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2018 NBA Free Agency Diary



  • Sources: Rodney Hood Accepts Cavaliers’ Qualifying Offer

    Rodney Hood ended his restricted free agency by accepting the Cavaliers' $3.4 million qualifying offer and placing a bet on himself for a big season this year.

    He informed the Cavs of his decision today, sources told

    Hood, 25, a gifted, 6-8 forward, will be an unrestricted free agent next summer. He left a multiyear deal from the Cavs worth about $7 million per season on the table by accepting their qualifying offer.

    Sources said Hood was seeking a contract for more than $9 million per season from the Cavs. For comparison, the Celtics signed restricted free agent Marcus Smart to a four-year, $52 million deal this summer, and the Bulls matched the four-year $78 million offer sheet Zach LaVine signed with the Kings.

    Source: Joe Vardon of

  • Sources: Spurs, Quincy Pondexter Agree to Deal

    Free agent wing Quincy Pondexter has reached an agreement on a one-year deal with the San Antonio Spurs, league sources tell ESPN.

    Source: Chris Haynes on Twitter

  • Sources: Ty Lawson, Tyrone Wallace Workout for Pelicans

    Ty Lawson and Tyrone Wallace worked out for the New Orleans Pelicans this week, according to sources.

    Source: Alex Kennedy on Twitter

  • Sources: Rockets, Bruno Caboclo Agree to Deal

    Free agent forward Bruno Caboclo, Houston have reach an agreement, league sources tell ESPN.

    Source: Chris Haynes on Twitter

  • Sources: Bucks, Shabazz Muhammad Agree to Deal

    Free agent Shabazz Muhammad has agreed to a deal with the Milwaukee Bucks, league sources tell Yahoo.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

  • Sources: HEAT, Briante Weber Agree to Deal

    Guard Briante Weber has agreed to a partially guaranteed deal to return to the Miami Heat, league sources tell Yahoo.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

  • Sources: Pelicans, Jahlil Okafor Agree to Deal

    Free agent center Jahlil Okafor has agreed to a deal with New Orleans, league sources tell ESPN.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN

  • Sources: Multiple Teams Interested in Mario Chalmers

    NBA free agent point guard Mario Chalmers is completely healthy and is getting interest from Brooklyn, Dallas and New Orleans, a source said.

    Source: Marc J. Spears on Twitter

  • Report: Trevor Booker to Play in China

    Although I know I belong in the NBA, I’m excited to announce that I’ll be heading to China this upcoming season. The summer didn’t pan out as I hoped, but I assure you that I’ll be back on a NBA floor terrorizing people again soon enough.

    Source: Trevor Booker on Twitter

  • Sources: Rockets, Carmelo Anthony Verbally Agree to Deal

    Carmelo Anthony has verbally reached an agreement to sign with the Houston Rockets, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

    Anthony cleared free-agency waivers last week after a trade to the Atlanta Hawks on July 30 and his subsequent release, but had yet to commit to the Rockets. Anthony informed Houston of his decision to sign Tuesday after returning from Africa, league sources said. Anthony had unveiled a refurbished basketball court in South Africa last week.

    After the loss of forwards Trevor Ariza and Luc Mbah a Moute, the Rockets prioritized Anthony, and the 10-time All-Star worked out repeatedly with Houston stars James Harden and Chris Paul this summer.

    Source: Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports

  • Sources: Grizzlies, Shelvin Mack Agree to Deal

    Free agent guard Shelvin Mack is signing a one-year deal with the Memphis Grizzlies today, league sources tell ESPN.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

  • Sources: Raptors, Greg Monroe Agree to Deal

    Free agent Greg Monroe has agreed to a deal with the Toronto Raptors, league sources tell Yahoo.

    Monroe is signing a one-year, $2.2M deal with Toronto, league sources said. The veteran center is joining a contender in the Eastern Conference.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

  • Sources: David Nwaba Agrees to Sign with Cavaliers

    Free agent David Nwaba has agreed to sign with the Cleveland Cavaliers, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

    Nwaba and the Cavaliers are still working on the final details of the deal, league sources said. The Cavaliers have remained in touch with Nwaba since the first day of free agency, recruited him over the past month and met with the 6-foot-4 swingman last week in Las Vegas, sources said.

    Nwaba is expected to be a gritty rotation player for a Cavaliers roster aiming to compete in the Eastern Conference playoff race in 2018-19 without LeBron James. There is expected to be a tremendous opportunity for Nwaba in Cleveland, and he can provide starting or reserve minutes for Cavaliers coach Ty Lue.

    In two NBA seasons with the Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers, Nwaba, 25, has established himself as a high-energy rotation player. He averaged 7.9 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 23.5 minutes in 70 games (21 starts) for Chicago last season.

    Source: Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports

  • Sources: Rockets, Pelicans Interested in Kent Bazemore

    Assuming the Rockets are able to finalize a deal with Carmelo Anthony this week, it likely wouldn’t be the team’s final piece of offseason business before training camp. Houston is still active on trade fronts, perusing the market for a wing defender, and remains interested in Kent Bazemore of the Atlanta Hawks—according to a person with knowledge of the situation.

    The Pelicans are also a team interested in acquiring Bazemore, but Atlanta is not interested in taking on Solomon Hill. New Orleans also has its 2019 first-round pick.

    Source: Kelly Iko of Rockets Wire

  • Sources: Hawks Buyout, Waive Carmelo Anthony

    Carmelo Anthony has finalized a contract buyout with the Atlanta Hawks and plans to wait until clearing waivers to officially tell the Houston Rockets of his plans to sign a free-agent deal, league sources told ESPN.

    The Hawks waived Anthony on Monday morning, paving the way for him to clear waivers on Wednesday at 5 p.m. ET.

    Anthony will get his full $27.9 million salary for the 2018-19 season, accepting a $2.4 million reduction in his buyout with the Hawks that will essentially return to him once he signs $2.4 million veteran's-minimum deal with his new team, league sources said.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN

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