NBA rumors: Latest news, buzz around free agency
The NBA draft is in the books, meaning it’s now time to turn full attention toward free agency and trade season. With teams having the next pieces of their futures in hand, they’ll look to fill gaps in order to compete harder next season.
What’s the latest right now? Check back often as we update below with all the latest scoops, news and rumors.
• The Los Angeles Lakers would still trade No. 2 draft pick D’Angelo Russell “tomorrow” if they could land Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins in return, reports the Los Angeles Daily News’ Mark Heisler.
• The New York Knicks are expected to meet with forward David West in free agency this summer, reports ESPN’s Marc Stein. West is “very likely” to sign with the Knicks in free agency, reports Bleacher Report‘s Jared Zwerling. The Knicks are also presumed to be interested in big men LaMarcus Aldridge, Greg Monroe and DeMarre Carroll.
• The Knicks could pursue free-agent point guard Jeremy Lin, Alex Kennedy of Basketball Insiders reports.
• The Suns will sign point guard Brandon Knight to a five-year, $70 million contract when free agency opens on Wednesday, Gery Woelfel of the Racine Journal Times reports.
• If the Suns to lock up Knight with a long-term deal, the will explore trading point guard Eric Bledsoe, ESPN's Marc Stein reports.
• San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili will announce whether he will retire or return next season in a column in Argentine newspaper La Nacion “when the time comes,” reports the San Antonio Express-News’ Mike Monroe.
• The Spurs plan to sign Kawhi Leonard to a five-year max deal when free agency opens, CBSSports.com's Ken Berger reports. Berger's report confirms what Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports reported in April.
• Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey said the team is more likely to re-sign its own free agents as opposed to chasing a big name in free agency, reports the Houston Chronicle’s Jonathan Feigen.
• Rockets free-agent guard Corey Brewer is “open-minded in re-signing,” but prefers to sign a long-term deal, reports Yahoo! Sports’ Marc J. Spears.
• Portland Trail Blazers general manager Neil Olshey strongly denied that forward LaMarcus Alrdrige has informed the team he will be leaving in free agency this summer, reports The Oregonian’s Mike Tokito.
• Forward Al-Farouq Aminu will visit the Knicks, Pelicans, Celtics, Trail Blazers and Raptors, TNT's David Aldridge reports. A return to the Mavericks is also possible, according to Aldridge.