Summer free agency is here and alive. Almost one full day has gone by and some of the hottest names in the market have already signed. But instead of moving to new teams most have decided to remain at their respective teams. DeMar DeRozan, Hassan Whiteside, Andre Drummond, Bradley Beal, Nicolas Batum, Jordan Clarkson, and Evan Fournier have all resigned with their teams. Although, the most prized free agent Kevin Durant remains in the market however the decision to stay in Oklahoma City seems highly likely. Money is a huge factor in it all and thus far, teams have willing to splash out the cash with no hesitation. The amount of money given to players is quite extraordinary and the extra cap space certainly is paying dividends.
Hassan Whiteside Resigns to Heat
Whiteside easily became one of the most sought out centers in the NBA but held firm in his allegiance with the Miami Heat, announcing his decision via his snapchat account. The Dallas Mavericks attempted to convince a move to the team, but Whiteside had other plans. Whiteside will receive around $98 million in the span of four years with the Heat.
Chandler Parsons signs max contract with Grizzlies
The former Dallas Maverick has chosen to take his talents to Memphis where he will receive a four-year contract worth $94.8 million. An excellent signing for the Grizzlies as they will get a player who can score the ball in various ways and most importantly spread the floor because of three-point ability. Point guard Mike Conley remains a free agent, however not for long as the Grizzlies are set to resign him on a 5- year, $153 million deal. Grizzlies have become a tough team to beat in the past few years and now with Parsons added to the squad, Memphis can look to make more noise in the Western Conference.
Dwight Howard to Atlanta Hawks
The former Houston Rockets center has decided to move to his hometown team, the Atlanta Hawks. Howard agreed on a 3-year contract worth $70.5 million, fully guaranteed. After having his fair share of struggles having to share the spotlight with James Harden, the center will look to become the main man in the Atlanta squad. Over the last nine seasons, free agent center Al Horford received plenty of touches and was an integral part of the Hawks team therefore, Howard will find comfort in receiving confidence from teammates. Howard’s average points per game has declined over the last couple of seasons and will have something to prove going back to his hometown of Atlanta seemingly making it a good move for both parties. Moreover, Atlanta has struggled on the boards and Howard definitely will bring help in the defensive and rebound department.
Timofey Mozgov to Lakers
In a surprising move, the Los Angeles Lakers signed Mozgov to a 4-year; $64 million contract within the first hours of the free agency period. To most, it came out of nowhere really as it seemed the Lakers would go for after other centers in the market like Al Horford. The fact that the Lakers could not get the attention of any big name centers is a telling story about the moment in time the franchise is living in now. It must be said though; Mozgov does have something to offer especially to a team that is short at the center position. Perhaps it will be a good move as the season kicks into play, only time will tell. However, for Lakers fans hoping for a big name signing to rejuvenate the franchise, well that suggestion might have been thrown out the window now. On a good note, Jordan Clarkson has resigned, but we will all have to wait and see how the Lakers organization decides to handle the rest of the free agency period.
Other notable signings:
Matthew Dellavedova to Milwaukee Bucks
Evan Turner to Portland Trail Blazers
Jeremy Lin to Brooklyn Nets
Jeff Green to Orlando Magic