Kemba is a big get for the Celtics, he will provide a viable replacement for Boston who lost two guards on day 1. The Celtics have found their starting center in Kanter with the mid-level exception, he cleans the offensive glass which is something the C's have been in dire need of in recent years.
The Celtics biggest loss here is Al Horford, there was hope a three-way sign-and-trade would come to fruition that would allow them to re-sign him, but he ended up taking more money elsewhere. You cannot blame him for that, it’s tough that it’s a division rival, however.
Free agent guard Terry Rozier plans to agree to a three-year, $58M contract with the Charlotte Hornets via sign-and-trade, league sources tell @TheAthleticNBA@Stadium.
This was a massively successful day for the Nets. Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported that Irving and Jordan were willing to take less money in order to give Jordan the full mid-level exception of around $10 million a year.
Free agents Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving are taking less than the max to allow DeAndre Jordan to get the $10M annual salary with Brooklyn, league sources tell ESPN.
The Sixers struck gold in the Jimmy Butler sign-and-trade with the Miami Heat that fetched them Justin Richardson. However, according to Jared Weiss of The Athletic, the original trade involving the Dallas Mavericks is essentially dead. They had to find a new trade partner, well partners, as they agreed to a four-team deal with the Los Angeles Clippers and Portland Trail Blazers, according to Wojnarowski.
There is a “glitch” in the Butler-Richardson trade according to sources, as the Heat do not want to give up Derrick Jones and Dallas is telling people the deal is off. Expectation is that the deal is too far down the road to fall apart and will get ironed out.
They also added a big piece to put next to Joel Embiid in Al Horford, the man with the gorgeous eyes. Philadelphia will have an extremely strong team to take into next year.
They lost Butler to Miami but were able to retain Tobias Harris, so all is not lost. However, Butler was the player to take over for them in the playoffs last year so they will need to replace that role going forward.
Additions: Matt Thomas
Question marks: Kawhi Leonard, Danny Green, Patrick McCaw, Jeremy Lin
This team is sitting and waiting for Kawhi’s decision, which reportedly is not coming for a couple days at least.
The Raptors have added Matt Thomas, from Spain's Valencia, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.
EuroLeague guard Matt Thomas has agreed to a three-year, $4.2M deal with the Toronto Raptors, league sources tell @TheAthleticNBA@Stadium.