Breaking: Kevin Durant announces key free agency decision

According to ESPN insider Adrian Wojnarowski, Kevin Durant has declined his player option with the Warriors, for the 2019-2020 season, meaning he will become an unrestricted free agent. Currently Durant and his manager are in New York evaluating their options, keeping the process very private and out of the public eye.

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Patrick McCaw plans to decline Warriors’ offer, remain restricted free agent

Restricted free-agent Patrick McCaw will reportedly reject an offer from the Golden State Warriors worth around $4 million dollars in exchange for two years of the young prospect’s services. By turning down the offer from the Warriors, McCaw would remain a RFA while also allowing him to bypass today’s contract deadline.

 

Last season, McCaw averaged 4 points, 1.4 rebounds, and 1.4 assists while sporting a Golden State Warriors’ jersey.

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Jahlil Okafor inks deal with the Pelicans

Free-agent big-man Jahlil Okafor has reportedly agreed to a deal with the New Orleans Pelicans, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnaroski. A league source also informed Wojnarowski that the deal Okafor signed is partially guaranteed and includes a team option for the 2019-2020 season.

 

This page will be updated as more information becomes available.

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Greg Monroe inks deal with the Raptors

Center Greg Monroe has reportedly agreed to a deal with the Toronto Raptors per Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports.

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Monroe originally started last season with the Bucks, but was traded to the Suns with draft picks in order to acquire Eric Bledsoe. Phoenix bought him out mid-season and the veteran decided to sign with the Celtics in February.  

The veteran big-man can provide the Raptors with leadership and depth off the bench, similar to the role he played last season with the Celtics. Last season, Monroe averaged 10.3 points and 6.9 rebounds while shooting a career-high 56.5 percent from the floor.

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Morey: We are “in the mix” to sign Carmelo Anthony

The Houston Rockets’ general manager Daryl Morey announced that the team is actively “in the mix” to sign Carmelo Anthony via a fan’s question on Instagram.

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Morey became the GM for the Houston Rockets in 2007

The announcement made on Saturday should be no surprise to anyone who has been following the situation this offseason, as the Rockets have been the outspoken frontrunners to sign Anthony once he is bought-out by the Hawks. Reports have also surfaced during the week stating that the former All-Star has been telling people close to him that he “expects” to land in Houston this offseason.

 

Morey and the Rockets’ front office haven’t been shy about their interest in signing Anthony, but they don’t seem to be the only ones who would like to have Carmelo on the Rockets’ roster next season. Superstar guard Chris Paul has been known to have close ties to Carmelo and the two reportedly have formed a great relationship over the years. Rumors about Paul spearheading the charge for Houston to sign Carmelo have surrounded the franchise for weeks, and they don’t look to be slowing down.

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Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony are known to be good friends

Assuming Carmelo hits the open market in a week or several days, the Rockets can be expected to extend an offer to him within no time. If Morey and the Rockets are able to sign Melo when he becomes available to them, then it will be another accolade that Houston’s GM can add to his already impressive resume.

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Reports: Alex Len heading to Atlanta

The Atlanta Hawks are reportedly finalizing a deal with talented big-man Alex Lin. The news was broke by Yahoo Sports after a person familiar with the situation told the media company. Last season, Len averaged 8.5 ppg, 7.5 rpg, and 1.2 assists per game while playing in a Phoenix Suns’ jersey. The deal the two sides reportedly discussed is worth $8.5 million in exchange for two years of the center’s services.

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Reports: Montrezl Harrell inks deal with Clippers

RFA Montrezl Harrell has reportedly agreed to a two-year deal with the LA Clippers per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The deal Harrell agreed to is worth $12 million in exchange for two years of the big-man’s services.  Last season, Harrell averaged 11 points and four rebounds per game while sporting a Clippers’ jersey. The Clippers acquired Harrell during the Chris Paul trade, after the talented big-man had posted promising numbers with the Rockets that season.

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Reports: Carmelo Anthony traded to the Hawks in three-team deal

The Oklahoma City Thunder, Atlanta Hawks, and Philadelphia 76ers have agreed on a trade which sends Carmelo Anthony, Justin Anderson, and a protected 2022 first-round pick to the Hawks, while OKC lands guard Dennis Schroder and Luwawu-Cabarrot in the deal. Philadelphia also acquires Mike Muscala in the three-team trade. The Hawks have also agreed to buyout Carmelo’s contract worth $27.9 million dollars. This deal helps the Oklahoma City Thunder tremendously in salary and luxury tax savings, with the total being somewhere near $73 million. The Thunder also avoid having to stretch Carmelo’s contract thanks to this trade. Carmelo will meet with more teams once he is bought-out and reports are surfacing saying that the Houston Rockets remain the frontrunners.

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Reports: Portland actively involved in Kawhi trade deals

According to multiple reports, the Portland Trailblazers have expressed interest in San Antonio Spurs’ superstar Kawhi Leonard after a phone call between the two parties took place. A report written by Adrian Wojnarowski and Ramona Shelburne of ESPN states that the Trailblazers enter their name on the list of teams that have contacted the Spurs via phone calls, joining teams like the Clippers, Nuggets, Suns, Raptors, and Wizards on that list.

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Kawhi has made his intentions clear with the Spurs: He would like to be traded to LA

While the phone call reportedly generated little to no promise, it does say something about the Trailblazers as an organization for reaching out to the Spurs. The Trailblazers haven’t had much success in the playoffs as of late, despite having solid regular seasons. In a universe where the Trailblazers are able to offer and receive Kawhi Leonard, the teams value and potential would skyrocket, not to mention the fact that a player like Kawhi would help them succeed in the playoffs. This outcome seems highly unlikely though, as the Blazers don’t seem to be willing to break up their young core and the offer didn’t seem to be to serious towards the Spurs.

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