NBA free agency rumors 2019 tracker: Latest buzz, news from around the league

NBA free agency rumors 2019 tracker: Latest buzz, news from around the league

The long-awaited madness of NBA free agency 2019 finally is here.

At 6 p.m. ET on Sunday, teams and players can begin discussing and agreeing to free agent contracts. Most players cannot officially sign these contracts until July 6.

There should be a bunch of agreements and rumors reported soon after the market opens, possibly involving some of the top players available. More than 200 players will be free agents this offseason.

Here's a quick list of the best unrestricted free agents who teams will be pursuing over coming hours, days and weeks:

Kevin Durant, SF, Golden State Warriors
Kawhi Leonard, SF, Toronto Raptors
Kyrie Irving, PG, Boston Celtics
Kemba Walker, PG, Charlotte Hornets
Al Horford, PF, Boston Celtics
Jimmy Butler, SF, Philadelphia 76ers

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12:40 a.m., July 1: This is our last update of the night. Thanks for following along!

11:43 p.m.: Here's the next domino in the Warriors-Nets sign-and-trade involving D'Angelo Russell.

And another center is off the market.

11:40 p.m.: The Warriors lost Kevin Durant, but they've acquired an All-Star point guard in D'Angelo Russell.

10:45 p.m.: The market is starting to move on a few second- and third-tier frontcourt players.

10:09 p.m.: The Utah Jazz are having a huge day with reported deals for Bojan Bogdanovic and Ed Davis.

Durant and Irving also are taking a little less money to help the Nets add DeAndre Jordan.

9:33 p.m.: The 76ers with two major moves back-to-back.

Also, don't expect Kawhi Leonard's free-agent decision tonight.

8 p.m.: The Bucks lost Malcolm Brogdon, but they are keeping point guard George Hill.

7:35 p.m.: Here are some more rumors and reported deals.

7:15 p.m.: Tobais Harris is getting PAID by the 76ers.

Mike Scott is coming back to Philly as well.

6:45 p.m.: The rumors of trades and contracts keep rolling in.

6:30 p.m.: Malcolm Brogdon agrees to four-year, $85 million contract with the Pacers. Bucks will receive three draft picks in a sign-and-trade.

6 p.m.: Free agency has begun! Here are the latest reports.

5:22 p.m.: Regardless of the Celtics' salary cap 'gymnastics,' Al Horford will not be returning to Boston.

5:15 p.m.: Wow! The Brooklyn Nets are going to land Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant and DeAndre Jordan, per Woj.

Terry Rozier also is headed to the Hornets.

4:32 p.m.: Brook Lopez is expected to agree to a four-year, $52 million contract to return to the Bucks, per Woj. 

4:21 p.m.: Nets are confident they're getting a commitment from Kevin Durant when he announces his decision on Sunday night.

3:50 p.m.: Enes Kanter is expected to have a phone call with the Celtics once free agency begins

3:25 p.m.: Kevin Durant plans to announce his free agency decision on Sunday night, according to Woj. 

3:15 p.m. ET: Here are the latest rumors with a couple hours to go before NBA free agency begins.

--Could Al Horford return to Boston? The future of the Celtics forward/center is one of the great mysteries of free agency right now.

--The Athletic's Shams Charania has reported, citing league sources, that unrestricted free agent point guard Terry Rozier is a target of the Charlotte Hornets and New York Knicks. Rozier is a UFA after the C's reportedly renounced their rights to the young guard. It's been reported that Boston will agree to terms with Hornets point guard and UFA Kemba Walker on Sunday night.

The Celtics also could pursue a multi-team sign-and-trade, as ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reports.

--ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported on a few other point guards for the Hornets to pursue if/when Walker commits to Boston.

--The Los Angeles Lakers have interest in Brooklyn Nets point guard D'Angelo Russell, who's currently a restricted free agent.

--Russell is expected to be available because the Nets reportedly are preparing a four-year, $141 max contract offer for Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving.

--Former NBA MVP Derrick Rose will meet with the Detroit Pistons on Sunday, per Wojnarowski.

--Here's the latest on Jimmy Butler, who has a few meetings lined up.

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Classic Celtics: Watch thrilling finishes during 'Iconic Moments Week'

Classic Celtics: Watch thrilling finishes during 'Iconic Moments Week'

The Boston Celtics have won 371 playoff games over their storied franchise history -- and a few stand out above the rest.

NBC Sports Boston's "Classic Celtics" series will continue during the week of Monday, May 25, by re-broadcasting five more C's playoff games that feature "iconic moments" we still remember to this day.

We'll take you as far back as the 1970s to a triple-overtime thriller against the Phoenix Suns and also re-live some recent heroics during Boston's latest championship run in 2008.

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Here's the full lineup for "Iconic Moments Week," which includes a new re-broadcast every night of the week starting at 8 p.m. ET:

'Iconic Moments' Week

Monday, May 25: Celtics vs. Pacers, 1991 First Round Game 5
Larry Bird returns from injuring his cheek in the first half to lead the Celtics to a playoff victory over the Indiana Pacers.   

Tuesday, May 26: Celtics vs. Lakers, 2008 NBA Finals Game 1
Paul Pierce exits in a wheelchair but returns later in the game to help the C's beat the rival Lakers at TD Garden. 

Wednesday, May 27: Celtics vs. Pistons, 1987 Eastern Conference Finals Game 5
Larry Bird steals the game, literally, for the Celtics in a pivotal Game 5.   

Thursday, May 28: Celtics vs. Lakers, 1984 NBA Finals Game 2
Gerald Henderson steals James Worthy’s inbound pass with 13 seconds left in the game to tie it, and the Celtics win in overtime to tie the series.  

Friday, May 29: Celtics vs. Suns, 1976 NBA Finals Game 5 
In what many call "the greatest game ever played," the Celtics outlast the Suns in three overtimes.

The action begins Monday at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports Boston, where Brian Scalabrine will be joined by several key players in these games for additional color commentary.

Here's how to watch:

When: May 25, May 26, May 27, May 28 and May 29, 8 p.m. ET
TV: NBC Sports Boston
Streaming: NBCSportsBoston.com and the MyTeams app (except May 25)

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Danny Ainge reveals why he initially rejected Celtics GM job offer

Danny Ainge reveals why he initially rejected Celtics GM job offer

Seventeen years ago, the Boston Celtics hired Danny Ainge to be their executive director of basketball operations and general manager.

Getting Ainge on board wasn't an easy task, though.

After spending seven-and-a-half seasons as a player on the C's in the 1980s, one would think Ainge would pounce on the opportunity to run one of the NBA's most iconic franchises. However, that was not the case as he was comfortable with his role as an analyst on TNT's NBA broadcast.

Celtics owners Wyc Grousbeck and Steve Pagliuca extended the job offer to Ainge twice, but he rejected it both times before finally accepting it in May of 2003. Ainge explained in more detail why he was hesitant to take the job in a recent conversation with Gary Washburn of The Boston Globe.

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“They (Grousbeck and Pagliuca) told me that (former Celtics president) Red (Auerbach) had recommended that they hire me,” Ainge told Washburn. “I was flattered and I told them thank you. My three older kids had graduated from high school. I have my three youngest at home, so life is a little bit different. I told them I was not interested in the job and I gave them names of people in the league and some former Celtic players they should interview.

“I didn’t jump at it. It wasn’t anything I was looking to really do. As time went on, they had come a second time and a third time while I was broadcasting. I sensed my wife was warming up to the idea. Eventually, I said yes.”

With Ainge at the helm, the Celtics later won their 17th NBA title in 2008. After the championship season, Ainge was promoted to president of basketball operations.

Seems like taking the job turned out to be the right choice.