NBA free agency news and rumors: Pistons agree with Meeks for $19M
There's a lot to keep track of in NBA free agency, and it's just begun.
Free agency officially started at midnight on Tuesday, and that means there's piles of news about comings and goings. This post will periodically update with the latest:
Tuesday, July 1
Shaun Livingston reached a three-year deal with the Golden State Warriors.
Update 7/1/2014 8:26 p.m.:
• The Washington Wizards and center Marcin Gortat have verbally agreed to a five-year, $60 million deal, according to both Michael Lee of the Washington Post and Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports. John Wall also confirmed the signing.
Update 7/1/2014 6:36 p.m.:
• The Charlotte Hornets have "absolutely" expressed interest in their own free agent, Josh McRoberts, according to Rick Bonnel of the Charlotte Observer.
• Spencer Hawes has met with the Golden State Warriors and will turn his attention to talking to the Los Angeles Clippers next, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.
Update 7/1/2014 5:00 p.m.:
• Yahoo Sports reports that the Pistons have agreed to terms with Jodie Meeks on a three-year, $19 million-plus contract, and with Cartier Martin on a one-year deal. The two players share an agent. Meeks provides a shooter for one of the worst shooting teams in the league last season, and could play in a Courtney-Lee-type role under Stan Van Gundy.
Update 7/1/2014 3:50 p.m.:
• ESPN reports that the Heat are telling teams it has $12 million in available cap space, indicating that both Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh are taking huge paycuts to improve the team. The Oregonian reports Wade's salary will start at $12 million, while Bosh's will begin at just $11 million, a nearly $10 million paycut over what he could make in a max offer. ESPN confirms that report.
• Yahoo Sports reports that the Bucks are going to be 'conservative' with their $12 million in cap space. Because, you know, after you've gone out and gotten someone else's coach after a failed power play and then hired him before letting your coach and GM know, and after a year in which you were the worst team in basketball, you really want to throttle down.
• The Lakers want to keep in contact with Jordan Hill and Pau Gasol according to the Sporting News, and are asking them to be patient as they pursue other free agents. And hey, after all the success they've had the last two years, the Lakers should clearly try and continue that. Wait.
Update 7/1/2014 2:50 p.m.:
• ESPN reports that Luol Deng will not take a signficant paycut to join Miami. Deng is said to be one of the Heat's primary targets while they use their 'window' to upgrade the roster before the Big 3 re-sign.
The Phoenix Suns are trying to re-sign Channing Frye and facing competition from the Warriors and Cavs according to Yahoo Sports.
• The Bulls are going all-out on their meeting with Carmelo Anthony Tuesday, including huge billboards showing him in a Chicago uniform. But Chicago is said to be "pessimistic" about their chances with Anthony.
• The Pacers are 'pushing' to sign veteran guard C.J. Miles with the Mid-Level Exception. They need his shooting badly. Could also lead to both C.J. Watson and C.J. Miles on the same team which would get confusing.
• Veteran forward Thabo Sefolosha has interest from the Rockets, Clippers, and Mavericks. Those teams need a wing defender and Sefolosha fits the bill. He'd be a significant upgrade over anything Houston has on the perimeter.
• ESPN Dallas reports the Mavericks are interested in free agent forward Al-Faqouq Aminu. He would give them an upgrade in terms of defensive versatility on the wings. Aminu played last season for the Pelicans.
Update 1:19 p.m. ET
• Dirk Nowitzki will be the "star face of Dallas' recruiting team" when the Mavs meet with Anthony on Wednesday, reports ESPN's Marc Stein. As for Nowitzki's contract, he and the Mavs already have a ballpark figure since they discussed an extension before the start of free agency, according to ESPN. They decided not to sign an extension, in order to preserve flexibility for free agency.
• It's Kent Bazemore's 25th birthday! You can add the Suns and Bulls to your list of teams pursuing him, per NBA.com's Jeff Caplan.
Update 11:31 a.m. ET
• Carmelo Anthony's wife, La La, is "very happy in New York and is opposed to Melo leaving the Knicks," according to Marc Berman of the New York Post.
• Cleveland might join the Greg Monroe sweepstakes, despite having all of the power forwards in the world, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.
• Isaiah Thomas' decision is expected to come after Kyle Lowry's, according to Bleacher Report's Jared Zwerling.
• The Magic have put up two billboards to thank Jameer Nelson for his 10 years with the team. They're going all-out.
• It "got emotional" for Lance Stephenson's loved ones during the movie the Pacers produced for him, according to the Indianapolis Star's Candace Buckner.
• The Mavs have interest in Al-Farouq Aminu, per ESPN's Tim McMahon.
• Around the league, teams think Mike Scott "can be had with a strong offer sheet" because the Hawks are trying to preserve cap room, according to Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski.
• The Mavs expect to meet with Trevor Ariza and Chandler Parsons soon, as well as Carmelo Anthony and Luol Deng, reports CBSSports.com's Ken Berger, who adds that Dirk Nowitzki will let the team acquire reinforcements before negotiating a new deal.
• A sign-and-trade would be a "high possibility" for Greg Monroe if he gets a max offer, a source told CBSSports.com's Ken Berger.
• Nets GM Billy King said he knows it'll be "difficult" to re-sign Shaun Livingston. He also said that the team has not reached out to Andray Blatche. It would not be wise to bet on Blatche returning to Brooklyn.
• The Pistons are expected to meet with Anthony Morrow soon, according to the Detroit News' Vincent Goodwill.
Update 10:02 a.m. ET
• The Cavs are trying to bring LeBron James back home, and they're reportedly planning to use Dan Gilbert's deep pockets as a selling point. Dan Gilbert. Selling point. LeBron James.
• The Pacers will meet with C.J. Miles on Tuesday, and the Cavs think he's "likely to move on" to have a bigger role elsewhere, per Fox Sports Ohio.
• The list of players the Lakers reportedly contacted is long, and it includes Gordon Hayward, according to ESPN. They also reached out to reps for Jodie Meeks, Nick Young and Jordan Hill.
Update: 9:15 a.m. ET
• K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports the Bulls' are starting their free agency off by speaking with Carmelo Anthony, but they've also expressed interest in Pau Gasol, Paul Pierce, and bringing back Kirk Hinrich as well.
• Caron Butler is drawing interest from the Heat, Clippers, and Thunder, according to David Aldridge of NBA.com.
• The market for Brooklyn Nets' backup point guard Shaun Livingston is crowded. Marc Stein of ESPN.com says the Charlotte Hornets, San Antonio Spurs, Minnesota Timberwolves, Sacramento Kings and Orlando Magic are all interested. If the Nets want to re-sign him, they'll have to hope he'll take a discounted rate because of their luxury tax limitations.
• The Washington Wizards are moving quickly on trying to re-sign center Marcin Gortat, according to Michael Lee of the Washington Post. They're meeting with him Tuesday morning.
Update: 1:59 a.m. ET
• The Cavaliers have reached an agreement on a five-year, $90 million contract extension with Kyrie Irving. Cleveland owner Dan Gilbert announced it on Twitter. The contract can't be signed until the league's moratorium is lifted on July 10.
• Toronto is considering adding a fifth year to its offer to Kyle Lowry, as a result of the number of teams pursuing him, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.
• Miami reached out to Lowry's agent, and the two sides will speak in the morning, according to Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski.
• Dallas doesn't have Isaiah Thomas high on its list of priorities, though the team did reach out to him tonight, according to ESPN's Tim McMahon.
Update: 1:30 a.m. ET
• The Clippers "continue to have an interest in LeBron and Melo," according to ESPN's Ramona Shelburne. And why wouldn't they? They also reportedly have called their own free agent point guard, Darren Collison.
• More Clippers: They reportedly think they have a "real chance" of luring Paul Pierce away from Brooklyn after the whole Jason Kidd debacle. The Blazers, Grizzlies, Bulls, Mavericks and Rockets have also reportedly called to register their interest Pierce.
• A Pacers source told the Indianapolis Star's Candace Buckner that Lance Stephenson is "our No. 1 priority and we'll know something by [Tuesday], hopefully." Also, um, they have quite a pitch for him.
• Kyle Lowry has heard from the Heat, Lakers and Mavericks in addition to the Raptors and Rockets tonight, according to USA Today's Sam Amick.
• The Lakers reportedly have reached out to Pau Gasol.
• Luol Deng's former team, Chicago, reportedly has interest in him. So do the Los Angeles Lakers.
• Portland reportedly wants a stretch-four, and is targeting Josh McRoberts and Boris Diaw in addition to Spencer Hawes. Blazers GM Neil Olshey and head coach Terry Stotts reportedly met with Hawes in Los Angeles.
• The Lakers have reportedly reached out to Kent Bazemore! Their first priority is LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony, though. Weird.
Update: 12:56 a.m. ET
• Carmelo Anthony will, as expected, meet with the Knicks on Tuesday, as reported by CBSSports.com's Ken Berger. He will then meet with the Mavericks and Rockets on Wednesday, and the Lakers on Thursday. The Knicks are still seen as the favorites.
• Kyle Lowry will actually meet with the Raptors during the day on Tuesday, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.
• The Clippers, Mavs and Hawks "led the charge" in reaching out to Luol Deng's reps, according to CBSSports.com's Ken Berger. Heat president Pat Riley also placed a call, according to Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski.
• Brooklyn immediately reached out to Paul Pierce, Shaun Livingston and Alan Anderson when free agency began, Ken Berger of CBSSports.com reports.
• Phoenix plans to make an offer to restricted free agent Eric Bledsoe in the "next day or two," according to Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski. Same with the Jazz and Gordon Hayward.
• The Bulls and Mavs are interested in Chandler Parsons, according to Marc Stein of ESPN, who adds that Minnesota "continues to monitor" him. Dallas will "be aggressive in pursuit of Parsons" if it doesn't get Carmelo Anthony, according to Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski. The Lakers and Suns are also interested, according to ESPN's Jeff Goodman.
• Pau Gasol is not taking any midnight meetings, according to ESPN's Ramona Shelburne. Rather, he's taking calls from Los Angeles.
• Cleveland is reportedly among the teams courting Trevor Ariza. The Wizards will reportedly meet with him at noon on Tuesday. The Suns, Clippers, Lakers, Heat, Mavericks, and Jazz have also reportedly contacted him.
• Boston and Philadelphia have reportedly called Avery Bradley.
• The Clippers are reportedly interested in Ed Davis.
• The Blazers, Clippers, Rockets and Mavs are all reportedly interested in Spencer Hawes, as are the Cavs.
• Trevor Booker "has attracted interest" from Miami, Minnesota, Utah, Brooklyn, New York, Orlando and Washington, according to the Washington Post's Michael Lee.
• Houston will talk to James Johnson, according to NBA.com's David Aldridge.
• Rashard Lewis is "expecting interest" from Miami, Indiana, Toronto, Oklahoma City and San Antonio, according to Yahoo Sports' Marc Spears.
• Kent Bazemore has reportedly been contacted by Boston, Dallas and Atlanta. The Lakers have reportedly not reached out to him yet.
Update: 12:20 a.m. ET
• Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey reportedly traveled to Philadelphia to meet with Kyle Lowry.
• The Lakers are reportedly interested in Chris Bosh.
• The Knicks "are confident they will get the final sales pitch" with Carmelo Anthony, according to Yahoo Sports' Marc Spears.
• The Mavericks are busy. Their first face-to-face meeting is reportedly with Devin Harris, and owner Mark Cuban is also reportedly "calling Dirk Nowitzki, Vince Carter, Shawn Marion and many others." Luol Deng is one of the many others, as the first call his reps received was reportedly from Dallas.
• The Heat are reportedly after Carter, Marion and Steve Blake.
Monday, June 30
Update 11:49 p.m. ET
• The Pistons, Heat, Lakers, Mavs and Suns have all reportedly expressed interest in Isaiah Thomas, who is a restricted free agent.
• Vince Carter reportedly has no interest in giving the Mavs a discount.
• The Clippers have reportedly contacted Danny Granger's reps to say that they want him back, but money could be an issue. Would he command more than the minimum?
• Channing Frye told the Oregonian that coming back to Portland "would be an option."
• The Pacers are reportedly targeting Xavier Henry as an Evan Turner replacement.
Update: 11:10 p.m. ET:
• LeBron James' agent, Rich Paul, will reportedly meet with teams in Cleveland this week, though James will not be present.
• OK, this is weird: Sportsnet's Michael Grange says there's some "clever scamming" going on, whereby someone with a 414 area code is spreading false information. It would seem that this person briefly fooled Yahoo Sports' Marc Spears, who had to apologize for tweeting that the Raptors would offer Kyle Lowry a deal starting at $14.5 million per season. The Toronto Star's Bruce Arthur reports that Lowry was asking for four years and $50 million, and ESPN's Marc Stein reports that he heard the offer would start at $12 million per season.
• Portland reportedly has "serious interest" in a sign-and-trade for Greg Monroe. Weird fit with LaMarcus Aldridge, but sure!
• ESPN's Marc Stein reports that Oklahoma City will not be in the running for Gasol.
Update: 10 p.m. ET:
• LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh reportedly plan to give Heat president Pat Riley "a window to enact his plan" to improve their supporting cast, according to Yahoo Sports.
• The Rockets will reportedly use their "extensive collection of gadgetry" in their pitch for Carmelo Anthony, where they will try to convince him they'd be title contenders.
• Chandler Parsons, who many assumed would be out the door in the event Houston attracted another star, will reportedly be a part of the proposed plan to win with him.
• If the Rockets can't sign Anthony, they'll reportedly turn their attention to Bosh and Kyle Lowry.
• The Magic honored Jameer Nelson after waiving him. That's pretty cool of them.
• Chauncey Billups "will take the next couple weeks to contemplate his next move," according to ESPN's Marc Stein. He is a free agent, as the Pistons declined their team option.
• The Wizards will meet with Trevor Ariza on Tuesday, and are expected to re-sign Drew Gooden to a minimum contract, according to Yahoo Sports' Marc Spears.
• David Aldridge of NBA.com reports that the Raptors are "very hopeful" that they can re-sign Kyle Lowry, but a deal is not done. This is where we add that, legally, a deal cannot be done.
• Evan Turner will be an unrestricted free agent, as the Pacers reportedly won't extend him a qualifying offer.
• The Hawks and Magic are interested in Greg Monroe, according to ESPN's Marc Stein, who adds that Detroit wants to keep him, but "won't rule out" a sign-and-trade if the price tag is too high.
• The Clippers are reportedly interested in bringing back Glen Davis.
Update: 7:51 p.m. ET:
• Toronto Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri will reportedly meet with Kyle Lowry at midnight to try to reach an agreement with him before other suitors can make their bids. A deal is reportedly "as good as done."
• Pau Gasol will reportedly meet with the Oklahoma City Thunder, Chicago Bulls and Golden State Warriors. He might also sit down with the Los Angeles Lakers. The New York Knicks also reportedly plan to pursue him, as do the Dallas Mavericks.
• Bo McCalebb might finally jump from Europe to the NBA.
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