SportRunning down the remaining NBA free agents
Utah Jazz free agent target Nikola Mirotic has signed with FC Barcelona
Nikola Mirotic provided the NBA another curveball today as he decided to sign with FC Barcelona according to Shams Charania. NBA free agent Nikola Mirotic has decided to sign with Euroleague club Barcelona, sources tell @[email protected] Mirotic was in the market for $45-50M total in contract in the NBA.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 29, 2019 Nikola Mirotic was a big time target of many NBA teams — including the Utah Jazz. The evergreen Utah Jazz target is now officially off the market for the foreseeable future.
We’re not even two full weeks into the NBA’s free-agent period, but the list of noteworthy unsigned players has dwindled in a major way since the evening of June 30.
Two names on our list of the year’s 50 best free agents don’t have a formal agreement in place, and that’s only because deals they initially agreed upon are now in jeopardy.
Marcus Morris, who initially appeared headed to San Antonio on a two-year contract, is re-evaluating his options and is said to be mulling an offer from the Knicks. New York was able to gain the flexibility to make that offer to Morris because the team’s two-year deal with Reggie Bullock has to be re-worked due to an issue that arose during Bullock’s physical.
NBA sets salary cap at just over $109 million, up $7 million
The NBA set the salary cap for the 2019-20 season at $109.14 million, a raise of just over $7 million from last season. The tax level will be $132,627,000 and the minimum salary, which is 90 percent of the cap, is $98,226,000. All of those figures are virtually identical to what the league has been projecting for some time. All the new figures take effect Monday. Teams may begin negotiating with free agents on Sunday at 6 p.m. Eastern, and then the league's annual moratorium begins at 12:01 a.m. on July 1 and continues through noon on July 6. When the moratorium ends, new deals can be signed.
Besides Morris and Bullock, the rest of our top 50 free agents are off the board. So are most of the names we designated as “honorable mention” on that list — swingman Justin Holiday and stretch four Trey Lyles are the only players in that group who have yet to secure deals.
Still, there are a handful of intriguing names out there for teams still scouring the open market for potential bargains. Here’s a quick look at some of those free agents:
In addition to veteran journeymen such as Jose Calderon, Devin Harris, Raymond Felton and Jeremy Lin, the list of remaining point guards includes former lottery picks such as Trey Burke and Cameron Payne, and young players like Frank Mason, Isaiah Briscoe, and Shaquille Harrison. Jerian Grant and Shelvin Mack are among the other free agents who saw regular minutes as backups last season.
Opinion: This is where the top remaining NBA free agents should sign
We’re making our best pitch to each of the top remaining NBA free agents about where they should go once signing period begins at 6 p.m. Sunday. Point guard Kemba Walker is reportedly headed to Boston, Klay Thompson is headed back to Golden State, Nikola Vucevic is staying in Orlando and Kyrie Irving appears eager to sign with the Brooklyn Nets at the first opportunity. So four of the biggest free agent names are, for all intents and purposes, already off the board.
The most appealing target on the point guard market may be one who is not technically a free agent yet — Shaun Livingston is expected to clear waivers on Friday.
Bullock and Holiday are probably the most notable veterans in this group, but Kyle Korver isn’t far behind. At age 38, he doesn’t contribute much more than three-point shooting, but his outside stroke remains deadly.
Jamal Crawford, Ian Clark, David Nwaba, Iman Shumpert, Jonathon Simmons, Vince Carter, Lance Stephenson and Thabo Sefolosha are among the other most wings available who could play rotation roles next season.
Lyles isn’t the only power forward with an outside shot who is still on the board. Ryan Anderson fits that bill, as do Jonas Jerebko and Dante Cunningham. Dragan Bender never developed into that sort of player, but he’s still just 22 years old and could be worth it.
Carmelo Anthony probably can’t realistically be considered a stretch four, but we’ll include him here — we haven’t heard much about potential landing spots for him this offseason, outside of some speculation that he’ll become the Lakers’ 15th man.
Best of the rest: Top available NHL free agents by position
With free agency underway, here's a roundup of all the best players still available. The biggest names are off the board, but some potentially helpful talent remains up for grabs. Left wing Marcus Johansson Micheal Ferland Thomas Vanek Patrick Marleau Pat Maroon Jamie McGinn Magnus Paajarvi Pontus Aberg Oscar Lindberg Chris Kunitz Garrett Wilson Gabriel Bourque Center Joe Thornton Ryan Dzingel Derick Brassard Nick Cousins Brian Boyle Brian Gibbons Matt Cullen Riley Sheahan Marcus Kruger Ryan Spooner Eric Fehr Philip Varone Micheal Haley Right wing © Provided by Score Media Ventures INC Gregg Forwerck / National Hockey League / Getty Justin Williams Jason Pominv
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