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2018 NBA Free Agency Diary

  • Sources: Thaddeus Young Exercises Option with Pacers

    Indiana Pacers forward Thaddeus Young has exercised his $13.7M player option and will bypass free agency this summer, league sources told ESPN.

  • Sources: Spurs ‘ready’ to Move on from Kawhi Leonard

    This doesn't guarantee Kawhi Leonard is going to the Lakers this week -- since San Antonio could always trade him elsewhere and/or drag things out -- but league sources say of the Spurs: "They're ready" to move on from Kawhi

    Source: Marc Stein on Twitter

  • Sources: Paul George to Decline Player Option with Thunder

    Oklahoma City Thunder star Paul George has informed franchise officials that he will not be opting in for the final year of his contract and will become an unrestricted free agent, league sources told ESPN.

    George has an 11:59 p.m. ET Friday deadline to formally decline to opt in.

    George, who will decline a $20.7 million salary for the 2018-19 season, remains seriously interested in returning to the Thunder in free agency, league sources said. The Los Angeles Lakers will receive serious consideration too, sources said.

    Several teams, including Philadelphia and Houston, are interested in pursuing George too, league sources said.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN

  • Sources: Mavericks Making DeAndre Jordan ‘primary target’

    The Dallas Mavericks have made center DeAndre Jordan their primary target as free agency nears, league sources told ESPN.

    Jordan, who infamously spurned the Mavs in 2015 free agency after making an oral commitment to come to Dallas, has a deadline of 11:59 p.m. ET Friday to make a decision about the player option that would pay him $24.1 million next season.

    If Jordan declines the option with the Los Angeles Clippers, league sources say the Mavs plan to aggressively pursue him in free agency, which begins Sunday. The interest is mutual, according to league sources, as hard feelings from three years ago have been forgiven.

    Source: Tim MacMahon of ESPN

  • Sources: Enes Kanter ‘leaning heavily’ Toward Opting In with Knicks

    Enes Kanter is leaning heavily toward opting in to his $18.6 million player option for 2018-19, per ESPN sources. Kanter will continue to survey the market until his Friday deadline but, barring an unforeseen significant change in the market, he will opt-in, per ESPN

    Source: Ian Begley on Twitter

  • Sources: Trevor Ariza to Schedule Free Agent Meetings after July 1

    Sources: Houston free agent Trevor Ariza, one of the top wings on the market, plans to schedule meetings with interested teams after free agency opens July 1. No truth on Ariza demanding $50-60M.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

  • Sources: Kings Interested in Zach LaVine

    For three years, the Bulls paid close heed to the fortunes of the Kings, a byproduct of the January 2014 Luol Deng trade that delivered a future protected draft pick that ultimately became a 2017 second-round selection rather than a first-rounder.

    The Bulls may be paying close attention to the Kings again.

    League sources indicated the Kings are considering signing Bulls restricted free agent Zach LaVine to an offer sheet. NBA free agency begins at 11:01 p.m. Central on Saturday.

    Source: K.C. Johnson of The Chicago Tribune

  • Sources: Lakers Reopen Talks With Spurs On Kawhi Leonard

    The Los Angeles Lakers re-engaged the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday in pursuit of a trade for All-NBA forward Kawhi Leonard, league sources told ESPN.

    The stakes on these talks are enormous because the teams believe a deal for Leonard would likely clinch a free-agent commitment out of LeBron James to the Lakers. James has until late Friday night to opt out of the final year of his contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

    The Spurs have wanted to find a way to repair the franchise's relationship with Leonard, but an overwhelming Lakers offer could convince San Antonio to part with its franchise star, league sources said.

    The Lakers are using the Paul George and Kyrie Irving trades as proportional models for a Leonard deal, but San Antonio understands that this trade, for all intents and purposes, means both Leonard and James would come to the Lakers; and it will likely command a massive package of young players and draft picks for Leonard, a two-time All-NBA first-teamer and a two-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year.

    Source: Ramona Shelbourne, Adrian Wojnarowski and Brian Windhorst of ESPN

  • Report: Mavericks Exploring Trade Options For DeAndre Jordan

    The Dallas Mavericks are actively exploring trade possibilities with the Los Angeles Clippers and the former All-N.B.A. center DeAndre Jordan in hopes of finding a workable deal to acquire Jordan this week, according to two people familiar with the discussions.

    Three years after Jordan’s controversial decision to back out of a verbal commitment to sign with the Mavericks — choosing instead to stay with the Clippers — Dallas is spending the final few days before the start of free agency trying to execute a trade for Jordan, according to the people, who were not authorized to discuss the trade talks publicly.

    The Clippers have granted permission to Jordan and his New York-based agent, Jeff Schwartz, to explore trade scenarios with other teams as they weigh the pros and cons of opting into the final season of Jordan’s current contract, according to the people. The All-Star guard Chris Paul made a similar move with the Clippers a year ago, opting into the final season of his contract as a prelude to his trade to the Houston Rockets just days before he was to become an unrestricted free agent.

    Source: Marc Stein of The New York Times

  • Sources: Nuggets Will Decline Nikola Jokic’s Team Option

    The next major contract domino for Denver is [Nikola] Jokic’s max deal. As of Sunday morning, one league source told The Denver Post that the Nuggets had not yet declined their $1.6 million team option for Jokic for 2018-19 but “will” do so, making him a restricted free agent and eligible to sign a max contract with Denver.

    “Nikola’s going to be here for a long, long time,” president of basketball operations Tim Connelly said following Thursday’s NBA draft. “I think whatever we do, we’re going to ensure he’s here as long as possible. When that moment happens, we’re going to talk to Nikola and his brothers and his representation. He’ll be in Denver for a long, long time. He’ll be buying (a home) here.”

    Source: Gina Mizell of The Denver Post

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