NBA free agency is officially over, and most of the big deals are done. It doesn’t mean that we have to wait for the next year to trade in or out the remaining free agents. There are a lot of notable free agents who have yet not found new teams. Here are the late free agency deals for Carmelo Anthony, Dwight Howard, Shaun Livingston, and JR Smith.
Carmelo Anthony – LA Lakers
Carmelo Anthony was not doing any good in Houston Rockets during the last season. It doesn’t mean that the player is not talented; he is a multiple All-Star level athlete. Around 3 years back, Melo had an average of 22.4 points, 5.9 rebounds, and 2.0 trifecta, which is a rare feat. The Lakers might offer Anthony a new deal as LeBron James is pushing for it.
Dwight Howard – Portland Trail Blazers
Dwight Howard is officially not a free agent, but the Memphis Grizzlies will trade out him soon. He was an integral part of the Washington Wizards before they send him to the Grizzlies, who bought him as an asset. Given the age and style of play, Howard has, the Portland Trail Blazers are a suitable team for him.
— WNBA (@WNBA) July 14, 2019
Shaun Livingston – LA Clippers
Shaun Livingston was planning to retire from NBA when the Golden State Warriors waived him off this season. The Clippers needs someone to balance the floor and Livingston might be a good option. Kawhi Leonard and Paul George need someone to support them, and Livingston has a lot of experience in that matter.
So the Warriors waived (Shaun Livingston) or traded (Andre Iguodala) two-thirds of their trio of elite defenders.
I’ll ask again: “And to what end?”
— John Loop (@JohnJLoop) July 20, 2019
JR Smith – Miami Heat
JR Smith has been linked with the team of Miami Heat since the last few days. The Heat wants a star partner for Jimmy Butler, and Smith is an ideal candidate. In the last NBA season, Smith managed to shoot 30.8 percent from the deep end of the court. It is the main reason why the Miami team wants an experienced player like JR Smith for the next season.
Once guard JR Smith clears waivers, the Los Angeles Lakers are an unlikely destination, league sources tell ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 15, 2019