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
• 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.