours of an offer from another team. (Updated Tuesday, June 27 at 10:39 a.m. ET)