NBA Free Agency Tracker: Kemba headed to New York; Bulls continue rebuild
The time has come for some familiar faces to play in new places – and for some to stay put.
NBA free agency is officially here, which means some of the biggest stars and key role players are on the move to new destinations for the 2021-22 season.
With big contracts being handed out and some superstar movement inevitable, there is a lot to keep up with during the opening window of NBA free agency.
Here are the top signings of the free-agent period so far.
Knicks make a big splash
Thus completes a revamping of New York’s roster following a first-round playoff exit last season.
Collins staying put
Bulls keep on rolling
Warriors extend Curry again
Lakers continue to fill out roster
The deal is a one-year pact, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Also Tuesday, the Lakers signed Kendrick Nunn and Malik Monk.
Meanwhile, the Lakers got restricted free agent Talen Horton-Tucker to sign on the dotted line for a reported three-year, $32 million contract.
Bulls pluck DeMar DeRozan from Spurs in sign-and-trade
Brooklyn Nets add Patty Mills
A career 38.8% shooter from distance, Mills joins a team chock-full of snipers, Kevin Durant chief among them.
Chris Paul gets four-year deal in Phoenix, Suns maintain depth
After the star helped the franchise reach the NBA Finals last month, the Suns and Paul agreed to a four-year deal worth up to $120 million.
The Suns are also bringing back Paul’s backup, Cameron Payne, on a three-year deal.
While Paul was the Suns’ top priority in free agency, not far behind was the need for a reserve center for starter Deandre Ayton.
The Suns were able to address that need with the signing of JaVale McGee to a one-year deal.
Lonzo Ball agrees to deal with Chicago Bulls
The deal is part of a larger sign-and-trade that will see players on the move to New Orleans in exchange for Ball.
The Bulls weren’t finished after adding Ball, either, as they also signed Alex Caruso to a four-year deal.
Caruso spent the past four seasons as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers, helping the franchise win the 2020 NBA Finals.
Miami Heat retool, add Lowry and Tucker
The extension will keep Butler in Miami until 2026.
Butler will also gain another All-Star and champion running mate, with Kyle Lowry agreeing to a three-year deal with the Heat in a sign-and-trade from the Toronto Raptors.
To cap it off, the Heat agreed to a five-year contract with sharpshooter Duncan Robinson, worth $90 million.
The Heat remained the most active team in the opening of free agency by signing veteran forward P.J. Tucker, who just helped the Milwaukee Bucks win a championship.
Lakers fill out their roster
Ariza played for the Lakers from 2007 to 2009, helping the franchise reach consecutive NBA Finals and win the championship in 2009.
Another former Laker who won a championship with the franchise, veteran center Dwight Howard, is also on his way back.
This will be Howard’s third stint with the Lakers after he played with the franchise in the 2012-13 and 2019-20 seasons.
The Lakers also added marksman Wayne Ellington and Kent Bazemore on a pair of one-year deals.
All four players previously spent time with the Lakers franchise at some point in their careers.
Mike Conley Jr., Tim Hardaway Jr. stay put
Cavaliers re-sign Jarrett Allen
After acquiring Allen in a midseason trade from the Brooklyn Nets, the Cavaliers have signed the center to a deal worth $100 million over five years.
Bobby Portis runs it back with the champs
After helping the Bucks win their first championship in 50 years, free-agent forward Bobby Portis will be back with the Bucks on a two-year, $9 million deal.
Knicks get perimeter scoring
After averaging just 97 points per game in the first round of the playoffs and shooting just 34.2% from 3-point range as a team, the New York Knicks added much-needed scoring and shooting in the form of shooting guard Evan Fournier.
The Knicks also managed to retain guard Derrick Rose, who led them in scoring in the playoffs, with 19.4 PPG.
Mavericks add more spacing for Luka Dončić
The Mavericks retained starting shooting guard Tim Hardaway Jr. at the start of free agency and proceeded to gain more shooting with the addition of veteran guard Reggie Bullock.
Bullock shot 41% from 3-point range this past season with the Knicks.
Kings retain Holmes
After seeing his points and rebounds per game rise each of the past two seasons with the Sacramento Kings, Richaun Holmes was rewarded by the franchise with a four-year contract.
Holmes averaged a career-high 14.2 PPG and 8.3 rebounds in 2020 while adding a career-high 1.6 blocks and 1.7 assists.
This is a developing story.
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