2018 NBA Free Agency News and Rumor: 6-27-18
*UPDATED 10:18 PM EST*
OTG gathers the latest intel around the league
The Portland Trail Blazers have sent center Jusuf Nurkic his qualifying offer, making him a restricted free agent on July 1, league sources tell ESPN. - @wojespn
The Los Angeles Lakers have tendered a qualifying offer to Julius Randle. He's now a restricted free agent and the Lakers can match any offer sheet he signs with another team. - @KeithSmithNBA
The Miami Heat have tendered a qualifying offer to two-way player Derrick Walton Jr.. He's now a restricted free agent and the Heat can match any offer sheet he signs with another team.If Walton signs the QO, it is will be for a second two-way contract. - @KeithSmithNBA
The Cleveland Cavaliers have tendered a qualifying offer to Rodney Hood. He's now a restricted free agent and the Cavs can match any offer sheet he signs with another team. - @KeithSmithNBA
In a quick turnaround, the Mavericks have withdrawn their qualifying offer to Doug McDermott, league sources say. They still have interest in retaining him, but this makes it easier to clear his ~$10M cap hold. Also makes him an unrestricted free agent, broadening his market. - @ZachLowe_NBA
The @Raptors have extended qualifying offers to Fred Van Vleet, Malcolm Miller, and Nando De Colo to retain their restricted free agent rights. - @Raptors
The San Antonio Spurs have extended a qualifying offer to Davis Bertans making him restricted free agent, a source told Sportando. - via Sportando.com
The Atlanta Hawks will not tender Josh Magette a qualifying offer, a league source told The Athletic. He will become an unrestricted free agent as a result. He played 18 games and averaged 12.9 assists per 100 possessions for Atlanta last season. - @MikeAScotto
Hearing that the Grizzlies -- who will be looking for wing upgrades with their mid-level exception -- have Avery Bradley high among their free-agent targets - @TheSteinLine
Suns very likely extended the deadline on point guard Tyler Ulis until June 30th to give them more time to see if they can make a trade and get something for him rather than just declining the guarantee. - @Gambo987
I was told through a source today that Utah Jazz forward Derrick Favors has set up a "few" free agent meetings. He is currently vacationing until the meetings begin after July 1. Favors loves Utah but his goal is to go through the process to see what situation is best for him. - @E_Woodyard
Breaking Suns news: NBA source says team will not re-sign guard Elfrid Payton or center Alex Len. Gives Suns $10 million to use in cap space - @sbordow
Brooklyn definitely has interest in Gordon’s teammate, Mario Hezonja, 23. That’s the kind of neighborhood they’re shopping in. - @NYPost_Lewis
The Dallas Mavericks are actively exploring trade possibilities with the Los Angeles Clippers and the former All-N.B.A. center DeAndre Jordan in hopes of finding a workable deal to acquire Jordan this week, according to two people familiar with the discussions. - @TheSteinLine
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has signed a contract extension through the 2023-24 NBA season. - @ShamsCharania
Spurs assistant coach Becky Hammon has been promoted. Hammon fills the position vacated by James Borrego who was named head coach of the Charlotte Hornets on May 10. - @MarcJSpearsESPN
Free agent guard Seth Curry, who missed season with a left tibia fracture, has been medically cleared and engaged in full basketball-related activities for a month, his agent Alex Saratsis told ESPN. Curry had his best season w/ Mavs in 2016-17, averaging 12.8 points in 29 mpg. - @wojespn
Two tough years in atl but ready to move on and hopefully land somewhere I can be myself and help somebody win.. let’s see what the future holds, but special thanks to Wes Wilcox to… - @foe23
The Latest on LeBron James+Kawhi Leonard+Paul George via ESPN
Update from this morning’s story. The Lakers re-engaged the Spurs Wednesday in aggressively pursuing Kawhi Leonard. Story w/ @wojespn coming shortly on ESPN. This is the first contact between the teams since the Spurs “shut the door” on them after an initial call. - @ramonashelburne
"As LeBron James remains hesitant to be the first superstar to decide on the Los Angeles Lakers in free agency, pressure is mounting for the Lakers front office to execute a trade with the San Antonio Spurs to acquire disgruntled All-NBA forward Kawhi Leonard, league sources told ESPN.
There's a race to secure Leonard before James is faced with deciding whether to become a free agent on Friday, especially with concern that Oklahoma City's Paul George is no longer assured of signing with the Lakers, league sources said.
Another preference by James that could impact free agency, league sources said, is that he wants to make a decision quickly in July free agency."
"The Boston Celtics, Cleveland Cavaliers, Philadelphia 76ers and LA Clippers are among teams who have made offers to the Spurs for Leonard, league sources said. The Lakers, the franchise Leonard wants to be traded to, did not have an encouraging initial conversation with the Spurs, ESPN reported recently.
Although the Lakers came away feeling like San Antonio "shut the door on us" and the conversation never progressed or included a formal trade offer, the Spurs haven't ruled out sending Leonard to any destination, league sources said."
"The Lakers have been weighing the conservation of young assets and future draft picks against the possibility of getting shut out in free agency. The Lakers hoped to lure James and George in free agency, which would give them more leverage in Leonard trade talks, or simply for the ability to wait until next year to sign Leonard." "The Lakers have expressed a willingness to teams to take on 2018-19 salary for the chance to secure a future first-round pick, league sources said. That pick could be used to sweeten a prospective trade opportunity."
"Thus far, the Spurs haven't been responsive to all teams that have inquired about Leonard, nor have they ruled out the possibility of trading him to any league destination, sources said."
"James hasn't ruled out a return to Cleveland, but his chances of staying with a reshaped and upgraded roster are murky.
The Cavaliers have been working on several trade and salary-cap-clearing possibilities to be aggressive in free agency, but they have been stymied in attempts to meet or discuss scenarios with James, league sources said. James had been clear that he wouldn't engage with the Cavaliers throughout the pre-draft and pre-free-agent process, and he has stayed consistent with that posture."
"Cleveland has inquired about Leonard, sources said, but the Cavaliers probably don't have the assets to top the rest of the market." "Leonard has been adamant that he doesn't want to step into the San Antonio locker room again, and the Spurs have been adamant that they won't be forced into a trade, or a timetable, prior to the February trading deadline, league sources said. No team talking with the Spurs about Leonard has found them to be in a rush to make a deal."
- VIA ESPN