NBA Free Agency opened this week and already there has been a number of huge moves made by teams across the NBA. Some of the biggest stars in the game have traded stations ahead of the new season as teams move to improve their roster by snapping up players out of contract.
Of course, some players have used this position to leverage a new deal with their current team. Kawhi Leonard is expected to re-sign with the Clippers after declining his player option. Chris Paul has already done that after turning his down but agreeing a new four-year deal with the Phoenix Suns.
Trae Young also agreed to a five-year $207 million contract to remain with the Atlanta Hawks.
Other Stars Stay Put By Re-Signing
Mike Conley also agreed to stay put after agreeing a $72.5m contract over three years to
remain with the Utah Jazz while Shai Gilgeous-Alexander hit the jackpot signing a five-year $172 million deal to remain with the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Steph Curry also agreed a bumper new contract with a $215 million contract extension with the Golden State Warriors, while Jimmy Butler agreed a four year deal to remain with the Miami Heat that is thought to be worth around $184 million.
Jarrett Allen has also decided to stay put, signing a new five-year $100 million contract to remain with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
However, amongst all these extensions, there have also been plenty of players on the move and perhaps nowhere more so than in Los Angeles and Chicago.
Lakers And Bulls Make Multiple Roster Moves
At one point, the Los Angeles Lakers had just four players on their roster, Anthony Davis, LeBron James, Marc Gasol and newly traded Russell Westbrook being the quartet.
However, in a very busy day, the Lakers made several roster moves to re-sign a number of players that had former ties with the club.
Dwight Howard, Trevor Ariza and Wayne Ellington were all snapped up by the Lakers early on in Free Agency, all of whom have played previously for the franchise.
The Lakers also snapped up Kent Bazemore, tempting him away from the Golden State Warriors to add some shooting depth to their team.
A day later, Kendrick Nunn signed a two-year $10 million deal, while Malik Monk is another that is believed to have agreed terms with the Lakers.
Then to cap it all, today news has broken that Carmelo Anthony will join on a one year deal.
Bulls Make Significant Improvements
While Lakers fans will have a few familiar faces to watch on court next season, Bulls fans will be excited at the moves that Chicago has made in free agency so far.
With growing clamour for the Bulls to invest in the team to support their star man Zach LaVine, the Bulls agreed a trade with the New Orleans Pelicans to sign Lonzo Ball on a four year $85 million deal.
They then snapped up guard Alex Caruso on a four-year $37 million deal and then went out and agreed a Sign-and-Trade deal with the San Antonio Spurs for Demar DeRozan, which sees the Spurs receive Thaddeus Young, Al-Farouq Aminu, plus a future first round pick and couple of second round picks in 2022 and 2025.
With Nikola Vucevic and Coby White alongside LaVine on the Bulls squad, this looks like being a much improved Chicago team next season.
Other Notable Moves
Perhaps the most notable move in this free agency period has been the Miami Heat snapping up Kyle Lowry from the Toronto Raptors in another Sign-and-Trade deal that sees Goran Dragic and Precious Achiuwa head in the opposite direction.
With the Heat also agreeing a deal with Duncan Robinson to remain in Miami, it has been an excellent free agency period for Heat fans so far.
Other big moves have seen guard Norman Powell agree a five-year $90m deal to play for Portland Trail Blazers next season. Gary Trent Jr. has left the Blazers and signed a deal with the Raptors, while Tim Hardaway Jr will link up next season with Luka Doncic at the Dallas Mavericks.
It is going to be interesting to see how all these roster moves translate into a change of fortunes for teams in the NBA as the new season officially gets underway on August 6th.
However, it does look like the Heat, Lakers and Bulls have made significant improvements to their squad ahead of the new season.