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NBA Free Agency Tracker: July 5th Update – Rockets Idle

By Tamberlyn Richardson
Apr 25, 2016; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant (35) and Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki (41) greet each other after the Thunder defeated the Mavericks 118-104 in game five of the first round of the NBA Playoffs at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 25, 2016; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant (35) and Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki (41) greet each other after the Thunder defeated the Mavericks 118-104 in game five of the first round of the NBA Playoffs at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports
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NBA Free Agency was relatively slow the day after Kevin Durant made his shocking’Decision’ with only 7 players agreeing to terms.

The following list represents the other free agents (and significant trade) who came off the board July 5th:

The main benefactor (outside of Golden State) was the Dallas Mavericks who were reeling prior with every recruitment they made falling on deaf ears.

Suddenly 2 of  Golden States starting 5 were available and Dallas swooped in to grab them both:

First Andrew Bogut was traded to Dallas to make cap space room for the Durant signing, then the original offer the Mavericks made for Harrison Barnes (4-years, $95M) was made official given the Warriors had replace Barnes with KD. Quite a significant turn of events for the Mavs!

Dallas followed up their new success with 2 more moves on Day 5 by doing the expected by coming to terms with lifer Dirk Nowitzki  in a 2-year, $40M deal. In addition they added Seth Curry on a 2-year $6M deal.

And just like I called for the rich got richer as  David West continues his ring chasing, this time joining the Warriors for the veteran minimum contract of 1 year at $1.3M. With so much money invested in the Warriors Big 4 and two bench hold overs (Iguodala and Livingston) expect more of the same, i.e. veteran minimum signings and stand-out summer league players as Golden State endeavor to fill up their roster.

Bryan Colangelo continues to add veterans to the 76ers roster in an effort to help build the youthful roster. His newest addition is Gerald Henderson  who agreed to  a 2-year, $18M deal as he exits Portland.

And the Knicks continue to be arguably the busiest summer team with 2 additional signings of  players from the Spanish League. First they added Willy Hernangomez (older brother of Juan who was drafted by Denver 15th this summer) and then added Mindaugas Kuzminskas.

Terms on the deals were not disclosed, but will likely be reasonable and the Knicks will probably use exception rules to fulfill them.

Finally the Wizards who have been active in the past few days added Jason Smith on a 3-year, $16M deal.

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As for the Houston Rockets following their 2 free agent signings Saturday to add free agents  Ryan Anderson and Eric Gordon, both formerly of the Pelicans they remained idle.

Morey will be viewing the remaining free agent list which I’ve updated via the full NBA Team by Team Free Agency Report with these new deals. You can view that here:

Next: NBA Free Agency Tracker

Key players remaining

Thought the list grows shorter, especially of top talent, the following is a list of some free agent the Rockets will be mulling over:

LeBron James remains the only super star on the board expected to resign now that Dirk Nowitzki has come to terms. Wade may be the other, but given his recent activity it appears unlikely.

Top talent remaining:

  • Dwyane Wade
  • J.R. Smith
  • Dion Waiters
  • Manu Ginobili

Next tier:

  • David Lee
  • Nene Hilario
  • Derrick Williams
  • Kris Humphries
  • Alan Anderson
  • Jordan Hill
  • Leandro Barbosa
  • James Johnson
  • Gerald Green
  • Brandon Rush
  • Marcus Thornton

Lower Tier:

  • Ty Lawson
  • Anderson Varejao
  • Jason Thompson
  • Greivis Vasquez
  • JJ Hickson
  • Troy Daniels
  • Willie Reed
  • Tim Frazier
  • Langston Galloway
  • Markel Brown
  • Eric Moreland
  • Marcelo Huertas
  • Bryce Cotton
  • Jorge Gutierrez
  • Jeff Ayres
  • Henry Sims
  • Dorell Wright
  • Jared Sullinger
  • Tony Wroten
  • Ryan Kelly
  • Lou Amundson
  • Ronnie Price
  • PJ Hairston
  • Tyler Hansbrough
  • Donald Sloan
  • James Anderson
  • Quincy Acy
  • Robert Sacre
  • Dewayne Dedmon

Youthful Tier:

  • Norris Cole
  • Meyers Leonard
  • Tyler Zeller
  • Terrence Jones
  • Donatas Motiejunas
  • Festus Ezeli
  • Shane Larkin
  • Ian Clark
  • Isaiah Canaan
  • Cleanthony Early
  • James Michael McAdoo
  • Boban Marjanovic
  • Miles Plumlee
  • Thomas Robinson

Vets Tier:

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SCS will update as free agency news develops. For now if you’re a fan who wants to follow free agency closely consider checking out my Free Agency Profiles for all 30 teams:

Next: Free Agency Profiles for all 30 Teams

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Next: First 12 hours of Free Agency

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