With the NBA Draft now over, teams are turning all of their attention to the start of free agency on July 1. Every team has cap space with the increased salary cap, and most teams are planning to go after the top players available on the open market. Check out the latest NBA news and rumors below.
Joakim Noah to Knicks?
Noah is quickly becoming one of the most coveted big men on the market has several teams around the league plan to make a run at the defensive specialist, but according to ESPN's Ian Begley, the Knicks are the frontrunner to land him.
There are people in the Knicks organization who’d like to pursue Joakim Noah in free agency. And the interest seems to be mutual. People familiar with the situation say the Knicks are one team that Noah will be interested in in free agency. It will be key to find a contract that works for both sides, obviously.
Derrick Rose and Noah are close; Noah also has a good relationship with Carmelo Anthony. The Bulls center also grew up in New York and attended high school in Brooklyn. Also, for those interested in such things, Rose and Noah have been spotted in NYC together in the last 24 hours.
Noah is also considering the Timberwolves and Bucks, according to the Sporting News, who also say he has "no intentions" of returning to the Bulls.
Rajon Rondo to sign with Brooklyn?
Rondo expressed an openness to return to re-sign with the Kings this summer, but it now seems like he wants to sign with the Brooklyn Nets in free agency, according to SBNation's Anthony Puccio:
Hearing a lot of Rondo/BKN rumors the past few days. Was told by a source that he'd love to play in NY. Knicks have Rose. #Nets need a PG.— Anthony Puccio (@APOOCH) June 24, 2016
Rondo averaged 11.9 points and 11.7 assists per game last season.
Chandler Parsons planning to leave Mavs?
Parsons has been underwhelming in his two years in Dallas, failing to live up to the expectations that followed after leaving the Rockets, and his time with the Mavs may be up because of it. According to ESPN's Tim MacMahon, Parsons plans to look at other teams while Dallas pursues bigger free agent targets.
Parsons eagerly anticipates exploring his options in free agency as the Mavericks plan to prioritize other targets, sources told ESPN, although a return to Dallas remains a possibility.
"He'll be all ears," one source said.
If the Mavs are successful, assuming Conley and Whiteside get max contracts as widely expected, they would not have the cap space required to keep Parsons. Dallas is willing to take the risk of Parsons committing to another team as the Mavs pursue Conley and Whiteside, who sources say have mutual interest in the team. The Mavs expect to open free agency by meeting with Whiteside.
The Mavs, according to sources, remain interested in keeping Parsons if they aren't able to persuade Conley and/or Whiteside to come to Dallas. However, the Mavs have made it clear to Parsons that they do not intend to offer him a max contract to keep him after his first two seasons in Dallas ended prematurely because of surgeries on his right knee.
Parsons averaged 13.7 points and 4.7 rebounds per game last season.Back to the NBA Newsfeed