As the free agency is starting, new deals are revealed which we can’t even imagine happening earlier. Most of the top NBA star makes a big announcement at the start of the event, which makes it famous worldwide. Last year, free agency was headlined by LeBron James, when he announced that he would join the team of Los Angeles Lakers.
There are many such names in the current year, which could make the biggest headlines for NBA free agency. Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard, Jimmy Butler, etc. are some of the names on which everyone will keep an eye on. Here are some of the first trade deals from the free agency and the latest rumors on the biggest players.
Damian Lillard and Portland Deal
The free agency has been officially kickstarted with the deal between Damian Lillard and the Portland Trail Blazers. The team of Portland re-signed Lillard and extended his contract for 4-years by paying him $196 million. There were hints from Damian that he will leave the Trail Blazers team and enter into the free agency to try out his luck.
Breaking: The Trail Blazers and Damian Lillard have agreed to a 4-year, $196 million extension. (first reported by The Athletic, confirmed by ESPN) pic.twitter.com/LZGkIfIYlD
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) June 30, 2019
Lillard had around $61 million and two years of playing left in his contract before the new deal. As per the new deal, Lillard will now have to keep playing for Portland team until the NBA 2024-25 season. It could be a major indication to other players, as to how to get a better offer from your current NBA team.
Jimmy Butler Free Agency Options
Jimmy Butler is another of the free agent whose trade deal is generating a lot of interest in every NBA teams. Earlier, he used to play for the Minnesota Timberwolves, and then he was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers. Butler is not happy with the 76ers team and has entered free agency for better future teams.
Jimmy Butler taking Whiteside to the airport pic.twitter.com/6POU37urCL
— Yahoo Sports NBA (@YahooSportsNBA) July 1, 2019
The Houston Rockets are trying their best to sign in Jimmy Butler, whereas he is considering many other teams. Butler is meeting with the Miami Hear, whereas the Lakers and the Knicks are also on his radar. Meanwhile, the Philadelphia team is also trying their best to re-sign Butler but lacks the money in their cap space.
Kevin Durant and Kawhi Leonard Deals
Kevin Durant and Kawi Leonard are two of the biggest names in the free agency, and their deals will make the breaking news. Despite his injury, Durant has been the favorite for the New York Knicks and the Brooklyn Nets team. At the same time, the Golden State Warriors are also trying their best to re-sign him back.
Kawhi Leonard and Kevin Durant teaming up? 🤔
It's reportedly a possibility. 👀 pic.twitter.com/9D9JKY3yNU
— theScore (@theScore) June 29, 2019
On the other hand, there is nothing fixed about the NBA 2019 finals MVP, Kawhi Leonard, and his future team. Most of the reports link Leonard with the LA Lakers or the LA Clipper team. There are also chances that Kawhi Leonard acts smart and stays back with the Toronto Raptors team.