Following the 2021 NBA Draft, the league is abuzz with trades, trade rumors, coaching changes, and contract offers. The official signing period for unrestricted free agents begins August 6th. Most big deals will happen after that point. That’s not keeping teams from making smaller trades or giving qualifying offers to their own free agents. While we’re waiting for fireworks, here are all the weekend moves in one place.
Free agent Orlando Magic wing Otto Porter Jr. could be looking for a mid-level deal Monday night, according to J. Michael at the Indy Star. Blazer's Edge's Danny Marang named Porter Jr. as an interesting target for Portland.
The MLE isn't happening unless a front office bids against itself. That's too bad b/c when healthy he's a damn good player and can fit almost anywhere— J. Michael (@ThisIsJMichael) July 30, 2021
The Boston Celtics, Sacramento Kings and Atlanta Hawks have pulled off a three-team trade. Tristan Thompson will land in northern California, Delon Wright goes to Georgia and Kris Dunn, Bruno Fernando and a 2023 second round pick arrive in Bean Town, per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.
The Celtics are trading Tristan Thompson to Atlanta for Kris Dunn, and a 2023 second-round pick, sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 30, 2021
The Kings will send guard Delon Wright to Atlanta in the three-team trade, source tells ESPN . https://t.co/cNYL77jJ63— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 30, 2021
Thank you to the @lakers organization for allowing me to be part of something special. Thank you, of course, to the Lakers Nation for embracing me with open arms the past 2 years.— Lionel Hollins (@LionelHollins14) July 30, 2021
Hollins’ tweets may indicate that he is joining ESPN.
Though this chapter has closed, it was a beautiful journey during some difficult times that ended with a Championship, and I am very much looking forward to building another Championship team in this next chapter of my life. @wojespn @KendrickPerkins @espn @ESPNNBA— Lionel Hollins (@LionelHollins14) July 30, 2021
Shams Charania of The Athletic is reporting that, to nobody’s surprise, the Chicago Bulls have made a qualifying offer to Lauri Markkanen, making the 7-foot forward a restricted free agent.
Sources: The Bulls have extended the qualifying offer to Lauri Markkanen, making him a restricted free agent. Markkanen is expected to have several suitors on the market.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 30, 2021
Boston pulls off a second deal, bringing in wing Josh Richardson via their trade exception, while the Dallas Mavericks clear space for free agency, according to Charania.
The Dallas Mavericks are finalizing trading G/F Josh Richardson to the Boston Celtics, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium. Richardson is exercising his $11.6 million player option for the 2021-22 season for the deal.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 31, 2021
As part of that trade, Moses Brown is moving on to the Mavericks.
Bobby Portis of the Milwaukee Bucks will become a free agent after declining his player option.
Milwaukee Bucks F Bobby Portis is declining his $3.8M player option and will become a free agent, his agent Mark Bartelstein of @PrioritySports tells ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 31, 2021
Forward Isaac Bonga will not return to the Washington Wizards, per Adrian Wojnarowski.
The Wizards won’t extend a qualifying offer on F Isaac Bonga, making him an unrestricted free agent, sources tell ESPN. Wizards need roster spots after taking on three players in Westbrook trade.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 31, 2021
The Miami Heat have declined Andre Iguodala’s team option.
The Heat are declining the $15M team option on F Andre Iguodala’s contract for next season, making him a free agent, source tells ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) August 1, 2021
However, they are picking up Goran Dragic’s option.