NBA rumors: Free agency and trades
Need help following the NBA's frantic free agency period? SI.com has you covered with all of the latest news and rumors.
Free agency officially began on July 1, but players and teams can't officially sign contracts until July 9. Like every off-season, this one is jam-packed with intrigue and storylines. Questions abound: Will LeBron James and J.R. Smith remain in Cleveland? Will the Spurs emerge as title favorites after a series of savvy moves? Will the Knicks return to the playoffs after making a slew of veteran signings?
Fortunately, you can follow every move in NBA free agency with our free-agent tracker, along with our analysis and grades from our NBA experts. Below, you'll also find the latest rumors and rumblings from around the league.
Free Agent Signings:
• Wizards sign Alan Anderson to one-year, $4 million deal
• Wes Johnson signs with Clippers for veterans' minimum
• Mo Williams agrees to a two-year, $4.3 million deal with Cavaliers
• Warriors, Leandro Barboso agree to one-year, $2.5 million deal
• Manu Ginobili will return to the Spurs next season
• Utah Jazz finalizing terms of a deal with SF Joe Ingles
• Raptors and Cory Joseph agree to four-year, $30 million deal
• J.J. Barea agrees to return to Mavericks on two-year deal
• David West agrees to veteran minimum deal with Spurs
• Marc Gasol agrees to return to Grizzlies on five-year deal
• As of 8:35 p.m. ET, the Los Angeles Clippers have essentially surrounded DeAndre Jordan in his Los Angeles home and are confident not only that they will be able to get Jordan to re-sign with the team at midnight tonight, but also that the Dallas Mavericks, who Jordan planned to meet with late Wednesday, won't get an audience with Jordan any longer, according to a report from ESPN's Marc Stein and Ramona Shelburne.
• As of 7:57 p.m. ET, DeAndre Jordan still planned to meet with the Mavericks Wednesday night after meeting with the Clippers earlier in the day, reports TNT’s David Aldridge. Jordan will meet specifically with Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, reports the Los Angeles Times’ Brad Turner.
• The Clippers believe they are “on the cusp” of persuading DeAndre Jordan to forgo his verbal commitment to the Mavericks and instead return to Los Angeles, reports Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski.
• Regardless of whether DeAndre Jordan honors his previous commitment to the Mavericks, free-agent swingman Wesley Matthews will sign with Dallas, Jason Quick of The Oregonian reports.
• Before DeAndre Jordan committed to the Mavericks, Dallas had worked out a trade to acquire Roy Hibbert from the Pacers, CBSSports.com’s Ken Berger reports. The Lakers then reportedly agreed to send Hibbert to the Lakers.
• The Mavericks “are not optimistic about the DeAndre situation,” Eric Pincus of The Los Angeles Times reports.
• As of 5:36 ET Wednesday, Jordan and the Clippers were meeting in Houston, reports Yahoo's Adrian Wojnarowski. In a conflicting report, according to ESPN's Chris Broussard the two sides finished meeting around 5:25 ET. Broussard then said that the meeting was over, but the Clippers’ representatives were “stalling” because they heard that Mark Cuban had just arrived in Houston, where Jordan is meeting with the two teams.
• DeAndre Jordan is “leaning” towards backing out of his agreement with the Mavericks and returning to the Clippers, however the situation is “still fluid,” reports ESPN's Marc Stein. After talking to Jordan over the last 24 hours, Los Angeles players have confidence he will return, reports Yahoo's Adrian Wojnarowski.
• The Clippers are making a last-second push to convince DeAndre Jordan to back out on Dallas and return to L.A., according to ESPN.com's Marc Stein. Jordan agree to a four-year, $80 million deal with the Mavericks, but the deal can't become official until July 9, leaving room for a last-ditch effort from the Clips. Stein adds that Clippers guard Chris Paul has been “pushing hard” to change Jordan's mind recently and is expected to join Los Angeles' meeting with Jordan on Wednesday.
• Clippers coach Doc Rivers is in Houston and plans to meet with Jordan before he can sign with Dallas, reports Yahoo's Adrian Wojnarowski. Rivers will be joined by owner Steve Ballmer, Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, J.J. Redick and Paul Pierce, reports ESPN's Michael Eaves. ESPN's Marc Stein reports that Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is also in Houston to meet with Jordan in an attempt to keep him from returning to the Clippers.
• How good of a summer has it been for the Mavericks? After landing DeAndre Jordan and Wes Matthews in free agency, Dallas now believes it has a chance of signing Kevin Durant in free agency next off-season, according to SI.com's Chris Mannix.
• Brendan Haywood's name continues to pop up in trade rumors due to his large, non-guaranteed contract. But if the Cavalier is waived before Aug. 1, the longtime center has no plans of retiring, according to ESPN.com's Dave McMenamin.
• Eric Bledsoe has been a mainstay of the rumor mill for weeks, but Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders reports the Suns are set on moving a different starter: Markieff Morris.
• The Mavs are targeting another big man for their free-agent haul. According to Michael Scotto of Sheridan Hoops, Dallas has reached out to ex-Wizard Kevin Seraphin, who has also received interest from the Lakers, Wizards, Spurs and Suns.
• Joe Johnson trade talks have stalled, according to SI.com's Chris Mannix, but the Cavaliers and Nets are still in discussions. The subject of the negotiations? Sasha Kaun, the 30-year-old ex-Jayhawk who is currently playing in Russia. Cleveland owns his rights.
• 2014 lottery pick Dario Saric wanted to join the 76ers this season, according to David Pick of Basketball Insiders, but couldn't because his contract had no out-clause.
• Jason Smith is heading to the Magic on a one-year, $4.5 million deal, according to Shams Charania of RealGM.
• The Clippers and Josh Smith have mutual interest, Brad Turner of The Los Angeles Times reports.
• Brazilian guard Raul “Raulzinho” Neto will sign with the Utah Jazz, his coach told European basketball reporter David Pick. Neto was a second-round pick in 2013 and has been playing in Spain's top division.
• Mavericks owner Mark Cuban was reportedly fined $25,000 for discussing his team's agreement with DeAndre Jordan before the end of the league's moratorium on player business.
• Let the chatter about next off-season begin—if it already hasn't. While the Clippers might struggle to replace DeAndre Jordan this season, they reportedly have their eyes on a different big man next summer. According to Chris Palmer, there is mutual interest between the Clips and Kevin Durant.
• Dallas continues to try and fill out its roster after luring DeAndre Jordan away from the Clippers. The Mavericks are pursuing a sign-and-trade to acquire free agent point guard Jeremy Lin from the Lakers, according to Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski.