• Nick Fay

2019 NBA Free Agency News and Rumors: 6-29-19


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Team Options

Denver is picking up the option on Paul Millsap's $30M contract, league sources tell ESPN. - @wojespn

Player Options

Another quality big on the market: Houston center Nene is declining his $3.8M option and will become a free agent, league sources tell ESPN. - @wojespn

Qualifying Offers

The Nuggets are extending a qualifying offer to F Trey Lyles, who'll become a restricted free agent, league sources tell ESPN. - @wojespn

Charlotte has declined to exercise qualifying offer on Frank Kaminsky, allowing him to become an unrestricted free agent, league source tells ESPN. There's significant interest in Kaminsky in the marketplace - @wojespn

Boston will renounce the rights to guard Terry Rozier - to open up a max slot for Kemba Walker - and he’ll become an unrestricted free agent, league sources tell Yahoo Sports. - @ChrisBHaynes

Orlando Magic will decline qualifying offer on PG Jerian Grant, per source. - @davidaldridgedc

Trades

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Rumors

Free agent Kyrie Irving is meeting with the Brooklyn Nets in New York on Sunday and both sides are motivated to move quickly toward reaching a 4-year, $141M deal, league sources tell ESPN. - @wojespn

The Los Angeles Lakers reached out to D'Angelo Russell's agents at CAA -- Austin Brown and Aaron Mintz -- to set up a meeting with the All-Star guard, league sources tell ESPN. The Lakers and Russell share a mutual interest in a reunion. Lakers have the cap space to sign him. - @wojespn

Nets will be willing to work with Russell and his reps on ways to get him to a team of his choice, including sign-and-trade scenarios, league sources tell ESPN. If Russell and Nets found a sign-and-trade deal that works for both, obviously, there's no need to renounce his rights. - @wojespn

Free agent G Derrick Rose will meet with the Pistons on Sunday, with both sides motivated on finding a pathway to a two-year contract, league sources tell ESPN. - @wojespn

Sources: Jimmy Butler expected to meet the Miami Heat in South Fla. Sunday. Butler/Rockets meeting likely early week in LA. Sixers haven’t ruled out working with Butler on sign-and-trades, which Miami and Houston need to acquire the All-Star guard. - @wojespn

Charlotte has been scouring the free agent point guard market, considering such options as Elfrid Peyton, TJ McConnell, Ish Smith and Emmanuel Mudiay, league sources tell ESPN. - @wojespn

Reporting w/ @RamonaShelburne: Kevin Durant and Kawhi Leonard have been discussing free agent scenarios that could include a future with them playing together. For now, there are two clear possibilities for them to sign into the same franchise: Clippers and Knicks. Story soon. - @wojespn

The Clippers are exploring the feasibility of signing both Kawhi Leonard and Jimmy Butler in free agency, @NYTSports has learned - @TheSteinLine

Leonard wants to be joined by a top-flight free agent if he decides to leave Toronto for the Clippers and Butler's rugged two-way game makes for an intriguing pairing. Clippers adviser Jerry West is also a known admirer of Butler - @TheSteinLine

New Orleans is not pursuing players in the market for four-year deals. @NYTSports reported June 22 that Horford, upon severing ties with Boston, was immediately expected to receive a new four-year pact from a mystery bidder worth in excess of $100 million - @TheSteinLine

NBA free agent Nikola Mirotic has decided to sign with Euroleague club Barcelona, sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium. Mirotic was in the market for $45-50M total in contract in the NBA. - @ShamsCharania

The Hornets offer, I'm told, wasn't even really close to the max contract offer of $190M(Kemba/CHA). - @ShamsCharania

Sources: Jimmy Butler plans to meet with the 76ers soon and has interest from other teams with maximum salary space, including the Lakers and Nets, and sign-and-trade possibilities elsewhere. - @ShamsCharania

The Utah Jazz are expressing significant interest in Indiana Pacers UFA Bojan Bogdanovic, League Sources tell The Athletic. Bogdanovic is thought to be a Pacers lean heading into free agency. Bogdanovic is one of the better forwards on the market - @Tjonesonthenba

Among other dealings today, the Clippers reached out to representatives for Patrick Beverley and Marcus Morris, sources said. Both hard-nosed players, which fits the ID Clippers want for the team. The team obviously knows Beverley well.- @AndrewGreif

The Lakers have also reached out to the reps of free agent guard Seth Curry, per source. Curry is the type of long range shooter the Lakers want. He shot 45.6% from the field last season in Portland, 45% from three. He averaged 7.9 points in 74 games. - @BA_Turner

Enes Kanter is entertaining serious offers from Lakers, Blazers, & Celtics as we approach the official start of free agency. Other teams have expressed interest but those three considered front-runners per league sources - @AJ_McCord

Other

Sources: The NBA has set salary cap for 2019-20 season, effective for July free agency: $109,140,000, with tax line of $132,627,000. - @ShamsCharania

Avery Bradley's contract guarantee date has been moved to July 8, per league sources. Was originally July 3.- @ShamsCharania

The New York Knicks have waived forward Lance Thomas, league sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium. - @ShamsCharania

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