NBA free agency is on it’s fifth and yet there are so many players and teams without a trade deal. Some of the biggest names are waiting for the storm to calm down, so that they can take a decision. As the deadline of July 6 is getting closer, more and more players are coming out for a deal. The biggest name of the 2019 free agency, Kawhi Leonard is yet to pick up a team.
It is not just about the not traded players, there are many deals which would be exchanged further. Most of the NBA teams are waiting for certain deals so that they can trade out the players later. Here is the roundup of free agency and the trade deals that can happen soon.
Kawhi Leonard deal to take more Time
While everyone is eagerly waiting for a Kawhi Leonard trade deal, the star player is in no such hurry. Leonard is taking his time to pick a team and a decision might not be out before Saturday. Even the respective NBA teams are said not to disclose any details regarding their meeting with Leonard.
The Lakers, Clippers and the Raptors are the top names in the race to sign Kawhi Leonard for a deal. Most of the reports link the star with Lakers or Raptors, while the man himself is hinting for a Clippers deal. It might be two or three days before we get an official confirmation on Kawhi Leonard free agency deal.
UPDATE: Kawhi Leonard has finally made his decision and has apparently signed Clippers.
Kawhi Leonard really signed with the CLIPPERS 🤯 pic.twitter.com/jmKxsqRqQ9
— Overtime (@overtime) July 6, 2019
Andre Iguodala to be Traded
The Warriors had a hard time in the current free agency, as they lost Kevin Durant and other two stars from their team. DeAndre Jordan was traded out to the Brooklyn Nets and Andre Iguodala was sent to the Memphis Grizzlies as a part of sign and trade deal.
Filed to ESPN: The Grizzlies do not plan to give Andre Iguodala a buyout before the season and are actively exploring the trade market for the former Finals MVP, per league sources. Rockets, Mavs among teams with interest.
— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) July 4, 2019
There is no way that the Grizzlies will pay the $17.2 million salary of Iguodala and will probably trade him soon. The Houston Rockets and the Dallas Mavericks have enough cap space money to afford the Warriors star. Apart from that, teams such as the New York Knicks and Los Angeles Lakers could also use someone like Andre Iguodala.
Amar’e Stoudemire and Monta Ellis Comeback
While everyone is thinking that Kawhi Leonard, Kyrie Irving, and Kevin Durant are the biggest free agents of the NBA, there are veterans who were not a part of the event until now. The NBA legends Amar’e Stoudemire and Monta Ellis are said to be in talks with 5 NBA teams for a deal.
The Lakers will consider signing Amar'e Stoudemire and Monta Ellis. 👀 pic.twitter.com/5y5UrVq45P
— LakeShow (@LakeShowCP) July 4, 2019
Stoudemire is 36 years old and Ellis is 33 years old. It has been years since both the players have been on the field, but it doesn’t mean they can’t play in the future. Stoudemire and Ellis used to play as teammates in the Dallas Mavericks during the NBA 2014-15 season.
Raul Neto goes to the 76ers
The Philadelphia 76ers are trying to build a strong roster for the next NBA season. T.J. McConnell was traded out to the Indiana Pacers and as a replacement, they got Raul Neto from the team of Utah Jazz.
According to @ShamsCharania, the SIxers are signing guard Raul Neto to a one-year, guaranteed veteran's minimum deal.
— NBC Sports Philadelphia (@NBCSPhilly) July 4, 2019
The 76ers have signed a minimum one-year deal with Neto in a bid to test him for the NBA 2020 season. Neto had a 37.7 percent shooting ratio in the three-point shooters from across the court. The Philly team is confident in Raul Neto and thinks he can do great in their team.
DeMarcus Cousins has changed his Agent
Since DeMarcus Cousins was not getting any deal in the free agency, he decided to change his agents in the hope of a miracle. Cousins has chosen Jeff Schwartz from Excel Sports as his new agent and he might manage a new deal for him. The odd thing is that agents are usually changed before the beginning of free agency and not during it.
DeMarcus Cousins is set to meet with the San Antonio Spurs early next week, sources say
— Kim Huang (@KimHuangNBA) July 3, 2019
It might indicate how troubled Cousins is, and how hard he wants a new deal. Due to his recent injuries, he is not getting high salary deals. The best option for DeMarcus Cousins will be to re-sign a deal with the Warriors and wait for the 2020 NBA free agency.
Quin Cook leaves Warriors to be a Free Agent
The Warriors team seem to go through a lot of things and can’t decide which players to keep and which to let go. The latest free agent from the Golden State Warriors is their young guard Quinn Cook. Since the Warriors were on the verge of overspending their cap space, they had to let off a few players. While Kevon Looney and Willie Cauley-Stein were re-signed on an increased salary, they could not afford to pay for Cook.