Responses were varied but one Los Angeles athlete feels confident LeBron will NOT be coming to his city next season.
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There’s no question who the biggest fish in this free agent class is, and as happened in 2010 and 2014, some of the bigger deals may have to wait until after LeBron James makes Decision 3.0. Will he return to Cleveland or begin a new chapter in Los Angeles or elsewhere?
The ripple effect of James’ decision will have huge ramifications around the NBA. How, if at all, will it impact DeMarcus Cousins’ future? What about Kawhi Leonard, who wants out of San Antonio?
Follow USA TODAY Sports’ free agent tracker to keep tabs on where all of the top 40 free agents land.
Editor’s note: This page will be updated with contract information and analysis as agreements are made between players and teams.
1. LeBron James, Cleveland (Unrestricted) –
2. Kevin Durant – Agreed on two-year, $61.5 million deal to stay with Golden State. While Durant had said many times that he planned to re-sign with the defending champs, the length of the contract is significant, as it puts the Warriors in prime position to bolster their bench this summer due to the luxury tax savings.
3. Paul George – Agreed on four-year, $137 million deal to stay with Oklahoma City. George, who was widely believed to be destined for Laker Land, is sticking it out with Russell Westbrook and the Thunder after his first season with the franchise ended in the first round of the playoffs. Kudos to Thunder general manager Sam Presti for this one.
4. Chris Paul – Agreed on four-year, $160 million deal to stay with Houston. Paul, who forced his way out of Los Angeles last summer after six seasons with the Clippers, is coming off a disappointing finish to a phenomenal season. He helped lead the Rockets to a franchise-best 65 wins and the No. 1 seed in the West, but his postseason was cut short after he suffered a hamstring injury in the conference finals. As elite as Paul is, will the Rockets regret giving the 33-year-old a long-term deal?
5. DeMarcus Cousins, New Orleans (Unrestricted) –
6. Nikola Jokic – Reportedly agreed on five-year, $146.5 million deal to stay with Denver. This was a done deal before free agency began. Jokic is one of the most talented young big men in the league and the Nuggets’ franchise centerpiece. He wasn’t going anywhere.
7. Clint Capela, Houston (Restricted) –
8. DeAndre Jordan – Reportedly agreed on one-year, approximately $24 million deal with Dallas. Jordan, who declined his player option with the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday, is headed to Dallas — again. We have a feeling this will be different than the summer of 2015, when Jordan changed his mind after agreeing to a deal with the Mavericks and returned to LA.
9. Julius Randle, Los Angeles Lakers (Restricted) –
10. Aaron Gordon, Orlando (Restricted) –
11. Zach LaVine, Chicago (Restricted) –
12. Tyreke Evans, Memphis (Unrestricted) –
13. Marcus Smart, Boston (Restricted) –
14. JJ Redick, Philadelphia (Unrestricted) –
15. Jusuf Nurkic, Portland (Restricted) –
16. Derrick Favors, Utah (Unrestricted) –
17. Trevor Ariza – Agreed on one-year, $15 million deal with Phoenix. This is an interesting move for Ariza, who will go from key cog on a 65-win Houston team to a veteran presence on a rebuilding Suns squad.
18. Jabari Parker, Milwaukee (Restricted) –
19. Avery Bradley, Los Angeles Clippers (Unrestricted) –
20. Isaiah Thomas, Los Angeles Lakers (Unrestricted) –
21. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Los Angeles Lakers (Unrestricted) –
22. Will Barton – Reportedly agreed on four-year, $54 million deal to stay with Denver. Barton has developed into one of the top sixth men in the league, and the Nuggets weren’t ready to let him walk. Of players who came off the bench in more than 40 games last season, Barton was tied for third with 13.7 points per game.
23. Fred VanVleet, Toronto (Restricted) –
24. Luc Mbah a Moute, Houston (Unrestricted) –
25. Rajon Rondo, New Orleans (Unrestricted) –
26. Rudy Gay – Reportedly agreed on one-year, $10 million deal to stay with San Antonio. Gay, who signed with the Spurs last summer after suffering a ruptured Achilles in January 2017, opted out of the final year of his contract last week, turning down $8.8 million. He’s not the 20 point per game scorer he once was, but he can still contribute.
27. Kyle Anderson, San Antonio (Restricted) –
28. Lance Stephenson, Indiana (Unrestricted) –
29. Brook Lopez, Los Angeles Lakers (Unrestricted) –
30. Wayne Ellington, Miami (Unrestricted) –
31. Rodney Hood, Cleveland (Restricted) –
32. Nerlens Noel, Dallas (Unrestricted) –
33. Seth Curry, Dallas (Unrestricted) –
34. Joe Harris – Agreed on two-year, $16 million deal to stay with Brooklyn. The Nets clearly saw the value in the 26-year-old forward, who shot a career-high 49.1 percent from the field and 41.9 percent from beyond the arc last season.
35. Greg Monroe, Boston (Unrestricted) –
36. Dwyane Wade, Miami (Unrestricted) –
37. Dante Exum, Utah (Restricted) –
38. Michael Beasley, New York (Unrestricted) –
39. Montrezl Harrell, Los Angeles Clippers (Restricted) –
40. Elfrid Payton, Phoenix (Unrestricted) –
Other notable free agents
Doug McDermott – Agreed on three-year, $22 million deal with Indiana. The Pacers were one of the NBA’s biggest surprises last season, and adding McDermott only makes them better. He’s a career 40.3 percent shooter from beyond the arc.
Ersan Ilyasova – Agreed on three-year, $21 million deal with Milwaukee. The 31-year-old journeyman will be a solid addition to Milwaukee, where he spent the first seven seasons of his career. He averaged 10.8 points and 6.7 rebounds after signing with Philadelphia in February.
Aron Baynes – Agreed on two-year, $10.6 million deal to stay with Boston. Baynes may not be as high profile as Boston’s stars or the members of their young core, but he still provides the Celtics with some valuable energy and physicality.
Marco Belinelli – Agreed on two-year, $12 million deal with San Antonio. Belinelli, who won a championship with the Spurs in 2014, shot 37.7 percent from 3-point territory last season with Atlanta and Philadelphia.
Derrick Rose – Agreed on one-year, $2.4 million deal to stay with Minnesota. He’s not the player he once was, but Rose showed some promise with the T-Wolves in their first-round playoff loss to Houston, averaging 14.2 points in five games.