From NBA.com staff reports
Now that LeBron James is headed back to Cleveland, the belief is many of the other players in the free-agency pool are going to start making deals now, too. Here’s the latest from around the Twitter-sphere and the Internet as we get closer and closer to a real flood of free-agent news…
Update, 12:02 a.m. — They can handle The Truth
And just when you thought it was quiet for the night, big news drops: The Washington Wizards may have lost Trevor Ariza, but they look to be adding Paul Pierce. Whoa.
Update, 9:55 p.m. — Doing the Deng thing
Luol Deng is still on the market, and it seems like a couple of teams are in the mix. We noted earlier that the Heat seemed like a probable landing place for Deng, but now a few other teams are starting to get in the mix as well.
Update, 9:47 p.m. — Down with the King
And as the other free agents fall into place, LeBron now can sit back and enjoy a trip to Brazil for tomorrow’s World Cup final, alongside his new (and former) teammate Anderson Varejao.
Update, 9:02 p.m. — When it rains…
Pau Gasol announcing he was going to Chicago was tough not only for Lakers fans, but also for Knicks president Phil Jackson, who was hoping to lure Gasol to NYC. Phil reacted on Twitter…
Update, 8:11 p.m. — Born Ready…for Texas?
And now we’re at the point where one turn deserves another. If Houston matches on Parsons, and Deng ends up in Miami, could the Mavericks snag Lance Stephenson from Indiana on a shorter, richer deal?
Update, 8:05 p.m. — Miami Neat
As the Heat look to fill the void LeBron James left behind in South Beach, Marc Stein reports that the top small forward still on the market, Luol Deng, looks like a strong possibility.
Update, 7:56 p.m. — Reunited?
With LeBron back in Cleveland, might as well get the whole band back together, as the Cavs are apparently making progress on a deal with one of LeBron’s favorite former teammates, Mike Miller.
Update, 7:40 p.m. — The Hornets strike
The Charlotte Hornets tried to acquire Utah small forward Gordon Hayward as a restricted free agent, but the Jazz matched and kept him Salt Lake City. For a backup plan, today the Hornets came to terms with a different Jazz player, Marvin Williams, on a two-year deal. So Marv gets to return to the Tar Heel State, where he played college ball at UNC, and will likely serve as a floor spacer, living beyond the three-point line.
Update, 6:04 p.m. — Some details on LeBron
One interesting wrinkle on LeBron’s new deal with the Cavs: He’s only signing a two-year contract, which will technically make him a free agent again in 2016. Although he doesn’t seem to be signing a short deal with an eye for hitting the open market — he’s thinking about the economics of the salary cap when the NBA’s next TV deal will kick in.
Update, 5:34 p.m. — Pau runs with the Bulls
Looks like instead of a sign-and-trade, Pau Gasol is just going to sign with the Bulls, as he just confirmed the move on Twitter.
Update, 5:32 p.m. — Ariza finds a home
The Rockets weren’t able to sign Chris Bosh, and Chandler Parsons may be on the way out, but they’ve found another swingman who fits their athletic style and can knock down threes in Trevor Ariza.
Update, 4:15 p.m. — As Gasol turns
Instead of signing as a free agent with Chicago, it looks like the Lakers may try to sign-and-trade Pau Gasol with a third team involved so that they will get something out of the deal.
Update, 2:05 p.m. — Finally, Carmelo Anthony stays home
It is now official. After nearly two weeks of free-agent tours and contemplations, Carmelo Anthony isn’t going anywhere. The Big Apple native will continue to call Madison Square Garden home.
Update, 1:54 p.m. — Suns officially acquire Isaiah Thomas
Phoenix was happy to take the diminutive, but high-scoring point guard off Sacramento’s hands and add him to an already lethal pairing of Eric Bledsoe (who remains a restricted free agent) and Goran Dragic. Isaiah will earn a reported $27 million over four years.
Update, 1:45 p.m. — Thunder get their 3-point shooter — Anthony Morrow
Desperate for perimeter punch, the Oklahoma City Thunder have come to terms with 6-foot-5 wing Anthony Morrow.
Heading into his seventh season, Morrow has yet to find an NBA home as he joins his seventh team and fourth in just the last three seasons. But he’s a long and lanky dead-eye shooter with a career 42.8-percent mark from beyond the 3-point arc. And that’s exactly the Thunder will require of him.
Update, 1:15 p.m. — Melo set to make Knicks signing official
It’s been a long wait with some anxious moments for new Knicks president Phil Jackson, but it now appears that Carmelo Anthony is ready to make his commitment to the organization official.
Update, 11:32 a.m. — Gasol to ink deal with Bulls on Saturday
It’s looking more and more like All-Star Pau Gasol will be calling Chicago his home next season. According to NBA.com’s David Aldridge, a deal with the Bulls should be completed later Saturday.
Update, 11:30 a.m. — Jazz keeping Hayward
The Jazz have matched the Hornets four-year, $63MM offer sheet to Gordon Hayward, league sources tell Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports. Hayward will sign with Utah today.
Update, 11:28 a.m. — Miller nearing deal with Cavs?
After securing LeBron James, are the Cavaliers close to adding one of the King’s buddies, Mike Miller? Sam Amick of USA Today tweets that the Cavs are not yet close to a deal with Miller, and have only had cursory conversations at this point.