2018 Free Agency Buzz: July 4 roundup
NBA.com Global on Jul 04, 2018 09:20 AM
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As NBA free agency rolls along, keep up on all the latest news and reports from around the league ...
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Report: Felton back with Thunder for one year
Veteran point guard Raymond Felton has agreed to return to Oklahoma City on a one-year deal, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.
Free agent guard Raymond Felton has agreed to a one-year deal to return to Oklahoma City, league source tells ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 4, 2018
The decision to re-sign comes days after OKC was able to retain All-Star forward Paul George, who reportedly committed to a four-year deal. Felton played in all 82 games as the reserve guard behind Russell Westbrook, averaging 6.9 points and 2.5 assists in 16.6 minutes per game.
According to ESPN's Bobby Marks, Felton's contract officially pushes OKC past a historic $300 million in team salary and luxury tax.
-- 12:48 pm (PHL time)
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Report: Looney to re-sign with Warriors
The Golden State Warriors are locking up their backup center position as Kevon Looney has agreed to re-sign on a one-year deal, per ESPN's Chris Haynes.
Sources: It’s a one-year, minimum deal. https://t.co/gzwjqxxTz4— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) July 4, 2018
On Monday (Tuesday, PHL time), the Warriors made a splash by agreeing to terms with All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins on a one-year, $5 million deal. Cousins is recovering from an Achilles injury and center JaVale McGee left for the Lakers in free agency, which means Looney is likely to see more minutes. He's expected to battle with Jordan Bell for starter minutes in the frontcourt until Cousins is healthy.
Looney, 22, averaged 4.0 points and 3.3 rebounds in 66 games last season.
-- 8:27 am (PHL time)
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Report: Exum gets new deal with Jazz
The Utah Jazz are showing they want to keep working with their young talent on the team. Earlier on Tuesday (Wednesday, PHL time), the team reportedly agreed to an extension with Raul Neto, now the team has agreed to an extension for restricted free agent Dante Exum, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski (via Twitter):
Strong deal in a tight marketplace for a gifted young talent who has fought injuries and remains significant part of Utah's future. https://t.co/IE1fd4Yefn— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 3, 2018
Exum, who was drafted with fifth overall in the 2014 Draft, missed most of last season with a shoulder injury, but he showed promised in his last 14 games of the regular season and showed flashes during key stretches in defending Houston Rockets MVP James Harden, before he picked up a hamstring injury in Game 4 against the Houston Rockets in the second round.
Exum, 22, who missed the entire 2015-16 season with a torn ACL, averaged 8.1 points per game in 14 games last season.
-- 6:09 am (PHL time)
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Reports: Neto agrees to contract extension
Utah Jazz guard Raul Neto has agreed to a contract extension, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN and Shams Charania of Yahoo! Sports. Charania reports the contract is a two-year, $4.4-million deal.
Utah guard Raul Neto has agreed to a contract extension, league source tells ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 3, 2018
Sources: RFA Raul Neto is signing a two-year, $4.4M deal to return to the Utah Jazz.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 3, 2018
Neto, a 26-year-old guard from Brazil, averaged 4.5 points and 1.8 assists in 12.2 minutes for Utah last season.
-- 4:34 am (PHL time)
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Report: Evans agrees to deal with Pacers
Former Memphis Grizzlies guard Tyreke Evans was reportedly busy yesterday, meeting with the Los Angeles Lakers after previously doing so with the Oklahoma City Thunder the day before.
But today, the point guard has agreed to a one-day with the Indiana Pacers, according to Yahoo! Sports Shams Charania (via Twitter).
Sources: Free agent Tyreke Evans is signing a 1-year, $12M deal with the Indiana Pacers.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 3, 2018
He had a career resurgence of sorts last season, averaging 19.4 points, 5.1 rebounds and 5.2 assists per game -- stats that were among his best since his early career days with the Sacramento Kings.
-- 4:02 am (PHL time)
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Report: Jeff Green heading to Wizards
Jeff Green is going back home. The forward has reached a one-year with the Washington Wizards, according to Turner Sports' David Aldridge (via Twitter):
Green, who played for the Cleveland Cavaliers last season, grew up in Maryland and took Georgetown to the Final Four in 2007.
The ten-year veteran averaged 10.8 points per game in his only season at Cleveland.
-- 3:15 am (PHL time)
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Report: Carter-Williams, Rockets reach deal
Former Kia Rookie of the Year winner Michael Carter-Williams is heading to the Western Conference, it seems.
ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reports (via Twitter) that Carter-Williams, who spent last season with the Charlotte Hornets, has reached a one-year, minimum deal with the Houston Rockets:
One-year, minimum deal https://t.co/bkMwX3hf3V— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 3, 2018
Carter-Williams went 11th overall in the 2013 NBA Draft, averaging 16.7 points, 6.2 rebounds, 6.3 assists and 1.9 steals per game in 2013-14. However, injuries have hampered him since then and he played in just 52 games for the Hornets last season. He had surgery in mid-March for a torn labrum in his left shoulder and missed the rest of the 2017-18 season.
-- 2:07 am (PHL time)
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Cousins calls Warriors deal 'my chess move'
As free agency began, DeMarcus Cousins was seen as one of the most intriguing names to watch this summer. However, Cousins tells The Undefeated's Marc J. Spears that he did not receive offers once free agency officially began at 12:01 a.m. ET Sunday (12:01pm, Sunday, PHL time). Cousins was at his offseason home in Las Vegas and up early in the morning yesterday when an idea struck him, Spears writes:
Just before the sun peeked in on another sweltering Vegas day, Cousins called his long-time agent Jarin Akana with a shocking plan. How about signing the mid-level exception with an elite team? How about giving the reigning NBA champion Golden State Warriors a call, despite the fact they already had four All-Stars, to see if they were interested?
“I was f—– up,” Cousins said. “I said to Jarin, ‘Let’s make a call.’ He was shocked. It was very insulting to not receive an offer. But I understand. I prepared myself for this.”
Cousins said: “This was my ace of spades. This was my chess move.”
-- 11:10 pm (Tuesday, PHL time)
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Report: Celtics never made offer for Cousins
The Boston Celtics are flush with young talent and have some movable contracts, two things that make them a potential player in just about any free agency scenario. However, when it came time to make a push for big man DeMarcus Cousins, it seems Boston may have simply missed out its chance to truly pursue him.
Adam Himmelsbach of The Boston Globe reports (via Twitter) that by the time the Celtics started to look into making Cousins an offer, it was too late.
According to a league source, the Celtics never made an offer for DeMarcus Cousins. They’d heard he might have interest in Boston, and by the time they started to look into it, he was a Warrior.— Adam Himmelsbach (@AdamHimmelsbach) July 3, 2018
Additionally, Chris Mannix of Yahoo Sports reports (via Twitter) that the Celtics' interest in Cousins should not be overstated:
Wouldn't overstate DeMarcus Cousins interest in Boston. Cousins camp alerted Boston to a potential interest in signing there, per source, but the deal with Golden State was wrapped up before the Celtics made an offer.— Chris Mannix (@ChrisMannixYS) July 3, 2018
The Warriors stunned the NBA world last night by reaching a reported one-year, $5.3 million deal with Cousins. Once Cousins is fully healthy and recovered from his Achilles injury, he would join a Golden State starting lineup that features All-Stars Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson.
-- 10:47 pm (Tuesday, PHL time)