This year’s listing of NBA trades and free agency moves looks like one of those three-dimensional chess games they play on Star Trek. It might be easier to just wait and see who ends up where; however, if you want to check on where they are today, read on. There’s still a lot of movement happening.
The NBA Scrambles Ahead Of New Season
It looks like half of the players in the NBA are on the trading block. At any rate, there is a lot of talent available. A lot of excellent, intelligent basketball players making moves. And a hell-of-a-lot-of-money on the table to fuel and inspire those moves. Remember that these guys have already started training camp and the season starts in just 20 days on December 22. It’s a busy time in the NBA.
The two biggest names that might or might not be on the market are Anthony Davis of the Los Angeles Lakers and MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo with the Milwaukee Bucks. Both of these All-Stars have been offered attractive deals and a bunch of money to stay where they are, but, do they have something else in mind. A warmer climate perhaps for Giannis.
It’s hard to say where else Davis could go that would be any better than living in Southern California and playing for the reigning NBA Champions with LeBron James and the Lakers organization, but you never know.
Bogdanovic Confirms Hawks Move
Another big name, big man on the move is Bogdan Bogdanovic, who is going to play for the Atlanta Hawks after signing a four-year offer sheet worth $72 million when the Sacramento Kings decided to decline matching the offer.
The LA Clippers have made a deal with veteran forward Nicolas Batum who was with the Charlotte Hornets last season. The Clippers are also waiving 13-year veteran and two-time All-Star Joakim Noah who is likely head home to retire. Reggie Jackson will be returning to the Clippers squad as well.
The Detroit Pistons have worked out a three-year contract with Lithuanian wingman Deividas Sirvydis, who was selected 37th overall in the 2019 NBA Draft.
The New Orleans Pelicans just signed free-agent 22-year-old center Ike Anigbogu, who was a second round draft pick out of Indiana University. They are also going down under to sign Australian center Will Magnay to join up with center Steven Adams, who is from New Zealand.
Power forward Jared Dudley has made a one-year deal to stay with the Lakers for his 14th year in the NBA at a cool $2.6 million.
Gerald Green Set To Return
After missing all of last season with a broken foot, Gerald Green and the Houston Rockets have come to terms on a one-year deal. Green is a native of Houston, so he’s playing in his own back yard.
The Charlotte Hornets, with a little help from Michael Jordan, have made a deal with the Boston Celtics and acquired Gordon Hayward for a bunch of future NBA Draft picks.
Back again with the Miami Heat for his 18th season in the NBA is big man Udonis Haslem, the only player remaining on the Heat team from their three championship teams.
The Memphis Grizzlies moved up on draft night to secure a trade for Xavier Tillman Sr., the 35th pick in the 2020 NBA Draft. The former Michigan State forward just signed a four-year deal to stay in Memphis.
The Cavs And Raptors Make Deals
Wrapping things up, the Cleveland Cavaliers spent cold hard cash and a second-round pick to get guard Rayjon Tucker from the Utah Jazz, and Alize Johnson has agreed to a deal with the Toronto Raptors after spending the past two seasons with the Indiana Pacers. In addition, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist has signed a one year deal with the New York Knicks.
This is only the latest in the trade moves, but tomorrow will likely bring even more.