DeMarcus Cousins is joining the defending champions.

By Scooby Axson
July 02, 2018

After a frenzied first day of free agency, where there was over a billion dollars in contracts agreed to, there is some clarity going into the summer as teams shed salary and attempt to boost their chances to dethrone the Golden State Warriors.

The biggest names in the game have been taken off the board, starting with LeBron James agreeing to a $154 million deal to go west and play with the Los Angeles Lakers. Chris Paul re-upped with the Houston Rockets on a max deal, Kevin Durant is back with the Warriors and Paul George decided to stay in Oklahoma City for the near future.

There are still some valuable players out there on the market, with injured star DeMarcus Cousins and restricted free agents Marcus Smart and Clint Capela still coveted by teams.

Players can agree to deals officially, but cannot sign contracts until noon on July 6.

Here are the latest news and rumors from around the league.

1 a.m.

• Avery Bradley has agreed to re-sign with the Los Angeles Clippers for two-years, $25 million. (Shams Charania, Yahoo! Sports)

10 p.m.

• DeMarcus Cousins had no significant contract offers when free agency started. (Marc Spears, The Undefeated)

• DeMarcus Cousins narrowed his choices down to the Warriors and Celtics before choosing Golden State. (Chris Haynes, ESPN.com)

• Draymond Green played a big role in recruiting DeMarcus Cousins to the Warriors along with general manageeer Bob Myers and coach Steve Kerr. (Shams Charania, Yahoo! Sports)

• The Trail Blazers and Pelicans discussed a sign-and-trade for DeMarcus Cousins, but Cousins sharing an agent with Portland restricted free agent Jusuf Nurkic proved to be a road block. (Chris Haynes, ESPN.com)

8 p.m.

• DeMarcus Cousins agreed to join the Warriors on a one-year deal. (Shams Charania, Yahoo! Sports)

• DeMarcus Cousins will make $5.3 million, or the taxpayer mid-level exception in his deal with Golden State and is not expected to return from his torn Achilles until December or January. (Adrian Wojnarowski, ESPN.com)

7 p.m.

• Seth Curry agreed to a two-year deal with the Trail Blazers that has a player option for the second season. (Adrian Wojnarowski, ESPN.com)

6 p.m.

• Anthony Davis helped recruit Julius Randle to New Orleans. (Adrian Wojnarowski, ESPN.com)

• Julius Randle agreed to a two-year, $18 million deal with the Pelicans with a player option for the second year. (Adrian Wojnarowski, ESPN.com)

• Julius Randle asked to be renounced by the Lakers after realizing his role would change this season and the team wasn't committed to him long-term. (Ramona Shelburne, ESPN.com)

5 p.m.

• The Lakers agreed to a one-year, $9 million deal with Rajon Rondo. (Adrian Wojnarowski, ESPN.com)

• The Lakers have renounced their rights to Julius Randle, making him an unrestricted free agent. (Adrian Wojnarowksi, ESPN.com)

• The Pacers released center Al Jefferson. (Shams Charania, Yahoo! Sports)

• The Wizards claimed former Lakers big man Thomas Bryant off waivers. (Shams Charania, Yahoo! Sports)

3 p.m.

• Center Nerlens Noel will sign a two-year deal with the Oklahoma City Thunder, including a player option in Year 2. The deal is for the veteran minimum (Shams Charania, Yahoo! Sports).

• Utah will re-sign forward Derrick Favors to a two-year, $36 million deal (Marc Spears, ESPN.com).

• It is becoming more unlikely that Carmelo Anthony will play for Oklahoma City next season, as stretch-waiving him would save the Thunder over $100 million (Tim Bontemps, Washington Post).

• Anthony Tolliver is nearing a one-year deal in the $5 million to $6 million range with the Minnesota Timberwolves (Shams Charania, Yahoo! Sports).

12 p.m.

• Tyreke Evans is meeting with the Lakers today after meeting with the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday. (Chris Haynes, ESPN.com)

• 76ers continue to express interest in forward Kyle O'Quinn. The Los Angeles Clippers and New Orleans Pelicans also have interest. (Alex Kennedy, HoopsHype)

• Free agent guard J.J. Redick re-signs with the Philadelphia 76ers on a one-year deal. Deal could be worth $12–13 million. (Adrian Wojnarowski, ESPN.com)

11 a.m.

•Lakers restricted free agent Julius Randle has not received an offer yet, but is expected to meet with team on Monday. (Shams Charania, Yahoo! Sports)

• Sources describe the Lakers' proposals for Kawhi Leonard as "underwhelming," with one exec saying the offers were "flat-out unacceptable." (Kevin O'Connor, The Ringer)

• The Spurs have interest in 76ers' Dario Saric and Robert Covington, but would keep Leonard if they can't find right deal. (Jeff McDonald, San Antonio Express-News)

7 a.m.

• The San Antonio Spurs are setting their price for Leonard for any team, including the Philadelphia 76ers, who want to trade for the All-Star. It could include two players and three future first-round picks. (Jordan Schultz, Yahoo! Sports)

• The Phoenix Suns will meet with shooting guard Devin Booker on a possible extension, a day after reports that Booker was upset with the team for waiving friend Tyler Ulis. (Adrian Wojnarowski, ESPN.com)

• Derrick Favors meets with the Utah Jazz, with a decision on his future coming Monday. His agent says multiple teams are interested in Favors. (David Aldridge, TNT)

• The New Orleans Pelicans signed guard Elfrid Payton to a one-year deal. (Adrian Wojnarowski, ESPN.com)

• Free agent center Nerlens Noel is considering the Washington Wizards, Lakers, Thunder and Pelicans. (Shams Charania, Yahoo! Sports)

• The 76ers and guard Jerryd Bayless are strongly considering a buyout. Bayless is due $9 million in salary next season. (Jordan Schultz, Yahoo! Sports)

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