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NBA free agency rumors 2024: Latest leaks, breaking news, trades and more

NBA free agency rumors 2024: Latest leaks, breaking news, trades and more

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Believe it or not, the 2024 NBA Free Agency is already here.

Free agency always seems to sneak up right after the NBA Finals and NBA Draft. The chaos officially starts on Sunday, June 30, but the rumor mill is already spinning.

This year’s free agency class isn’t expected to be packed with star power. LeBron James and Paul George are the two headliners with player options for the Lakers and Clippers, respectively. Besides these two, unrestricted free agents like James Harden, DeMar DeRozan and Klay Thomspon are among the top names to watch.

Where will each of these players end up when free agency tips off? Sportnieuws follows the latest news below.

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NBA Free Agency Rumors 2024: Catch up on the latest leaks, news and trades

Klay Thompson expected to leave Warriors

Klay Thompson’s time with the Warriors appears to be about to end. Thompson is not expected back at Golden State, according to Charania, who adds that there have been virtually no talks between the two sides in weeks and reports that Thompson is “determined” to find a new home.

Paul George has pulled out of the Clipper deal

George is now set to become a free agent on Sunday, ruling out a potential sign-and-trade situation that would make him more attractive to certain teams.

The 76ers are reportedly the top candidate with a chance to lure George away from Los Angeles.

Suns agree to new deal with Royce O’Neale

The Suns re-signed forward Royce O’Neale to a four-year, $44 million contract. Phoenix acquired O’Neale from the Nets at the transfer deadline and inserted him into the rotation as a key 3-and-d role player.

LeBron James exits transfer market, enters free agency

LeBron James plans to opt out of his deal with the Lakers and become a free agent, declining his $51.4 million player option.

According to Charania, James is expected to return to the Lakers, but if he opts out, he could sign a long-term contract that could include a no-trade clause and even give the franchise more flexibility in the free agency market.

Russell Westbrook exercises the option to return to the Clippers

Clippers PG Russell Westbrook exercises his $4 million player option and returns to the team in 2024-2025.

Westbrook’s status was in question due to the low cost of his option, but the former MVP has found a comfortable sixth-man role with the Clippers and will look to be part of the championship race in his 17th NBA season.

Pelicans land Dejounte Murray in trade with Hawks

The Pelicans made a splash by acquiring former All-Star guard Dejounte Murray from the Hawks in exchange for Larry Nance Jr., Dyson Daniels and two first-round picks.

Murray’s performance at both ends of the court was solid in his two seasons with the Hawks, as he averaged 22.5 points, 5.3 rebounds and 6.4 assists per game last season, but he didn’t always mesh with Trae Young as well as Atlanta expected and entered the offseason as a top trade candidate.

Raptors pick up team option from Bruce Brown

The Raptors have opted to pick up Brown’s $23 million team option for the 2024-25 season, allowing Toronto to retain a valuable trade chip who is on an expiring contract this offseason and beyond.

Warriors and Chris Paul agree to postpone contract guarantee date

Date: June 28

Source: Adrian Wojnarowski, ESPN

Golden State and Paul plan to move the date to Sunday to guarantee the $30 million on his contract for 2024-25. This allows the Warriors to continue exploring potential trade destinations for the veteran floor general.

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Misfits interested in Klay Thompson

Date: June 28

Source: Marc Stein, NBA insider

With Thompson’s situation with the Warriors hanging in the balance, Dallas is one team that could sign the veteran sharpshooter.

“With (the Mavericks’) newfound financial flexibility after securing the Tim Hardaway Jr. trade with Detroit, they are another team looking to explore the feasibility of signing Thompson once he hits free agency,” Stein wrote on Substack.

Warriors have eyes on Paul George

Date: June 28

Source: Sam Amick and Anthony Slater, The Athletic

The Warriors reportedly have a “legitimate interest” in having George as part of their new core, along with Stephen Curry and Draymond Green.

That makes Golden State’s Klay Thompson’s situation even more difficult, as “there is no official contract offer and there has been little communication between Thompson and the Warriors,” according to the Athletic.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Mavericks have ‘mutual interest’

Date: June 28

Source: Marc Stein, NBA Insider

Two-time NBA champion Caldwell-Pope and the Mavericks have “mutual interest” if he doesn’t make a deal with the Nuggets. It’s worth noting that Denver reportedly “does not want to engage in a sign-and-trade with a conference rival.”

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