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NBA Free Agency Tracker: Rumors, news, deals and signings

NBA Free Agency Tracker: Rumors, news, deals and signings

The 2018 NBA free agency season is in full swing, with superstar players signing with news teams for bigger contracts and better deals.

Free agency begins at midnight on 12:01 a.m. ET Sunday, July 1. Players cannot officially sign contracts until noon on Friday, July 6.

The biggest fish in the 2018 NBA Free Agency pool is LeBron James, who is expected to opt-out of his deal in Cleveland and will pick from a short list of potential suitors. UPDATE: He's headed to the Lakers, and here's why that's a good thing for the Wizards.

Last Updated: 2:00 p.m. July 14


Players who signed with new teams:

Yogi Ferrell: Former Team: Mavericks. New Team: Kings. Two years, $6.2 million

DeMarcus Cousins: Former Team: Pelicans. New Team: Warriors. One year, $5.3 million.

Seth Curry: Former Team: Mavericks. New Team: Trail Blazers. Two years, $2.75 million guaranteed in Year 1.

Julius Randle: Former Team: Lakers. New Team: Pelicans. Two years, $18 million.

Rajon Rondo: Former Team: Pelicans. New Team: Lakers. One year, $9 million.

Mike ScottFormer Team: Wizards. New Team: Clippers. One year.

JaVale McGee: Former Team: Warriors. New Team: Lakers. One year, $2.4 million

Lance Stephenson: Former Team: Pacers. New Team: Lakers. One year, $4.5 million

Mario Hezonja: Former Team: Magic. New Team: Knicks. One year, $6.5 million

LeBron James: Former Team: Cavaliers. New Team: Lakers. Four years, $154 million

Trevor Ariza: Former Team: Rockets. New Team: Suns. One year, $15 million

Marco Belinelli: Former Team: Sixers. New Team: Spurs. Two years, $12 million

Ed Davis: Former Team: Trail Blazers. New Team: Nets. One year, $4.4 million

Ersan Ilyasova: Former Team: Sixers. New Team: Bucks. Three years, $21 million

DeAndre Jordan: Former Team: Clippers. New Team: Mavericks. One year, $24.1 million

Doug McDermott: Former Team: Mavericks. New Team: Pacers: Three years, $22 million

Dwight Howard: Former Team: Hornets/Nets. New Team: Wizards: Two years, $11 million

Luc Mbah a Moute: Former Team: Rockets. New Team: Clippers: One year, $4.3 million

James Ennis: Former Team: Grizzlies/Pistons. New Team: Rockets: Two years, $3.4 million

Jeff Green: Former Team: Cavaliers. New Team: Wizards: One year, $2.5 million

Jabari Parker: Former Team: Bucks. New Team: Bulls: Two years, $40 million​​​​​​

Channing Frye: Former Team: Lakers. New Team: Cavaliers: One year, $2.4 million​


Players who re-signed with 2017-18 team

Marcus Smart, Celtics. Four years, $52 million

Aaron Gordon, Magic. Four years, $84 million

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Lakers. One year, $12 million

Aron Baynes, Celtics. Two years, $11 million

Will Barton, Nuggets. Four years, $54 million

Kevin Durant, Warrior. Two years, $61.5 million

Paul George, Thunder. Four years, $137 million max

Joe Harris, Nets. Two years, $16 million

Jerami Grant, Thunder. Three years, $27 million

Nikola Jokic, Nuggets. Five years, $146.5 million max

Jusuf Nurkic, Trail Blazers. Four year, $48 million

Avery Bradley, Clippers. Two year, $25 million

Dante Exum, Jazz. Three year, $33 million

Chris Paul, Rockets. Four years, $160 million max

Fred VanVleet, Raptors. Two years, $18 million

Wayne Ellington, Heat. One year, $6.2 million


Rumors, news, and notes

NEWS (7/19): As part of a multi-team trade, the Oklahoma City Thunder send Carmelo Anthony and a protected 2022 first-round pick to the Atlanta Hawks in exchange for Dennis Schroder. 76ers Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot will be sent to Oklahoma City and Atlanta's Mike Muscala will be sent to the Philadelphia, who will recieve Justin Anderson in return. (Yahoo)

NEWS (7/19): Denver Nuggets rookie Michael Porter Jr. has undergone surgery on the lumbar spine, no timetable for return (Yahoo

NEWS (7/19): The Dallas Mavericks and Dirk Nowitzki plan to finalize a one-year, $5 million deal (Yahoo)

NEWS (7/18): After backing out of his contract with the Philadelphia Sixers on Tuesday, Nemanja Bjelica is planning to discuss a potential deal with the Sacramento Kings (Yahoo)

NEWS (7/18): The San Antonio Spurs officially acquire Demar Derozan, Jakob Poeltl and a protected 2019 first round pick from the Toronto Raptors in exchange for Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green (NBA.com)

NEWS (7/14): Channing Frye returns to the Cleveland Cavaliers as a free agent. He was a part of their 2016 championship team (Yahoo Sports)

NEWS (7/14): Milwaukee rescinds Jabari Parker's deal leaving him to sign a two-year, $40 million contract with the Chicago Bulls (ESPN)

RUMOR (7/13): The Houston Rockets are "strong front-runners" to sign Carmelo Anthony. (CBS)

NEWS (7/13): Isaiah Thomas agrees to one-year, $2 million deal with the Denver Nuggets. (ESPN)

NEWS (7/13): The Brooklyn Nets trade Jermey Lin to the Atlanta Hawks. Atlanta will send Brooklyn a 2020 second-round pick via Portland and the rights to Isaia Cordinier, while the Nets will send the Hawks a 2025 second-round pick and the rights to swap picks in 2023. (ESPN

NEWS (7/12): Dwight Howard officially signed his two-year, $11 million deal with the Wizards (NBC Sports Washington)

NEWS (7/12): Wayne Ellington has agreed to reportedly stay with Heat, signing a one-year, $6.2 million deal. (ESPN)

RUMOR (7/11): The Knicks are mulling over what to do with a potential contract extension for Kristaps Porzingis. The team desperately wants to keep him, but are hesitant to give up the cap space needed to do so. (New York Post)

RUMOR (7/11): The Timberwolves are reportedly discussing a max contract extension for Karl Anthony Towns, with the intent to keep him in Minneapolis for the long haul. (The Athletic)

RUMOR (7/11): Serbian guard Milos Teodosic is expected to opt into his player option to remain with the Clippers. (EuroBasket)

NEWS (7/11): The Rockets have found a replacement for their small forward position, signing James Ennis to a two-year, $3.4 million deal. (Yahoo Sports)

RUMOR (7/10): Former Atlanta Hawks guard Damion Lee, who is engaged to Steph Curry's sister, has reportedly agreed to a two-way deal with the Warriors. (ESPN)

NEWS (7/10): The Spurs let Kyle Anderson walk, but are hanging on to restricted free agent Davis Bertans, signing him to a two-year, $14.5 million deal (Yahoo)

RUMOR (7/10): The Heat would like to trade beleaguered big-man Hassan Whiteside, but are having trouble doing so. (Miami Herald)

NEWS (7/10): The LA Clippers are bringing Luc Mbah a Moute back after a season away with the Rockets, by reportedly agreeing to a one-year, $4.3 million deal. (ESPN)

RUMOR (7/9): No longer a member of the Thunder, Carmelo Anthony is being made a top target by the Rockets, after the team let Luc Mbah a Moute and Trevor Ariza walk. (ESPN)

RUMOR (7/9): The Kings are showing great interest in both Rodney Hood and Marcus Smart, and have reportedly begun preparing an offer for the latter. (NBC Sports Boston)

NEWS (7/9): LeBron James has officially signed his four-year, $153 million deal with the Lakers. (Klutch Sports)

NEWS (7/6): To stay with the Trail Blazers, Jusuf Nurkic has reportedly agreed to four-year, $48 million deal. (ESPN)

RUMOR (7/5): The Timberwolves withdrew their qualifying offer to PF Nemanja Bjelica, who then reportedly agreed to a one-year deal with the 76ers. (ESPN) 

NEWS (7/3): Despite an injury, Clippers reportedly signed Avery Bradley to two-year, $25 million deal. (ESPN)

NEWS (7/3): Dante Exum has reportedly agreed to a three-year, $33 million deal to stay with the Jazz. (ESPN)

RUMOR (7/3): With many of their top frontcourt targets off the board, the Wizards have reportedly reached out to SF/PF Jeff Green, who played his collegiate career at Georgetown. (David Aldridge)

NEWS (7/2): In a shocking twist, DeMarcus Cousins has reportedly agreed to a one-year, $5.3 million deal with the Warriors. (ESPN)

NEWS (7/2): Seth Curry has reportedly agreed to a two-year deal with the Trail Blazers. He's guaranteed $2.75 million in Year 1 with a player option for Year 2. (ESPN)

NEWS (7/2): Former lottery pick Julius Randle has reportedly agreed to a two-year, $18 million deal with the Pelicans after being renounced by the Lakers. (ESPN)

NEWS (7/2): Rajon Rondo has reportedly agreed to a one-year, $9 million deal with the Lakers. (Yahoo)

NEWS (7/2): The Wizards are losing one of their top bench players as Mike Scott has reportedly agreed to a one-year deal with the Clippers. (ESPN)

NEWS (7/2): Anthony Toliver has reportedly agreed to a one-year deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves. The deal is expected to be in the $5-6 million range. (Yahoo)

NEWS (7/2): Derrick Favors is reportedly returning to the Jazz on a two-year deal. (ESPN)

NEWS (7/2): Nerlens Noel is reportedly signing a two-year deal with the Thunder. The deal has a player option in Year 2. (Yahoo)

NEWS (7/2): Shooting guard JJ Redick is reportedly returning to the 76ers with a one-year deal ranging between $12 and $13 million. (ESPN)

NEWS (7/1): Mario Hezonja has agreed to a one-year, $6.5 million deal with the Knicks. (ESPN)

RUMOR (7/1): Nerlens Noel has reportedly narrowed his decision down to the Wizards, Lakers and Thunder. The Pelicans are also still interested. (Yahoo)

RUMOR (7/1): Kawhi Leonard reportedly wants to be Laker. LeBron James just signed with LA. Go figure. (ESPN)

NEWS (7/1): LeBron James has agreed to a 4-year, $154 million deal with the Lakers. (ESPN)

RUMOR (7/1): The Lakers have scheduled a meeting with free agent big man Clint Capela.

NEWS (6/29): DeAndre Jordan has informed the Clippers that he will opt out of the rest of his deal. He's now free to negotiate with any team, but the Mavericks are the perceived favorite. (ESPN

NEWS (6/29): LeBron James has informed the Cavaliers that we will decline his player option, making him an unrestricted free agent. This means the race for his services is officially on. (ESPN)

RUMOR (6/29): Knicks center Enes Kanter is expected to exercise his $18.6 million player option, returning to the team next season. However, Kanter himself responded to the report, denying anything has taken place yet. (Yahoo)

RUMOR (6/28): The Lakers are obviously very interested in Kawhi Leonard, but young forward Brandon Ingram has not been made available in any trade talks. (LA Times)

RUMOR (6/28): Kawhi Leonard reportedly reached out to LeBron James to detail his interest in joining forces together. (Yahoo)

RUMOR (6/28): The Celtics are very much interested in trading for Kawhi Leonard, but Jaylen Brown is not being discussed as part of a potential trade package. (Boston Globe)

RUMOR (6/28): The Lakers and 76ers are pressing the Spurs to get involved in making a trade for Kawhi Leonard. Celtics and Clippers are also in the mix for Leonard. (New York Times)

RUMOR (6/28): The Mavericks have rescinded their qualifying offer on center Salah Mejri, opening up more room for a potential signing of DeAndre Jordan. (Yahoo)

RUMOR (6/28): Clippers free agent DeAndre Jordan is the primary free agent target of the Mavericks. Jordan is from Texas and played collegiate ball at Texas A&M. (ESPN)

RUMOR (6/28): The Pacers have nearly $20 million in cap space and could potentially make an offer to Magic restricted free agent Aaron Gordon. (ESPN)

RUMOR (6/28): Don't expect Kristaps Porzingis to ask for a trade from the Knicks. The relationship between the unicorn center and the team has improved. (ESPN)

NEWS (6/27): Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic has been sent a qualifying offer, making him a restricted free agent beginning July 1. (ESPN)

NEWS/RUMOR (6/27): Bulls wing Zach LaVine was sent a qualifying offer, making him a restricted free agent. but the Kings are reportedly interested in pursuing his services. (Chicago Tribune)


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Wizards vs. Heat: TV channel, Time, Live stream, how to watch

Wizards vs. Heat: TV channel, Time, Live stream, how to watch

The Wizards snapped a three-game losing streak with a nice win over the Pistons on Martin Luther King Day. 

They won't be able to celebrate for long though as they hit the road to play an extremely good Miami Heat team just a couple of weeks after the Wizards beat them without Bradley Beal. 

Can Washington shock everyone once again and continue to play their best against great teams? Here's what you need to know to watch and find out. 


What: Washington Wizards vs. Miami, Game 43

Where: American Airlines Arena, Miami FL

When: 7:30 p.m. ET

TV Channel: Wizards vs. Heat will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington (NBC Sports Channel Finder)

Live Stream: You can live stream Wizards vs. Heat on NBC Sports Washington's live stream page and on the NBC Sports App.

Radio: Wizards Radio Network, 1500 AM


6:30 PM: Wizards Outsiders

7:00 PM: Wizards Pregame Live 

7:30 PM: Wizards vs. Heat

10:00 PM: Wizards Postgame Live 

10:30 PM: D.C. Sports Live 

11:00 PM: Wizards Talk 


Wizards: Rui Hachimura (OUT, groin), Garrison Mathews (OUT, ankle), Moe Wagner (OUT, ankle),  John Wall (OUT, Achilles)

Heat: Jimmy Butler (Day-to-day, hip), Justise Winslow (OUT, back)


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Why Wizards point guard Ish Smith purposefully never dunks in games

Why Wizards point guard Ish Smith purposefully never dunks in games

WASHINGTON -- Go to a Washington Wizards game these days and you may see point guard Ish Smith do many things. He has a mean crossover, is shooting threes like never before in his career and he's a blur up and down the court.

What you will basically never see Smith do is dunk. He hasn't thrown one down in a game since the 2017-18 season. He dunked twice that year, down from four times the season before and down from his career-high of eight the year before that.

Smith has basically eliminated dunking from his game. It's not that he can't, he just chooses not to. And it's for a good reason.

Now in his 10th NBA season, Smith believes the wear-and-tear that comes with dunking isn't worth it at this point.

"I'm saving my legs," he told NBC Sports Washington. "I was watching something and Steve Nash was talking about how he played when he got older - on the ground, pretty much on land. He was preserving his energy because he moved a lot, cut a lot [with] ball-handling and different things like that. I try to preserve all that."

Smith, 31, has achieved a rare level of longevity in the NBA. He went undrafted in 2010, yet has lasted a decade in the NBA as a 6-foot tall point guard. The Wizards are his 11th team, one off the NBA record.

There is an old adage in the NBA that each dunk takes a game off your career. Many things can happen when players are high up in the air and risking contact, but also the simple act of jumping and landing can take its toll on joints and ligaments.

Smith has carved out the career he has by making sacrifices, and that includes dunking. Even when he is alone on a fastbreak, he will just lay it in.

"Yeah, you get breakout layups and stuff like that," he said. "I guess because I have done it, but it's not as tempting as used to be. It's just like get these two points and get back."

When he was younger, Smith would dunk when he had the opportunity. Now he says he's kind of over it.

"I had some dunk-ons [back in the day]. But as I got older, I realized it ain't all that," he said.

Smith now prides himself on a wide array of release angles on layups around the rim. He can finish with his right and left hand, in traffic and off-balance. He can double-clutch and use the glass.

Smith has a way of sneaking under bigger defensive players and timing layups to avoid blocked shots. It's a big part of his game.

But maybe someday soon we will see Smith dunk again in a game. Perhaps he will do so, just to show everyone he's still got it.

"[I dunked] the other day when we were in Toronto, after practice," he said. "After that, I was like 'oh no, I don't know why I did that.'"

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