We’ve almost reached the official signing period of NBA free agency, folks. You might believe we already have, but you’d be wrong. While teams have been able to negotiate with players since July 1, teams and players aren’t actually allowed to sign deals until July 6.
This means in less than 24 hours, teams and free agents can make the flurry of deals reported since July 1 official. While we’ve already seen a flurry of activity to this point, we’re likely to see even more over the next couple days.
This also means that some deals that have been agreed upon could change over the next couple days. It definitely means the rumor mill is spinning at an increased pace.
We’re here to examine the latest storylines and rumors heading into the signing period free agency.
Warriors to Add Nick Young
The Golden State Warriors were clearly the most dominant team in the NBA last season. They breezed through the postseason, losing only once. That lone loss came against LeBron James and the mighty Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals.
The bad news for other NBA teams is that the Warriors have managed to retain Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and Andre Iguodala this offseason. They also added Oregon standout Jordan Bell in the NBA draft.
Oh, and the Warriors are apparently going to add former Los Angeles Laker Nick Young, too. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Young and the Warriors have agreed to a one-year deal:
Adding Young makes a lot of sense for the Warriors because he fits the team and its identity. He’s developed into a high-percentage shooter—he made over 40 percent of his three-points attempts last season—and he’ll be an offensive asset off the bench.
Young’s ability to hit shots from beyond the arc will also give Golden State a bit of injury insurance. He isn’t going to be able to outright replace a talent like Curry or Klay Thompson if one misses time due to injury, but he’ll help the team maintain some offensive continuity should such a situation arise.
According to Mark Medina of the L.A. Daily News, the Minnesota Timberwolves, Oklahoma City Thunder and New Orleans Pelicans were also interested in adding Young:
Would the Celtics Be Interested in Marc Gasol?
The Boston Celtics are also looking to add more talent to their playoff-caliber roster. The Celtics handed the Cleveland Cavaliers their only postseason loss before the NBA Finals, but Boston wasn’t really a true title contender last year.
That could be changing. The team added Jayson Tatum in the NBA draft and scored former Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward as a free agent. According to Shams Charania of The Vertical, Hayward and the Celtics have agreed to a four-year deal:
The Celtics don’t seem to be done adding pieces either. Chris Mannix of The Vertical believes the team could be interested in acquiring another veteran. Mannix also reported that the Memphis Grizzlies could make Marc Gasol available:
“One player worth keeping an eye on, two league executives told The Vertical: Memphis’ Marc Gasol. The Grizzlies lost Zach Randolph, Tony Allen could be next out the door, and if you were filling out your Western Conference playoff bracket today, Memphis probably wouldn’t be in it. Would the Grizz move the 32-year-old Gasol for a ready-made rebuilding package of players and picks? Would Boston – which has to be wary of putting together a team that would beat Cleveland but still get pulverized by Golden State – be interested? Again, worth watching.”
It’s worth noting that Mannix isn’t saying the Celtics have concrete interest in Gasol. However, it’s also worth noting this is a potential move that would make sense as the Celtics try to build a championship contender.
As Mannix points out, it will definitely be worth watching Gasol’s situation in Memphis.
Teams Interested in Faried
Gasol isn’t the only player who could be on the move via trade in the coming days. According to Alex Kennedy of Hoops Hype, several teams are interested in Denver Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried:
Per Kennedy, the Nuggets have offered Faried up in the past. It makes sense for the team to listen to offers for him now if it believes it can get something worthwhile in return. The addition of power forward Paul Millsap potentially makes Faried expendable.
Nick Kosmider of the Denver Post reports the Nuggets and Millsap have agreed to a three-year, $90 million deal.
Faried might not be a well-known star, but he does have value. He’s still just 27 years old and he’s coming off a season in which he averaged 9.6 points and 7.6 rebounds per game. Denver should be able to get something in exchange for him while also unloading his $12.9 million salary.
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