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Key offseason dates

Sunday: Free agency began after midnight ET
Friday: Moratorium ends at noon ET; signings and trades can be made official
July 13: Deadline to withdraw qualifying offers to restricted free agents

NBA free agency: Latest buzz, rumors and reports

July 4 updates

NBA free agency: Latest buzz, rumors and reports12:55 a.m. ET: The Oklahoma City Thunder will re-sign backup point guard Raymond Felton to a one-year, $2.4 million contract, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports. Felton will be entering his 14th NBA season.


July 3 updates

NBA free agency: Latest buzz, rumors and reports8:03 p.m. ET: The Golden State Warriors will retain power forward Kevon Looney on a one-year, minimum contract, according to a report by ESPN’s Chris Haynes. Looney started five games in the 2018 postseason for the Warriors after starting only four games during the regular season.


NBA free agency: Latest buzz, rumors and reports7:30 p.m. ET: ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the Phoenix Suns and shooting guard Devin Booker are close to finalizing a four-year max contract extension. Booker was the 13th pick in the 2015 NBA draft.


NBA free agency: Latest buzz, rumors and reports6:05 p.m. ET: Utah Jazz restricted free-agent guard Dante Exum has agreed to a three-year, $33 million contract extension, league sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.


NBA free agency: Latest buzz, rumors and reports5:28 p.m. ET: Dwight Howard has finalized a buyout with the Brooklyn Nets and will sign a one-year deal with the Washington Wizards, The Athletic reports.


NBA free agency: Latest buzz, rumors and reports4:48 p.m. ET: Utah Jazz point guard Raul Neto has agreed to a two-year contract extension, a league source told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.


NBA free agency: Latest buzz, rumors and reports4:28 p.m. ET: The Denver Nuggets have traded forward Wilson Chandler and draft considerations to the Philadelphia 76ers, league sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Trading Chandler to Philadelphia will save Denver $50 million in combined salary and luxury tax, according to ESPN NBA Insider Bobby Marks.


NBA free agency: Latest buzz, rumors and reportsNBA free agency: Latest buzz, rumors and reports4:15 p.m. ET: Boston Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving and Minnesota Timberwolves shooting guard Jimmy Butler are trying to find a way to play together, according to a report from the Chicago Sun-Times. Both players are eligible for free agency next summer.


NBA free agency: Latest buzz, rumors and reports4:05 p.m. ET: Tyreke Evans and the Indiana Pacers have agreed in principle on a one-year, $12 million deal, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Evans, 28, previously met with the Los Angeles Lakers and Oklahoma City Thunder in free agency.


NBA free agency: Latest buzz, rumors and reports3:22 p.m. ET: Free-agent forward Jeff Green has agreed to a one-year minimum deal with the Washington Wizards, Turner Sports’ David Aldridge reports.


NBA free agency: Latest buzz, rumors and reports2:10 p.m. ET: Former Rookie of the Year Michael Carter-Williams has agreed to a one-year minimum deal with the Houston Rockets, a source told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.


NBA free agency: Latest buzz, rumors and reports9:05 a.m. ET: Free-agent guard Tyreke Evans traveled to meet with the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday, league sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. There is mutual interest to get a deal done but work still to do. Evans previously met with the Oklahoma City Thunder and Los Angeles Lakers, sources told ESPN’s Chris Haynes.


NBA free agency: Latest buzz, rumors and reports1:33 a.m. ET: Yahoo! Sports reports that the LA Clippers re-signed shooting guard Avery Bradley to a two-year, $25 million deal. The Clippers acquired Bradley in the January 2018 Blake Griffin trade with the Detroit Pistons. Bradley played only six games before undergoing season-ending core surgery.

NBA free agency: Latest buzz, rumors and reports

July 2 updates

NBA free agency: Latest buzz, rumors and reports8:36 p.m. ET: The Golden State Warriors replaced center JaVale McGee by agreeing to a one-year, $5.3 million deal with former New Orleans Pelicans center DeMarcus Cousins, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Cousins is recovering from an Achilles tendon tear suffered in January.


NBA free agency: Latest buzz, rumors and reports7:51 p.m. ET: The Portland Trail Blazers and point guard Seth Curry agreed to a two-year contract, with the second year as a player option, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Curry missed all of the 2017-18 season with a leg injury.


NBA free agency: Latest buzz, rumors and reports6:55 p.m. ET: ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that power forward Julius Randle has agreed to a two-year, $18 million deal with the New Orleans Pelicans. Randle’s rights were renounced by the Los Angeles Lakers earlier Monday, and the Lakers agreed to a deal with point guard Rajon Rondo from New Orleans as well. Randle reportedly has a player option for the second year.


NBA free agency: Latest buzz, rumors and reports5:25 p.m. ET: Free-agent point guard Rajon Rondo has agreed to a one-year deal with the Los Angeles Lakers, a source told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.


NBA free agency: Latest buzz, rumors and reports5:20 p.m. ET: The Los Angeles Lakers have renounced forward Julius Randle, making him an unrestricted free agent, a league source told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.


NBA free agency: Latest buzz, rumors and reports5:11 p.m. ET: The Minnesota Timberwolves have agreed to a one-year, $5 million deal with forward Anthony Tolliver, according to multiple reports. News of Tolliver’s agreement with Minnesota came on the same day the franchise rescinded its qualifying offer to forward Nemanja Bjelica, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.


NBA free agency: Latest buzz, rumors and reports4:55 p.m. ET: Free-agent forward Mike Scott has agreed to a one-year deal with the LA Clippers, league sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.


NBA free agency: Latest buzz, rumors and reports4:17 p.m. ET: Free-agent guard Jose Calderon has agreed to a one-year, $2.4 million deal with the Detroit Pistons, league sources told ESPN’s Chris Haynes.


NBA free agency: Latest buzz, rumors and reports3:11 p.m. ET: Derrick Favors has agreed to a two-year, $36 million deal to return to the Utah Jazz, Favors confirmed to The Undefeated’s Marc Spears.


NBA free agency: Latest buzz, rumors and reports3:06 p.m. ET: Free-agent center Nerlens Noel has agreed to a two-year minimum deal with the Oklahoma City Thunder, league sources told ESPN’s Royce Young. The agreement was first reported by The Vertical.


NBA free agency: Latest buzz, rumors and reports12:41 p.m. ET: After meeting with the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday night in L.A., free-agent guard Tyreke Evans will meet with the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday, sources told ESPN’s Chris Haynes. Evans, 28, had a bounce-back season in 2017-18, scoring 19.4 points per game for the Memphis Grizzlies.


NBA free agency: Latest buzz, rumors and reports12:20 p.m. ET: Free-agent guard JJ Redick has agreed to return to the Philadelphia 76ers on a one-year deal in the $12-13 million range, league sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Redick, 34, scored a career-high 17.1 points per game last season, his first with the Sixers.

NBA free agency: Latest buzz, rumors and reports

July 1 updates

NBA free agency: Latest buzz, rumors and reports11:40 p.m. ET: ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the Phoenix Suns will meet with shooting guard Devin Booker on a possible extension. Phoenix waived point guard Tyler Ulis over the weekend, but the Suns also signed small forward Trevor Ariza from the Houston Rockets — and Phoenix already had drafted center Deandre Ayton first overall and acquired the draft rights to small forward Mikal Bridges.


NBA free agency: Latest buzz, rumors and reports11:00 p.m. ET: NBA champion center JaVale McGee will leave the Golden State Warriors to join LeBron James, Lance Stephenson and the Los Angeles Lakers. ESPN’s Chris Haynes reports that McGee will sign a one-year contract with Los Angeles.


NBA free agency: Latest buzz, rumors and reports10:55 p.m. ET: Point guard Elfrid Payton will join the New Orleans Pelicans, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Payton, a Louisiana native, will be on a one-year deal.


NBA free agency: Latest buzz, rumors and reports10:30 p.m. ET: Shooting guard Lance Stephenson, notorious for antagonizing LeBron James on the postseason stage, will now be James’ teammate with the Los Angeles Lakers. ESPN’s Chris Haynes reports that Stephenson will sign a one-year, $4.5 million deal after the Indiana Pacers declined his team option.


NBA free agency: Latest buzz, rumors and reports9:51 p.m. ET: The Orlando Magic will re-sign restricted free agent Aaron Gordon to a four-year, $84 million contract, according to Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated. Gordon made a career-high 115 3s last season at a 33.6 percent clip, the first time he cleared 30 percent in four NBA seasons.


NBA free agency: Latest buzz, rumors and reports9:13 p.m. ET: The New York Knicks and small forward Mario Hezonja agreed to a one-year, $6.5 million contract, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Hezonja was the fifth pick in the 2015 NBA draft, the same year injured Knicks power forward Kristaps Porzingis went fourth.


NBA free agency: Latest buzz, rumors and reports8:05 p.m. ET: The Los Angeles Lakers will bring back Kentavious Caldwell-Pope on a one-year deal worth $12 million, according to ESPN’s Chris Haynes.


NBA free agency: Latest buzz, rumors and reports8:05 p.m. ET: LeBron James will sign a four-year, $153 million contract with the Los Angeles Lakers. The news was announced by Klutch Sports and ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. James leaves the Cleveland Cavaliers for the second time and will play in the Western Conference for the first time after 15 seasons in the East.


NBA free agency: Latest buzz, rumors and reports6:18 p.m. ET: Free-agent power forward Aaron Gordon is drawing interest from his original team, the Orlando Magic, and the Los Angeles Lakers, according to Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated. Gordon was a first-round draft pick of Orlando in 2014.


NBA free agency: Latest buzz, rumors and reports4:02 p.m. ET: Center Salah Mejri will return to the Dallas Mavericks on a one-year minimum deal, The New York Times reports. Mejri, 32, is a former Real Madrid teammate of Dallas’ No. 3 overall pick, Luka Doncic.


NBA free agency: Latest buzz, rumors and reports2:17 p.m. ET: Shooting guard Glenn Robinson III has agreed to a two-year, $8.3 million deal with the Detroit Pistons, a source told The Undefeated’s Marc Spears. The 2017 slam dunk champion appeared in only 23 games for the Indiana Pacers last season because of a left ankle injury.


NBA free agency: Latest buzz, rumors and reports1:10 p.m. ET: The Philadelphia 76ers will meet with LeBron James‘ agent, Rich Paul, today in Los Angeles, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. James isn’t expected to attend the meeting. The 76ers have also been engaged in talks with the San Antonio Spurs on a potential Kawhi Leonard trade, and so far, have kept three players off-limits in talks, team sources say: Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons and Markelle Fultz.


NBA free agency: Latest buzz, rumors and reports11:15 a.m. ET: The New York Knicks and 21-year-old big man Luke Kornet have agreed to a one-year deal, league sources confirm to ESPN’s Ian Begley.


NBA free agency: Latest buzz, rumors and reports11:11 a.m. ET: The Milwaukee Bucks will not waive guard Brandon Jennings, making his $2.2 million contract guaranteed for the 2018-19 season, a source told The Undefeated’s Marc Spears.


NBA free agency: Latest buzz, rumors and reports10:39 a.m. ET: Restricted free agent point guard Fred VanVleet has agreed to a two-year, $18 million deal to stay with the Toronto Raptors, according to multiple reports. VanVleet, 24, finished third in 2018 Sixth Man of the Year voting behind Eric Gordon and winner Lou Williams.


NBA free agency: Latest buzz, rumors and reports10:33 a.m. ET: The Detroit Pistons have made re-signing James Ennis a priority, but the Philadelphia 76ers, Houston Rockets and Brooklyn Nets have expressed interest in signing the 28-year-old forward, league sources told ESPN’s Ian Begley.


NBA free agency: Latest buzz, rumors and reports2:29 a.m. ET: The Portland Trail Blazers and shooting guard Nik Stauskas agreed to a one-year deal, sources told ESPN’s Chris Haynes. Stauskas spent the 2017-18 season with the Philadelphia 76ers and Brooklyn Nets.


NBA free agency: Latest buzz, rumors and reports2:19 a.m. ET: Cleveland Cavaliers small forward LeBron James spoke to Cleveland general manager Koby Altman over the phone just after midnight, according to ESPN’s Dave McMenamin. James’ agent Rich Paul was also on the call.


NBA free agency: Latest buzz, rumors and reports2:17 a.m. ET: The Houston Rockets and center Clint Capela plan to meet Sunday in Los Angeles, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Capela is arguably the top restricted free agent available.


NBA free agency: Latest buzz, rumors and reports2:42 a.m. ET: The first teams to contact New Orleans Pelicans center DeMarcus Cousins were the Los Angeles Lakers and the Pelicans, a source told Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated. Cousins is recovering from a torn left Achilles tendon.


NBA free agency: Latest buzz, rumors and reports1:20 a.m. ET: The Minnesota Timberwolves are expected to bring back guard Derrick Rose on a one-year deal, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Rose joined the Timberwolves after the trade deadline last season; he started the 2017-18 season with the Cleveland Cavaliers.


NBA free agency: Latest buzz, rumors and reports1:07 a.m. ET: The Boston Celtics will retain starting center Aron Baynes with a two-year, $11 million deal, according to ESPN’s Chris Forsberg.


NBA free agency: Latest buzz, rumors and reports1:05 a.m. ET: The Houston Rockets are bringing back reserve shooting guard Gerald Green on a one-year, $2.4 million deal, a source told ESPN’s Tim MacMahon.


NBA free agency: Latest buzz, rumors and reports1:03 a.m. ET: ESPN has confirmed that the Phoenix Suns will sign former Houston Rockets small forward Trevor Ariza to a one-year, $15 million deal.


NBA free agency: Latest buzz, rumors and reports12:59 a.m. ET: The San Antonio Spurs signed small forward Marco Belinelli to a two-year, $12 million deal, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Belinelli spent the 2017-18 season with the Atlanta Hawks and Philadelphia 76ers. Belinelli won a championship with the Spurs in 2014.


NBA free agency: Latest buzz, rumors and reports12:54 a.m. ET: The Memphis Grizzlies signed small forward Omri Casspi to a one-year deal, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Casspi started the 2017-18 season with the Golden State Warriors before the eventual champions waived him to make room for backup point guard Quinn Cook.


NBA free agency: Latest buzz, rumors and reports12:43 a.m. ET: The Brooklyn Nets signed former Portland Trail Blazers center Ed Davis to a one-year, $4.4 million deal, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.


NBA free agency: Latest buzz, rumors and reports12:18 a.m. ET: The Oklahoma City Thunder will retain reserve big man Jerami Grant on a three-year, $27 million contract, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.


NBA free agency: Latest buzz, rumors and reports12:36 a.m. ET: The Dallas Mavericks went through a free-agent adventure with LA Clippers center DeAndre Jordan in 2015. This time, Dallas and Jordan appear to have agreed on a one-year deal worth $24.1 million, sources confirmed to ESPN’s Tim MacMahon.


NBA free agency: Latest buzz, rumors and reports12:15 a.m. ET: The San Antonio Spurs and forward Rudy Gay agreed to terms on a one-year, $10 million deal, according to Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated.


NBA free agency: Latest buzz, rumors and reports12:07 a.m. ET: The Houston Rockets will retain point guard Chris Paul with a four-year, $160 million deal, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.


June 30 updates

NBA free agency: Latest buzz, rumors and reports11:59 p.m. ET: The Milwaukee Bucks will sign power forward Ersan Ilyasova to a three-year, $21 million deal, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.


NBA free agency: Latest buzz, rumors and reports11:56 p.m. ET: According to ESPN’s Ian Begley, the New York Knicks are interested in free-agent small forward Mario Hezonja. The fifth pick in the 2015 draft by Orlando, Hezonja is also interested in meeting with New York, who just used the ninth pick of the 2018 NBA Draft on forward Kevin Knox.


NBA free agency: Latest buzz, rumors and reports11:56 p.m. ET: The Brooklyn Nets will re-sign wing Joe Harris to a two-year, $16 million deal, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.


NBA free agency: Latest buzz, rumors and reports11:55 p.m. ET: Small forward Doug McDermott will sign with the Indiana Pacers, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. McDermott spent the 2017-18 season with the New York Knicks and Dallas Mavericks.


NBA free agency: Latest buzz, rumors and reports11:46 p.m. ET: The LA Clippers are expected to meet with shooting guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, according to ESPN’s Chris Haynes. Caldwell-Pope spent the 2017-18 season with the Los Angeles Lakers.


NBA free agency: Latest buzz, rumors and reports11:42 p.m. ET: The Oklahoma City Thunder and small forward Paul George have agreed on a four-year deal worth $137 million, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.


NBA free agency: Latest buzz, rumors and reports11:38 p.m. ET: The Denver Nuggets will re-sign free agent Will Barton to a four-year deal worth $54 million, according to ESPN’s Chris Haynes. The fourth year is a player option. Barton will be Denver’s starting small forward in 2018-19.


NBA free agency: Latest buzz, rumors and reports10:48 p.m. ET: Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook hosted a “summer hype house party” near Lake Arcadia and unrestricted free-agent small forward Paul George arrived in OKC on Saturday night, sources told ESPN’s Royce Young. Thunder general manager Sam Presti will meet with George and his agents will meet Saturday night, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.


NBA free agency: Latest buzz, rumors and reports9:31 p.m. ET: Small forward Kevin Durant intends to sign a two-year deal with a player option to stay with the Golden State Warriors, according to a report from ESPN’s Chris Haynes. Durant’s salary will fall below the $35.65 million max salary because of the player option in Year 2, per reporting by ESPN’s Bobby Marks.


NBA free agency: Latest buzz, rumors and reports4:39 p.m. ET: The Phoenix Suns have waived point guard Tyler Ulis, league sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Ulis’ $1.5 million salary for next season would have become guaranteed on Sunday if the team did not release him. Suns general manager Ryan McDonough said Friday that the team was looking to acquire a point guard in free agency.


NBA free agency: Latest buzz, rumors and reports1:41 p.m. ET: LeBron James‘ camp and the Cleveland Cavaliers front office have maintained a dialogue since the end of the season, but the two sides will not have a face-to-face meeting when free agency opens at 12:01 a.m. ET, sources told ESPN. It is unclear at this point if an in-person meeting between James and the Cavs has been scheduled for down the line.


NBA free agency: Latest buzz, rumors and reports1:18 p.m. ET: The Atlanta Hawks have waived guard Isaiah Taylor, who averaged 6.6 points and 3.1 assists in 67 games last season. Had Taylor remained on the roster beyond Saturday, $300,000 of his $1.5 million salary for 2018-19 would have become guaranteed.

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June 29 updates

NBA free agency: Latest buzz, rumors and reports7:32 p.m. ET: The Dallas Mavericks will decline the team option of the final year of power forward Dirk Nowitzki‘s contract, a source confirmed to ESPN’s Tim MacMahon. This was a mutual decision as the Mavericks plan to pursue LA Clippers center DeAndre Jordan in free agency; Dallas plans to re-sign Nowitzki as well.


NBA free agency: Latest buzz, rumors and reports6:43 p.m. ET: DeAndre Jordan will not pick up the option of the final year of his four-year, $87.6 million contract with the LA Clippers, league sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. This clears the way for Jordan to begin negotiations with the Dallas Mavericks as a free agent. The Mavs had previously explored trade options for the Clippers big man had Jordan opted to play the final year of his deal.


NBA free agency: Latest buzz, rumors and reports12:32 p.m. ET: LeBron James will not pick up the player option on the final year of his contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers and will become an unrestricted free agent, according to ESPN and multiple reports, though it doesn’t necessarily mean he’s leaving. Because of the difficulty of completing a sign-and-trade deal, James opting out actually limits his options for leaving the Cavs to teams with cap space to sign him outright, leaving LeBron’s likely outcomes as joining either the Los Angeles Lakers or Philadelphia 76ers or returning to Cleveland.

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June 28 updates

NBA free agency: Latest buzz, rumors and reports1:44 p.m. ET: The Dallas Mavericks have made center DeAndre Jordan their primary target as free agency nears, league sources told ESPN. Jordan, who infamously spurned the Mavs in 2015 free agency after making an oral commitment to come to Dallas, has a deadline of 11:59 p.m. ET Friday to decide whether to opt in to the final season of his contract that would pay him $24.1 million.


NBA free agency: Latest buzz, rumors and reports12:54 p.m. ET: New York Knicks center Enes Kanter is leaning heavily toward exercising his $18.6 million player option for 2018-19, sources told ESPN’s Ian Begley. Kanter will continue to survey the market until his Friday deadline, sources said, but barring an unforeseen significant change, he will opt in.


NBA free agency: Latest buzz, rumors and reports12:10 p.m. ET: The San Antonio Spurs are fully engaged in trade talks with several teams on Kawhi Leonard, including the Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics, league sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.


NBA free agency: Latest buzz, rumors and reports11:57 a.m. ET: Paul George has informed Oklahoma City Thunder officials that he will not be opting in for the final year of his contract and will become an unrestricted free agent, league sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. George, who will decline a $20.7 million salary for the 2018-19 season, remains seriously interested in returning to the Thunder in free agency, with the Los Angeles Lakers also receiving serious consideration, sources said.

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June 27 updates

NBA free agency: Latest buzz, rumors and reports10:01 p.m. ET: The Los Angeles Lakers re-engaged the San Antonio Spurs in pursuit of a trade for All-NBA forward Kawhi Leonard, league sources told ESPN. The Spurs have wanted to find a way to repair the franchise’s relationship with Leonard, but an overwhelming Lakers offer could convince San Antonio to part with its franchise star, league sources said.


NBA free agency: Latest buzz, rumors and reports7:10 p.m. ET: The Cleveland Cavaliers will pick up the $2.5 million team option on Kendrick Perkins‘ contract for 2018-19. The decision is a salary-cap ploy to try to aggregate the veteran center’s salary along with an existing contract to pursue a trade around the league, multiple league sources told ESPN’s Dave McMenamin.


NBA free agency: Latest buzz, rumors and reports5:07 p.m. ET: The Cleveland Cavaliers will extend a $3.4 million qualifying offer to restricted free-agent forward Rodney Hood ahead of Friday’s midnight deadline, according to multiple reports. Hood, 25, came to Cleveland from Utah in the flurry of moves executed at the trade deadline by Cavs general manager Koby Altman.


NBA free agency: Latest buzz, rumors and reports4:35 p.m. ET: The Los Angeles Lakers have extended a $5.6 million qualifying offer to forward Julius Randle, making him a restricted free agent, the Associated Press reported. The Lakers will have the option to match any offer sheet Randle signs from another team, but his future in L.A. remains unclear, as the franchise has lofty aspirations in free agency.


NBA free agency: Latest buzz, rumors and reports2:20 p.m. ET: The Dallas Mavericks have withdrawn their $4.3 million qualifying offer to forward Doug McDermott, making him an unrestricted free agent, league sources told ESPN’s Zach Lowe. Dallas, however, still has interest in retaining the 2014 Naismith College Player of the Year.


NBA free agency: Latest buzz, rumors and reportsNBA free agency: Latest buzz, rumors and reports12:42 p.m. ET: As LeBron James remains hesitant to be the first superstar to decide on the Los Angeles Lakers in free agency, pressure is mounting for the Lakers front office to execute a trade with the San Antonio Spurs to acquire disgruntled All-NBA forward Kawhi Leonard, league sources told ESPN.


NBA free agency: Latest buzz, rumors and reports12:40 p.m. ET: There is growing concern in Los Angeles that Paul George is no longer assured of signing with the Lakers, league sources told ESPN. George, 28, can decline his $20.7 million player option with the Oklahoma City Thunder and would officially hit the free-agent market Sunday.

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June 26 updates

NBA free agency: Latest buzz, rumors and reports7:24 p.m. ET: The Los Angeles Clippers traded Austin Rivers to the Washington Wizards for Marcin Gortat, league sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Austin Rivers opted into the final year of a three-year deal for $12.65 million.


NBA free agency: Latest buzz, rumors and reports4:22 p.m. ET: Saying there is “no pressure” on him entering free agency, Los Angeles Lakers president Magic Johnson said it will not be a failure if the team doesn’t land a superstar this offseason and that he and the Lakers should be judged on how they do next summer. Johnson added: “If I can’t deliver [after two summers] I’m going to step down myself.”

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June 25 updates

NBA free agency: Latest buzz, rumors and reports11:40 p.m. ET: The Denver Nuggets declined the team option of center Nikola Jokic for the 2018-19 season, league sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Jokic will enter restricted free agency while he and the Nuggets negotiate a long-term contract.


NBA free agency: Latest buzz, rumors and reports8:18 p.m. ET: San Antonio Spurs shooting guard Danny Green exercised his player option for the 2018-19 season, league sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.


NBA free agency: Latest buzz, rumors and reports4:14 p.m. ET: The Indiana Pacers will make Lance Stephenson an unrestricted free agent by declining the team option for the 2018-19 season, league sources told ESPN’s Chris Haynes. Stephenson, 27, was due to make $4.3 million.


NBA free agency: Latest buzz, rumors and reports1:28 p.m. ET: Although LeBron James hasn’t announced whether he’ll pick up his player option, sources close to the situation told ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne that he has no intention of hearing elaborate recruiting pitches from teams.

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June 24 updates

NBA free agency: Latest buzz, rumors and reports1 p.m. ET: Atlanta Hawks forward Mike Muscala has exercised his $5 million player option, a source told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Muscala, who turns 27 on July 1, averaged 7.6 points and 4.3 rebounds last season for the Hawks. Atlanta is now projected to enter the offseason with $20 million in available cap space, according to ESPN Front Office Insider Bobby Marks.


NBA free agency: Latest buzz, rumors and reports12:40 p.m. ET: With the deadline passing Saturday, Carmelo Anthony did not exercise the early termination option on the final year of his contract to join the 2018 free-agent class. Anthony, officially a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder again next season, will earn $27.9 million in 2018-19 to complete the five-year, $120 million contract he signed with the New York Knicks in 2014.


NBA free agency: Latest buzz, rumors and reports12:26 p.m. ET: Denver Nuggets forward Wilson Chandler will exercise his player option for the 2018-19 season, league sources told ESPN’s Chris Haynes. Chandler, 31, is opting into a $12.8 million salary instead of entering free agency this summer.

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June 22 update

NBA free agency: Latest buzz, rumors and reports1:20 a.m. ET: San Antonio Spurs general manager R.C. Buford stated the franchise’s desire to keep disgruntled All-Star forward Kawhi Leonard in the fold Thursday after the NBA draft but said the club “will explore all of our options.” Leonard wants to be traded to Los Angeles, preferably to the Lakers, sources have told ESPN.

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June 21 updates

NBA free agency: Latest buzz, rumors and reports4:51 p.m. ET: The Los Angeles Lakers contacted the San Antonio Spurs after Kawhi Leonard‘s public trade request last week but immediately felt the Spurs had no intention of engaging in any dialogue, sources close to the situation told ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne. As one Lakers source put it, “They basically shut the door on us.”


NBA free agency: Latest buzz, rumors and reports4:33 p.m. ET: Dwight Howard and the Brooklyn Nets have mutually agreed to enter into buyout talks for his $23.8 million expiring contract. Howard, 32, would then enter free agency this summer. On Wednesday, the Charlotte Hornets and Brooklyn agreed to a trade that will send Howard to the Nets in exchange for center Timofey Mozgov, two second-round picks and cash, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

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June 20 updates

NBA free agency: Latest buzz, rumors and reports9:16 p.m. ET: New York Knicks center Kyle O’Quinn has declined his $4.2 million contract for the 2018-19 season to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, league sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. O’Quinn averaged 7.1 points, 6.1 rebounds and 58 percent shooting in 18 minutes per game for the Knicks in 2017-18.


NBA free agency: Latest buzz, rumors and reports9:48 a.m. ET: The Charlotte Hornets have agreed to send center Dwight Howard to the Brooklyn Nets for center Timofey Mozgov, two future second-round picks and cash, league sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The Hornets will receive the Nets’ second-round pick (No. 45) in Thursday’s NBA draft and a 2021 second-round pick, league sources said.


NBA free agency: Latest buzz, rumors and reports7:41 a.m. ET: San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich traveled to Southern California on Tuesday and met with Kawhi Leonard, league sources told ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne and Adrian Wojnarowski. Leonard wants a trade to Los Angeles — preferably the Lakers — but the Spurs are unlikely to be motivated to facilitate a deal to L.A., league sources said.

NBA free agency: Latest buzz, rumors and reports

June 19 update

NBA free agency: Latest buzz, rumors and reports1:02 p.m. ET: ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski said during an NBA draft preview show Monday night that Rockets guard Chris Paul will return to the team and is putting all his focus into recruiting LeBron James to Houston.

NBA free agency: Latest buzz, rumors and reports

June 18 update

NBA free agency: Latest buzz, rumors and reports4:28 p.m. ET: San Antonio Spurs forward Rudy Gay is declining his 2018-19 player option to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, league sources told ESPN’s Chris Haynes. Gay, 31, is turning down a salary of $8.8 million in order to hit free agency.

NBA free agency: Latest buzz, rumors and reports

June 16 update

NBA free agency: Latest buzz, rumors and reports11:57 a.m. ET: Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard wants out of San Antonio, league sources told ESPN’s Chris Haynes. Leonard has Los Angeles — preferably the Lakers — at the center of his preferences for a trade destination, league sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, but a source with the Spurs said Leonard hasn’t asked them for a trade.

NBA free agency: Latest buzz, rumors and reports

June 13 updates

NBA free agency: Latest buzz, rumors and reports10:33 a.m. ET: ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that a meeting — or a series of them — will be set between Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich and star forward Kawhi Leonard about whether a lasting trust and partnership can be rebuilt. Leonard is eligible to receive a five-year, $219 million contract extension this summer, but his future in San Antonio has come into question after his relationship with the franchise became strained last season.


NBA free agency: Latest buzz, rumors and reports8:45 a.m. ET: League sources told ESPN’s Chris Haynes that Warriors All-Star forward Draymond Green will turn down Golden State’s three-year, $72 million extension when it’s offered. That’s because if he earns MVP, Defensive Player of the Year or All-NBA Team honors next season, he will be eligible for a super-max contract of five years, $226 million.

NBA free agency: Latest buzz, rumors and reports

June 12 updates

NBA free agency: Latest buzz, rumors and reports5:14 p.m. ET: Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving said Tuesday that a contract extension this summer doesn’t make sense for him, and his sole focus is on getting healthy for next season and helping Boston take another step toward title contention.


NBA free agency: Latest buzz, rumors and reports4:55 p.m. ET: Two-time reigning Finals MVP Kevin Durant could sign for as long as four years and about $160 million this offseason, and Golden State Warriors general manager Bob Myers is prepared to give him “whatever he wants.”


NBA free agency: Latest buzz, rumors and reports3:45 p.m. ET: Jodie Meeks exercised his $3.5 million contract option to return to the Washington Wizards for the 2018-19 season, league sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Meeks will serve the remaining 19 games of a 25-game suspension for violating the NBA’s anti-drug policy to start the season. Meeks, 30, played 77 games for the Wizards last season, averaging 14.5 minutes and 6.3 points a game.


NBA free agency: Latest buzz, rumors and reports10:15 a.m. ET: Indiana Pacers forward Thaddeus Young is seriously contemplating declining his $13.7 million player option for the 2018-19 season and becoming an unrestricted free agent, league sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Young, 29, has until June 29 to make a decision on the option.

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