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* Report: Caldwell-Pope, McGee staying put
* Green says he’s signing with Lakers
* Thunder reportedly deal George to Clippers
* Reports: Leonard headed to Clippers
* Reports: Wizards trade Howard to Grizzlies
* Report: Grizzlies not looking to buy out Iguodala
* Report: Neto joining 76ers for minimum
* Report: Layman heading to Timberwolves via sign-and-trade
* Report: Korver to Suns in multi-player deal
* Report: McConnell to join Pacers
* Report: Pistons, Morris agree to deal
* Marjanovic, Mavs reportedly reach deal
* Reports: Grizzlies trade Parsons to Hawks
* Report: Pelicans, Miller reach deal
* Raptors prep their pitch to Leonard
* Report: Warriors pull Cook’s qualifying offer
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Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and JaVale McGee are expected to sign two-year deals to remain with the Los Angeles Lakers, according to ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne.
Caldwell Pope, 26, averaged 11.4 points and 2.9 rebounds in nearly 25 minutes last season, his second with the Lakers.
McGee, 31, averaged a career-high 12.0 points and 7.5 rebounds in his first season with the Lakers.
— 3:39 a.m. ET (July 6)
Free agent guard Danny Green announced he is headed to the Los Angeles Lakers. He will sign a two-year, $30 million deal, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Green posted his decision in a video on social media.
“I would just like to announce I’m proudly…let everyone know… I’m excited for the next two years that I will be teaming up with my new teammates in L.A., the Los Angeles Lakers. Looking forward to playing with those guys. Should be great.”
— 2:31 a.m. (July 6)
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the LA Clippers have acquired All-NBA swingman Paul George from the Oklahoma City Thunder.
The Clippers are sending the Thunder four unprotected first-round picks, one protected first-round pick and two pick swaps, league sources tell ESPN. Those picks go to OKC with Gallinari and SGA.
Marc Stein of The New York Times later clarified that OKC’s picks broke down to the Thunder’s unprotected firsts in 2022, ’24 and ’26, along with Miami firsts in ’21 (unprotected; acquired in the Tobias Harris trade) and ’23 (protected 1-14; acquired in the reported four-team Jimmy Butler trade days ago) as well as pick swaps in ’23 and ’25.
— 2:02 a.m. (July 6)
Kawhi Leonard will sign with the LA Clippers, per multiple reports.
The news, which was first reported by Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports, will have a tremendous effect on the league. Leonard, a 28-year-old forward, is coming off a championship campaign in his only season with the Toronto Raptors, earning his second NBA Finals MVP in the process.
Paul George is also headed to the Clippers after LA traded for the All-Star forward, sending the Oklahoma City Thunder four unprotected first-round picks, one protected first-round pick and two pick swaps, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
— 1:56 a.m. ET (July 6)
It appears Dwight Howard is on the move again.
Shams Charania of The Athletic reports the Memphis Grizzlies are acquiring eight-time All-Star Dwight Howard from the Washington Wizards.
Moments later, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported Memphis is sending veteran wing CJ Miles to Washington in the deal and will waive or trade Howard.
Howard, 33, played in only nine games this past season with the Wizards due to a back injury which required surgery. He averaged 12.8 points and 9.2 rebounds while shooting 62.3 percent from the field.
— 8:54 p.m. (July 5)
Report: Grizzlies seek trade for Iguodala
The Grizzlies do not intend to buy out Andre Iguodala’s contract this summer and are instead exploring trade options, according to ESPN’s Tim MacMahon. The Rockets and Mavericks are among the teams interested in the former Finals MVP, per MacMahon.
Iguodala was recently part of a reported three-team, sign-and-trade deal that ended with Golden State shipping him to Memphis and landing All-Star guard D’Angelo Russell from Brooklyn in return. The 35-year-old forward has one year and $17.2 million left on his contract.
— 2:06 a.m. (July 4)
Point guard Raul Neto has agreed to sign with the 76ers for the veteran’s minimum, The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported. Neto is averaging 4.8 points and 1.9 assists in four NBA seasons, all with the Jazz.
— 9:20 p.m. (July 3)
Restricted free agent forward Jake Layman will join the Timberwolves after they reached a sign-and-trade agreement with the Trail Blazers, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported.
Layman will sign a three-year, $11.5-million deal with his new team, per the report. He averaged a career-high 7.6 points last season, his third in the NBA.
— 9 p.m. (July 3)
The Grizzlies are sending veteran shooter Kyle Korver and guard Jevon Carter to the Suns in exchange for forward Josh Jackson, guard DeAnthony Melton and a pair of second-round picks, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Wojnarowski added that the Suns plan to buy Korver out, with the Lakers, 76ers and Bucks considered front-runners for his services.
— 4:35 p.m. (July 3)
Another guard is apparently leaving Philadelphia.
T.J. McConnell has reportedly agreed to a two-year deal with the Pacers, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The Sixers are losing McConnell and J.J. Redick, who reportedly is signing with the Pelicans.
McConnell provided a spark off the Sixers’ bench, averaging 6.4 points and 3.4 assists in 2018-19.
— 3:53 p.m. (July 3)
Reports: Markieff Morris, Pistons agree to deal
Detroit is reportedly trying its hand at having a Morris twin on its roster, again.
Markieff Morris and the Pistons have agreed to a deal, reports Shams Charania of The Athletic and Jordan Schultz of ESPN. Morris began last season with the Washington Wizards, but was dealt to the New Orleans Pelicans at the trade deadline. After being bought out by New Orleans, he signed with the Oklahoma City Thunder for the rest of the season.
He should be a solid addition to the Pistons’ bench, as he averaged 9.4 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.4 assists last season. Markieff Morris’ twin brother, Marcus, played for the Pistons from 2015-17 before being traded to the Boston Celtics in the summer of 2017.
— 2:42 p.m. (July 3)
Marjanovic, Mavs reportedly reach deal
Boban Marjanovic is set to head back to the Western Conference.
Per multiple reports, the 7-foot-3 center has agreed to a two-year, $7 million deal with the Dallas Mavericks. The big man is coming off his best season in the NBA, having averaged 7.3 points and 4.6 rebounds per game in 2018-19 (which he split between the LA Clippers and Philadelphia 76ers).
— 12:35 p.m. (July 3)
Reports: Hawks, Grizzlies make trade
Although they have yet to make a splash in free agency this summer, the Atlanta Hawks are staying busy in the trade market.
Per multiple reports, the Hawks are acquiring veteran forward Chandler Parsons from the Memphis Grizzlies for Solomon Hill and Miles Plumlee. The trade, which was first reported by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, gives Atlanta another veteran it will acquire via trade.
The Hawks made a reported trade with the Brooklyn Nets in early June that landed them Allen Crabbe and two first-round picks for Taurean Prince and a future second-round pick. That deal will not be officially completed until at least July 6. Additionally, the Hawks picked up Evan Turner from the Trail Blazers on June 24, sending veteran Kent Bazemore to Portland.
Parsons was a solid player in his first five seasons in the NBA, but has been saddled by injuries since signing with the Grizzlies in the summer of 2016. Last season, he averaged 7.5 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 25 games. He, like Turner, is in the final year of his contract and could become a tradeable asset next season.
The Hawks reportedly landed Hill in a Draft-night trade that allowed Atlanta to secure the No. 4 overall pick from the Pelicans (who reportedly landed it in the pending Anthony Davis mega-deal). The pick was originally owned by the Los Angeles Lakers, who picked DeAndre Hunter (and who will eventually end up with the Hawks).
As for Hill, he averaged 4.3 ppg, 3.0 rpg and 1.3 apg in 44 games for the Pelicans last season. Plumlee played in Atlanta last season, although sparingly, averaging 4.4 ppg and 2.2 rpg in 18 games (9.6 minutes per game). Both Plumlee and Hill are entering the final year of their contracts.
— 11:20 a.m. (July 3)
Pelicans, Miller reportedly reach deal
New Orleans reportedly added one 3-point shooter this summer in JJ Redick and have reportedly kept another one in the fold.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports the Pelicans and forward Darius Miller have agreed on a two-year, $14.25 million deal. Miller has played his entire career with the Pelicans (2012-19), averaging 6 points, 1.7 rebounds and 1.4 assists over 253 games in New Orleans. His greatest value to them, though, is his 3-point shooting as he has made 38.2% of them in his career.
Last season, Miller ranked 20th in 3-pointers made by reserve players as he shot 94-for-253 (37.2 percent) from deep.
— 10:42 a.m. (July 3)
The NBA world is waiting for what Kawhi Leonard will decide in free agency. It appears, based on the latest reports, that the road to that choice might be getting just a bit closer.
Last night, ESPN’s Jordan Schultz reported via Twitter that Leonard had his meetings with the Los Angeles Lakers and LA Clippers on Tuesday. Now that those meetings are seemingly out of the way, the incumbent Toronto Raptors appear to be up next to pitch to Leonard.
Getting a true reading on what is true (and what is false) when it comes to Leonard’s move has been tough to gauge since free agency began at 6 p.m. ET on Sunday. But Doug Smith of the Toronto Star — as plugged in a Raptors observe as there is — has some insight on what Toronto may have up its sleeve.
— 9:40 a.m. (July 3)
Warriors reportedly pull Cook’s qualifying offer
As Golden State undergoes a bit of an overhaul this summer, one familiar face may have less of a chance of coming back.
Shams Charania of The Athletic reports the Warriors have pulled Quinn Cook’s qualifying offer, thus making him an unrestricted free agent. The third-year guard has spent the last two seasons in Golden State and was an important reserve last season.
He averaged 6.9 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 74 games during the season and 4.2 ppg and 1.1 rpg in 17 playoff games, too.
— 9:24 a.m. (July 3)
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