NBA Free Agency 2023, the soapiest soap opera in professional sports, is entering Episode 3 — I mean Day 3.
Portland Trail Blazers superstar Damian Lillard, as most know by now, requested a trade from the franchise yesterday morning. For ongoing coverage of that situation, check out out this post on our site.
Otherwise, for the latest non-Lillard news, follow along here to track signings and trades from around the NBA!
Mavs interested in Thybulle
Blazers alert! According to Marc Stein of the Stein Line [subscription required], the Mavericks are interested in adding forward Matisse Thybulle.
The Mavericks, league sources, have interest in two restricted free agents as they seek to address their significant need for a good defender on the wing: Portland’s Matisse Thybulle and Boston’s Grant Williams.
Neither can be formally signed to an offer sheet before July 6 (Thursday), so the Mavericks have been limited to smaller free agent expenditures in the interim, agreeing to terms with guards Seth Curry and Dante Exum and re-upping Dallas frontcourt fixture Dwight Powell.
The Blazers extended a qualifying offer to Thybulle, making him a restricted free agent and giving Portland the opportunity to match any offer Thybulle receives from opposing teams.
Clarkson re-ups with Jazz
Utah’s Jordan Clarkson, Klutch Sports CEO Rich Paul and agent Brandon Cavanaugh are finalizing a three-year, $55 million contract renegotiation and extension with the Jazz, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium. Deal includes next season and two new years through 2025-26.
OKC adds depth with Mills
The Oklahoma City Thunder is striking a deal to acquire Brooklyn guard Patty Mills, as well as draft compensation, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The deal involves the Houston Rockets, Wojnarowski reported.
Oklahoma City is acquiring Brooklyn guard Patty Mills as part of a broader deal through Houston, sources tell ESPN. The Thunder will receive draft compensation to take on Mills’ $6.8M expiring deal.
The Big Handsome finds a new home
The New Orleans Pelicans are signing center Cody Zeller to a one-year deal, per Woj.
Free agent center Cody Zeller has agreed to a one-year, $3.1 million deal with the New Orleans Pelicans, his agent Sam Goldfeder of @excelbasketball tells ESPN.
Walker heads to Brooklyn
Guard Lonnie Walker, briefly a playoff hero for the Los Angeles Lakers this postseason, has agreed to a deal with the Brooklyn Nets, per Woj.
Free agent Lonnie Walker has agreed to a one year deal with the Brooklyn Nets, Klutch Sports CEO Rich Paul and agent Lucas Newton tell ESPN.
Nuggets bring aboard Justin Holiday
The Denver Nuggets are signing guard Justin Holiday, Woj reported. Holiday spent the 2022-23 season with the Atlanta Hawks and Dallas Mavericks.
Free agent Justin Holiday has agreed to a one-year deal with the Denver Nuggets, sources tell ESPN.
Phoenix adds more veteran talent
Guard Eric Gordon is signing with the Phoenix Suns, adding more veteran talent to an already stacked roster, per Charania.
Bridges returns to Charlotte
Restricted free agent Miles Bridges plans to re-sign with the Charlotte Hornets on a one-year deal, per Woj.
ESPN Sources: Charlotte Hornets restricted free agent F Miles Bridges is preparing to sign a $7.9 million qualifying offer for the 2023-2024 season, clearing the way for him to become unrestricted next summer. Hornets and Bridges are far apart in extension talks. Story soon.
Kings welcome Len back
Free agent center Alex Len has agreed to a one-year, $3.2 million contract to re-sign with the Sacramento Kings, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium. Agent Michael Lelchitski of @SIGSports negotiated the deal for Len’s return.