Lonzo Ball Steals the Show
Lonzo Ball is no stranger to headlines and he is the top piece to trade places on day 1 of free agency for the 2021-22 NBA Season. Chicago Bulls sign Ball to a 4 year $85 Million deal. It becomes a sign and trade as Tomas Satoransky, Garrett Temple, and a 2nd round pick go to the Pelicans. Bulls would also sign G Alex Caruso from the Los Angeles Lakers to a 4 year $37 million deal. The only question now is what are the Bulls going to do with guard Coby White?
Eastern Conference Deals
The Miami Heat spent the most amount of money on the day, as they are reported to bring back Jimmy Butler on a 4 years $184 million deal. The highest-paid deal for an undrafted player happened on day 1 of free agency as Duncan Robinson re-signed for 5 years $90 million deal. The Heat also are completing a sign and trade to bring in NBA Champion Kyle Lowry on a 3 years $90 million deal. P.J. Tucker decided to leave the defending champion for a 2 years $15 Million deal. Heat also makes 2 smaller deals as Max Strus gets a 2 year 3.5 million deal and a 1 year deal for C Dewayne Dedmon.
New York Knicks always looking to make a splash, decided to keep a lot of their team intact. Derrick Rose rumored to go home to the Chicago Bulls decided to stay with Coach Thibs and the Knicks with a 3 years $43 Million deal. Also re-signed C Nerlens Noel 3 years $32 Mil and G Alec Burks 3 years $30 million deal. G Evan Fournier led France in a win over the U.S.A. and led the team with 28 points, signed a 4 years $78 Million deal with a Team option on year 4.
The Hawks made two smaller deals early in the day re-signing Solomon Hill and signing Gorgui Dieng to a 1 year $4 million deal. Then right before midnight Woj with the Woj bomb Trae Young re-signs a max contract of 5 years $207 million to stay with the Hawks.
Detroit Pistons start to build their plan around #1 draft pick, Cade Cunningham, making three moves on day one. Kelly Olynyk 3 years $37 million, Cory Joseph 2 years $10 million, and Trey Lyles 1 year $5 million.
Then we had three teams bring in one player. Raptors re-signed G Gary Trent Jr to 3 years $54 million. Furkan Korkmaz re-signed with the 76ers for 3 years $15 million, and Blake Griffin re-signed with the Nets on a 1-year deal.
Western Conference Deals
Pheonix Suns look to return to the NBA Finals by locking down their point guard position. Chris Paul made news by turning down his $44 million player option. Paul was rewarded with a 4 year $120 million deal. The backup Point guard also re-signed for 3 years $19 million. Underrated move securing some inside depth by signing Javale McGee to a 1 year $5 million deal.
Dallas Mavericks look to keep Luka Doncic happy by re-signing Tim Hardaway Jr to a 4 years $74 million deal. Also, signed another shooter in Reggie Bullock for 3 years $30.5 million, and 2 one year deals for Sterling Brown and Boban Marjanovic.
Utah Jazz G Mike Conley Jr continues to cash in as he re-signs for 3 years $72.5 million.
Portland Trail Blazers re-sign Norman Powell to a 5 years $90 million deal. Was brought in at the trade deadline last year, and Blazers are hopeful that he can be a part of a winner. Cody Zeller was also brought in on a 1-year deal.
Los Angeles Lakers made their splash via trade as they brought in Russell Westbrook. They made day 1 a day of bringing in veterans. Dwight Howard coming back helps solidify their defense. Wayne Ellington, Kent Bazemore, and Trevor Ariza join to help spread the floor and defend.
Nuggets bring back scoring wing Will Barton on a 2 years $32 million deal. Austin Rivers played well after he was brought in to replace injured guard Jamal Murray. Signs a 1-year deal. Underrated move bringing in Jeff Green on a 2 year $10 million deal.
Spurs take a chance on the oft-injured big Zach Collins 3 years $22 million deal. Could be a massive steal, if he could stay healthy. Spurs also sign sharpshooting former Pacer Doug McDermott to a 3 years $42 million deal.
The last 3 teams with disappointing days, but the Kings did end up re-signing Richaun Holmes to a 4 years $55 million deal. Moe Harkless also signed a 2-year $9 million deal. Rockets a rebuilding team give Daniel Theis a 4 year $36 million deal and also signed David Nwaba to a 3 year $15 million deal with a team option on the 3rd year.
Pelicans in danger of eventually losing Zion Williamson did not help themselves on day 1. As previously mentioned they lost Lonzo Ball and did not get much back. They signed Devonte Graham to a 4-year $47 million deal to replace Lonzo, but it is a sign and trade where they will be trading a lottery-protected 1st round pick.
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