Kyrie Irving will return to Mavericks; latest news, rumors, exchanges

NBA free agency is now underway as teams can begin negotiating deals with free agents. These offers may become official on July 6. Between Friday and July 6, all offers can be agreed but are not binding agreements between the team and the player. They become official once the agreement is signed on July 6 or later.

A handful of teams have significant cap space, including the Houston Rockets, San Antonio Spurs and Sacramento Kings, while many others have juggling to do in order to retain their current players as the new collective bargaining agreement goes into effect. effective Saturday.

Some of the best players to watch in free agency: James Harden and Fred VanVleet. Other players could shake up the offseason, like Damian Lillard’s status with the Portland Trail Blazers.

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Kyrie Irving agrees to re-sign with Dallas Mavericks

Eight-time NBA All-Star point guard and former champion Kyrie Irving will return to the Dallas Mavericks on a three-year, $126 million deal, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.

The Mavericks traded Spencer Dinwiddie, Dorian Finney-Smith, a 2029 first-round pick and two second-round picks for Irving last February, following the 31-year-old’s latest trade request.

Irving averaged 27 points (51/39/95 single shots), six assists and five rebounds in 20 games at Dallas, despite suffering from plantar fasciitis in his right foot late last season. In their 27 games after Irving’s debut, the Mavericks finished 9-18, moving from sixth in the Western Conference to 11th and out of the playoff draw for the first time since his teammate’s rookie season. superstar Luka Dončić in 2019. Learn more about the Irving deal.

Khris Middleton is staying with Bucks on a $102 million deal

Three-time NBA All-Star and 2021 champion Khris Middleton has agreed to return to the Milwaukee Bucks on a three-year, $102 million deal, Reporting by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Middleton averaged 15.1 points (44/32/90 single shots), 4.9 assists and 4.2 rebounds in just 24.3 minutes over 33 games for the Bucks last season. He missed the first 20 games of the year due to surgery on his left wrist during the offseason and another 18 games over the winter with pain in his right knee, which required arthroscopic surgery after the Milwaukee’s disappointing first-round playoff loss to the Miami Heat.

An MCL left sprain also cost Middleton the final 10 games of the 2022 playoffs, when the defending champion Bucks lost a seven-game series to the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. Learn more about the Middleton Agreement.

Jakob Poeltl to return to Raptors in $80 million deal

Jakob Poeltl accepted a four-year, $80 million deal to return to Toronto Raptors, says ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowskiremoving one of the best big men available from the market at the start of the NBA’s free agency period in 2023.

Poeltl, 27, averaged 12.5 points, 9.1 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.2 blocks in 26.5 minutes per game in 72 appearances last season for the San Antonio Spurs, with whom he started the season, and the Toronto Raptors, who brought Poeltl into the fold at the February trade deadline. Learn more about the Poeltl Agreement.

Kristaps Porzingis gets $60 million extension from Boston Celtics

Former NBA All-Star center Kristaps Porzingis has agreed to a two-year, $60 million contract extension with the Boston Celtics, sources have told Yahoo Sports’ Jake Fischer.

The Celtics traded Marcus Smart and a salary in a three-team deal that fired Porzingis from the Washington Wizards and several first-round picks from the Memphis Grizzlies ahead of the NBA draft.

Porzingis owes the Celtics $36 million this coming season, and the extension will keep him under contract through the 2025-26 campaign. Much of Boston’s rotation is signed for at least the next two seasons, with the exception of extension-eligible All-NBA forward Jaylen Brown and restricted free agent Grant Williams.

Jerami Grant reportedly agrees to $160m deal to return to Trail Blazers

Forward Jerami Grant has agreed to a five-year, $160 million deal to return to the Portland Trail Blazers, reports The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

Grant, 29, spent last season with the Portlands after being traded from the Detroit Pistons last offseason. He had a strong 2022-23 season, averaging 20.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game for the Trail Blazers. Learn more about extending Grant.

Bruce Brown, fresh off an NBA title with the Nuggets, reportedly agrees to a $45 million deal with the Pacers

Bruce Brown, a key contributor to the Denver Nuggets’ 2023 championship team, has reportedly agreed to a two-year, $45 million deal with the Indiana Pacers, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports.

The agreement comes later Brown turned down his $6.8 million player option earlier this month. Brown has had a stellar season in Denver after initially signing a two-year, $13.3 million contract with the Nuggets last offseason. He averaged 11.5 career points in 28.5 minutes per game last season. Brown also added 4.1 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.1 steals per game this season. Learn more about Brown’s accord.

Draymond Green, a four-time NBA champion and 2017 Defensive Player of the Year, has agreed to return to the Golden State Warriors on a four-year, $100 million deal, reports Jake Fischer of Yahoo Sports. Green will have a player option in year four.

The 33-year-old veteran averaged 8.5 points (53/31/71 single shots), 7.2 rebounds and 6.8 assists in 31.5 minutes over 73 games for the Warriors last season, earning his eighth place on an All-Defensive list. Learn more about Green’s extension.

Kyle Kuzma Returns to Wizards in $102 Million Deal

Kyle Kuzma is back with the Washington Wizards, Reporting by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Kuzma, after turning down a player option with the Washington Wizards and entering free agency, has agreed to join the team on a four-year, $102 million deal, his agent told Wojnarowski.

Although the Wizards struggled and missed the playoffs the two seasons Kuzma was there, he is coming off the best season of his career. Kuzma averaged a career-high 21.2 points per game, shot nearly 45% from the field, and added 7.2 rebounds and a career-high 3.7 assists per game. Learn more about the Kuzma extension.

Nets sell Joe Harris to Pistons to free up cap space

The Brooklyn Nets are trying to get some payroll flexibility ahead of the official opening of NBA free agency. The team took a big step towards that Friday, dealing Joe Harris to the Detroit Pistons, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

The Nets are also sending two second-round picks to Detroit as part of the deal. Harris still has $19.9 million on his contract, which expires after the 2023-24 NBA season. The move gives the Nets more cap space, allowing the team to potentially add multiple impact players in the offseason.

James Harden reportedly chooses player option in order to facilitate Sixers trade

Former NBA MVP James Harden landed a $35.6 million player option with the 76ers in anticipation of working with the team on a trade to Philadelphia, Reporting by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Harden, who turns 34 in August, averaged a league-high 21 points with 10.7 assists and 6.1 rebounds per game for the Sixers last season, making his 10th straight All-Star appearance. . A strained tendon in his right foot and pain in his left Achilles tendon cost him 24 games during the regular season and an eventual All-NBA appearance – a growing trend in his career. Soft tissue injuries also sidelined Harden in his previous two seasons, and he hasn’t made the All-NBA roster since joining the Houston Rockets in 2020. Learn more about Harden’s options.

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