The NBA free agency period has been crazy, with several superstars now in new teams. LeBron James, Kawhi Leonard and Carmelo Anthony are just some of the stars that will be playing for different teams. Here are all the big moves of the NBA free agency period:
LeBron James will be in a Lakers uniform next year after a quick decision on his future. James was coming off an NBA Finals appearance with the Cleveland Cavaliers. The former Cavs and Heat player will play in the Western Conference for the first time in his career this upcoming season. The Lakers have made several moves since his decision, including the signing of Rondo and Beasley.
Kawhi Leonard has been traded to the Toronto Raptors after months and months of rumors on which team he wanted to play for. Before the deal, reports had the Los Angeles Lakers as his favorite destination. Other reports said that was not the case and that he instead wanted to play for city rival Los Angeles Clippers. It is not yet known if he will remain with the Raptors after next season but it will be interesting to see how his new team does without DeRozan.
The Cavaliers have made Kevin Love the face of their franchise after signing him to a four-year, $120 million contract extension. Love was part of the four NBA Finals that the team reached in the last four seasons and it looks like he will remain there a lot longer.
One of the latest moves by the Houston Rockets was signing center Clint Capela. The Rockets star averaged just a few points as a rookie but has improved and become a key player in the roster.
Earlier this month, Chris Paul signed a four-year, $160 million max deal to remain with the Houston Rockets. The star point guard is one of two players that have signed a big extension to remain with Houston. Paul was traded to the Houston Rockets last year by the Los Angeles Clippers.
DeMar DeRozan’s trade to the San Antonio Spurs is probably the most shocking move of the free agency period. The Raptors came up short in the Eastern Conference last year but the trade was something that no one saw coming.
Rajon Rondo will be playing in a Lakers uniform next season. Rondo played for the Pelicans last season and impressed during the playoffs. The veteran point guard was one of the first signings following LeBron’s decision to join the team. It will be interesting to see who is the starting point guard next season since Lonzo Ball is on the roster.
DeMarcus Cousins shocked the world when it was announced that he would be joining the current NBA Champions Golden State Warriors. What made it even more shocking is that it is a one-year deal for just $5.4 million. Cousins could have signed for a lot more with another team but the move puts him in a good position to win an NBA Championship next season. The star center will likely be out for part of next season since he is still recovering from the injury he suffered last season.
The Golden State Warriors star has reportedly agreed to a two-year, $61.5 million contract to remain with the team.
Howard will be playing in a Wizards uniform next season after the Charlotte Hornets traded him to the Brooklyn Nets. Earlier this month, the star center and the Brooklyn Nets agreed to a buyout. Howard’s move to the Wizards is an interesting one since he will get to play with Wall and Beal.
Paul George will remain with the Oklahoma City Thunder after months and months of rumors on his future. The star shooting guard joined the Thunder after a trade from the Pacers last season. It was heavily rumored that he was interested in joining the Los Angeles Lakers but he has signed a four-year, $137 million max contract.
Nikola Jokic and the Denver Nuggets agreed to a five-year deal worth $148 million. The center was a key player for the Nuggets last season, finishing with 18.5 points, 10.7 rebounds and 6.1 assists per game.
DeAndre Jordan has signed a one-year deal with the Dallas Mavericks. Jordan opted out of his contract with the Clippers last month. The Dallas Mavericks and Jordan had an agreement three years ago but the star center was convinced by his teammates to stay.
Isaiah Thomas has signed with the Denver Nuggets for one year. The point guard played for the Cavaliers and Lakers last season.
Julius Randle was one of the first players to go after the LeBron James signing but he quickly found a team. Randle signed a two-year, $18 million deal with the New Orleans Pelicans.
Dirk Nowitzki is staying with the Dallas Mavericks for at least one more year. The veteran power forward will be playing his 21st season with the team.
Tony Parker has left the San Antonio Spurs for the Charlotte Hornets. Parker had played his whole career with the Spurs. The deal is for two-years, $10 million.
Jusuf Nurkic has reportedly agreed to a four-year, $48 million deal. Nurkic averaged 14.3 points, 9 rebounds and 1.8 assists.
Zach LaVine has agreed to a four-year, $78 million deal with the Chicago Bulls. LaVine joined the Bulls last season in the trade that sent Jimmy Butler to the Timberwolves.
Power forward Aaron Gordon will be returning to the Orlando Magic after signing a four-year contract worth $84 million. Gordon averaged 17.6 points last season in 58 games played.
Jabari Parker has joined the Bulls after a two-year, $40 million deal. Parker is only 23 years old and could be a great signing by the Bulls if he remains healthy.
Marcus Smart will be staying with the Boston Celtics after signing a four-year, $52 million deal. The signing is good news for the Celtics as they have kept most of their roster intact.
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Dwyane Wade has not confirmed if he will return to the NBA for one more season. The Miami Heat legend played for the Cavs and Heat last season. Reports have said Wade has received an offer from a Chinese team. The offer is said to be much higher than what an NBA team would pay him next season.
Carmelo Anthony could soon join the Houston Rockets. The All-Star forward played for OKC last season but was recently traded to the Atlanta Hawks.
Rodney Hood remains unsigned but reports say the Cavs want to sign him to a three-year deal. The Cavs acquired Rodney Hood and several other players through a trade last season.
The NBA free agency period has been a very interesting one with trades that we never saw coming and stars moving to other teams.
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