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NBA free agency tracker: Live updates, news as LeBron James returns to Lakers; Klay Thompson picks Dallas; Paul George chooses 76ers


NBA free agency tracker: Live updates, news as LeBron James returns to Lakers; Klay Thompson picks Dallas; Paul George chooses 76ers

NBA free agency is in full swing and another major domino has fallen. Saturday saw one of the top remaining free agents, Chicago Bulls star DeMar DeRozan agree to a three-year, $74 million deal with the Sacramento Kings.

Meanwhile, a number of deals went official, including Paul George‘s pact with the Philadelphia 76ers and Klay Thompson‘s sign-and-trade with the Dallas Mavericks, which wound up being more complicated than anyone expected.

Meanwhile, LeBron James ended up taking a two-year, $101.4 million deal, $3 million less than the max. That will allow the Los Angeles Lakers to avoid the dreaded second apron. James had been reported to be willing to take an even bigger paycut for a veteran such as Thompson or James Harden, but both opted to go elsewhere.

James declined his player option with the expectation of signing a new deal last week, then got a bit of incentive to return to the Lakers when they drafted his eldest son, Bronny James, with the No. 55 pick. The four-time NBA MVP has said for years that he’d like the opportunity to play with his eldest son before retiring.

Yahoo Sports has you covered for NBA free agency from the top 40 available players to the top players at each position who are available this summer.

Keep up with all of the signings and deals with Yahoo Sports’ NBA free agency tracker.

Live133 updates

  • Highsmith re-ups with Miami

  • Sixers officially welcome back Andre Drummond

    The Philadelphia 76ers announced the signing of Andre Drummond on Sunday. Drummond, who will be 31 next month, is returning to the Sixers after spending part of the 2020-2021 season in Philly. He exited the team as part of the famous Ben Simmons trade with the Brooklyn Nets.

  • LeBron James takes a $3 million pay cut to put Lakers below second apron

  • DeMar DeRozan goes to Kings on 3-year, $70 million sign-and-trade deal

    The deal will also see Harrison Barnes head to the San Antonio Spurs and Chris Duarte to the Chicago Bulls.

  • Klay Thompson’s sign-and-trade is the first six-team trade in NBA history

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    New York Knicks confirm new deal with OG Anunoby

    The New York Knicks confirmed Saturday that OG Anunoby has re-signed with the team. Anunoby signed a five-year, $212.5 million contract on June 26 to stay with the team for the near future.

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    Free agent Dario Saric signs with the Denver Nuggets on a two-year, $10.6 million deal, after a season with Golden State

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    Simone Fontecchio agrees to two-year, $16 million deal to stay with the Detroit Pistons

  • Miles Bridges stays with Hornets, agreeing to 3-year, $75 million contract

    Miles Bridges will be staying with the Charlotte Hornets. The sixth-year forward agreed to a three-year, $75 million contract with the team, reports ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

    The deal includes no team or player options, according to Wojnarowski.

    Bridges, 26, is a talent. No doubt. The 26-year-old averaged 21 points (on 46/35/83 shooting splits), 7.3 rebounds and 3.3 assists in 37.4 minutes over 69 games for the Charlotte Hornets this past season.

    Of course, he missed the first 10 games of the season, plus the entire 2022-23 campaign, for pleading guilty to a brutal felony domestic violence charge. Upon his return to the NBA, he allegedly violated a resulting protective order, though that charge was dropped this past February for insufficient evidence.

    Bridges was in line for a nine-figure contract when news of his initial arrest on domestic violence charges broke on the eve of 2022 NBA free agency. He played this past season on a $7.9 million qualifying offer.

    Read the full story here.

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    Free agent DeMar DeRozan is meeting with the Sacramento Kings

    DeMar DeRozan is meeting with the Sacramento Kings this weekend, per multiple reports. DeRozan, who is an unrestricted free agent, is looking for a new team after three seasons with the Chicago Bulls.

  • Devonte Graham being traded from Spurs to Hornets, who plan to waive him

    Devonte’ Graham is being traded by the San Antonio Spurs to the Charlotte Hornets, along with a second-round pick. Charlotte will then waive the sixth-year guard, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

    The Hornets will pay Graham the $2.85 million partial guarantee remaining on his contract as part of the deal. That increases San Antonio’s available cap space to $19.1 million, which could help them take part in a deal between the Chicago Bulls and Sacramento Kings involving DeMar DeRozan, according to NBA insider Marc Stein.

    Graham, 28, appeared in only 23 games for the Spurs last season, averaging five points and 2.1 assists. He played the first three seasons of his NBA career with Charlotte before getting traded to the New Orleans Pelicans. After nearly two seasons with the Pelicans, he was dealt to San Antonio.

  • Caleb Martin agrees to 4-year, $32 million contract with Sixers

    The Philadelphia 76ers‘ big offseason continues. The team added forward Caleb Martin, agreeing to a four-year deal worth more than $32 million, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

    Martin put up the best numbers of his five-year career for the Miami Heat last season. In 64 games, the 6-foot-5 veteran averaged 10 points and 4.4 rebounds per game. Of note to the Sixers and their fans, Martin has played particularly well against the Boston Celtics during the past two seasons, averaging 13.6 points per game while shooting 50% from the floor.

    He is expected to be the Sixers’ starting power forward, reports Wojnarowski, teaming in the frontcourt with Paul George and Joel Embiid. To make room for Martin, Philadelphia will waive forward Paul Reed.

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    Pistons adding Malik Beasley on 1-year, $6 million deal

    Among the many reasons that the Detroit Pistons finished with the NBA’s worst record last season is their poor shooting. New president of basketball operations Trajan Langdon is addressing that need by reaching an agreement with sharpshooter Malik Beasley.

    The eight-year veteran will sign a one-year deal worth more than $6 million, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

    Beasley, 27, shot 41% on 3-pointers with the Milwaukee Bucks last season on 542 attempts. He’s a career 29% 3-point shooter. That is a welcome addition for a Pistons team that shot 35% from long-range as a team.

    Detroit will be the sixth team Beasley has played for in his eight seasons, including the Denver Nuggets, Minnesota Timberwolves, Utah Jazz and Los Angeles Lakers.

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    Franz Wagner signs five-year, $224 million max rookie extension

    Franz Wagner is staying in Orlando, signing a five-year, $224 million contract extension to stay with the Magic, with the deal potentially being worth up to $269 million, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

    Wagner, who was drafted eighth overall by Orlando in 2021, has been a key part of the Magic’s starting lineup for the past three seasons. Wagner averaged 19.7 points, 5.3 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game last season.

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    Kai Jones reportedly agrees to non-guaranteed deal to stay with the Clippers

  • Buddy Hield to join Warriors in sign-and-trade deal with Sixers

    The Golden State Warriors are adding a shooter after Klay Thompson left for the Dallas Mavericks. Buddy Hield will join the Warriors in a sign-and-trade deal with the Philadelphia 76ers, reports The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

    Hield agrees to a two-year, $21 million contract, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The agreement includes a partial guarantee for a third year and player option for a fourth year. Philadelphia will receive a 2031 second-round pick as part of the deal.

    Hield averaged 12.1 points per game with the Sixers and Indiana Pacers last season, shooting 39% on 3-pointers. Shooting is Hield’s specialty. For his career, he’s a 40% shooter from long-range. He’s the only player to make more 3-pointers during the past five seasons than Stephen Curry. Now the two sharpshooters will be teammates.

  • Shake Milton going to Nets, added to Mikal Bridges trade with Knicks

    The big trade that sent Mikal Bridges to the New York Knicks is being expanded. Shake Milton is also being added to the deal in a sign-and-trade agreement, reports The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

    Milton joins Bojan Bogdanovic, four unprotected first-round picks (in 2025, 2027, 2029 and 2031), a protected first-rounder from the Milwaukee Bucks in 2025, a 2025 second-rounder and a protected pick swap in 2028 going to the Nets. Keita Bates-Diop will go to the Knicks as part of the trade.

    For Milton, the Nets will be his fourth team in a year. The sixth-year guard signed with the Minnesota Timberwolves last season, was traded to the Detroit Pistons, who soon waived him. He then signed with the Knicks.

    He agreed to a three-year, $9 million deal with the Knicks, in which the final two years are not guaranteed.

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    LeBron and Bronny are getting deals, but how do the Lakers plan to upgrade the roster?

    To some, it might appear as if the Los Angeles Lakers should hang a banner that reads “Mission Accomplished” for their 2024 summer.

    After all, they hired JJ Redick as their new head coach and drafted Bronny James, the son of a certain LeBron, which was what most Lakers fans seemed to be the most interested in.

    (They should be far more excited about Dalton Knecht, who the Lakers snatched at No. 17 in the NBA Draft, but that’s a story for a different day.)

    The mission, however, isn’t quite accomplished, even after both of the Jameses locked up new contracts, with LeBron reportedly agreeing to a $104 million deal, which will run over two seasons, and Bronny signing for $7.9 million over four years.

    As it stands, the Lakers’ roster remains unfinished, or at least uncalibrated, with the team closing in on second apron territory, which would further limit their transaction maneuverability going forward.

    So, let’s take a look at their situation.

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    Taurean Prince to the Bucks

    After a strong outing with the Lakers, Taurean Prince agreed to a one-year deal with the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday. Prince averaged 8.9 points and shot nearly 40% from behind the arc with the Lakers last season.

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    PJ Dozier to the TWolves

    PJ Dozier is making his return to the NBA. After spending last season in Serbia, Dozier agreed to a one-year deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday.

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