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NBA Free Agency Rumors: Kemba, Butler, Kawhi, Knicks, Lakers

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The rumor mill is in high gear as the start of free agency approaches.

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Big names and big markets are in the thick of NBA Free Agency rumors. Let’s check in on the latest before it all kicks off on Sunday:

But Butler, the Western Conference executive said, has interest in being the third star with the Los Angeles Lakers, even if it means accepting slightly less than a maximum salary.

  • Kawhi Leonard will meet with the Lakers and LA Clippers to start free agency, per Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes; but Leonard will close with a meeting with the Toronto Raptors, per Wojnarowski.
  • The New York Knicks could seek short-term deals this summer if they strike out on big names, per the New York Times’ Marc Stein. Part of this strategy may include offering DeMarcus Cousins a one-year deal, per Stein.
  • The Lakers are trading Mo Wagner, Isaac Bonga and Jemerrio Jones to the Washington Wizards — making the Anthony Davis trade with New Orleans a three-team deal now — to increase cap room and roster spots, per Wojnarowski.
  • Anthony Davis is also waiving his $4 million trade kicker, per Wojnarowski, giving the Lakers $32 million in cap room to start free agency — enough to sign a max player.