With the conclusion of the NBA Finals, the NBA offseason begins, and while this year’s free agent pool won’t be as top-flight as in previous years, plenty of movement is expected across the league to implement the new CBA.
Here are the latest free NBA agency rumors:
Favorites appear Bradley Beal Sweepstakes
Just days after Beal was reported to be working with the Washington Wizards for a possible trade this offseason, two finalists have emerged for his services – the Miami Heat and the Phoenix Suns the athlete.
It’s unclear if a deal is imminent, but it should be noted that Beal has a no-trade clause, giving him final say on any potential deal. Beal was given permission to speak to other teams, Bleacher report reported on Friday.
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Los Angeles Lakers want ChrisPaul
The Lakers would have “a strong interest” in Paul if the Suns or another team bought him, they said the athlete. Paul, 38, who is rumored to be on the swap market in Phoenix, is owed $30.8 million next season.
As the Suns have a decision to make in the coming weeks, Paul said in a recent interview that he “absolutely” wants to stay in Phoenix, adding, “That’s why I’m there.”
Charlotte Hornets eyeing Brandon Ingram
As the Hornets gauge interest in the No. 2 overall pick in the 2022 NBA draft, they’ve made it clear that they want North Carolina native Ingram — not Zion Williamson — back in any trade with the New Orleans Pelicans the athlete.
Philadelphia 76ers concentrated James Hardennot be interested in anything Fred VanVleet
The 76ers have “made it clear” their primary focus is keeping Joel Embiid’s current co-star James Harden and not finding a new one for him. according to Yahoo! Sports. Harden can become a free agent if he declines his $35 million player option before the June 29 deadline.
If Harden leaves Philadelphia, the 76ers are not expected to attempt to reunite 29-year-old free-agent guard Fred VanVleet with former Toronto Raptors coach and new 76ers coach Nick Nurse. Yahoo! Added sports.
VanVleet, who had a $22.8 million player option for the 2023-24 season, canceled his contract with the Raptors, meaning he will be a full free agent this summer.
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Boston Celtics looking to keep Jaylen Brownbut might be open to trading with someone else
Boston appears to want to keep its star duo together this offseason as they focus on securing an extension with Brown ESPN And Yahoo! sports reported. While Brown is still under contract through the 2023-24 season, he is eligible to sign a supermax extension this offseason that would be worth $290 million over five seasons.
Meanwhile, the Celtics are considering the idea of trading one of their rotating guards (Marcus Smart, Malcolm Brogdon, Derrick White or Payton Pritchard) this season. according to MassLive.
Chicago Bulls Shopping Zach LaVine?
It looks like there could be multiple all-star shooting guards on the market this offseason. The Bulls are “quietly” reviewing trade interest in LaVine. according to Yahoo! Sports. LaVine, 28, just completed the first year of the five-year, $215 million contract he signed last season off.
LA Clippers looking to keep Russell Westbrook on discount
After helping the former MVP revive his career, the Clippers “hope” to keep Westbrook on a hometown discount with a $3.8 million contract. according to Bleacher Report. Westbrook joined the Clippers after being bought out by the Utah Jazz, who acquired him in a trade deadline switch with the Lakers.
Dallas Mavericks Consider draft pick and player swapping
Ahead of the upcoming draft, the Mavericks are considering a relegation from the No. 10 pick overall to sign a veteran player. according to Yahoo! Sports. One of the trades discussed involved the Mavericks acquiring John Collins and the No. 15 overall pick from the Atlanta Hawks for the No. 10 pick plus Davis Bertans, Yahoo! Added sports.
Kyle Kuzma Meet Free Agency?
It is considered a “ban” that Kuzma turned down his $13 million player option to become a free agent. reported longtime NBA insider Marc Stein. It’s “not clear” whether or not the Wizards want to keep Kuzma or possibly move him as part of a sign-and-trade, Stein said.
Indiana Pacers have explored several veteran wing professions
Indiana has been exploring multiple trade options with Toronto’s OG Anunoby and Atlanta’s De’Andre Hunter since the February trade deadline and is also expected to be in for restricted free agent Grant Williams. Yahoo! sports reports.
This story will be updated during the 2023 NBA offseason.
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