Stay up to date with the latest NBA news and rumors as free agency gets underway.

By Michael Shapiro
July 03, 2019

NBA free agency is largely over after a slew of deals on the first day of free agency, but one major prize remains: Kawhi Leonard. The reigning Finals MVP is reportedly choosing between the Los Angeles Lakers, Toronto Raptors and Los Angeles Clippers, keeping the league guessing as July 4 approaches.

DeMarcus Cousins also remains on the market, though interest in the oft-injured center has cooled. The Leonard market could swing the landing spot for Cousins and other free agents, including fellow 2019 champion Danny Green.

Here is the latest roundup of news and rumors from around the league. For more coverage of free agency, check out The Crossover's Top 50 free-agent rankings, & our wide-sweeping primer and our burning questions for every team.

• Kawhi Leonard will not make his decision until the "next few days" and has not discussed any two-year deals. (Jabari Young, The Athletic)

• There's a 99% chance Kawhi Leonard will be returning to Toronto to sign a two-year contract. (Jalen Rose, ESPN)

• The Knicks backed out of a meeting with Kawhi Leonard because they wouldn't have been able to meet with him until Wednesday, well after they believed their free-agent targets would have already been signed. (Marc Berman, NY Post)

• Jake Layman agreed to a three-year, $11.5 million deal with the Blazers and is being traded to the Timberwolves. (Adrian Wojnarowski, ESPN)

• Raul Neto has signed a one-year, guaranteed veteran's minimum deal with the 76ers. (Shams Charania, The Athletic)

• Jimmer Fredette has left the Warriors after making two appearances for the club in Summer Leauge. (Ohm Youngmisuk, ESPN)

• Phoenix will waive Kyle Korver after acquiring him. (Adrian Wojnarowski, ESPN)

• Phoenix now has the salary cap space to sign free agent Ricky Rubio to his three-year, $51M deal. (Bobby Marks, ESPN)

• The Grizzlies are trading Kyle Korver and Jevon Carter to the Suns for DeAnthony Melton, Josh Jackson 2020 second-round pick and 2021 conditional second-round pick. (Adrian Wojnarowski, ESPN)

• Kawhi Leonard has landed in Toronto and is meeting with the Raptors. (Rob Gillies, Associated Press)

• The Lakers believe they are "firmly in the lead" to land Kawhi Leonard. (Marc Stein, New York Times)

• Point guard TJ McConnell signed a two-year, $7 million deal with the Pacers. (Adrian Wojnarowski, ESPN)

• The Pistons agreed to a deal with forward Markieff Morris. (Shams Charania, The Athletic)

• Center Boban Marjanovic signed a two-year, $7 million deal with the Mavericks. (Shams Charania, The Athletic)

• DeMarcus Cousins has changed agents as he seeks a new contract. He will be represented by eff Schwartz of Excel Sports. (Marc Stein, New York Times)

• Darius Miller signed a two-year, $14 million deal with the Pelicans. (Adrian Wojnarowski, ESPN)

• The Mavericks are interested in Marcus Morris, but the PF isn't atop their list of priorities. (Brad Townsend, Dallas Morning News

• The Warriors rescinded Quinn Cook's qualifying offer. He will become an unrestricted free agent. (Shams Charania, The Athletic)

• Jared Dudley was "determined" to play with Anthony Davis and LeBron James before signing a two-year deal with Los Angeles. (Adrian Wojnarowski, ESPN)

• Drake is "mounting his own recruiting campaign" to keep Kawhi Leonard in Toronto. (Marc Stein, New York Times)

• Center Luke Kornet agreed to a two-year deal with the Bulls. (Shams Charania, The Athletic)

 

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