On the first night of free agency, De’Aaron Fox was the first big winner.
Fox and the Sacramento Kings agreed to a maximum deal on Friday night, Agent Chris Gaston said. It’s a five-year pact that will pay Fox $ 163 million, and that number could reach nearly $ 200 million if Fox makes an All-NBA team or receives other league honors.
Fox’s numbers have improved in each of his three NBA seasons. He averaged 11.6 points as a rookie, then 17.3 points two seasons ago and finally 21.1 points last season for the Kings. His field goal percentage has also increased in each of the past two seasons.
Fox’s expansion will begin for the 2021-22 season and start at $ 28.1 million.
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Free agency open in NBA Friday at 6 p.m. EST. No deal can be signed until 12:01 p.m. Sunday, and many of the biggest names available – such as the Lakers’ Anthony Davis and Fred VanVleet, who saw his star soar with the Toronto Raptors – haven’t taken any immediate decisions about their future.
Davis is expected to stay with the Lakers; the question is how the new agreement will be structured. VanVleet is expected to command at least $ 80 million over the next four seasons, if not more, and Toronto has made it clear they would like to keep the undrafted guard that has become a big part of the Raptors’ run to the 2019 NBA Championship.
A breakdown of blows on Friday:
Danilo Gallinari – one of the best wings in the free agent market – has accepted a three-year contract worth $ 61.5 million, a knowledgeable person told AP. ESPN and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution first reported on the deal.
Gallinari averaged 18.7 points for Oklahoma City last season and is a 38 percent career shooter on a 3-point range.
The Hawks were one of the teams that entered free agency with considerable cap space and looked for veteran talent to add to the group that includes Trae Young and Kevin Huerter.
Gallinari, a 32-year-old Italian, has also played for the Knicks, Nuggets and Los Angeles Clippers. He was originally the sixth overall pick in the 2008 Draft by New York.
Joe Harris agreed to sign with the Nets again, keeping one of the NBA’s top shooters in Brooklyn.
The Nets verified what GM Sean Marks called their top free agency priority on Friday night by making a deal with the swingman.
Priority Sports, which represents Harris, announced the deal on Twitter. ESPN reported that Harris would receive $ 75 million over four years.
Harris finished his fourth season in Brooklyn averaging 14.5 points in 69 games in 2019-20.
The Mavericks and Trey Burke agreed to a three-year, $ 10 million contract to bring the guard back after he played well in the NBA bubble.
Burke initially joined Dallas in trading with New York, titled by Kristaps Porzingis in early 2019. The Mavericks didn’t re-sign Burke until last season and he ended up in Philadelphia.
The 76ers gave up on Burke in February before the coronavirus shutdown, and Dallas signed him ahead of the restart after center Willie Cauley-Stein pulled out of the season’s arrival.
The last time Facundo Campazzo and Nikola Jokic shared a court in a real game together was during last year’s Basketball World Cup in China. Campazzo was dazzling and Argentina won, ending league hopes for Jokic and Serbia.
Soon they will be teammates in another title quest.
Campazzo agreed to a two-year deal with the Denver Nuggets on the free agency’s opening day on Friday, according to someone with direct knowledge of the deal. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the contract remains unfinished until at least Sunday, when the NBA’s moratorium on new signings will be lifted.
The New York Times first reported the deal between Campazzo and the Nuggets.
The 5-foot-10 Campazzo has appeared in the Olympics twice, the Basketball World Cup twice, has two EuroLeague Championships and is known for his spectacular passing. And now he’s decided it’s time to try out the NBA with a Denver team that managed two 3-1 playoff deficits last season to make it to the Western Conference Finals – where they fell. against the future champion of the Los Angeles Lakers.
Jerami Grant is heading to Detroit on a three-year, $ 60 million contract, Neustadt Group player representative Mike Kneisley said.
Grant just finished a season where he averaged 12.0 points for Denver, who wanted him to return.
The Pistons received pledges Friday night from centers Mason Plumlee and Jahlil Okafor, people familiar with the deals told AP. ESPN, which first announced the Plumlee deal, said it would sign a three-year deal for $ 25 million.
Plumlee later posted a thank you letter to Denver fans on his Twitter account, saying he “has no doubts” that great things are ahead for the Nuggets. He also said he was delighted to join the Pistons, calling them “one of the most famous franchises in the league.”
Marcus Morris is staying with the Clippers for a four-year contract, a person with knowledge of AP told. ESPN, which first reported the deal, said it was a $ 64 million contract.
Morris averaged 16.7 points last season, starting the season in New York City before being traded to the Clippers.
“Run it!” Morris tweeted.
Also on Friday, Patrick Patterson will return with a one-year contract, AP was told. Patterson averaged 4.9 points last season for the Clippers. ESPN first reported the Clippers’ deal with Patterson.
The reigning NBA champions add Montrezl Harrell as a free agent for the Clippers, a person familiar with the deal told AP.
The move, when finalized, will give the Lakers the top two finalists in last season’s sixth man of the year vote. Harrell won the award; Dennis Schroder, who was acquired by the Lakers in a trade with Oklahoma City earlier this week, was second.
The Heat secured quick deals from point guard Goran Dragic and center Meyers Leonard on two-year contracts, with the second year in both cases being team options. Dragic will earn around $ 18 million next season, Leonard around $ 9 million.
“I just appreciate that they care about the little things,” Leonard said.
Dragic returned to Miami from his native Slovenia on Friday and intends to sign his new contract soon. He said that the fact that the Heat will have much of their roster from a year ago, when the team won the Eastern Conference title, was particularly important to him.
“It’s a family here,” Dragic said. “We know we have a good team. We know we have chemistry. We have work pending.”
The Timberwolves have reached a $ 60 million deal with restricted free agent shooting guard Malik Beasley for three years plus a team option for a fourth year, a person familiar with the deal confirmed to AP.
Beasley, who was acquired from the Denver Nuggets in a four-team trade in February, was charged last month with drug possession and threats of violence in Hennepin County District Court after allegedly pointing a gun at a family in their vehicle outside their home in Minnesota. where a large amount of marijuana and other firearms were seized during a police search.
Beasley averaged 20.7 points in 14 games after coming to Minnesota.
The Timberwolves also finalized and confirmed three draft-night trades, including the deal with Oklahoma City reuniting them with point guard Ricky Rubio.
New York Knicks
Alec Burks is the first free agent addition under Knicks president Leon Rose.
The swingman agreed to a one-year, $ 6 million contract, first reported by ESPN and confirmed by his agent.
Burks parted ways last season between Golden State and Philadelphia, averaging 15 career points.
The Knicks entered free agency with about $ 35 million to spend after giving up a number of veterans Thursday.
A person familiar with the negotiations said the Magic and guard Dwayne Bacon have agreed to a one-year contract for around $ 2.5 million this coming season. The Magic have a team option for 2021-2022, the person who spoke to AP said.
Bacon is originally from central Florida, born in Lakeland, not far from Orlando. He played college ball at Florida State and spent his first three professional seasons in Charlotte. Steve Clifford, now Magic’s trainer, was his trainer there in his freshman year.
Veteran center Dwight Howard will join the 76ers on a one-year contract worth at least $ 2.6 million for the veteran, Constable Charles Briscoe told the AP.
Howard is heading to Philadelphia after helping the Los Angeles Lakers win last season’s NBA title.
Portland Trail Blazers
Defending league Slam Dunk champion Derrick Jones Jr. has accepted a two-year contract with the Trail Blazers. Athletic first reported the deal, which an informed person then confirmed to AP.
Jones Jr. has played a major role in Miami’s rotation over the past two seasons and has averaged 8.5 points per game for the Heat over the past year.
Jordan Clarkson is staying and Derrick Favors is returning, according to people with first-hand knowledge of the transactions.
Clarkson agreed to a four-year, $ 52 million deal; he averaged 15.6 points in 42 games after being traded to Utah last December. And Favors – a post player who spent most of his NBA career in Utah before playing for New Orleans last season – reneged on a deal that will net him nearly $ 30 million for three seasons.
Davis Bertans is staying with the Wizards on a five-year contract worth $ 80 million, a person with knowledge of the details told AP.
Bertans picked a good time for his best season, averaging 15.4 points in 54 games. He skipped the reboot at Walt Disney World rather than risk injury before free agency.
The 6-foot-10 forward from Latvia has shot better than 42 percent from a distance of 3 points each of the past two seasons.
The fifth year of his contract, first reported by ESPN, is an early termination option.