NBA free agency rumors 2020: Live updates, news on signings, trades and more

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It’s the most Woj Bomb-filled time of the year. Yep, NBA free agency is here.

With training camps beginning Dec. 1 and the 2020-21 season kicking off Dec. 22, teams must finalize their rosters as quickly as possible. That sense of urgency could lead to a flurry of moves over the next few days.

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This year’s group of free agents doesn’t feature major star power, but solid talent is available. Aside from the signings, there will also be trade chatter, most notably surrounding the Rockets’ duo of James Harden and Russell Westbrook. We’ll have to wait and see how that situation unfolds.

Follow along right here for the latest free agency news and updates.

NBA free agency rumors 2020: Live updates, news on signings, trades

Saturday, Nov. 21

2 a.m. ET — It’s been a weird week for Trevor Ariza.

Trevor Ariza has now been traded 10 times in his career after going from Portland to Houston to Detroit to OKC — without really leaving home — this week.

— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) November 21, 2020

1:25 a.m. ET — So this three-team trade (Mavericks, Pistons and Thunder) appears to be separate from the deal involving Steven Adams (Pelicans, Thunder and possibly more). The New York Times’ Marc Stein breaks it down…

One more time amid the madness so we’re all clear:

Dallas gets James Johnson (from OKC)

Detroit gets Delon Wright (from Dallas)

OKC gets Trevor Ariza (from Detroit), Justin Jackson (Dallas) and draft compensation to be explained later

— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) November 21, 2020

1:10 a.m. ET — A four-teamer, you say?

New Orleans and Milwaukee are expanding the original Jrue Holiday trade to include more teams and players, including the routing of Steven Adams to the Pelicans, sources tell ESPN. Talks are moving toward a possible four-team trade.

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) November 21, 2020

1 a.m. ET — Steven Adams to the Pelicans. That man is going to eat SO MUCH gumbo.

Friday, Nov. 20

11:55 p.m. ET — An update on where things stand with Gordon Hayward…

Indiana remains Gordon Hayward’s preferred destination, league sources say, which requires a sign-and-trade with the Celtics to net the former Butler star a deal estimated in the four-year, $100 million range

— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) November 21, 2020

The Knicks remain in the Hayward hunt with salary-cap space, league sources say, but have held firm on lower figures than Indiana’s

Hayward has a huge admirer in Tom Thibodeau and the Knicks, I’m told, have shown some willingness tonight to go beyond an initial two-year offer

— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) November 21, 2020

11:05 p.m. ET — The Clippers simply couldn’t afford to lose Marcus Morris this offseason.


As Rockets/Wizards talks on Russell Westbrook-for-John Wall stall, Wall has made it clear he wants trade out of Washington to happen, sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium.

— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) November 21, 2020

10:20 p.m. ET — After a strong finish to the 2019-20 season, Christian Wood receives a solid deal from the Rockets.

Free agent F Christian Wood has agreed to a three-year, $41M deal with the Houston Rockets, sources tell ESPN.

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) November 21, 2020

10:05 p.m. ET — Time for another rundown…

9:50 p.m. ET — And there it is. The Lakers land the reigning Sixth Man of the Year.

Montrezl Harrell is planning to sign with the Lakers for two years and $19 million with second season being a player option, agent Rich Paul tells ESPN

— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) November 21, 2020

9:40 p.m. ET — WHOA. Montrezl Harrell could be jumping from the Clippers to the Lakers.

9:10 p.m. ET — Oh. That would be a nice Dwight Howard replacement.

Marc Gasol has emerged as a free-agent target for the Lakers to fill the void created by Dwight Howard’s departure to Philadelphia, league sources say

— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) November 21, 2020

8:40 p.m. ET — A few noteworthy signings…

8:20 p.m. ET — Hey, that guy isn’t a center. Why do the Pistons want him?

Free agent F Josh Jackson is finalizing a deal with the Detroit Pistons, sources tell ESPN.

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) November 21, 2020

7:35 p.m. ET — The Jazz retain Jordan Clarkson and sign an old friend in Derrick Favors.

Free agent Jordan Clarkson has agreed to a four-year, $52M deal with the Utah Jazz, his agent Rich Paul of Klutch Sports tells ESPN.

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) November 21, 2020

7:20 p.m. ET — De’Aaron Fox is getting PAID.

7:10 p.m. ET — The Clippers have at least one power forward on their roster.

Free agent F Patrick Patterson is returning to the Los Angeles Clippers on a one-year deal, his agent Sam Goldfeder of @excelsm_bball tells ESPN.

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) November 21, 2020

7:05 p.m. ET — So… are the Pistons just going to sign all of the big men?

Free agent center Jahlil Okafor has agreed to a two-year deal with the Detroit Pistons, sources tell ESPN.

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) November 21, 2020

6:50 p.m. ET — Does this mean Christian Wood will be packing his bags?

Free agent center Mason Plumlee has agreed to a three-year, $25M deal with the Detroit Pistons, his agent Mark Bartelstein of @PrioritySports tells ESPN.

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) November 20, 2020

6:30 p.m. ET — The Lakers find a decent Danny Green replacement in Wesley Matthews.

6:15 p.m. ET — Miami is working quickly. Goran Dragic and Meyers Leonard are both coming back.

Meyers Leonard tells The Associated Press that he intends to re-sign with the Eastern Conference champion Miami Heat. Source tells AP it is a two-year deal, the second year being a team option.

— Tim Reynolds (@ByTimReynolds) November 20, 2020

6:05 p.m. ET — Goran Dragic breaks the news on his own signing. He will stick with the Heat on a two-year, $37.4 million deal (team option on second year), according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania. 

5:45 p.m. ET — Gordon Hayward prefers to sign with the Pacers, but a return to the Celtics hasn’t been completely ruled out.

5:05 p.m. ET — Some good news for Raptors fans…

3:45 p.m. ET — The Trail Blazers are bringing Enes Kanter back to Portland as part of a three-team trade with the Celtics and Grizzlies.

Portland is acquiring Boston’s Enes Kanter in a three-way deal with Memphis, sources tell ESPN. Memphis gets Mario Hezonjia and 30th pick (Desmond Bane) from draft night deal as part of trade too. Celtics get a future Memphis draft consideration.

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) November 20, 2020

1:55 p.m. ET — The Warriors are waiving Ky Bowman. The 23-year-old point guard appeared in 45 games last season, averaging 7.4 points and 2.9 assists per game.

1:30 p.m. ET — The Bogdan Bogdanovic sign-and-trade deal is officially dead.

The Bucks are moving on from their pursuit of restricted free agent Bogdan Bogdanovic, who will scan the market across the league, sources tell me and @ShamsCharania. More to come at @TheAthleticNBA

— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) November 20, 2020

11:50 a.m. ET — Celtics forward Gordon Hayward declined his player option Thursday. Is he on his way out of Boston?

Indiana continues to explore sign-and-trade pathways to try acquire Gordon Hayward from Boston, league sources say

The Knicks, as covered here yesterday, remain a suitor for Hayward with their salary-cap space

— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) November 20, 2020

11:20 a.m. ET — ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that Anthony Davis will return to the Lakers in 2020-21, but he will take his time to consider the structure of his new contract. Potential deals include two years, $68 million; three years, $106 million; four years, $146.7 million; and five years, $189 million.

Thursday, Nov. 19

9:15 p.m. ET — Here are the details on the protected first-round pick the Warriors will send to the Thunder in exchange for Kelly Oubre Jr.

Sources: The Warriors will only convey that first-round pick next season should they finish 21-to-30 in the final regular season standings. If the Warriors land in the top 20, they’ll send two second-round picks to OKC.

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) November 20, 2020

7:10 p.m. ET — Uh oh. The Bucks and Kings are being sent to the principal’s office.

The NBA has opened an investigation of the reported transaction involving Milwaukee and Sacramento that was to send Bogdan Bogdanovic to the Bucks via sign-and-trade after Friday’s scheduled start of free agency, @NYTSports has learned

— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) November 20, 2020

5:55 p.m. ET — The Knicks take on Ed Davis’ salary in order to gain a couple future picks. Not a bad way to use cap space.

The Utah Jazz are trading Ed Davis and two 2023 second-round picks to the New York Knicks, sources tell @WindhorstESPN and me.

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) November 19, 2020

5:15 p.m. ET — With Klay Thompson out for the season, the Warriors are on the verge of adding some wing depth by trading for Kelly Oubre Jr.

5:05 p.m. ET — Avery Bradley will be an unrestricted free agent. Multiple contenders will look to lure him away from Los Angeles.

Los Angeles Lakers guard Avery Bradley will decline his $5M player option for the 2020-21 season and become a free agent, sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium.

— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) November 19, 2020

4:55 p.m. ET — Gordon Hayward has turned down his $34.2 million player option and will hit free agency. This doesn’t mean he is guaranteed to leave Boston, though.

Celtics’ Gordon Hayward has opted out of his $34M deal for the 2020-21 season and will become a free agent, sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium.

— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) November 19, 2020

Hayward has indeed opted out of next season’s $34.2 million with the Celts and becomes an unrestricted free agent Friday at 6 PM ET

The Knicks are in play …

Indiana has also pursued Hayward via trade, sources say …

And Boston can still re-sign Hayward to a long-term deal

— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) November 19, 2020

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