NBA Free Agency – Impact Players Off the Market

Free agency season has begun in the NBA, and a handful of players have already made their decisions.  Although teams can’t sign anyone until July 10th, they can negotiate with free agents and agree to deals.

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Free agency season has begun in the NBA, and a handful of players have already made their decisions.  Although teams can’t sign anyone until July 10th, they can negotiate with free agents and agree to deals.

Nothing shocking has transpired thus far because the biggest names to take themselves off the market are returning to the same team.

In an unsurprising move, Dirk Nowitzki has agreed to re-sign with the Dallas Mavericks for three years and $30 million.  The low monetary figure will provide the Mavs with ample space to pursue other big name free agents this offseason and beyond.

Likewise, point guard Kyle Lowry will re-sign with Toronto for four years and $48 million.  Lowry was being courted by the likes of Miami and the Lakers, but he ultimately decided to remain with the up-and-coming Raptors.

Center Marcin Gortat also re-upped with his incumbent team, agreeing to a five-year, $60 million deal with the Wizards.  Finally, guard Avery Bradley agreed to a four-year, $32 million contract with the Boston Celtics.

On the other hand, several players will play for new teams.  Former Oklahoma City Thunder guard Thabo Sefolosha agreed to a three-year, $12 million deal with the Atlanta Hawks.  Sefolosha will provide the Hawks with an elite perimeter defender who can guard opposing shooting guards, point guards or even small forwards.

Point guard Shaun Livingston left the Brooklyn Nets, agreeing to terms on a three-year, $16 million deal with Golden State.  Livingston may the biggest impact player to change addresses so far, as he provides Golden State with the backcourt depth and flexibility they completely lacked last season.

Meanwhile, Darren Collison, a back-up to Chris Paul last season with the Clippers, will play for the Sacramento Kings next season after agreeing to a three-year, $16 million contract.  Former Laker guard Jodie Meeks agreed to a three-year, $19 million deal with the Detroit Pistons.  And C.J. Miles will move from Cleveland to Indiana.  Miles will sign a four-year deal with the Pacers.

Despite these signings, the biggest names remain available and will come to their own decisions in the coming days.  Stay tuned.

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