2018 NBA free agency rumors, trades, updates: Knicks look to dump Joakim Noah; Pelicans add Okafor
As we move towards the middle of August, free agency has pretty much come to a complete halt. The big name stars you know and love like LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Chris Paul and Paul George have long ago inked new deals. And by this point even restricted free agents like Clint Capela and Marcus Smart have signed as well. Plus there’s been some big trades, with Kawhi Leonard finally moving on from San Antonio, and Carmelo Anthony escaping Oklahoma City.
To keep all the rumors surrounding free agency straight, we’ll continue to update this post with all the latest on reported deals, trades and negotiations.
Wednesday, August 8
Knicks looking to dump Noah
The Knicks apparently have no intention of keeping Joakim Noah and the $37.8 million left on his contract around for the rebuild in New York. The team will look to trade the veteran center, and if nothing materializes they will waive and stretch him some time after Sept. 1, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Ian Begley. The former All-Star and Defensive Player of the Year has played just 53 games in two seasons with the Knicks, including only seven last year.
Okafor to join Pelicans
Tuesday, August 7
Grizzlies agree to deal with Shelvin Mack
The Grizzlies have agreed to add free agent guard Shelvin Mack on a one-year deal, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The seven-year NBA vet was a reserve for the Orlando Magic last season, averaging 6.9 points and 3.9 assists in 20 minutes per game.
Monday, August 6
Monroe agrees to join Raptors
The Raptors have agreed to a one-year, $2.2 million deal with free agent center Greg Monroe, according to Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports. Toronto gave up their previous backup center, Jakob Poeltl, in the Kawhi Leonard trade, so Monroe will likely fill in those minutes. After being bought out by the Suns, Monroe averaged 10.2 points and 6.3 rebounds in a reserve role for the Celtics last season.
Cavs trade for Dekker
Wednesday, August 1
Mavs get Onuaku from Rockets
The Mavericks have acquired center Chinanu Onuaku and cash from the Houston Rockets in exchange for a 2020 second-round pick swap, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports. Perhaps best known for shooting his free throws underhanded, Onuaku has played just six NBA games in two seasons, spending most of his time in the G League.
Cavs agree with Nwaba
The Cleveland Cavaliers have reportedly come to an agreement with free agent guard David Nwaba. This is a smart deal for the Cavs, as in their post-LeBron period, they might as well look into any young player that’s shown some solid potential.
Rockets pursuing Bazemore?
The Houston Rockets are reportedly still looking for wing replacements after losing Trevor Ariza and Luc Mbah a Moute this summer. ESPN’s Zach Lowe mentioned on his podcast that the team is chasing another wing, and said a deal for the Hawks’ Kent Bazemore has been rumored. Additionally, Lowe said he’s heard the Rockets “kicked the tires” on J.R. Smith.
Tuesday, July 31
Wolves agree to deal with Williams
Sunday, July 29
Raptors interested in Monroe
The Toronto Raptors still have a few roster spots to fill, and they’re reportedly looking in the veteran direction. According to TSN in Canada, the Raptors have interested in Greg Monroe to improve their frontcourt depth.
Friday, July 27
Capela, Rockets agree to five-year deal
There was some talk that Clint Capela might take the qualifying offer and opt for unrestricted free agency next summer, but instead he has agreed to a five-year, $90 million deal to stay in Houston, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Bucks, Connaughton agree to deal
The Trail Blazers chose not to extend a qualifying offer to guard Pat Connaughton, and the Bucks have swooped him up. According to Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports, the three-year pro has agreed to a two-year deal with Milwaukee that’s slightly above the minimum in both years.
Thursday, July 26
Devin Harris back with Mavs
In an expected move, the Mavericks and Devin Harris have agreed on a one-year, veteran’s minimum deal, according to Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports. Harris has spent nine of his 14 NBA seasons as a Maverick, and this will be his third stint with the team.
Jefferson spurns Pacers for China
Celtics re-sign Bird
Wednesday, July 25
Vince Carter to sign with Hawks
Vince Carter will turn 42 next season, but that hasn’t stopped him from agreeing to a one-year, $2.4 million veteran minimum deal with the Atlanta Hawks, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports. Carter is expected to serve as a mentor to Atlanta’s young players during the rebuilding effort.
Report: Wade needs to make decision soon
Could a decision on Dwyane Wade’s future be coming soon? According to a report, Wade will need to make his decision on an offer from China over the next 2-3 days. If he doesn’t make one soon, Zhejiang Golden Bulls will pull their offer and pursue other foreign players.
Tuesday, July 24
Knicks reach deal with Vonleh
Nance extension with Cavs looming?
After Kevin Love inked his four-year extension with the Cavs on Tuesday, ESPN’s Brian Windhorst reported that young forward Larry Nance Jr. is Cleveland’s next extension priority. Nance averaged 8.9 points and 7.0 rebounds in 24 games for the Cavs after coming over from the Lakers before last season’s trade deadline.
Report: Jordan Brand drops Leonard
New Raptors star Kawhi Leonard could be with a different shoe brand by the time he makes his Toronto debut. According to ESPN, Jordan Brand plans to let their current contract with Leonard expire. The two sides talks on a new deal reportedly stalled when Leonard denied a $22 million extension last fall.
Love signs extension
Kevin Love will not be leaving Cleveland any time soon. The versatile big man signed an extension with the Cavs on Tuesday worth a reported $120M for four years.
Rumor: Wade offered contract in China
Dwyane Wade has reportedly been offered a three-year, $25M contract to play in China next season. It’s unlikely Wade leaves the NBA, but if he does he’ll get a pretty nice pay day out of it.
Monday, July 23
Report: Magic and Grizzlies agree to trade
The Dakari Johnson era in Orlando didn’t last long. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the Magic and Grizzlies have agreed on a trade that will send Johnson to the Magic in exchange for Jarell Martin.
Dirk returning to Mavs
Dirk Nowitzki is sticking around for another season. The Mavericks legend has signed a one-year deal to remain with the team for a record 21st season.
Anthony ‘intends’ to sign with Rockets
Thomas was open to Celtics return
Isaiah Thomas back on the Celtics? It sounds crazy, but apparently the guard was open to making a return this summer. Danny Ainge considered it as well, but wanted to figure out the Marcus Smart contract first, and Thomas signed with the Nuggets in the meantime.
Sunday, July 22
Report: Harris rejects Clippers extension offer
Saturday, July 21
Report: Hawks, Len reach deal
Clippers reach agreement with Harrell
Celtics waive Nader
Rumor: Chinese team preparing big offer for Wade
Dwyane Wade is still a free agent, but could he play overseas next season? A Chinese team is reportedly planning to make a “monster” offer for him.
Report: Deng essentially semi-retired
Friday, July 20
Bjelica reportedly reaches agreement with Kings
Nemanja Bjelica reportedly didn’t sign his original deal with the 76ers because of intentions of playing in Europe. Those quickly changed to him agreeing to a reported three-year $20.5M deal with the Kings.
Beasley reportedly heads to Lakers
Johnson reportedly swapped with Purvis
The Magic and Thunder made a deal to swap a couple of fringe NBA players. According to Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports, Dakari Johnson has been sent from the Thunder to the Magic while Rodney Purvis, and his non-guaranteed contract, will be sent to Oklahoma City.
Suns reportedly not buying out Chandler
The Suns made multiple moves on Friday, including sending away one of their veterans in Jared Dudley. However, according to a report from Scott Bordow of the Arizona Republic, buying out Tyson Chandler is not in their plans.
Sixers sending Holmes to Suns
The Sixers and Suns have reportedly agreed on a minor trade. Yahoo Sports’ Shams Charania reported that the Sixers will send Richaun Holmes to the Suns. The deal would not have been possible without the previous move of Jared Dudley for Darrell Arthur, according to salary cap analyst Albert Nahmad.
Grizzlies to add Mack
Suns send Dudley to Nets
We have another trade. The Suns have reportedly sent Jared Dudley and a 2021 second-round pick to the Nets in exchange for Darrell Arthur. Both players are likely to be bought out, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Ferrell reverses course
Yogi Ferrell will apparently not be returning to the Mavericks, after all. Shams Charania reported on Friday that Ferrell has backed out of his deal and later reported that he would be joining the Kings.
Thursday, July 19
Nuggets, Monte Morris agree to deal
The Nuggets have agreed to a three-year deal, $4.8 million deal with guard Monte Morris, who was previously on a two-way contract with Denver, according to Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports. The first two seasons of the deal are reportedly guaranteed.
Thunder trade Melo, get Schroder
The Oklahoma City Thunder have finally parted ways with Carmelo Anthony, sending him to Atlanta in a three-team deal also involving the 76ers, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports. The Hawks will buy out and waive Anthony, who is expected to join a contender, with the Rockets considered the front-runner. The Thunder will receive point guard Dennis Schroder in the deal.
Mavs finalizing deal with Dirk
Dirk Nowitzki isn’t going anywhere. The 40-year-old and the Mavericks are finalizing a one-year, $5 million deal, according to Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports. The sides are reportedly in no rush to get the contract signed.
Mavericks to retain Ferrell
Another free-agent guard is off the board. According to Shams Charania, the Mavericks will reportedly bring back Yogi Ferrell on a two-year, $5.3M deal.
Celtics bringing back Smart
Wednesday, July 18
Kings looking to add Bjelica
Nemanja Bjelica was supposed to be heading to Philadelphia after agreeing to a one-year deal with the club, but pulled out of the deal with plans to reportedly return to Europe. However, he has now reversed course yet again, and is reportedly in talks to sign with the Kings.
Celtics, Smart progressing on deal
Spurs trade Kawhi to Raptors for DeRozan