The Biggest Confirmed Moves of NBA Free Agency: Day One


NBA Free agency has officially tipped off today, with teams and players alike all on the move or in talks to try and secure their respective futures.

But what confirmed deals have gone down over the first day of the occasion? We’ve got them covered right here!

Anthony Davis Staying in New Orleans

Anthony Davis

Arguably the player with the most potential in the entire NBA, Anthony Davis has been a revelation over the past season in New Orleans – and he’s not planning on leaving anytime soon.

With a new Head Coach in Alvin Gentry, Davis clearly sees the Pelicans going places, and officially signed a 5-year contract extension worth a whopping $140m, with a player option in his final year.

The deal is the biggest in the NBA to date and now makes New Orleans one of the most intriguing teams in the league for next season, with Gentry aiming to bring some faster paced basketball to the Western Conference team.

Davis averaged 24.4ppg, 10.2rpg and 2.9bpg last season and is looking like he could develop into a major MVP candidate in the very near future.

Davis’ presence will likely make New Orleans a much better team to consider for others within trades and in free agency.

LaMarcus Aldridge Heading for Talks

Lamarcus Aldridge

One of the biggest names in NBA free agency this off-season, LaMarcus Aldridge is officially an unrestricted free agent and is set to be a busy man this week.

The power forward has already been pitched to by the L.A. Lakers, within which Kobe Bryant was present. Mixed reports have surfaced about the meeting, which was rumoured to have gone well, whilst other sources claim that no impression was made on the All-Star.

Aldridge also met with the Houston Rockets after the Lakers, along with the San Antonio Spurs, Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns and Toronto Raptors.

Sources claim that he’s highly unlikely to re-sign with the Trailblazers. The San Antonio Spurs seem to be his most likely landing spot, especially after some of the moves the team made on the opening day.

Aldridge will reportedly make his decision sooner rather than later, so don’t be surprised to see him in a new uniform quickly – avoiding a long winded saga.

Leonard Agrees Framework Deal with Spurs

Kawhi Leonard

Kawhi Leonard is another huge name in NBA free agency, and San Antonio looks certain to wrap him up indefinitely after agreeing the framework to a $90m five year contract.

Leonard has become the leading man for the San Antonio Spurs over the past few seasons, and earned Finals MVP honours in the 2013/14 post-season.

His defensive capabilities have been well-documented over his time in San Antonio and his offensive game is also beginning to flourish as well, averaging 16.5ppg last season.

The Spurs have been happy to see Leonard grow into the leading man on their roster, especially as the likes of Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili have aged into more restricted roles.

If San Antonio sign Aldridge, the Spurs will be considered one of the favourites to overthrow the Golden State Warriors next season, even more so if Tim Duncan pegs back his retirement plans.

Khris Middleton Staying with the Bucks

Khris Middleton

The Milwaukee Bucks put an end to talk about Khris Middleton’s future after agreeing a five year deal with the former second round pick.

The deal is worth a reported $70m, and will be officially confirmed on July 7th per league rules.

Middleton has been one of the Bucks’ most reliable players along side Giannis Antetokounmpo and brings a good mixture of size and ability to the team on both sides of the floor.

He averaged 13.4ppg and 4.4rpg last season, quickly cementing his place in the Bucks’ plans for the near future.

DeMarre Carroll Becomes a Raptor

demarre carroll

The Toronto Raptors acted fast to secure the services of former Atlanta forward DeMarre Carroll, securing a four-year $60m deal.

Carroll was a key part of the Atlanta rotation as they surprised the league last season and went deep into the Playoffs, but now he’s set to head north of the border to join a Raptors team that expect to lose Amir Johnson to free agency.

Carroll should be a good replacement for Johnson having averaged 12.6ppg and 5.3rpg over the course of the season.

He’s not only a skilled offensive player who brings energy and grit, but also an elite level defender who is able to guard several positions.

Spurs Trade Splitter, Heads to Atlanta

Tiago Splitter

Tiago Splitter has long been considered one of the Spurs most underrated players, but he’s now set to head to the Atlanta Hawks after being traded away from San Antonio in an effort to open up cap space.

Splitter has $16m coming his way over two years, and San Antonio has offloaded that contract to ensure that Aldridge can sign for them should he decide to.

The move ensures that Atlanta have cover for Paul Millsap should he leave in free agency, but also brings a solid big man their way regardless of what happens elsewhere.

Dragic Staying in Miami

Goran Dragic

Goran Dragic has made a quick decision this off-season after agreeing a five-year $90m deal to stay in South Beach.

Miami acquired Dragic earlier on this season, with his arrival proving a silver lining on a season which was filled with bad luck with the injury issues surrounding Chris Bosh.

Dragic averaged 16.6ppg with Miami during his 26 games last season and has quickly built a rapport with his new teammates, although there is still talk surrounding the future of Dwyane Wade – who is in talks with Miami about a new deal.

Whatever the decision by Wade, he’ll be joining a core of players which were around last season by the looks of it.

Millsap Offered Deals by Orlando and Atlanta, Staying in ATL

Paul Millsap

Paul Millsap is a player in demand this off-season, after receiving two offers from the Atlanta Hawks and Orlando Magic.

Millsap looks like he’d fit the style of basketball Orlando will be looking to play next season, with a focus on defense and a fast paced offensive plan – and Millsap is seriously considering the offer to Florida.

Atlanta doesn’t need to worry about trying to secure the services of DeMarre Carrol after he agreed to head to Toronto, so the Hawks are eager to try and retain the veteran power forward.

Orlando needs to secure a forward to replace Tobias Harris, who’s now available in free agency and Millsap is a proven talent that will be able to bring some guidance to the likes of Aaron Gordon and the rest of the younger Orlando roster.

Millsap averaged 16.7ppg, 7.8rpg and 3.1apg this season in Atlanta, who have covered for his possible departure by bringing in Tiago Splitter.

UPDATE: Millsap has agreed a deal with the Atlanta Hawks, reported to be a three-year $59m deal, he won’t be speaking with any other teams as regards his future.

Danny Green Re-Signs with Spurs

Danny Green

One of the best 3 and D players in the league is staying in San Antonio, and for a bargain price after the Spurs agreed a $45m four-year deal with the highly rated guard.

Green has been a key part of the San Antonio rotation through previous years, becoming a solid role player for the former NBA Champions behind the likes of Tony Parker.

San Antonio are making a serious run for LaMarcus Aldridge, and signing Green for so cheap won’t harm their chances of securing the forward’s services, especially after they shed Tiago Splitter’s contract.

Green has shot the three-ball at 42% this season, and is a regular contributor defensively, often being used to lock down the oppositions point guard effectively.

Jimmy Butler Finalising Max Deal in Chicago

Jimmy Butler

Another big name free agent set to stay in their current digs, Jimmy Butler has reportedly secured a five-year $95m max deal with the Chicago Bulls.

Butler has been a key part of the Bulls’ set-up for a while now and will be getting a max deal if all goes to plan, whilst he also gets a player option for his final year.

He was previously known as a defensive specialist, replacing Luol Deng when he headed out of Chicago, but has now developed an effective offensive game as well – becoming the leading man on occasion for the Bulls.

Butler has averaged 20ppg, 5.8rpg and 3.3apg this season, and has drawn interest from numerous suitors, who are now reportedly taking their interest elsewhere with the news of him staying in Chi-Town.

Mike Dunleavy Stays in Chicago

Mike Dunleavy

In a move which was widely expected, Mike Dunleavy has re-signed with the Chicago Bulls, earning himself $14.4m over three years.

Dunleavy has been a solid role player in Chicago for the past two seasons under ex-Head Coach Tom Thibodeau, and was eager to re-sign according to reports.

The deal works out well for both parties, as Dunleavy gets an acceptable pay out whilst Chicago gets to keep its core of players, along with Jimmy Butler, who’s also agreed a deal with them.

Dunleavy averaged 9.4ppg and 3.9rpg this season, and has been solid for them from the bench, often willing to sacrifice his body and stats for the betterment of the team.

Brandon Knight Sticks with Suns

Brandon Knight

Another player who will be wearing the same uniform next season is Brandon Knight, who agreed to an $70m extension with the Phoenix Suns, in a five-year deal.

Knight was a bit of a surprise arrival in Phoenix last season, with the Bucks sending him to the Western Conference team in a trade that saw them acquire Michael Carter-Williams from Philadelphia.

However, Knight had played well throughout the campaign, and averaged 13.4ppg and 4.5apg during just 11 games with Phoenix, although he did struggle with injury.

It’s a substantial payout for Knight, but Phoenix is also claiming that combo-guard Eric Bledsoe will be staying with them as well, so expect Phoenix to go small for a lot of next season.

Love and Thompson Back in Cleveland in Huge Deal

Love and Thompson

Cleveland are splashing the cash this off-season, but it’s not on new players coming in, with Kevin Love and Tristan Thompson both earning mega paydays to stay in Cleveland.

Love was originally thought to be the most likely to leave, with the L.A. Lakers one of the leading teams in for his signature, however he’s now agreed a max $110m contract extension over five years with the Cavaliers.

The player who’s likely to be behind Love in rotation, Tristan Thompson is also sticking with the Ohio franchise, reportedly ready to agree an $80m deal.

The move is certainly a surprising one, especially considering that the Cavs will be spending $190m on just one position of the team, and being unable to guarantee a starting spot to Thompson.

It’s certainly a coup for Thompson, who mustn’t have been expecting such a large payout, however it seems that Cleveland is happy to spend a lot of money to keep its core intact.

Tyson Chandler Signs with Suns

Tyson Chandler

One big man who is definitely on the move is Tyson Chandler, after he agreed to a four-year $52m deal with the Phoenix Suns.

Chandler has been well traveled over recent years, with time in both New York and Dallas, however, after failing to push the Mavs into a winning post-season trend, he’s upped sticks to join the Suns.

Widely recognised as one of the best rim protectors in the NBA, Chandler is a legitimate defensive presence but is limited offensively.

The signing makes sense for Phoenix, who are in need of a veteran presence and some size, something which Chandler can bring in abundance.

Tyson Chandler’s decision to leave Dallas puts a lot of pressure Dallas to secure the services of a new big man, with DeAndre Jordan one of the names in the fray.

Amir Johnson Agrees Deal with Boston

Amir Johnson

Amir Johnson’s time in Toronto has come to an end, after the power forward agreeing a two-year $24m deal with the Boston Celtics.

Johnson was a fan favourite in Toronto and spent the last six years in the Canadian franchise, averaging 9.3ppg, 6.1rpg and 1.6apg over the past season.

Johnson was the final NBA player to get drafted straight from high school and although he’s proved an average offensive threat, his defensive presence is renowned.

Johnson has had his troubles with ankle injuries over recent years, something Boston will be hoping that he’s got over…

Kyle Singler Re-Signs with OKC


Despite not being the most important player for the Thunder since arriving from Detroit, Kyle Singler has nailed down his place with the franchise after signing a five-year $25m deal.

Having averaged 8.1ppg and 3.4rpg so far in his career, Singler is a solid role player for the Oklahoma franchise, offering a dependable performance off the bench for the Thunder.

OKC will be hoping to rely on him less often this season, with Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook aiming to stay away from the treatment table, however, should he be called upon he’ll be able to contribute.

Nets set to Re-Sign Lopez and Young

Lopez and Young

The Brooklyn Nets have reportedly managed to tempt two of their free agents to re-sign, with both Brook Lopez and Thaddeus Young staying in New York for the foreseeable future.

The agreements see Lopez picking up $60m over three years, whilst Young will bring in $50m over four years, both sporting player options for their final years.

Brooklyn were at risk of losing both players, with a number of teams looking forward to the opportunity to speak with them – although Lopez was always likely to re-sign.

Both players will be hoping to make a big impact on their return to the Nets, with Brooklyn under-performing in the eyes of many, especially in the weaker Eastern Conference.

Draymond Green Halts Talks with Warriors

Draymond Green

Despite recently winning his first NBA Championship ring in Golden State, Draymond Green has halted talks with the Warriors, and is likely to talk to the Detroit Pistons about a deal.

It’s thought that the Warriors aren’t looking to pay max money for Green, especially after they secured Steph Curry’s extension, which isn’t at a max level.

However, should the Pistons speak to Green and offer a max offer sheet, the Warriors have the right to match it – something which is very likely.

Green was a key player for Golden State on the defensive end of the floor and was also superb at spacing the floor offensively. Simply put, the Warriors won’t fancy rocking the boat, so expect them to do their utmost to keep their hands on Green.

Jonas Jerebko to Stay in Boston

Jonas Jerebko

Following his strong end to last season, Jonas Jerebko is set to stay in Boston after agreeing a two-year $10m deal.

The move is unlikely to make too many headlines, but it’s a good deal for Boston, who keeps their young and fresh roster intact whilst also spending a relatively small amount of cash.

Jerebko was drafted back in 2009, and has become a solid role player in Boston, shooting above 40% from beyond the arc, averaging 7ppg.

Brandan Wright Heads Back Home, Agrees with Memphis

Brandan Wright

Tennessee native Brandan Wright is heading back to his home state, after agreeing a three-year deal valued at just under $18m.

Standing just under seven foot, Wright is sure to offer some extra length to the Memphis front line, and will provide solid minutes off the bench.

Memphis’ main aim is to keep Marc Gasol, but using their mid-level exception was also a possibility, and this is what’s been used to secure Wright’s services.

Wright spent time with the Phoenix Suns, Dallas Mavericks and Boston Celtics last season, averaging 7ppg and 4.9rpg most recently in Phoenix.

Luke Hatfield is the creator and editor of BouncyOrangeBall, with an extensive knowledge of the NBA and basketball in general.

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