Danny Green was expected to receive significant interest around the league as an unrestricted free agent. He’s a prototypical three-and-D guy who started in 80 regular season games for a very good Spurs team last year, and averaged career highs in scoring and rebounding while shooting 41.8 percent from three-point distance.
San Antonio knows just how valuable Green is, so they wasted little time in getting him to re-sign.
Chris Broussard of ESPN.com:
Sources: Danny Green has agreed to a 4 year, $45 million deal with the Spurs
This is a reasonable deal for what Green provides, and honestly it’s very possible he could’ve earned even more had a change of scenery been a real option.
Locking up Green was necessary, but it puts further strain on the Spurs from a salary cap standpoint, especially as they look to convince a max-level player like LaMarcus Aldridge to join the team’s roster.
San Antonio almost certainly would need to move the $8.25 million contract of Tiago Splitter, and may also now need to part ways with the $3.57 million deal that’s guaranteed to Patty Mills in order to create the necessary space to offer Aldridge the max.
There are ways to do that, but it won’t necessarily be easy. If we do see one or both of those players moved in a deal, it’ll be a strong sign that the Spurs are getting closer to securing a commitment from a max-level player, which would immediately place them in the top tier of teams that would be favorites to contend for a title next season.
The Lakers have had prominent free agent meetings in each of the last two summers, only to come away empty-handed when all was said and done.
L.A. chased Carmelo Anthony last year, and reportedly got close. The year prior it was Dwight Howard, though the chances of him re-upping was always extremely slim, for a variety of reasons.
The Lakers were much more optimistic about their chances of landing one or more big names heading into this round of recruiting, and the first meeting with LaMarcus Aldridge reportedly went about as well as could be expected.
Ramona Shelburne of ESPN.com:
The Lakers meeting with LaMarcus Aldridge went almost two hours. Source in the room said it went “really well”
From a person in the room for the Lakers pitch “LaMarcus seemed completely focused.”
Always hard to gauge how a meeting really went, but Lakers felt better about this mtg w/ Aldridge than they did w/ Dwight or Melo.
Bill Oram of the Orange County Register:
Been told Kobe Bryant was “very good” in Lakers meeting with LaMarcus Aldridge. Also that meeting went “well,” for what that’s worth.
This doesn’t mean much in the grand scheme of things; Aldridge knew what the Lakers had to offer before he stepped in the room, and things probably won’t be much different in San Antonio, the other city that has the strongest chance of signing him.
But after the way the last two summers ended in disappointment for the Lakers, they’ll take any encouraging signs they can at this stage of the process.
Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:
Goran Dragic has reached agreement on a five-year, $90 million contract with the Miami Heat, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
Dragic’s deal will include a player option after the fourth year, league sources said.
It was expected from the moment the Heat traded for Goran Dragic at the deadline that they would be willing to fully commit to re-signing him, and a five-year deal worth $90 million is market value for someone with his skill set.
It’s also worth reminding that deals signed this summer will seem like bargains when the cap spikes in advance of the 2016-17 season.
Things now get interesting in Miami, where Dwyane Wade declined his player option and is threatening to leave in free agency if the Heat don’t meet his contract demands.
I joined Steve Kyler to preview free agency on the Basketball Insiders podcast, and we broke down the Wade situation in great detail. It comes down to this: The team can go over the cap to re-sign him, and whatever money they choose to allocate toward Wade won’t affect their ability to go out and get additional talent to add to the roster. It becomes a luxury (and repeater) tax issue, where Wade’s actual cost would increase substantially once penalties are taken into account.
I still think Wade stays in Miami, but that tax situation is real. The penalties don’t hit until the end of next season, however, so the Heat would theoretically have until the mid-February trade deadline to dump contracts to get under the tax line if they re-sign Wade to a big-money deal, and the team’s performance doesn’t meet expectations.
Paul Millsap is one of the more interesting free agent names on the market, mainly because it wouldn’t seem as though the Atlanta Hawks can afford to let him walk.
But at age 30 and after nine NBA seasons, this may be Millsap’s last chance at a large payday, and when looking at the way things played out in Atlanta over the second half of the season and into the playoffs, it’s worth wondering if the same level of success can be expected by simply bringing everyone back.
It was never a sure thing that the Hawks would come at Millsap with a contract at or near the five-year max. But now, some unexpected competition may end up forcing their hand.
Boom: Paul Millsap met with Orlando Magic in Atlanta at 12:01 last night, high interest between both. Will decide between Magic and Hawks.
Seeing Orlando emerge as a real option for an All-Star free agent like Millsap comes as a bit of a surprise, but the Magic have plenty to offer.
There’s no state tax in Florida, so contracts signed with teams there end up having a significant level of extra value. And the Magic have a nice young core of guys like Elfrid Payton and Victor Oladipo, and added Mario Hezonja in this summer’s draft.
Orlando may lose restricted free agent Tobias Harris, though the team can choose to keep him by matching any offer he receives. Millsap would be a nice complement to him or provide an upgrade as a replacement, but after a successful 60-win season in Atlanta that concluded with a trip to the Eastern Conference finals, it would seem likely that Millsap would return if the Hawks are willing to max him out.
Mike Dunleavy was a key member of a very good Bulls team last season, so much so that LeBron James was lobbying for the Cavaliers to go out and get him behind the scenes.
Cleveland is up against the cap, however, and will have very little to spend after James, Kevin Love and Tristan Thompson all get paid this summer. And with Dunleavy liking his fit in Chicago, he quickly agreed to re-up on a reasonable deal to remain with the Bulls.
Marc Stein of ESPN.com:
ESPN sources say Chicago Bulls are closing in on a three-year, $15 million deal to bring back in-demand swingman Mike Dunleavy
Dunleavy started in all 63 of his regular season appearances for the Bulls, and averaged 9.4 points and 3.9 rebounds in 29.2 minutes per contest. More importantly, he was an above average three-and-D guy, knocking down 40.7 percent of his shots from three-point distance while being a tough-minded defender who was never afraid to mix it up.
Really nice signing for the Bulls, especially at that price.