NBA free agency is officially here, and there have already been several moves in the first 24 hours. Players like Hassan Whiteside, Nic Batum and DeMar DeRozan elected to return to their teams. But several players found lucrative deals elsewhere, and the rising cap has a resulted in a windfall for many. The rumor mill is buzzing with meetings and contracts, and we're here to get you caught up on what's happened so far. Here are all the latest NBA rumors and news you need to know.
If you're looking for a full list of all the contract signings, scroll to the bottom of this post.
Celtics Trying To Trade For DeMarcus Cousins?
The Celtics tried to swing a trade for a superstar during the draft, but failed to pull it off. However, they're still trying to land one via trade.
The tweet has since been deleted. pic.twitter.com/CSWZpIlBK0— Forever Green™ (@ForeverGreen_) July 2, 2016
But here's the catch. Brian Lewis of the NY Post has since deleted that tweet, with no explanation. So perhaps there isn't much to the Celtics going after Cousins. Their interest makes perfect sense, but the Kings have not appeared to want to move Cousins. With the tweet since being deleted, it's tough to determine just how much merit it has. The Celtics did reportedly have interest before the draft, so it's not a stretch to think they could still be trying to land Cousins.
Potential Paul Millsap Trade?
With the Atlanta Hawks adding Dwight Howard, they don't have room to afford Al Horford. However, they're still trying to bring him back, even if that means trading Paul Millsap.
Vertical Sources: Hawks still shopping Paul Millsap now, working contingencies should Horford want to stay. Sides still apart on contract.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) July 2, 2016
Horford could end up on the Celtics or Wizards, who would also likely be interested in Millsap. The Raptors had previously tried to trade for Millsap and could make another run at him.
Ryan Anderson Close To Signing?
The Pelicans' sharp-shooting power forward appears close to picking his new team.
Sources: Free agent Ryan Anderson walking into his final meeting now -- w/ Houston in LA. Afterward, he will hunker down and make decision.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) July 2, 2016
The Lakers, Raptors, Rockets, Wizards, etc. are among teams showing interest in Ryan Anderson. https://t.co/M8NLA0QnGV— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) July 2, 2016
Anderson is limited on defense, but is one of the best stretch fours in the NBA. When he signs, he'll likely end up with a hefty contract, especially considering what other players have already netted this offseason.
Courtney Lee Latest
Lee is a coveted shooting guard, as several teams are in the market for adding another shooter.
Sources: Add the Sixers to the list of teams interested in Courtney Lee. The Knicks, Kings, Nets and Wolves also want him.— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) July 2, 2016
Lee reportedly received a $10 million per year offer from the Knicks, but might be able to find more elsewhere. Don't except him to rush his decision.
Latest contract agreements
Though no deal can be officially signed until July 6, several deals have already been agreed upon. Below, we have every deal signed so far, with the source linked as well.
Arron Afflalo - 2 years, $25 million with Kings (Source)
Darrell Arthur - 3 years, $23 million with Nuggets (Source)
D.J. Augustin - 4 years, $29 million with Magic (Source)
Jerryd Bayless - 3 years, $27 million with 76ers (Source)
Nicolas Batum - 5 years, $120 million with Hornets (Source)
Kent Bazemore - 4 years, $70 million with Hawks (Source)
Bradley Beal - 5 years, $128 million with Wizards (Source)
Bismack Biyombo - 4 years, Money TBA with Magic (Source)
Jordan Clarkson - 4 years, $50 million with Lakers (Source)
Mike Conley - 5 years, $153 million with Grizzlies (Source)
Matthew Dellavedova - 4 years, $38 million with Bucks (Source) (Cavs can match, aren't expected to)
Luol Deng - 4 years, $72 million with Lakers (Source)
DeMar DeRozan - 5 years, $139 million with Raptors (Source)
Andre Drummond - 5 years, $130 million with Pistons (Source)
Jared Dudley - 3 years, $30 million with Suns (Source)
Evan Fournier - 5 years, $85 million with Magic (Source)
Jeff Green - 1 year, $15 million with Magic (Source)
Justin Hamilton - 2 years, $6 million with Nets (Source)
Solomon Hill - 4 years, $48 million with Pelicans (Source)
Dwight Howard - 3 years, $70.5 million with Hawks (Source)
Al Jefferson - 3 years, $30 million with Pacers (Source)
Joe Johnson - 2 years, $22 million with Jazz (Source)
Jon Leuer - 4 years, $42 million with Pistons (Source)
Jeremy Lin - 3 years, $36 million with Nets (Source)
E'Twaun Moore - 4 years, $34 million with Pelicans (Source)
Timofey Mozgov - 4 years, $64 million with Lakers (Source)
Joakim Noah - 4 years, $72 million with Knicks (Source)
Chandler Parsons - 4 years, $94 million with Grizzlies (Source)
Ish Smith - 3 years, $18 million with Pistons (Source)
Mizra Teletovic - 3 years, $30 million with Bucks (Source)
Evan Turner - 4 years, $70 million with Trail Blazers (Source)
Hassan Whiteside - 4 years, $98 million with Heat (Source)