NBA teams can begin formal negotiations with free agents Monday night. Where will players like Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, Chris Paul end up?
NEW YORK – Just days after the 2021 NBA Draft, the shortened offseason picks up on Monday with the start of the NBA’s free agency.
On Monday at 6 p.m. EST, teams can begin formally negotiating with free agents. While these deals can only become official on Friday, August 6 at 12:01 p.m. EST, you will start to hear reports and announcements of deals in place starting Monday.
Watch the Live Locked On NBA Free Agency Show at 5 p.m. EST Monday as reports of top free agent destinations begin to arrive. Watch live on Locked On NBA YouTube, Twitter or Facebook.
10 free agents to watch:
Kyle Lowry, G, UFA
Quick Notes: Lowry is an unrestricted free agent. Despite his age (35), Lowry is expected to be one of the most wanted free agents. Reports for the past 24 hours have indicated the Miami Heat as his most likely destination, but that could change. Lowry is 6 times All Star. He averaged 17 points and 7 assists per game last season in Toronto.
DeMar DeRozan, SG, UFA
Quick Notes: DeRozan is an unrestricted free agent after three seasons with the San Antonio Spurs. The 31-year-old is said to be chased by many teams and his landing spot has been on hold since Monday morning. Reports have linked DeRozan to the Lakers after trading for Russell Westbrook, but he is expected to suffer a big pay cut. New York is also a potential landing place.
John Collins, F, RFA (Falcons)
Quick Notes: John Collins is a restricted free agent after apparently turning down an extension offer from the Hawks last season and now the 23-year-old is expected to cash. Reports say Collins will most likely sign a new deal with Atlanta, but anything could happen if sheets of high-priced offers from other teams came in.
Chris Paul, PG, UFA
Quick Notes: While Chris Paul chose not to take his $ 44 million player option for next season with Phoenix last week to become an unrestricted free agent, that doesn’t mean he won’t be back in Phoenix. next season. The 36-year-old, acquired by Phoenix before last season, helped lead the Suns to their first NBA Finals appearance in 28 years and the first of Paul’s career.
Reports have indicated that he wants to stay in Phoenix and general manager James Jones is confident there will be good news for Phoenix fans regarding Chris Paul. The decision to reject the player’s option likely sets Paul up to set up a new deal with Phoenix, and possibly one that helps Phoenix with expansions and pending re-signings to keep the Western Conference champion team together. .
Lonzo Ball, PG, RFA (Pelicans)
Quick Notes: While Lonzo Ball isn’t a top-notch playmaker in the NBA, he can add a lot to any team and will be a player many teams watch. The Pelicans have a few young guards if they choose not to match an offer on Lonzo. The Bulls, Hornets and Mavericks have all been reported as interested in Ball.
Kawhi Léonard, F, UFA
Quick Notes: While Kawhi Leonard has turned down his $ 36 million player option for next season with the Clippers to become an unrestricted free agent, he is expected to sign a new contract to stay in Los Angeles with the Clippers, according to multiple reports. But, Kawhi Leonard is Kawhi Leonard and his side may hold other plans near the vest as free agency approaches.
André Drummond, C, UFA
Quick Notes: Drummond is an unrestricted free agent this season after six months with the Lakers. The Lakers certainly wouldn’t be expected to try and bring the 27-year-old tall man back, especially after he was knocked out in LA’s Game 6 playoff elimination against the Suns. But Drummond could be an interesting play for many teams with his impressive rebound numbers.
Dennis Schroder, G, UFA
Quick Notes: Schroder, 27, is an unrestricted free agent after a season in Los Angeles with the Lakers and he’s unlikely to be back after the Lakers traded for Russell Westbrook. Schroder averaged 15 points and nearly six assists per game for the Lakers last season.
Tim Hardaway Jr., G / F, UFA
Quick Notes: It’s hard to believe Tim Hardaway Jr. will enter his ninth NBA season next year, but the 29-year-old is now an unrestricted free agent after two and a half seasons in Dallas and he will be watched by many teams. . Hardaway averaged nearly 17 points per game for the Mavericks last year while improving his field goal percentage by 3 points in each of the past two seasons.
Bruce Brown, G / F, FRG
Quick Notes: It will be interesting to see what happens with Bruce Brown at the start of free agency. He played an interesting role on a Nets team with Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant and James Harden. He was the key defensive player for the team and also saw a big improvement in his field goal percentage. It is likely to generate some interest. As a restricted free agent, the question will be whether the Nets would match the offer sheets sent to them.
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