Friday, November 27

2020 NBA free agency and trades


The 2020 NBA free-agent class won’t have the star power of last year’s — when nearly half the league became available — but plenty of big names are set to hit the market. Even more could be offered in trade talks.

Will back-to-back MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo sign a five-year extension with the Milwaukee Bucks? What is the market for Toronto Raptors guard Fred VanVleet? What kind of contract will Anthony Davis sign with the Los Angeles Lakers?

Keep it here for the latest news, buzz and analysis throughout free agency and trade season.

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Nov. 20 updates

7:10 p.m. ET: Forward Patrick Patterson is returning to the LA Clippers on a one-year deal, his agent Sam Goldfeder of Excel Sports Management tells ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Patterson averaged 4.9 points and 2.6 rebounds in 59 games for the Clippers in 2019-20.


7:04 p.m. ET: Center Jahlil Okafor has agreed to a two-year deal with the Detroit Pistons, sources tell ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The former No. 3 overall pick spent the past two seasons with the New Orleans Pelicans, averaging 8.2 points and 4.6 rebounds per game.


6:44 p.m. ET: Center Mason Plumlee has agreed to a three-year, $25 million deal with the Detroit Pistons, his agent Mark Bartelstein of Priority Sports tells ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Plumlee averaged 7.2 PPG and 5.2 RPG in 61 games for the Denver Nuggets in 2019-20.


6:38 p.m. ET: One free agent center drawing attention from multiple teams is DeMarcus Cousins, sources tell ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The four-time All-Star missed the entire 2019-20 season after tearing his ACL in preseason workouts. He was waived by the Los Angeles Lakers in February.


6:31 p.m. ET: Forward/Center Drew Eubanks has agreed to a new three-year contract to stay with the San Antonio Spurs, his agent James Dunleavy of Excel Sports Management tells ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Eubanks has averaged 3.3 PPG in 45 games over the past two seasons in San Antonio.


6:22 p.m. ET: Real Madrid guard Facundo Campazzo has agreed to a two-year deal with the Denver Nuggets, his agent Alex Saratsis tells ESPN. The 5-foot-11 inch Campazzo has been an All-ACB league first-team selection each of the past two seasons.


6:04 p.m. ET: Boston Celtics forward Gordon Hayward, who declined his $34.2 million player option for 2020-21 on Thursday, is “open minded about a lot of places,” reports ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. There are multiple sign-and-trade options available to Hayward, in addition to signing outright with the Atlanta Hawks or New York Knicks, or returning to the Celtics.


6:04 p.m. ET: Center Meyers Leonard tells the Associated Press that he is re-signing with the Miami Heat. Leonard’s two-year deal with Miami is worth nearly $20 million, CAA Sports agents Aaron Mintz and Dave Spahn tell ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.


6:01 p.m. ET: Miami Heat point guard Goran Dragic announced on Twitter that he is re-signing with the Heat.


3:43 p.m. ET: The draft-night deal that sent No. 30 pick Desmond Bane to the Memphis Grizzlies has expanded to involve a third team. The Portland Trail Blazers will get Enes Kanter from the Boston Celtics, while Mario Hezonja goes from Portland to Memphis, sources tell ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Kanter returns to the Blazers, where he had a terrific stretch after signing as a buyout free agent in 2019, averaging 13.1 points and 8.6 rebounds in 23 games.


12:50 p.m. ET: Just hours before free agency is set to begin, Nets general manager Sean Marks said that Brooklyn’s priority is to retain shooting guard Joe Harris. Several teams, including the Atlanta Hawks, are interested in signing Harris, league sources told ESPN.


11:23 p.m. ET: Although All-NBA forward Anthony Davis is on course to eventually agree on a new deal with the Los Angeles Lakers, no formal commitment is expected to come in the immediate days after the start of free agency Friday, sources told ESPN.

Nov. 19 updates

7:42 p.m. ET: The NBA has opened an investigation focused on the trade between the Milwaukee Bucks and Sacramento Kings that centered around Bogdan Bogdanovic going to the Eastern Conference in a sign-and-trade deal, sources tell ESPN’s Malika Andrews. In a report, the two teams agreed to the transaction — including a contract that was set with Bogdanovic — nearly four days before the start of free agency. Bogdanovic has now stated he plans to proceed to restricted free agency on Friday.


5:55 p.m. ET: Gordon Hayward opted out of his $34 million contract with the Boston Celtics for the 2020-21 season, making him an unrestricted free agent beginning at 6 p.m. Friday, league sources tell ESPN’s Tim Bontemps. Hayward averaged 17.5 points, 6.4 rebounds and 4.1 assists in 52 games for the Celtics last season.


5:49 p.m. ET: The Utah Jazz are trading Ed Davis and two 2023 second-round picks to the New York Knicks, sources tell ESPN’s Brian Windhorst and Adrian Wojnarowski. The Jazz save $5 million in salary for 2020-21. Utah is working to re-sign Jordan Clarkson, and extensions are on the horizon for Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert. The Knicks get the picks to take on the salary.


5:42 p.m. ET: The Boston Celtics have picked up Semi Ojeleye‘s team option for the 2020-21 season, league sources tell ESPN’s Tim Bontemps. Ojeleye’s contract for next season remains non-guaranteed until Saturday, when it becomes fully guaranteed at $1.75 million. Separately, the Celtics announced they have extended qualifying offers to both of their two-way players from last season: guard Tremont Waters and center Tacko Fall.


5:01 p.m. ET: The Golden State Warriors are nearing a deal with the Oklahoma City Thunder to acquire Kelly Oubre Jr., sources tell ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The Warriors will absorb Oubre’s $14.4 million salary into their $17.2 million trade exception once the deal is complete.


4:43 p.m. ET: The New York Knicks are declining the $1.7 million team option on Theo Pinson, league sources tell ESPN’s Bobby Marks.


4:26 p.m. ET: The Phoenix Suns are declining the $5.2 million team option on Frank Kaminsky, a source tell ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Kaminsky will become an unrestricted free agent.


4:10 p.m. ET: Boston Celtics center Enes Kanter has opted into his $5 million contract for the 2020-21 season, a league source tells ESPN’s Tim Bontemps. Separately, Boston has declined a qualifying offer to guard Brad Wanamaker, making him an unrestricted free agent, a source tells ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.


3:13 p.m. ET: The Detroit Pistons are trading Khyri Thomas and Tony Snell to the Atlanta Hawks for Dewayne Dedmon, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.


2:52 p.m. ET: The Brooklyn Nets are declining Garrett Temple‘s option for the 2020-21 season, a source told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The veteran guard, who averaged 10.3 points in 62 games last season, will become a free agent.


2:50 p.m. ET: Houston Rockets guard Austin Rivers has decided to opt out of his contract to become an unrestricted free agent, a source told the Undefeated’s Marc J. Spears. Rivers averaged 8.8 points and 1.7 assists per game last season in a backup role.


1:45 p.m. ET: Guard Tim Hardaway Jr. is exercising his $19 million player option to return to the Dallas Mavericks in 2020-21, a source told ESPN’s Tim MacMahon. Hardaway averaged 15.8 points per game and shot 39.8% from 3-point range last season.


1:30 p.m. ET: The New York Knicks have declined the $15.75 million team option on forward Bobby Portis and the $1.7 million team option on guard Theo Pinson. New York also waived guards Elfrid Payton and Wayne Ellington and center Taj Gibson, all of whom had partially guaranteed contracts for 2020-21. The moves free up $40 million in cap space for the Knicks.


12:29 p.m. ET: Forward Mike Muscala has exercised his $2.28 million player option to return to the Oklahoma City Thunder this season, a source told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Muscala averaged 4.8 points per game and shot 37.8% from 3-point range last season.


11:39 a.m. ET: Kelly Olynyk of the Miami Heat has exercised his $13.6 million player option for the 2020-21 season, a source told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. In his third season in Miami, Olynyk mostly came off the bench as a floor-spacing big man, averaging 8.2 points and 4.6 rebounds per game with 40.6% shooting from the 3-point line.

Nov. 18 updates

11:58 p.m. ET: The LA Clippers and the Brooklyn Nets have swapped picks in the second round of the 2020 NBA draft. The Clippers received the No. 55 pick (Jay Scrubb), and the Nets got No. 57 (Reggie Perry).


11:51 p.m. ET: The Houston Rockets have dealt for the No. 52 pick in the 2020 NBA draft (Kenyon Martin Jr.) from the Sacramento Kings in exchange for a 2021 second-round pick and cash considerations.


11:31 p.m. ET: The New Orleans Pelicans are trading the No. 42 pick in the 2020 NBA draft (Nick Richards) to the Charlotte Hornets in exchange for future considerations.


11:24 p.m. ET: The Memphis Grizzlies are sending the No. 40 pick of the 2020 NBA draft and a 2022 second-round pick to the Sacramento Kings for the No. 35 pick in the 2020 NBA draft (Xavier Tillman Sr.).


11:24 p.m. ET: The Utah Jazz have traded up to acquire the No 39 pick (Elijah Hughes) of this year’s draft from the New Orleans Pelicans for a future second-round pick.


11:19 p.m. ET: The Oklahoma City Thunder have acquired the No. 37 pick in the 2020 NBA draft (Vit Krejci) from the Washington Wizards for the No. 53 pick in this year’s draft (Cassius Winston) and a future second-round pick.


11:11 p.m. ET: The Dallas Mavericks have dealt Seth Curry to the Philadelphia 76ers for Josh Richardson and the No. 36 pick in the 2020 NBA draft (Tyler Bey), a source told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

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11:01 p.m. ET: The LA Clippers will get the No. 33 pick in the 2020 NBA draft (Daniel Oturu) from the New York Knicks in exchange for a 2023 second-round pick.


10:53 p.m. ET: The Memphis Grizzlies have acquired the No. 30 pick in the 2020 NBA draft (Desmond Bane) from the Boston Celtics for two future second-round picks.


10:37 p.m. ET: The Utah Jazz are sending Tony Bradley and the No. 38 pick in the 2020 NBA draft to the Detroit Pistons for future considerations and cash, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.


10:26 p.m. ET: The New Orleans Pelicans have dealt the No. 24 pick in the 2020 NBA draft (RJ Hampton) to the Denver Nuggets in exchange for a lottery-protected 2023 first-round pick.


10:23 p.m. ET: The New York Knicks are sending the No. 23 pick in the 2020 NBA draft (Leandro Bolmaro) to the Minnesota Timberwolves for the No. 25 (Immanuel Quickley, whose draft rights were acquired from the Oklahoma City Thunder in a separate deal) and No. 33 picks in the 2020 NBA draft, sources told ESPN’s Brian Windhorst.


9:45 p.m. ET: The LA Clippers have dealt Landry Shamet to the Brooklyn Nets in a three-team deal that includes the Detroit Pistons. The Pistons will receive the No. 19 pick in the 2020 NBA draft (Saddiq Bey) along with Rodney McGruder and send Luke Kennard to LA, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Trade Grades: Who got the best of the Landry Shamet-Luke Kennard three-team deal?


9:32 p.m. ET: The Oklahoma City Thunder have dealt Ricky Rubio to the Minnesota Timberwolves for a package that includes the No. 17 pick in the 2020 NBA draft (Aleksej Pokusevski), sources told ESPN. The Thunder also sent the No. 25 (Immanuel Quickley, which was dealt to the Knicks) and No. 28 (Jaden McDaniels) picks in the 2020 NBA draft.

Trade Grades: Is Rubio’s return to Minnesota good for Wolves?


7:27 p.m. ET: Sacramento Kings forward Bogdan Bogdanovic plans to enter restricted free agency at 6 p.m. ET Friday, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The Kings and Milwaukee Bucks hoped to bring Bogdanovic the framework of a sign-and-trade to negotiate a Bogdanovic contract with Milwaukee, but he will move into the marketplace to find an offer sheet or seek other sign-and-trade scenarios.

What the failed Bogdanovic trade means for the Bucks and Giannis


7:07 p.m. ET: The Detroit Pistons came into the offseason with $30 million in cap space, but after they acquired the No. 16 pick (Isaiah Stewart) and Trevor Ariza from the Houston Rockets, that number has essentially been sliced in half. One option remaining for the Pistons is re-signing free agent Christian Wood.


5:32 p.m. ET: The Philadelphia 76ers have dealt Al Horford to the Oklahoma City Thunder for Danny Green and Terrance Ferguson, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The Sixers also sent OKC a lightly protected 2025 first-round pick, the No. 34 pick in the 2020 NBA draft and the rights to Serbian point guard Vasilije Micic.

Trade Grades: Who wins the Al Horford-Danny Green deal?


3:15 p.m. ET: The Milwaukee Bucks have traded into the second round of the 2020 NBA draft, acquiring the No. 45 pick from the Orlando Magic for two future second-rounders.


9:17 a.m. ET: The New York Knicks are moving up in Wednesday’s NBA draft, acquiring the Utah Jazz‘s pick at No. 23 in exchange for the No. 27 and No. 38 selections, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The Knicks now hold the No. 8 and No. 23 picks in Wednesday’s draft, the first for the team under new president of basketball operations Leon Rose.

Nov. 17 updates

3:30 p.m. ET: Gordon Hayward and the Boston Celtics have agreed to push the deadline for Hayward’s $34 million player option for the 2020-21 season from its original deadline of 5 p.m. ET Tuesday to 3 p.m. Thursday, league sources told ESPN.


12:55 p.m. ET: Portland Trail Blazers forward Rodney Hood is declining his $6 million player option and becoming a free agent, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Hood hasn’t played since he tore his Achilles tendon on Dec. 6, 2019, but by the time the NBA season tips off on Dec. 22, he’ll have had more than a year of recovery time, and he is expected to be able to play right away.


11:54 a.m. ET: Center Andre Drummond has told the Cleveland Cavaliers that he will exercise his $28.7 million contract option and stay with the team this season. Drummond was acquired by Cleveland in a surprising trade from the Detroit Pistons in February. He had been expected for months to pick up the option.

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1:08 a.m. ET: The Milwaukee Bucks are set to acquire Sacramento Kings SG Bogdan Bogdanovic in a sign-and-trade that would send SG Donte DiVincenzo and PFs Ersan Ilyasova and DJ Wilson to Sacramento, sources told ESPN. The Kings would also send SG Justin James to Milwaukee.

Dec. 21 is the deadline for NBA MVP PF Giannis Antetokounmpo to sign an extension with the Bucks.

Nov. 16 updates

11:37 p.m. ET: The New Orleans Pelicans are nearing completion of a trade with the Milwaukee Bucks that would send PGs Eric Bledsoe and George Hill, plus three future first-round picks and pick swaps, to New Orleans for SG Jrue Holiday, sources told ESPN.

Dec. 21 is the deadline for NBA MVP PF Giannis Antetokounmpo to sign an extension with the Bucks.

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11:26 p.m. ET: The Houston Rockets are finalizing a trade with the Portland Trail Blazers that would send SF Robert Covington to Portland for SF Trevor Ariza, a 2020 first-round pick (16th overall) and a 2021 first-round pick, sources told ESPN.

Covington was traded to Houston from the Minnesota Timberwolves in a midseason trade that involved Clint Capela. Ariza was traded to Portland from the Sacramento Kings in a midseason deal that involved Kent Bazemore. This deal will be completed after the draft.

Blazers-Rockets trade grades


8:57 p.m. ET: The trade sending 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 Lecque and a 2022 first-round pick to the Oklahoma City Thunder is now official.


8:34 p.m. ET: Houston Rockets All-Star SG James Harden turned down an extension that would have paid him $50 million per year with Houston, and he made it clear to ownership that he prefers a trade to the Brooklyn Nets, sources told ESPN. The Rockets have yet to engage with the Nets in meaningful dialogue on a trade.


8:33 p.m. ET: The San Antonio Spurs announced that SF DeMar DeRozan has exercised his player option for the 2020-21 season. DeRozan has been with the Spurs since 2018, and he averaged more than 20 points per game for a seventh straight season in 2019-20.


7:54 p.m. ET: The Chicago Bulls will not extend a qualifying offer to SG Shaquille Harrison, which will make Harrison an unrestricted free agent this offseason. Harrison spent the past two seasons in Chicago.


5:05 p.m. ET: Milwaukee Bucks center Robin Lopez is declining his player option and will become a free agent this offseason. Lopez signed with Milwaukee last season to back up his twin brother, Brook Lopez.


1:24 p.m. ET: The Oklahoma City Thunder are finalizing 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 2022 first-round pick, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

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9:26 a.m. ET: The Detroit Pistons are trading guard Bruce Brown to the Brooklyn Nets for forward Dzanan Musa and a 2021 second-round pick, sources told ESPN.

The 2021 second-round pick will be via the Toronto Raptors, sources said.

Trade grades: Who wins the deal?

Nov. 15 updates

9:44 p.m. ET: In an expected move, Los Angeles Lakers PF Anthony Davis has declined the player option of the final year on his contract and will be a free agent this offseason, multiple sources told ESPN.

The Lakers will present several contract options to Davis and his representation.


5:27 p.m. ET: Houston Rockets SG James Harden has considered the Brooklyn Nets as a top trade destination, sources told ESPN.

Harden is a former teammate of Nets SF Kevin Durant from their time with the Oklahoma City Thunder, and the two have discussed the possibility of teaming up in Brooklyn with PG Kyrie Irving.

The Houston and Brooklyn front offices have yet to discuss a trade; Houston is telling teams it wants to “run it back” with Harden, and it is unclear how far Brooklyn is willing to go to get him.

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11:08 a.m. ET: The Los Angeles Lakers are in advanced talks with the Oklahoma City Thunder on a trade for guard Dennis Schroder, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

The deal is expected to include the Thunder acquiring the Lakers’ pick at No. 28 in Wednesday’s draft. Lakers guard Danny Green has been a focus of the discussions.

The trade can be completed at 12 p.m. ET Monday, as teams have been informed that the league’s moratorium will end then, sources told ESPN.

Trade grades for the Schroder-Green deal

Nov. 11 update

11:43 a.m. ET: Houston Rockets All-Stars James Harden and Russell Westbrook have expressed concern about the direction of the franchise in the wake of the departures of head coach Mike D’Antoni and general manager Daryl Morey, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Tim MacMahon. Neither former MVP has requested a trade from Houston at this point.

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Nov. 10 update

8:30 p.m. ET: The Phoenix Suns have had discussions about acquiring Chris Paul from the Oklahoma City Thunder, sources told ESPN. Talks have been ongoing and continued to gather traction, but there is no deal imminent. The Thunder have given star players such as Paul George and Russell Westbrook input on trade destinations in the past and have shown a willingness to work with Paul on a trade now, sources said.

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Oct. 28 update

1:27 p.m. ET: Former Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey is finalizing a deal to become the Philadelphia 76ers‘ president of basketball operations, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. A formal announcement is expected as soon as this week.

Oct. 23 update

6:55 p.m. ET: Miami Heat president Pat Riley said Friday that the team’s goal this offseason is to “take care of the players that we have.” That list includes free agents Goran Dragic, Jae Crowder, Meyers Leonard and Derrick Jones Jr. Miami also wants to remain flexible ahead of a 2021 free-agent class that could include superstars such as Giannis Antetokounmpo, Kawhi Leonard and Paul George.

All-Star Bam Adebayo is also extension-eligible as he enters the final year of his rookie deal.

“Once we get all the numbers and we get everything down, we get the schedule, we know when the dates are and what the rules are in everything, once we get all of that, we’re going to remain fluid,” Riley said. “And whatever presents itself to us, we’ll look at it.”

Next for Miami: The Bam decision and how to land another star

Oct. 21 updates

3 p.m. ET: During the introduction of Indiana Pacers coach Nate Bjorkgren, team president Kevin Pritchard discussed the biggest offseason question remaining for the franchise: the future of two-time All-Star Victor Oladipo, who can become an unrestricted free agent after next season.

“[Oladipo] feels good about the team. He’s talked to me about how he thinks this team can be very good,” Pritchard said. “We hear a lot of things, but until it comes to me, I don’t really worry about that.”

Oladipo is entering the final year of four-year, $85 million deal.

Marks: Next steps for the Pacers


11:34 a.m. ET: The Minnesota Timberwolves, who don’t yet see a clear choice for their No. 1 overall pick in the NBA draft, are closely evaluating all situations, including trade scenarios, before coming up with a set plan on draft night, ESPN’s Eric Woodyard reports.

“For us, we typically study the draft from 1 to whatever number we feel like is a draftable player,” Timberwolves president of basketball operations Gersson Rosas said. “And we’ll evaluate those guys for trade scenarios, trade back, trade out, for undrafted free-agent opportunities, for minor league opportunities, so we really beat up the draft board as much as can all the way up until the draft.”

Minnesota also holds the 17th and 33rd picks in the Nov. 18 draft.

MORE: Everything to know for the 2020 draft

Oct. 12 update

2:18 a.m. ET: Following the Los Angeles Lakers’ title-clinching win over the Miami Heat in Game 6 of the NBA Finals, Anthony Davis addressed his impending free agency.

“I had a great time in L.A. this first year. This has been nothing but joy, nothing but amazement. Over the next couple of months, we’ll figure it out. I mean, I’m not 100 percent sure, but that’s why my agent [Rich Paul] is who he is, and we’ll discuss it and figure it out,” Davis said.

Davis is expected to opt out of his $28.8 million contract for 2020-21 and could receive $32.7 million next season if the salary cap stays at $109.1 million, according to ESPN’s Bobby Marks.

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