NBA Free Agency 2017: Live Updates, Rumors and Signings for July 4

6:00am UTC Jul 4, 2017USA
Maurice Moton

July 4th, when Americans celebrate independence, patriotism, family, hot dog eating contests, and of course, NBA free agency. This year, the big fish teams are trying to catch is Gordon Hayward. The Utah Jazz, Boston Celtics and Miami Heat cast their lines well enough to get meetings. And now that all have been heard, Hayward will reportedly making his decision some time on the 4th. After that, we should begin to see a lot of dominos fall. This summer has generally been quite a bit slower than 2016, meaning there are plenty more moves that need to be made. Beyond Hayward, there's still Danilo Gallinari, George Hill, Otto Porter, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and more who still need to strike deals. As they and the rest of this class of free agents do, keep it here for live updates and analysis throughout.

  1. July 5, 2017
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    All Indications Are That Johnson Will Return to Miami

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    Waiters Is Back

    Dion Waiters posted career highs in both Player Efficiency Rating and Box Plus-Minus last season.

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    Waiters Island Remains in Florida!

    Dion Waiters played about as well as he ever has when he was with the Heat last season.

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    Report: Heat, Waiters Agree to 4-Yr/$52M Deal

    Dion Waiters played about as well as he ever has when he was with the Heat last season.

    Timothy Rapp
    via Bleacher Report
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  6. July 5, 2017
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    Rookies Are Signing All Over the League

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    Hopefully, He Can Stick Around

    Everyone loves a good comeback story.

  9. July 6, 2017
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    Monta No Longer Have It All

    Now, we just need Golden State to sign him to be the new Ian Clark.

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    Monta Ellis Waived by Pacers

    Now, we just need Golden State to sign him to be the new Ian Clark.

    Alec Nathan
    via Bleacher Report
  11. July 5, 2017
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    One of the Stronger Wings Left on the Table

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    Recap of All the Action So Far...

    - Ricky Rubio to Utah for a 2018 1st-round pick (via OKC) - Paul George to OKC for Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis - Stephen Curry (GSW): 5 yrs, $201M - Jeff Teague (MIN): 3 yrs, $57M - Patty Mills (SAS): 4 yrs, $50M - Shaun Livingston (GSW): 3 yrs, $24M - Tony Snell (MIL): 4 yrs, $46M - Blake Griffin (LAC): 5 yrs, $173M - Cristiano Felicio (CHI): 4 yrs, $32M - Jrue Holiday (NOP) 5 yrs, $126M - David West (GSW): 1 yr, veteran-minimum - Langston Galloway (DET): 3 yrs, $21M - J.J. Redick (PHI): 1 yr, $23M - Amir Johnson (PHI): 1 yr, $11M - Michael Carter-Williams (CHA): 1 yr, $2.7M - Joe Ingles (Utah): 4 yrs, $52M - P.J. Tucker (HOU): 4 yrs, $32M - Taj Gibson (MIN): 2 yrs, $28M - Serge Ibaka (TOR): 3 yrs, $65M - Jodie Meeks (WAS): 2 yrs, $7M - Kyle Korver (CLE): 3 yrs, $22M - Nene (HOU): 3 yrs, $11M - Kyle Lowry (TOR): 3 yrs, $100M - Justin Holiday (CHI): 2 yrs, $9M - Ben McLemore (MEM): 2 yrs, $10.7M - Paul Millsap (DEN): 3 yrs, $90M - Kevin Durant (GSW): 2 years, $53M - Darren Collison (IND): 2 years, $20M - George Hill (SAC): 3 yrs, $57M - Zach Randolph (SAC): 2 yrs, $24M - Omri Casspi (GSW): 1 year, $2M - Gordon Hayward (BOS): 4 years, $128M - Danilo Gallinari (LAC via DEN) 3 years, $65M (sign-and-trade) - Patrick Patterson (OKC): 3 years, $16M

    *Deals approximate to the nearest whole million.

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    5 Notable Unrestricted Free Agents to Watch Going Into Day 5

    SF - Rudy Gay PG - Derrick Rose C - Pau Gasol SG - Dion Waiters PG - Rajon Rondo

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    Otto Porter Deserves a Max Deal

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    Otto Porter Deserves a Max Deal

    Bullets Forever
    via Bullets Forever
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    Are Kings Done Making Moves After Signing Hill and Randolph?

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    Are Kings Done Making Moves After Signing Hill and Randolph?

    ESPN.com
    via ESPN.com
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    That's a Good Thing for the Knicks

    Last year, former Knicks president Phil Jackson signed Joakim Noah to a four-year, $72 million deal, which seems laughable at this point. New York has wavered on its interest on Derrick Rose and allowed Justin Holiday to sign with the Chicago Bulls without much resistance. At the very least, the front office isn't making any reckless acquisitions.

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    What's Next After Gordon Hayward's Agreement?

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    What's Next After Gordon Hayward's Agreement?

    CelticsBlog
    via CelticsBlog
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    We Could Have an Answer on Rudy Gay Tomorrow

    Several B-minus and C-plus unrestricted players are left on the market. After missing out on Gordon Hayward, the Heat may land the best available. Gay could potentially land in Miami, Utah and there's a slight chance for San Antonio if he's willing to take less and play for a surefire postseason team.

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    What's next for Jazz, Heat without Gordon Hayward?

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    What's next for Jazz, Heat without Gordon Hayward?

    Kevin Pelton
    via ESPN.com
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    Breaking Down Otto Porter's Max Offer Sheet

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    Breaking Down Otto Porter's Max Offer Sheet

    Newsday
    via Newsday
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    DeAndre Jordan, Blake Griffin and Danilo Gallinari in the Clippers Frontcourt

    The Clippers needed a perimeter scorer to balance Jordan's inside game and Griffin's mid-range shooting. Gallinari just needs to stay healthy to make an impact on the season. He's only played more than 63 games in two out of nine years in the league.

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    Winners and Losers from Gordon Hayward's Move to the Celtics

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    Winners and Losers from Gordon Hayward's Move to the Celtics

    Matt Moore
    via CBSSports.com
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    Trey Lyles Took the Petty Route

    The Utah Jazz traded Trey Lyles and the No. 24 pick to the Denver Nuggets on draft day for the No. 13 pick.

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    Does Gordon Hayward Open the Gateway to the NBA Finals in Boston?

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    Does Gordon Hayward Open the Gateway to the NBA Finals in Boston?

    Grant Hughes
    via Bleacher Report
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    Kevin Durant Helping the Warriors Fill Out Their Bench

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    Kevin Durant Helping the Warriors Fill Out Their Bench

    Sam Amick
    via USA TODAY
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    Timberwolves Make Offer to Nick Young

    The Golden State Warriors and New Orleans Pelicans also have an interest in Young. The 32-year-old guard turned down a $5.6 million player option with the Los Angeles Lakers. If the Minnesota Timberwolves deal utilizes the $4.3 million room exception, Young may keep fielding offers.

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    Why Nick Young Makes Sense On The Warriors

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    Why Nick Young Makes Sense On The Warriors

    Rohan Nadkarni
    via SI.com
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    The Downside to Matching Otto Porter's Offer

    The Wizards front office will have to consider the long-term outlook on cap space. Is Porter worth the financial burden?

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    Utah and Miami Emerge as Potential Landing Spots for Rudy Gay

    Expect the Heat to win the competition for Gay. He can sign with a team that's likely playoff-bound in a weakened conference as opposed to inking a deal with a sinking Western Conference club.

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    Looks Like Washington Plans to Keep Porter

    The front office must like the Georgetown product's steady development. Through four seasons, he's improved his game each year. Porter logged career highs in average points (13.4), rebounds (6.4), steals (1.5), field-goal percentage (.516), free-throw percentage (.832) and three-point percentage (.434) during the previous campaign.

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    Are the Wizards Bluffing or Are They "Bout" It?

    The Wizards have nearly four days to match the Brooklyn Nets offer sheet. Saturday at 11:59 p.m. marks the deadline.

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    Oklahoma City Thunder Pulling Out of Rudy Gay Sweepstakes

    Gay and the Thunder were already far apart on negotiations. The decision to sign Patrick Patterson nearly ensures they're not going to sign the 30-year-old forward. Patterson provides a low volume source of three-pointers and rebounds. The seventh-year veteran will have a chance at a starting spot in the frontcourt.

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    Brad Rock: Can Jazz rebuild quickly? It's been done in other places

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    Brad Rock: Can Jazz rebuild quickly? It's been done in other places

    Brad Rock
    via DeseretNews.com
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    The Brooklyn Nets Don't Have Otto Porter Yet

    Since Porter is a restricted free agent, he'll sign the Nets' four-year, $106 million offer sheet. If the Wizards decide not to match the offer, he goes to the Nets. Washington has until Saturday 11:59 p.m. ET to match the proposal.

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    Then, It All Comes Crashing Down

    In the previous campaign, the Utah Jazz won 51 games and went the postseason for the first time since the 2011-12 season. Gordon Hayward earned his first All-Star honor. Months later, the Jazz lose it all due to free agency. Tough pill to swallow.

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    Clippers-Hawks-Nuggets Sign-and-Trade Breakdown

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    Clippers-Hawks-Nuggets Sign-and-Trade Breakdown

    ajc
    via ajc
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    Danilo Gallinari to the Clippers, Jamal Crawford to the Hawks

    It's a sign-and-trade deal that gives the Clippers a shooter in the frontcourt. Crawford could be headed for a buyout with the Hawks. The Denver Nuggets would receive the Hawks' second-round pick, which becomes the Wizards' 2019 second-round pick.

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    The Future Looks Bright in Boston 🍀

    Let's refrain from calling Gordon Hayward, Isaiah Thomas and Al Horford a Big 3 trio, but they're certainly good enough to reclaim the No. 1 seed in the East and challenge the Cleveland Cavaliers in the postseason.

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    Marcus Smart on the Move?

    The Celtics should be able to retrieve a good draft pick for the third-year guard.

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    Derrick Rose Could Go Coast to Coast

    Rose could provide complementary scoring to Patrick Beverley's defense at point guard with the Clippers. The 28-year-old guard averaged 18 points per game with the New York Knicks during the previous season.

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    Hayward agrees to join Celtics - ESPN Video

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    Hayward agrees to join Celtics - ESPN Video

    ESPN.com
    via ESPN.com
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    Atlanta Hawks and Indiana Pacers Eyeing Celtics' Leftovers

    The Hawks and Pacers have an interest in Kelly Olynyk. He'd land a bigger role with the former after Dwight Howard's departure. With Indiana, the 7-footer would serve as a backup behind Myles Turner and Thaddeus Young.

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    That Sounds Nice But...

    With one decision, the Jazz have dropped out of the playoff picture in the Western Conference. The team acquired Ricky Rubio, who struggles with his shot and lacks on the defensive end. Utah also lost its top two scorers from the previous season in Gordon Hayward and George Hill. They're a sub-.500 team for the upcoming season.

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    Versatile Center with Shooting Range Hits the Market

    The front office makes the first of many transactions to clear cap space for Hayward. Kelly Olynyk will have multiple suitors who covet his scrappy play on the defensive end and ability space the floor at center.

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    Utah Jazz Scramble for Plan B

    The Washington Wizards plan to match offers for Porter, but the Jazz will show interest anyway.

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    Transaction Translation

    A. Sherrod Blakely, Boston Celtics reporter of CSNNE.com, suggests the Celtics would have to pull the qualifying offer for Kelly Olynyk, renounce rights to free agents, waive Jordan Mickey and Demetrius Jackson. Then, move one contract.

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    In Order to Accommodate Hayward, Celtics Have to Move Pieces

    Danny Ainge will have to make a few transactions to absorb Hayward's max contract.

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    Hayward Can Opt Out After the Third Year on His Deal

    The Boston Celtics have three years to build around Hayward. A decision on Isaiah Thomas is also on the horizon for 2018.

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    Contract Details on Gordon Hayward Agreement with Boston Celtics

    The Celtics made a free-agency splash with Hayward, which stands as a consolation prize for missing out on Paul George. As presently constructed, the roster still likely falls short of a run to the NBA Finals. While the 27-year-old forward adds scoring to the lineup, the Cleveland Cavaliers' established group holds the edge.

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    Straight from Gordon Hayward, He's Joining the Boston Celtics! 🍀

    Hayward penned a thank you to Utah Jazz fans and revealed that he'd sign with the Celtics via the Players Tribune. After his agent denied earlier reports about his decision to go to Boston, he gets the last word with a confirmation.

  52. July 4, 2017
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    San Jose Mercury News Reporter Weighs in on Casspi's Role

    Essentially, Casspi will stretch the floor at power forward and camp out behind the three-point line with a team that's unselfish with the ball. In the big picture, he's another shooter who can help pour it on late in games.

  54. July 5, 2017
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    The Golden State Warriors Add to Their Bench

    Omri Casspi fell off the radar during the previous year. He only played 36 games split among the Sacramento Kings, New Orleans Pelicans and Minnesota Timberwolves. The 6'9" forward will look to carve out a role coming off the Warriors bench. Of course, he shoots the ball well in space.

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    Report: Warriors, Casspi Agree to 1-Year Deal

    Omri Casspi fell off the radar during the previous year. He only played 36 games split among the Sacramento Kings, New Orleans Pelicans and Minnesota Timberwolves. The 6'9" forward will look to carve out a role coming off the Warriors bench. Of course, he shoots the ball well in space.

    Tim Daniels
    via Bleacher Report
  56. July 4, 2017
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    C.J. Miles Shot 41 Percent from 3-point Territory Last Season

    The Minnesota Timberwolves need a perimeter scorer to compensate for a starting lineup that's not accustomed to consistently shooting from beyond the arc.

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    Dion Waiters' Name Gaining More Buzz

    The Heat will consider re-signing Waiters, but they'll compete for him on the market along with several other teams.

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    Heat Out of Contention for Hayward?

    Let the rumors fly. Hayward could be choosing between his NBA coach over the past three seasons and his college coach for two seasons at Butler.

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    Gordon Hayward Leaned Toward Green, Didn't Fully Commit

    Earlier, multiple reports confirmed Hayward would sign with Boston, but at this moment, he's still undecided.

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    Rudy Gay Will Be the Hot Name After Gordon Hayward Signs

    Gay averaged 18.7 points per game during the 2016-17 season. He's not a top-notch defender but has the skill set to uplift scoring on the wing for a contender.

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    Knicks in Talks with Dion Waiters

    The Knicks haven't made any significant moves without a team president in place. Expect the front office to play conservatively on the free-agent market until someone accepts the executive position.

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    Gay Could Cash in with the Heat Who Received Cap Relief

    One player won't stop Pat Riley from building a contender. Miami could turn to Gay as a plan B if Hayward doesn't sign with the team.

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    Rudy Gay and Thunder Far Apart in Negotiations

    Tight with cash, the Thunder may have to look for a cheaper scoring option. At 30 years old, Gay wants a bigger piece of the pie.

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    Rudy Gay Interested in Thunder

    Tight with cash, the Thunder may have to look for a cheaper scoring option. At 30 years old, Gay wants a bigger piece of the pie.

    Tyler Conway
    via Bleacher Report
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    Kings Turning the Tide

    Zach Randolph brings the grit, and George Hill brings the versatility on the court. Both provide a high level of professionalism to a young locker room.

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    Slight Free-Agency Wrinkle Here

    It'll be tough getting clearance. Physicians won't likely put him in a position to risk his life for a couple of years on the court. Bosh is 33 years old.

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    Oh, the Irony!

    When life comes at you full circle.

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    Ricky Rubio Flew from Spain to San Diego for Gordon Hayward's Meeting, Was It Enough?

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    Ricky Rubio Flew from Spain to San Diego for Gordon Hayward's Meeting, Was It Enough?

    DeseretNews.com
    via DeseretNews.com