The 2nd day of NBA free agency picked up where it left off. There were up to 26 players who signed contracts and this year’s headlining names Fred VanVleet and Gordon Hayward found a home.
Let’s take a look at where they, along with others ended up:
1. Gordon Hayward; Hornets agree to a 4 year, $120 million contract
2. Fred VanVleet; Raptors agree to a 4 year, $85 million contract
3. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope; Lakers agree to a 3 year, $40 million contract
4. De’Anthony Melton; Grizzles agree to a 4 year, $35 million contract
5. Jae Crowder; Suns agree to a 3 year, $30 million contract
6. D.J Augustin; Bucks agree to a 3 year, $21 million contract
7. Tristan Thompson; Celtics agree to a 2 year, $19 million contract
8. Serge Ibaka; Clippers agree to a 2 year, $19 million contract
9. Rajon Rondo; Hawks agree to a 2 year, $15 million contract
10. Avery Bradley; Heat agree to a 2 year, $11.6 million contract
11. Jevon Carter; Suns agree to a 3 year, $11.5 million contract
12. Kris Dunn; Hawks agree to a 2 year, $10 million contract
13. Paul Millsap; Nuggets agree to a 1 year $10 million contract
14. John Konchar; Grizzlies agree to a 4 year, $9 million contract
15. Elfrid Payton; Knicks agree to a 1 year, $5 million contract
16. Denzel Valentine; Bulls agree to a 1 year, $4.7 million contract
17. Gary Clark; Magic agree to a 2 year, $4.1 million contract
18. Maurice Harkless; Heat agree to a 1 year, $3.6 million contract
19. Brad Wanamaker; Warriors agree to a 1 year, $2.25 million contract
20. Carmelo Anthony; Trailblazers agree to a 1 year, min-salary contract
21. Jeff Green; Nets agree to a 1 year, min-salary contract
22. Jaylen Adams; Bucks agree to a 2-way contract
23. Nerlens Noel; Knicks agree to 1 year contract, conditions unknown
24. Raul Neto; Wizards agree to a 1 year contract, conditions unknown
25 Bobby Portis; Bucks agree to a 2 year contract, conditions unknown
26. Michael-Carter Williams; Magic agree to a contract, conditions unknown
The biggest deals of the day included Gordon Hayward and his signing with the Hornets. Despite being injury prone, Charlotte has taken a chance on the former all-star, hoping he can form a deadly duo alongside 3rd overall pick LaMelo Ball and/or Devonte’ Graham.
Toronto resigned Fred VanVleet on the heels of an $85 million contract. VanVleet’s contract is the largest ever for an undrafted rookie.
Similar to the opening day there was little news regarding new trades, except for finalization and adjustments to already announced deals.
1. Included in the Steven Adams trade, the Thunder will receive George Hill, Darius Miller, 2023 Denver first round pick and second round picks in 2023 via Charlotte and 2024 via Washington
2. Eric Bledsoe will remain a member of the Pelicans as part of the Steven Adams trade
In order to finalize all these signings and trades, teams were focused on continuing negotiations from the prior week.
1. Nic Batum has been waived by the Hornets in order to create cap space to sign Gordon Hayward
2. The 2 year, $8.3 million contract that Pat Connaughton agreed to with the Bucks has been extended to a 3 year, $16 million deal
3. The Nuggets have rescinded the qualifying offer towards Torrey Craig, allowing him to become an unrestricted free agent
4. Serge Ibaka‘s deal with the Clippers will include a player option in the 2nd year
5. The Raptors and an undisclosed Western conference team have expressed interest in signing Marc Gasol
After day 2 of NBA’s free agency, many of the leagues agents have found new home’s across the league.
Many franchises are now looking at the trade market to bolster their squads in the coming weeks.
Atlanta acquiring Rondo and Kris Dunn will help mask Trae Young’s defensive struggles. Detroit added depth in their front court by grabbing Jerami Grant and Mason Plumlee to pair with Griffin.
With the season just over a month away, there are still many decisions to be made in preparation for another historic NBA season.