While the big names haven’t made their decisions just yet, many key NBA free agents have already agreed to deals—verbally—through three days of negotiations. Here are some of the top signings and rumors thus far in free agency.
LeBron James – The King’s free agency tour is much different than his 2010 spectacle. While he hasn’t visited any teams so far, news recently broke that James’agent has spoken with a number of viable candidates for the superstar’s rights—Cleveland Cavaliers, Dallas Mavericks, Houston Rockets and Phoenix Suns. The Miami Heat, New York Knicks, Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers are also rumored to be interested.
Carmelo Anthony – Following Anthony’s meeting with the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday, he met with the Mavericks, Rockets and Lakers on Thursday. The Lakers have reportedly offered Anthony a max deal, but the Knicks can offer more money over one more year. New York has a meeting set with Anthony for Thursday as well, and he’ll have a $129 million contract to weigh.
Dirk Nowitzki – The Mavericks have signed the face of their franchise to a new three-year deal. The numbers of the deal allow Dallas to target another top free agent in the market, presumably Anthony. The Numbers: 3-year deal worth 30$ million.
Kyle Lowry – One of Miami’s top targets in free agency, Lowry ultimately decided to stay in Toronto after posting 17.9 points and 7.4 assists per game in 2014. The Numbers: 4-year deal worth $48 million.
Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh – It seemed as if Wade’s opt-out, along with Chris Bosh’s, paved the way for Miami to make a deal for the Big Three coming back. After it was reported that Wade and Bosh would take a big pay cut, then hearing those numbers may not be right, the two are now puzzled what James’ future holds.
Pau Gasol – The Heat are very interested in Gasol, and will meet with the free agent in L.A. in attempt to lure him away from other potential suitors. The Oklahoma City Thunder, San Antonio Spurs, Knicks and Mavs are also interested.
Avery Bradley – The Celtics overpaid for Bradley’s services, but if he was their main target in free agency, Boston made it difficult for him to say no. He’ll be in green and white for four more years. The Numbers: 4-year deal worth $32 million.
Gordon Hayward – It looks as if Hayward may get a max offer from Cleveland. Interesting to see the Cavs pursue Hayward at this stage after re-signing Kyrie Irving and planning a pitch to LeBron.
Marcin Gortat – After cracking the playoffs this past season, the Washington Wizards wasted no time in securing their top big man on Tuesday. The Heat were also interested in Gortat. The Numbers: 5-year deal worth 50$ million.