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2019 NBA Free Agency News and Rumors: 6-26-19


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Player Options

"Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant has declined his 31.5 million player option and will become an unrestricted free agent." - Adrian Wojnarowski

"Toronto Raptors center Marc Gasol is exercising his 25.6 million player option for next season, returning to the defending NBA champions... Gasol could've entered free agency." - Adrian Wojnarowski

Trades

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Rumors

"Lakers targeting Brook Lopez, Carmelo Anthony as a Plan B Option" - Brandon 'Scoop B' Robinson

"Philadelphia has been privately expressing confidence around NBA that it can re-sign Butler and Tobias Harris, but Houston remains on case of selling Butler/76ers with a sign-and-trade scenario once free agency starts on Sunday." - Adrian Wojnarowski

"Utah Jazz forward/center Derrick Favours will enter the free-agency period fielding calls from interested teams as if he will be an unrestricted free agent, agent Wallace Panther told The Athletic." - Shams Charania

Other

"The NBA has removed Omer Asik's deal from the Chicago Bulls' salary books via career-ending injury/illness, freeing up an additional $3M in space, league sources tell The Athletic. Chicago now has upwards of $23M in salary space for free agency." - Shams Charania

"Free agent Isaiah Thomas is hoping a full summer of being a "gym rat" will allow him to return to the form he displayed before hip surgery sidetracked his career." - Adrian Wojnarowski

"The Pelicans have declined to extend a qualifying offer to forward Stanley Johnson, making him an unrestricted free agent. Johnson, 23, is a strong defender and will receive interest from several teams. Allows Pelicans to now have upwards of $28M in open space." - Shams Charania

"New Orleans is declining the qualifying offer on Cheick Diallo, which will make him an unrestricted free agent, league sources tell ESPN. Diallo, 22, adds another quality young big to the marketplace next week." - Adrian Wojnarowski

"Minnesota has extended a qualifying offer to G Tyus Jones, making him a restricted free agent, league source tells ESPN." - Adrian Wojnarowski

"Memphis extended the qualifying offer tender to guard Delon Wright, who will now be a restricted free agent, league sources tell The Athletic. Wright had a strong finish for the Grizzlies last season." - Shams Charania

"Phoenix has extended qualifying offer to Kelly Oubre Jr., which will make him a restricted free agent, league sources tell ESPN. Oubre is a target for significant offer sheets in the market, especially with cap space teams who miss out on high-profile unrestricted free agents." - Adrian Wojnarowski

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