NBA Free Agency is in full swing, and with the July Moratorium ending today, deals that have already been agreed to can become official. Though several notable free agents still unsigned, that likely won't be the case for much longer. Several trade rumors are also starting to swirl with most of the big names off the market. Here are all the latest NBA rumors and news you need to know:
"Clock has started" on Giannis Antetokounmpo leaving Bucks
Giannis Antetokounmpo, aka the Greek Freak, signed a four-year, $100 million extension with the Milwaukee Bucks last year that will keep him with the franchise through the 2020-21 season, but teams are already thinking they may be able to land the 22-year-old star when that time comes.
ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski told "The Ryen Russillo Show" that many teams believe the "clock has started" on Antetokounmpo leaving the franchise due to discord among ownership and the front office.
"Milwaukee's going to go through this with the Greek Freak. That day's coming, right? Where he's going to look and say, 'Where is this organization? What are they doing here?' Like, you don't think Giannis has been watching what went on there for the last several months? Of what they allowed to go on with the front office? He's watching it. And the clock has started. Everybody in the league is trying to figure out how they are going to get him out of there. That has started."
The Bucks hired Jim Horst to be the team's general manager last month, but two of the team's three owners were against the move. They wanted to promote Justin Zanik, who was previously brought in as a GM-in-waiting, but the other owner, Wes Edens, wanted Horst. Since Edens has the final say in basketball decisions, Horst was hired and Zanik left the organization.
Antetokounmpo averaged 22.9 points, 8.8 rebounds and 5.4 assists per game last season.
Clippers have Derrick Rose as top target
The Los Angeles Clippers have expressed interest in signing Derrick Rose, met with him yesterday, and have him as their top target, according to Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times.
Nope. But will check. Do know DRose is top of Clips list https://t.co/wc6PD2wSqa— Brad Turner (@BA_Turner) July 5, 2017
Rose, who is also receiving interest from the Bucks, averaged 18.0 points, 4.4 assists and 3.8 rebounds per game last season for the New York Knicks.
Cavs, Rockets unlikely to reach trade agreement for Carmelo Anthony
Speaking of the Knicks, they remain adamant about their desire to trade Carmelo Anthony instead of buying him out of his contract, and Anthony has said he would waive his no-trade clause for the Cleveland Cavaliers or Houston Rockets. However, ESPN's Ian Begley reports that any trade is unlikely at this point.
Carmelo Anthony is willing to leave New York. The Knicks are willing to trade him. But can anyone come up with an offer for Anthony that the Knicks are willing to accept?
That's what several NBA front-office members were wondering Monday morning after ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported Anthony is willing to waive his no-trade clause to join Houston or Cleveland.
"That's not an easy proposition for either team," one executive says about a possible Melo trade.
Here's why things are complicated: The Knicks have told people they don't want to take back older players on longer contracts in any transaction. At the same time, many in the organization feel it's best to trade Anthony. So that leaves New York in a tricky negotiating position.
Anthony also has an $8.1 million trade kicker in his contract, which would up his salary to $34.7 million next season should he be dealt. However, he can waive that kicker in order to help facilitate a trade.
Anthony averaged 22.4 points and 5.9 rebounds per game this past season.Back to the NBA Newsfeed
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