The official start of NBA free agency is 6:00pm Eastern tonight, June 30th. We’ve already seen a couple of league-altering trades and significant contract extensions in the buildup to today, and that will certainly only accelerate from here. Before even reaching the new league year, we’ve had:
- The Suns trading Chris Paul and other things to the Wizards for Bradley Beal
- The Wizards subsequently trading Chris Paul to the Warriors for Jordan Poole
- The Wizards sending Kristaps Porzingis to the Celtics while the Celtics were sent Marcus Smart to the Grizzlies
- James Harden has decided that yet another team is the problem (definitely not him) and is working towards a trade with the Clippers and Knicks the current frontrunners
- Naz Reid, Nikola Vucevic, and Harrison Barnes all signed contract extensions
- The Hornets extended qualifying offers to three players
We went over a few targets the Hornets could pursue with their midlevel exception, and there are a certainly others in the mix that we didn’t dive into.
Keep in mind that any deal that gets announced in the next few days is unofficial, so things will be fluid and could change after initial announcements. One of the things that can happen during the moratorium is the signing of offer sheets for restricted free agents. That means if any of Miles Bridges, PJ Washington, or Theo Maldeon sign an offer sheet, the Hornets will have two days to decide if they want to match or let the player walk. They could also turn that into a match-and-trade deal like we saw with Devonte’ Graham a couple of years ago.
Use the comments to discuss all of the chaos. We might update this post as significant news comes in from around the league. We will see.
Have at it, folks!