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NBA Free Agency Tracker: July 20th

By Tamberlyn Richardson
Mar 13, 2016; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Bass (2) grabs the loose ball in front of New York Knicks center Robin Lopez (left) and guard Jose Calderon (right) during the fourth quarter at Staples Center. The New York Knicks won 90-87. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 13, 2016; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Bass (2) grabs the loose ball in front of New York Knicks center Robin Lopez (left) and guard Jose Calderon (right) during the fourth quarter at Staples Center. The New York Knicks won 90-87. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports
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NBA Free Agency has slowed to a crawl with the Houston Rockets idle this past week.  That said, there are still players filling up rosters and prospects from NBA Summer League being added to rosters.

With all 3 NBA Summer League events in the books teams will start signing players to minimum deals so they have them through the summer and for training camps. At  that point the players can be cut, make the roster or added to their D-League Affiliate.

Fred VanVleet was a stand-out for the Raptors in Vegas though he’ll have a hard time cracking the line-up given Toronto is 3-deep with quality point guards (Kyle Lowry, Cory Joseph and Delon Wright). His $50,000 guaranteed contract with the potential for a 3-year term is worth the price even if VanVleet ends up with the Raptors 905 D-League squad. Though GM Masai Ujiri could also end up swinging a trade so the presence of VanVleet offers added depth.

The Thunder signed Alex Abrines to a -year $18M deal. Abrines was drafted in 2013 by the Thunder in the second round.

Three moves occurred on July 20th from the existing free agent crop:

The Pacers signed Aaron Brooks to a 1-year, $2.5M deal.

Golden State continues to fill up their roster spots with vets resigning Anderson Varejao to a reported 1-year minimum deal. This move became essential given the departure of Andrew Bogut and Festus Ezeli. Though the Rockets added Zaza Pachulia and David West both at reasonable rates their depth up front has taken a step back.

And the Clippers signed Brandon Bass to a 1-year minimum deal.

Though 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.

Top talent remaining:

  • J.R. Smith
  • Dion Waiters

Next tier:

  • David Lee
  • Alan Anderson
  • Gerald Green

Lower Tier:

  • Ty Lawson
  • Jason Thompson
  • JJ Hickson
  • Markel Brown
  • Eric Moreland
  • Bryce Cotton
  • Jorge Gutierrez
  • Jeff Ayres
  • Henry Sims
  • Dorell Wright
  • Tony Wroten
  • Ryan Kelly
  • Lou Amundson
  • Ronnie Price
  • PJ Hairston
  • Tyler Hansbrough
  • Donald Sloan
  • James Anderson
  • Robert Sacre

Youthful Tier:

  • Norris Cole
  • Tyler Zeller
  • Donatas Motiejunas
  • Shane Larkin
  • Cleanthony Early
  • Thomas Robinson
  • Kevin Seraphin

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 check the NBA Free Agency Tracker (updated daily)

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and the Free Agency Profiles for all 30 teams entering Free Agency:

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