The start of NBA free agency is finally underway. Teams and player are now allowed to start negotiating contracts and several deals have already been struck. With most of the big-name players still meeting with teams, here are all the latest NBA free agency rumors and news you need to know.
Gordon Hayward Update
The Celtics, Heat and Jazz are the three teams Hayward is considering this weekend. And the Miami Heat might actually be the front-runners.
Three league sources sense the current favorite for Gordon Hayward is Miami. Reasons: better lifestyle, Spoelstra, "feature scoring role."— Kevin O'Connor (@KevinOConnorNBA) July 1, 2017
O'Connor adds that things can change after the meetings, but the Heat are a real threat. The Heat will met with Hayward first, followed by the Celtics and then Jazz. The Heat are also pulling out all the stops for Hayward.
Have confirmed that this banner is legit, has been put up with other players' on drive outside of AmericanAirlines Arena. pic.twitter.com/LjJZoOIrEr— Ira Winderman (@IraHeatBeat) July 1, 2017
Hayward's decision will have a major ripple effect for free agency. He's the top free agent on the market.
Paul Millsap Latest
Hayward is the top free agent, but Paul Millsap isn't far behind. He has a meeting today with the Timberwolves.
Paul Millsap has a meeting lined up with the Minnesota Timberwolves today, league sources told Basketball Insiders.— Michael Scotto (@MikeAScotto) July 1, 2017
The Suns are also interested. Cap space is a bit of an issue for the Timberwolves, but the Hawks are open to a sign-and-trade. Millsap would be another splashy addition by the Timberwolves, who have traded for Jimmy Butler and signed Jeff Teague.
Bucks Shopping Monroe
Greg Monroe opted into his contract for this year and the Bucks are once again trying to trade him.
One move Bucks are trying to accomplish at the moment: moving Greg Monroe, per sources. They've been trying to do so on and off for a while.— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) July 1, 2017
The Bucks have tried and failed to find a trade partner for Monroe for over a year. It's unlikely anything will change this time around.
Several players have already agreed to deals with either their old teams or new ones. A list of the players and the contracts they signed is below.
Stephen Curry: 5 years, $201 million with Warriors
Cristiano Felicio: 4 years, $32 million with Bulls
Langston Galloway: 3 years, $21 million with Pistons
Blake Griffin: 5 years, $172.4 million with Clippers
Jrue Holiday: 5 years, $126 million with Pelicans
Shaun Livingston: 3 years, $24 million with Warriors
Patrick Mills: 4 years, $50 million with Spurs
Tony Snell: 4 years, $46 million with Bucks
Jeff Teague: 3 years, $57 million with Timberwolves