Sport NBA free agency tracker 2021: Kawhi Leonard, Chris Paul have options; Kyle Lowry leads unrestricted class
Clippers' Kawhi Leonard Undergoes Surgery to Repair Right ACL
Leonard suffered the injury during Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals. View the original article to see embedded media.Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard underwent surgery to repair a partial tear in his right anterior cruciate ligament, the team announced on Tuesday.However, there is no timetable for Leonard's return. Leonard sprained his right knee in Game 4 win of the Western Conference semifinals against Utah when he collided with Jazz forward Joe Ingles.Leonard played in 52 of 72 games in the regular season, averaging 24.8 points, 6.5 rebounds and 5.2 assists.
NBA championships are won in June (or July ... or August), but the foundation is laid almost a year prior during the free agency period. We just saw how offseason signings like Bobby Portis and Jae Crowder helped shape the postseason, and those are the types of moves that teams will hope to make starting on Aug. 2, when they're officially allowed to start negotiating with players.
Though pen can't technically be put to paper until Aug. 6, most years we see plenty of deals agreed upon during the moratorium period. This year's free agent class will be shaped by a couple of major decisions from superstar players. Kawhi Leonard and Chris Paul both have player options for next season. If they choose to decline them, they will become the unquestioned jewels of the 2021 market. The top unrestricted free agents are veteran point guards Kyle Lowry and Mike Conley, with restricted free agents John Collins and Lonzo Ball also expected to draw significant interest.
Kyle Lowry free agency update: Pelicans expected to pursue six-time All-Star in offseason, per report
Lowry has been with the Raptors since 2012, but will become a free agent this summerThe New Orleans Pelicans have emerged as a possibility for Lowry, according to Marc Stein. At the moment, they don't have an obvious path to fitting Lowry under the cap. The Pelicans could create roughly $13 million in cap space by renouncing their rights to Lonzo Ball and Josh Hart, but even if that was something that they wanted to do, Lowry would surely want more. At the trade deadline, he reportedly wanted a two-year, $50 million pact from any team that acquired him.
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We'll continue to update this post throughout the offseason as decisions are made, so be sure to keep checking back to see how your favorite team is shaping up for the 2021-22 season. Also, don't put much stock in the rankings outside the top 20 or so, since beyond that it largely depends on what a specific team is looking for.
Another report Kawhi Leonard expected to stay with Clippers
After all he did to get to Southern California, he was just going to leave?ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski said he has not heard anything about Leonard wanting to leave Los Angeles, a topic that came up on The Woj & Lowe Free Agency Special the network aired Sunday (hat tip Bleacher Report).
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|Rank||Player||POS||Last Team||New Team||Status|
PO = Player option
UFA = Unrestricted free agent
RFA = Restricted free agent
TO = Team option
NG = Non-guaranteed
Tracker and Thread: Every player the Lakers have been connected to in free agency .
The Lakers are already the subject of plenty of NBA free agency rumors, something that will only continue as the offseason rolls along.So without further ado, below is a list of every Lakers free agent and player they’ve been connected to in free agency, sorted alphabetically in two lists: Players that are still available that have been connected to the Lakers (including their own free agents!), and players that are reportedly heading elsewhere.