Just a few hours into NBA free agency, here’s what we know so far:
Kyrie Irving, despite not being a free agent, is going to get paid. He and the Cleveland Cavaliers agreed to a $90-million contract extension in the early-morning hours in a meeting in New York.
Carmelo Anthony is going to be very, very busy this week and plans to decide which offer to take early next week. He’ll meet with the Chicago Bulls today, the Houston Rockets and Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday and with the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday. So far, the Bulls are all in:
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The moment he makes up his mind, Chandler Parsons will become a really hot commodity. The Rockets want to keep him, but there is interest from the Lakers, Bulls and Minnesota Timberwolves.
Andray Blatche won’t be returning to the Brooklyn Nets. Billy King’s response to whether he had reached out to Blatche, an unrestricted free agent, was a succinct “no,” according to ESPN New York.
The Lakers won’t be talking only to Anthony. With a ton of roster spots open, they have reached out, according to multiple reports, to: LeBron James, Pau Gasol, Luol Deng, Trevor Ariza, Kyle Lowry, Gordon Hayward, Isaiah Thomas and Chandler Parsons. Expect Gasol, who has drawn interest from the Lakers, Mavericks, Bulls and Golden State Warriors, to allow free agency to settle down a bit before deciding where to play.
It’s good to be Luol Deng and Paul Pierce. Deng is the top target of the Atlanta Hawks and has drawn attention from the Heat, Los Angeles Clippers and Mavericks. Pierce has the chance to return to the Nets, but his former coach, Doc Rivers, would like to have him on the Clippers roster. In addition, the Portland Trail Blazers, Memphis Grizzlies, Bulls, Mavericks and Rockets reportedly are interested in him.
Lance Stephenson wants to return to the Indiana Pacers, who would like very much to have him back. Now, they have to work out a deal.
Meanwhile, the world waits breathlessly to find out where James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade will end up. Yahoo Sports reports that there’s the framework of deals in place to keep the three in Miami. “Everybody has their [contract] number and has left a little bit of room to let [team President Pat Riley] maneuver,” an unnamed source told Yahoo.