NBA free agency begins Friday at 6 p.m. ET, allowing teams to begin contract negotiations with free-agent players. These deals could become official on July 6th. Between Friday and July 6th, all deals can be reached but are not binding agreements between teams and players. If the contract is signed after July 6th, it will be official.
A few teams have big cap spaces, including the Houston Rockets, San Antonio Spurs and Sacramento Kings, but many others are looking to keep their current players as new collective bargaining agreements take effect Saturday. have to make some adjustments.
Some of the top players to watch during free agency: James Harden, Kyrie Irving, Chris Middleton, Draymond Green, Fred VanVleet. Other players could shake up the offseason, including Damian Lillard’s status with the Portland Trail Blazers.
Along with news of contract extensions and player/team options, extensions of qualifying offers are also in the works, and we’ve already seen some moves. Follow Yahoo Sports for the latest NBA free agency news.
James Harden Reportedly Selecting Player Options To Facilitate Trade From Sixers
Former NBA MVP James Harden has acquired a $35.6 million player option with the 76ers in anticipation of working with the team in a tradeout from Philadelphia. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported..
Harden, who turns 34 in August, averaged 21 points, league-high 10.7 assists and 6.1 rebounds per game last season with the Sixers, earning his 10th straight All-Star appearance. A strained tendon in his right foot and a sore left Achilles tendon cost him 24 regular-season games and an All-NBA appearance, which is on the rise in his career. Harden has been sidelined with soft tissue injuries the last two seasons and hasn’t been on an All-NBA roster since joining the Houston Rockets in 2020. Read more about Harden’s options.