The free agency period in the NBA officially opens Sunday, June 30that 6:00 PM ET. The 2019 class of players set to hit the open market consists of many all-stars that could be on the move.Watch sports now on fuboTV.
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Kyrie Irving is a target for Lakers
Although many believe Irving to Brooklyn appears to be inevitable, Los Angeles still has the former Cavalier and Celtics PG on top of their list.
Kyrie Irving remains as much a target for the Lakers as Kawhi Leonard, league sources say, now that the Lakers are sure they can open maximum cap space. They are swinging for the fences despite all of the signals that have pointed Irving to Brooklyn ...Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) June 28, 2019
The Lakers will hope the idea of reuniting with LeBron James will be enticing to Irving.
Kawhi Leonard will meet with both the Lakers and Clippers
Links to Kawhi Leonard and Los Angeles began as soon as the San Antonio Spurs traded him to Toronto last year. The Clippers have been the popular pick for whichLA team Leonard would join but Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports reports he will give both organizations a meeting.
Yahoo Sources: Kawhi Leonard intends to meet with the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers when free agency commences. https://t.co/dYjf4oSBy1Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) June 27, 2019
Winning a championship has given the Raptors as good of a chance. Leonard will give Toronto the final meeting.
Free agent Kawhi Leonard is expected to allow the Toronto Raptors to make the final meeting presentation among the teams visiting with him in Los Angeles next week, league sources tell ESPN. The incumbent often prefers to go last in trying to convince a player to stay with team.Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 27, 2019
Lakers rework Anthony Davis trade to create a third max slot
As part of the trade for Anthony Davis, Los Angeles is now sending assets to the Washington Wizards to create salary cap space for a third max slot.
Sources: Lakers are sending their 2022 second-round pick to Washington in trade to move Moe Wagner, Jemerrio Jones and Isaac Bonga to the Wizards.Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 27, 2019
Davis also waived his $4 million trade-kicker giving the Lakers $32 million in cap space heading into free agency. That money could now go to another star free agent as LA has been linked with Kawhi Leonard, Kemba Walker, and D'Angelo Russell.
Boston the favorite to land Kemba Walker?
The long-time Charlotte Hornets point guard has been rumored to be considering a max contract from the Hornets if offered,he is believed to be a priority of the Los Angeles Lakers, but now it appears the Boston Celtics are the favorite to land Walker's services.
The Boston Celtics have emerged as the frontrunner to sign Charlotte All-Star guard Kemba Walker once free agency opens Sunday at 6 PM ET, league sources tell ESPN.Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 27, 2019
Boston could be ready to offer Walker a four-year deal worth $141 million. The all-star PG had a career high points per game average in 2019 with 25.8 PPG.
Raptors C Marc Gasol picks up$25.6 millionplayer option
As Toronto focuses on retaining their reigning finals MVP in Kawhi Leonard, they will not have to worry about also losing Marc Gasol.
Toronto Raptors center Marc Gasol is exercising his $25.6M player option for next season, returning to the defending NBA champions, league sources tell ESPN. Gasol couldve entered free agency.Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 26, 2019
The Raptors traded for Gasol at the 2019 trade deadline where he then became a key piece in Toronto's first ever NBA championship.
Mavericks will offerKristaps Porzingis a max contract
Recovering from a torn ACL, Kristaps Porzingis is still expected to receive a five-year offer from Dallas.
Restricted free agent Kristaps Porzingis and the Dallas Mavericks will meet when free agency opens on June 30 and the franchise plans to offer Porzingis a full five-year, $158 million maximum contract, league sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium.Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 25, 2019
Rockets focused on sign and trade deal for 76ers all-star Jimmy Butler
Despite rumors surfacing that Houston made anyone on their roster available for trade, including Chris Paul, it now appears that the Rockets are ready to run it back in the Western Conference. Only this time with a third star added to the backcourt.
Houston's priority for free agency, league sources tell ESPN: Pursue a sign-and-trade for Sixers All-Star Jimmy Butler. https://t.co/Bsk6g2YhfWAdrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 25, 2019
The report also mentions Houston making Clint Capella, Eric Gordon, and P.J. Tucker all available in a potential trade.
Wojnarowski also reports however that Philadelphia is confident they can re-sign both Butler and free agent forward Tobias Harris.
Warriors set to offer Klay Thompson max contract
Despite tearing his ACL in Game 6 of the NBA Finals, Shamus Charania of The Athletic reports Klay Thompson is expected to receive a five-yearoffer from the Golden State Warriors worth $190 million.
Golden State is expected to then turn their focus to retaining Kevin Durant.
Kevin Durant declines $31.5 million player option with Golden State
While Durant has not officially closed the door on a return to the Golden State Warrios, the two-time finals MVP will decline his player option in search of a max contract in unrestricted free agency.
Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant has declined his $31.5M player option and will become an unrestricted free agent, league sources tell ESPN. Durant and his business manager Rich Kleiman are in New York, evaluating free agency options. So far, process has stayed private.Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 26, 2019
As rumors swirl that Kyrie Irving will join the Brooklyn Nets after signing with Roc Nation Sports, it is now believed by many that the Nets are the favorite to land Durant. Irving and Durant have been rumored to be interested in teaming up together since the beginning of the season.
The Nets are exploring the feasibility of signing Kevin Durant's close friend DeAndre Jordan in free agency, league sources say, in hopes that would make the prospect of teaming up in Brooklyn with Kyrie Irving even more enticing to DurantMarc Stein (@TheSteinLine) June 24, 2019
Duant's surgery on his recently torn achilies was also done by Nets orthopedicspecialist Dr. Martin O'Malley.
Kyrie Irving to Brooklyn a done deal?
As free agency gets closer, the most popular rumor around the league is Kyrie Irving to the Nets could be a done deal. Irving is from West Orange, New Jersey and recently switched agencies signing with Roc Nation Sports. RNS is owned by Jay Z who is a former minority owner of the Nets.
It is believed that Irving is already trying to recruit fellow free agent star Kevin Durant to Brooklyn.