The 2020 NBA free agent class won’t have the star power of last year – when nearly half the league became available – but plenty of big names will hit the market. More could be offered in trade talks.
Will consecutive MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo sign a five-year extension with the Milwaukee Bucks? What is the market for Toronto Raptors Guard Fred VanVleet? Is Anthony Davis a suspension to return to the Los Angeles Lakers champion?
Keep it here for the latest news, buzz, and analysis throughout the free agency and trading season.
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Update from November 16
11:37 p.m. ET: The New Orleans Pelicans are about to make a deal with the Milwaukee Bucks that would send PGs Eric Bledsoe and George Hill plus three future first-round picks and pick swaps for SG to New Orleans Jrue HolidaySources say ESPN.
December 21st is the deadline for NBA MVP PF Giannis Antetokounmpo to sign an extension with the dollars.
11:26 p.m. ET: The Houston Rockets make a deal with the Portland Trail Blazers that would send SF Robert Covington to Portland for SF Trevor Ariza, one selection for the first round in 2020 (16th total) and one selection for the first round in 2021, the sources told ESPN.
Covington was traded in mid-season by the Minnesota Timberwolves in a mid-season deal with Clint Capela, while Ariza was brought to Portland in mid-season by the Sacramento Kings in a deal with Kent Bazemore. This deal will be finalized after the draft.
8:57 p.m. ET: The trade sends All-Star PG Chris Paul and SF Abdel Nader to the Phoenix Suns and SF Kelly Oubre Jr.., PG Ricky Rubio, PG Ty Jerome, SG Jalen Lecqueand a 2022 first choice for the Oklahoma City Thunder now officially.
8:34 p.m. ET: Houston Rockets All-Star SG James Harden turned down an extension that would have paid him $ 50 million a year with Houston as he made it clear to the owner that he would prefer a deal over the Brooklyn Nets, sources told ESPN. The missiles have yet to have a meaningful dialogue with the networks about a satisfactory trade.
8:33 p.m. ET: The San Antonio Spurs announced that SF DeMar DeRozan has exercised its player option for the 2020-21 season. DeRozan has been with Spurs since 2018 and averaged more than 20 points per game in 2019-20 for the seventh straight season.
7:54 p.m. ET: The Chicago Bulls will not renew a qualifying offer to SG Shaquille Harrisonwhich will make Harrison an unrestricted free agent this off-season. Harrison has spent the last two seasons in Chicago.
5:05 p.m. ET: Milwaukee Bucks Center Robin Lopez is Rejection of his player option and becomes a free agent this off-season. Lopez signed with Milwaukee last season to support his twin brother Brook Lopez.
1:24 p.m. ET: The Oklahoma City Thunder are signing a deal to send Chris Paul and Abdel Nader to the Phoenix Suns for Kelly Oubre Jr., Ricky Rubio, Ty Jerome, Jalen Lecque and a selection for the first round in 2022. This is what Adrian Wojnarowski from ESPN reports.
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9:26 am ET: The Detroit Pistons are swapping security guard Bruce Brown for striker Dzanan Musa and a selection from the second round in 2021 for the Brooklyn Nets, sources told ESPN.
The selection for the second round in 2021 will be made via the Toronto Raptors.
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November 15th update
9:44 p.m. ET: In an expected move, Los Angeles Lakers PF Anthony Davis declined last year’s player option for his contract and will be a free agent this off-season, multiple sources told ESPN.
The Lakers will introduce Davis and his representative to various contract options.
5:27 p.m. ET: Houston Rockets SG James Harden has viewed the Brooklyn Nets as a top trading destination, sources told ESPN.
Harden is a former Nets SF Kevin Durant teammate from his time with the Oklahoma City Thunder. The two discussed the possibility of working with PG Kyrie Irving in Brooklyn.
The front offices in Houston and Brooklyn haven’t discussed a deal yet. Houston tells teams it wants to “run back” with Harden, and it’s unclear how far Brooklyn is willing to take him.
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11:08 am ET: The Los Angeles Lakers are in advanced talks with the Oklahoma City Thunder over a trade for guards Dennis Schrodersources said Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
The deal is expected to include Thunder acquiring the Lakers selection at number 28 on Wednesday’s draft. Lakers guard Danny Green was a focus of the discussions.
The trade can be closed at 12 noon. ET Monday when the teams were informed that the league’s moratorium would end, sources told ESPN.
Trade notes for the Schroder Green Deal
November 11 update
11:43 a.m. ET: Houston Rockets All Stars James Harden and Russell Westbrook have raised concerns about the direction of the franchise following the departure of head coach Mike D’Antoni and general manager Daryl Morey, sources Adrian Wojnarowski and Tim MacMahon of ESPN said. Neither former MVP has requested a deal from Houston at this point.
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November 10 update
8:30 p.m. ET: The Phoenix Suns have discussed the acquisition Chris Paul of the Oklahoma City Thunder, sources told ESPN. Talks have continued and gained momentum, but no deal is forthcoming. The Thunder has made contributions to trading goals in the past to star players like Paul George and Russell Westbrook and has shown a willingness to work on a trade with Paul now.
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October 28 update
1:27 p.m. ET: Former general manager of Houston Rockets Daryl Morey According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the company is signing a contract to become president of the Philadelphia 76ers for basketball operations. A formal announcement is expected this week.
October 23 update
6:55 p.m. ET: Miami Heat President Pat Riley said Friday that the team’s goal this off-season is “to take care of the players we have”. That list includes free agents Goran Dragic, Jae Crowder, Meyers Leonard and Derrick Jones Jr. Miami also wants to stay flexible ahead of a class of free agents in 2021 that could include superstars like Giannis Antetokounmpo, Kawhi Leonard and Paul George.
All-star Bam Adebayo can also be renewed if he enters the final year of his rookie deal.
“As soon as we get all the numbers and write everything down, we get the schedule, we know when the dates are and what rules apply to everything. Once we get all of that, we will stay fluid,” said Riley. “And whatever presents us, we’ll look at it.”
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October 21 updates
3 pm. ET: During the introduction of Indiana Pacers trainer Nate Bjorkgren, Team President Kevin Pritchard discussed the biggest off-season question still open for the franchise: the future of the two-time all-star Victor Oladipowho can become an unrestricted free agent after the next season.
“”[Oladipo] feels good in the team. He talked to me about how he thinks this team can be very good, “said Pritchard.” We hear a lot of things, but until it comes to me, I don’t worry about it. “
Oladipo goes into the final year of the $ 85 million four-year deal.
Markers: Next steps for the Pacers
11:34 a.m. ET: The Minnesota TimberwolvesWho do not yet see a clear choice for their number 1 in the NBA draft, carefully evaluate all situations, including trading scenarios, before devising an established plan for the night draft, reports Eric Woodyard of ESPN.
“For us, we usually study draft from 1 to whatever number we consider draft players,” said Gersson Rosas, president of the Timberwolves basketball division. “And we’re going to examine these people for trade scenarios, redeem, trade swaps, uncovered free agent opportunities, minor league opportunities, so we beat the draft board up to the draft as best we could.”
Minnesota also holds the 17th and 33rd selections in the November 18 draft.
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October 12 update
2:18 p.m. ET: After the Los Angeles Lakers won the title against the Miami Heat in Game 6 of the NBA Finals Anthony Davis approached his upcoming free agency.
“I had a great time in LA this first year. It was nothing but joy, nothing but amazement. In the next few months we will find out. I mean, I’m not 100 percent sure, but that’s why my agent [Rich Paul] is who he is, and we’re going to discuss it and find out, “said Davis.
Davis is expected to step down from his $ 28.8 million contract for 2020-21 and could earn $ 32.7 million in the next season if the salary cap stays at $ 109.1 million, according to ESPN’s Bobby Marks.
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