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Report: Nets strongly believe they are the front runners to sign Kyrie Irving once free agency starts

The Brooklyn Nets reportedly strongly believe they are the front runners to sign Kyrie Irving once free agency starts, according to Marc Stein of The New York Times. Irving becomes an unrestricted free agent this summer once he declines his 2019-20 player option with the Boston Celtics. The six-time All-Star not only grew up in […] The post Report: Nets strongly believe they are the front runners to sign Kyrie Irving once free agency starts appeared first on ClutchPoints.

Hoops Habit

Each NBA team’s greatest free agent signing in franchise history

With NBA free agency fast approaching, it’s time to look back on the singular signing with the biggest impact for the league’s 30 teams. Despite coming on the heels of arguably the most exciting period of the season, the NBA‘s annual free agency period has proven to be the most impactful for all 30 teams. […] Each NBA team’s greatest free agent signing in franchise history - Hoops Habit - Hoops Habit - NBA News, Rumors, Analysis, Opinion and Stats

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Report: Celtics preparing for ‘strong scenario’ of Kyrie Irving, Al Horford leaving in free agency

The Boston Celtics are reportedly preparing for a strong scenario that All-Stars Kyrie Irving and Al Horford will leave this summer in free agency, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic and Watch Stadium. Irving will likely sign with the Brooklyn Nets, while Horford figures to command interest from multiple teams on the open market. […] The post Report: Celtics preparing for ‘strong scenario’ of Kyrie Irving, Al Horford leaving in free agency appeared first on ClutchPoints.

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Sixers news: JJ Redick drawing plenty of interest

JJ Redick is without question and important piece for the Philadelphia 76ers, but he is about to hit the open free agency market. Last offseason, Redick tested free agency and ended up re-signing with the franchise. This year, the result may end up being a little different. According to a report from Michael K-B of […] The post Sixers news: JJ Redick drawing plenty of interest appeared first on ClutchPoints.

Blazer's Edge

Tokito: Standing Pat May be Blazers Best Move

Mike Tokito of Forbes makes the case that Portland may be best served by running their core back next season. NBA free agency is about to get underway and the Trail Blazers don’t have a ton of flexibility to make a splashy move. But Mike Tokito of Forbes tells us that while they may not be able to pull off a splashy move, that might not be a problem: Of their own free agents, they can bring back Aminu and restricted free agent Jake Layman, but Rodney Hood, Enes Kanter and Seth Curry could get more lucrative offers that Portland cannot match. If those three don’t return, and the Blazers...

Pippen Ain't Easy

Chicago Bulls: 3 free agent point guards worth signing

The Chicago Bulls have a lot of young talent on their team, but they have holes in their roster that they have to address via free agency or the draft. The Chicago Bulls have promising pieces for the future in Zach LaVine, Lauri Markkanen and Wendell Carter Jr. that hopefully will be part of a […] Chicago Bulls: 3 free agent point guards worth signing - Pippen Aint Easy - Pippen Aint Easy - A Chicago Bulls Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

NetsDaily

And what about a big man? Will Nets address size in the Draft, free agency?

When you look at the Nets roster, one thing stands out. At the moment, Brooklyn has one player taller than 6’10”, Jarrett Allen. Depending on who you read, Rodions Kurucs is 6’9” or 6’10”. Ed Davis is a legitimate 6’10” but he’s currently a free agent ... and the Nets are limited in what they can provide him. So, you’d have to think that securing a big man has to be a priority for Sean Marks, et al. Their top priority is securing Kevin Durant, but 1) there’s a lot of competition and 2) he won’t play next season. So what’s the back-up plan? Maybe, as Bobby Marks...

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Sixers’ Tobias Harris looking to join a contender next season

Philadelphia 76ers forward Tobias Harris will be an intriguing option for teams who are looking to make a splash in free agency this summer. Harris will become an unrestricted free agent in July. The 26-year-old spent the second half of the season with the Sixers after being dealt by the Los Angeles Clippers. According to […] The post Sixers’ Tobias Harris looking to join a contender next season appeared first on ClutchPoints.

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REPORT: Rockets expected to aggressively pursue Jimmy Butler

The Houston Rockets are expected to make a run at Philadelphia 76ers forward Jimmy Butler in free agency this summer. Butler will become a free agent in July after opting out of the final year of his contract worth $19 million. And according to Brian Smith of the Houston Chronicle, the Rockets are already preparing […] The post REPORT: Rockets expected to aggressively pursue Jimmy Butler appeared first on ClutchPoints.

South Florida Sun-Sentinel

ASK IRA: Does Chris Paul’s contract preclude any potential Heat curiosity?

Q: Ira, you're not going to start this Chris Paul thing again, are you? Move on. -- Steve. A: That has been a tough sell from the outset, if the Rockets, indeed, are in sell mode with Chris Paul, as has been speculated. It is one thing for the Heat to put off a free-agency plunge in 2020, considering...

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Would Nets abandon pursuit of Kyrie Irving without getting a second star?!

What you talkin’ about, Woj?!? In an appearance on ESPN Wednesday morning, Adrian Wojnarowski suggested that the Nets might be hesitant to commit to Kyrie Irving if they can’t pair him with a second star ... and instead turn to D’Angelo Russell for their point guard needs. “What Brooklyn would like to have is not just Kyrie Irving, but a second star come in with him,” said Woj. “And obviously, Kevin Durant is that player.” At that point, Woj threw a bomb into Nets free agency discussions. “If they don’t get a second star, it will be interesting to see if Brooklyn wants to...

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Add Shams, Stein, Windhorst to pundits saying Kyrie Irving likely a Net

It was a good night for Nets fans, less so for the Celtics. Shams Charania of The Athletic, Marc Stein of The Times and Brian Windhorst of ESPN all added their names to those who believe Kyrie Irving will likely sign with the Nets. Moreover, new information suggests that Al Horford, Boston’s center, will be moving on after opting out of the last year of his contract, making it a rough night in Beantown. Irving has been communicative and forthright with top Celtics officials since the season ended, with private and public signals that he will leave the organization in free agency —...

Swarm and Sting

Charlotte Hornets NBA Draft: Goga Bitadze is a top center

The 2019 NBA Draft is tomorrow night, and the Charlotte Hornets should take a strong look at Georgian center Goga Bitadze, who recently worked out for the team. The NBA Draft and Free Agency haven’t even started yet, but that hasn’t prevented the NBA world from going into full chaos mode. Charlotte Hornets fans are […] Charlotte Hornets NBA Draft: Goga Bitadze is a top center - Swarm and Sting - Swarm and Sting - A Charlotte Hornets Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo’s cryptic tweet possibly linked to Celtics’ Al Horford

Milwaukee Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo posted a cryptic tweet, which is being speculated as a reaction to free-agency updates that are starting to come out. Antetokounmpo posted an eye emoji on Tuesday night. While the post could be interpreted in many ways, fans speculated that it was his reaction to an update on Al Horford’s […] The post Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo’s cryptic tweet possibly linked to Celtics’ Al Horford appeared first on ClutchPoints.

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Battle For L.A. Podcast Episode 8 – Anthony Davis trade reaction, it’s impact on the Lakers and Clippers, and Kawhi Leonard’s future

The Los Angeles Lakers and L.A. Clippers are preparing for the big summer of free agency but the purple and gold have made the first move by trading for New Orleans Pelicans’ star Anthony Davis. The Lakers traded away Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart, and a number of picks for Davis on Saturday afternoon. […] The post Battle For L.A. Podcast Episode 8 – Anthony Davis trade reaction, it’s impact on the Lakers and Clippers, and Kawhi Leonard’s future appeared first on ClutchPoints.

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Gersson Rosas focusing on maximizing Karl-Anthony Towns, calls him the Timberwolves’ ‘biggest driver to winning’

The Minnesota Timberwolves are seemingly set to make some significant changes to their roster this offseason. President of basketball operations Gersson Rosas has since made it clear that all personnel moves will be built around center Karl-Anthony Towns. There is plenty of speculation regarding Minnesota’s approach to the 2019 NBA Draft and free agency. According […] The post Gersson Rosas focusing on maximizing Karl-Anthony Towns, calls him the Timberwolves’ ‘biggest driver to winning’ appeared first on ClutchPoints.

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Raptors rumors: Growing sense Toronto has much better shot at persuading Kawhi Leonard to sign short-term deal than it did as recently as May 2

There is reportedly a growing sense that the Toronto Raptors have a much better shot at persuading superstar small forward Kawhi Leonard to sign a short-term deal this summer in free agency than they did as recently as May 2, according to Marc Stein of The New York Times. May 2 is the night the […] The post Raptors rumors: Growing sense Toronto has much better shot at persuading Kawhi Leonard to sign short-term deal than it did as recently as May 2 appeared first on ClutchPoints.

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3 players teams should avoid in 2019 NBA free agency

Free agency is the time every team in the NBA gets to dream big and hope for the best. Just because teams are flush with cap space and have holes on the roster to fill, though, never means the most prudent approach to free agency is spending big money at the expense of price and […] The post 3 players teams should avoid in 2019 NBA free agency appeared first on ClutchPoints.

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Celtics’ Al Horford now expected to sign 4-year deal elsewhere in free agency

The latest intel suggests Al Horford has undergone a major change of heart. After previous reporting indicated the All-Star big man would opt out of his contract and work to sign a long-term deal with the Boston Celtics, he’s now expected to pursue a four-year contract from other teams in free agency, according to Steve […] The post Celtics’ Al Horford now expected to sign 4-year deal elsewhere in free agency appeared first on ClutchPoints.

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Rumor: Lakers confident they can sign Jimmy Butler or Kawhi Leonard in free agency

The Los Angeles Lakers are reportedly confident they can sign Jimmy Butler or Kawhi Leonard in free agency this summer, according to David Lord of 247 Sports. Both Leonard and Butler become unrestricted free agents this offseason once they decline this 2019-20 player options with their respective teams. The Lakers could have a max slot […] The post Rumor: Lakers confident they can sign Jimmy Butler or Kawhi Leonard in free agency appeared first on ClutchPoints.

Washington Post

Ted Leonsis: Wizards won’t hire a new president before NBA free agency opens

The Wizards' search process has extended through 11 weeks, five candidates and one job offer.

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New York Knicks should strongly consider pursuing a trade for Bradley Beal with No. 3 overall pick

Things have completely unraveled for the New York Knicks over the last month. Not only did the Knicks lose out on Zion Williamson by ending up with the third overall pick in the NBA Draft, but their season-long dream of landing both Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving in free agency seems to be fading, as […] The post New York Knicks should strongly consider pursuing a trade for Bradley Beal with No. 3 overall pick appeared first on ClutchPoints.

Pounding The Rock

Report; Rudy Gay is expected to re-sign with the Spurs

Retaining him is one of the Spurs’ top offseason priorities. Here’s some good news for Spurs fans! Rudy Gay is expected to re-sign with the Spurs this summer, likely for more than $10 million per season. As was first reported by Jordan Brenner of The Athletic in an article about contingency plans for teams losing top-tier talent in free agency (subscription required): Rudy Gay looks like such an option [for teams who lose or fail to land players like Kevin Durant or Kawhi Leonard], but multiple sources said they expect him to re-sign with the Spurs (potentially for more than $10...

Golden State Of Mind

Report: Chris Paul wants a trade due to “unsalvageable” relationship with James Harden

You hate to see it. The honeymoon didn’t last long. At all. After two consecutive years of being eliminated in the playoffs by the Golden State Warriors, the Houston Rockets have a breakup on the horizon. On Tuesday, less than two weeks before free agency begins, Yahoo Sports’ Vincent Goodwill reported that Chris Paul is seeking a trade due to an “unsalvageable” relationship with co-star James Harden. New story: Sources tell @YahooSports Chris Paul wants out of Houston. Relationship with James Harden deemed "unsalvageable": https://t.co/UhHo0gAr8i pic.twitter.com/Txjtrvkeoc—...

Hoops Habit

New York Knicks rumors: Team reportedly interested in Julius Randle

Recent New York Knicks rumors involve potential free agency plans, as the team is reportedly interested in Julius Randle. New York Knicks rumors have quieted down recently as a number of events have occurred that have dashed the team’s big dreams for this offseason before they could even get started. The 2019 NBA Draft Lottery […] New York Knicks rumors: Team reportedly interested in Julius Randle - Hoops Habit - Hoops Habit - NBA News, Rumors, Analysis, Opinion and Stats

Lake Show Life

Lakers Rumors: Kawhi Leonard focused on Clippers and Raptors

Recent Lakers rumors are that Kawhi Leonard is only focused on playing for the Los Angeles Clippers or Toronto Raptors. With the start of NBA free agency almost here, there has been no shortage of Lakers rumors about who the team will be pursuing. Since the Lakers have agreed to a deal that will be […] Lakers Rumors: Kawhi Leonard focused on Clippers and Raptors - Lake Show Life - Lake Show Life - A Los Angeles Lakers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Anthony Davis is a rental player between now and his free agency – Jalen Rose | Jalen & Jacoby

Jalen Rose believes both the New Orleans Pelicans and Anthony Davis would benefit if Davis sits out the rest of the 2018-19 NBA season because it would keep Davis healthy and New Orleans could improve its 2019 NBA draft position. ✔

Kemba Walker 'deserves a max deal' - Paul Pierce | The Jump

Paul Pierce, Tracy McGrady and Rachel Nichols of The Jump break down Kemba Walker's options heading into 2019 NBA free agency, and take a closer look at whether the Charlotte Hornets should spend the money to retain him. ✔

Russell Westbrook is being taken for granted - Jalen Rose l Jalen & Jacoby

Jalen Rose discusses whether Danny Ainge and the Boston Celtics are worried about losing Kyrie Irving to free agency and if Russell Westbrook and his historic triple-double streak is being overlooked. ✔