Well, NBA Free Agency is now underway! Many teams wasted no time meeting with prized players at 12:01 AM of Tuesday night/Wednesday morning in order to have a face to face interact and express their interest in these players. There should be a lot of movement and while players can agree to new deals, they ultimately can’t sign anything until July 9th to make it official. With that said, let’s take a look at what has already happened in the first 12 hours or so of free agency.
Brooklyn Nears Deals with Lopez and Young
A big priority for the Brooklyn Nets was holding onto center Brook Lopez and forward Thaddeus Young and it looks as though they have. The Nets have a near agreement with both, Lopez is said to receive a 3 year $60 million with a player option for year 3 while Young is said to have a deal in place for 4 years $50 million. Both Young and Lopez at age 27 represent somewhat of a youth movement and the future of the Brooklyn Nets as the Nets try to rid themselves of aging once upon a time players in Joe Johnson and Deron Williams.
New Orleans Pelicans Extend Anthony Davis
Anthony Davis is a star in the NBA, no questions asked. Now, Davis will be paid like one. The Pelicans wanted to show their appreciation for what Davis has done for their franchise. While they could have been outside some free agents house as the clock stroked midnight, the Pelicans extended their franchise player to the tune of 5 years $145 million, the richest deal in NBA history.
Aminu Agrees to Deal with Portland
The Portland Trailblazers seem destined to lose All-Star forward LaMarcus Aldridge. Meanwhile the Blazers met with former Maverick forward Al-Farouq Aminu and have agreed to terms. Aminu will sign a 4 year $30 million, a deal that may insert him into the starting small forward position that has been vacated by the trade departure of Nicholas Batum. Aminu is an interesting player, he’s still just 24 years old despite spending 5 years in the NBA. He stands at 6’9 and can knock down the occasional three pointer.
Players like LaMarcus Aldridge, Kevin Love, and Dwyane Wade are still out there. It’ll be interesting to see where the remaining free agents land.