NBA free agency officially begins on July 1, but news, rumors and rumblings are already flowing in about the league’s top free agents and trade targets. Keep it here for the latest across the Association.
Key offseason dates
June 24: Deadline for restricted free agents to exercise player options
June 29: Deadline to exercise player, team or early termination options
July 1: Free agency begins after midnight ET
July 6: Moratorium ends at noon ET; signings and trades can be made official
July 13: Deadline to withdraw qualifying offers to restricted free agents
June 13 updates
10:33 a.m. ET: ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that a meeting — or a series of them — will be set between Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich and star forward Kawhi Leonard about whether a lasting trust and partnership can be rebuilt. Leonard is eligible to receive a five-year, $219 million contract extension this summer, but his future in San Antonio has come into question after his relationship with the franchise became strained last season.
8:45 a.m. ET: League sources told ESPN’s Chris Haynes that Warriors All-Star forward Draymond Green will turn down Golden State’s three-year, $72 million extension when it’s offered. That’s because if he earns MVP, Defensive Player of the Year or All-NBA Team honors next season, he will be eligible for a super-max contract of five years, $226 million.
June 12 updates
5:14 p.m. ET: Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving said Tuesday that a contract extension this summer doesn’t make sense for him, and his sole focus is on getting healthy for next season and helping Boston take another step toward title contention.
4:55 p.m. ET: Two-time reigning Finals MVP Kevin Durant could sign for as long as four years and about $160 million this offseason, and Golden State Warriors GM Bob Myers is prepared to give him “whatever he wants.”
3:45 p.m. ET: Jodie Meeks exercised his $3.5 million contract option to return to the Washington Wizards for the 2018-19 season, league sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Meeks will serve the remaining 19 games of a 25-game suspension for violating the NBA’s anti-drug policy to start the season. Meeks, 30, played 77 games for the Wizards last season, averaging 14.5 minutes and 6.3 points a game.
10:15 a.m. ET: Indiana Pacers forward Thaddeus Young is seriously contemplating declining his $13.7 million player option for the 2018-19 season and becoming an unrestricted free agent, league sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Young, 29, has until June 29 to make a decision on the option.