So free agency started and it is time to write a bit about it.
These are most notable trades and free agent signings so far:
Brooklyn signed Irving and DeAndre Jordan as free agents and got KD via sign and trade (gave away D'Angelo Russel, Shabaz Napier and Treveon Graham to GSW). Also, they signed Temple on 2 year deal. Considering that Durant will be injured throughout the whole season most likely I don't expect them to do much better compared to previous season unless they find a way to add more talent to the squad.
Boston compensated nicely when Irving decided to go to the Nets, they managed to get Kemba Walker who is more team-first oriented player and should be good fit with young core that Celts have. However signing Kanter for 2 years to replace Horford is bad defense wise, offense will flourish but not sure who will close the gap on the defensive end since they even traded Baynes to the Suns on the draft night.
GSW signed Klay to max deal, 190 millions for 5 years although he will miss almost entire next season and managed to at least get Russel in exchange for KD who could go away as free agent and leave them with nothing. There has been some agreement with owners that he will do sign and trade which eventually granted GSW sidekick to Curry in offense and someone who can give him some rest while running the offense. Rumors are that they will look to trade him during the season for couple good players to add more depth once Klay is back and healthy since there wont be any place in starting 5 for him then. They traded Iggy to Memphis to create cap space for Russel, I am really not a fan of that move since Iggy was one of their best players once playoff starts and he even earned one Finals MVP title with them.
Mavericks signed 5 year deal with Porzingis and gave 4 year contract to Maxi Kleber. Signed Seth Curry for 4 years thus bringing him back since he was in Texas for 2 years prior in his career.
Miami is engaging in multiple team trade deals to clear space for Jimmy Butler. They already sent Josh Richardson to Philly, Whiteside to Portland and Harkless that they got from Blazers got sent to Clippers. Butler is signing 4 year contract worth 142 million. Trading Goran Dragic is now one of the things they are looking into since he is in last year and will hold value for teams that are in rebuild phase or into tanking for better draft picks.
Philadelphia brought back Tobias Harris from free agency on 5 year 180 million deal and managed to sign Horford to 4 year deal as well. But they lost Butler and Redick, got Richardson for Butler but Redick went for free and they are now looking into adding more shooters into the team prior to season start.
Bucks did some interesting moves, they got back Middleton, George Hill and Brook Lopez but lost Brogdon to Indiana. Additionally they added Mathews to replace Brogdon on veteran minimum for 2 years and added Brook's brother Robin to bolster center position.
Orlando signed Vucevic to 100 millions and Aminu to bolster wing spot in team as he is good defensive player that will add some intensity on that part of the court.
Indiana lost two playmakers, Corry Joseph went to Kings and Collison retired from NBA to focus more on religion and family. They added Brogdon who can cover PG position and Lamb to be there when Oladipo is not fit to play. Their biggest issues are that both Bogdanovic and Young left the team as they lost awesome 3 point shooter in Bogdanovic and good defensive player in Young. Brogdon can provide awesome shooting percentages since he is the latest addition of 50-40-90 club from last season with Bucks. They seem to be more offense oriented with TJ Warren changing Young as starting PF and it could be fun watching them when they are all healthy.
New Orleans got JJ Redick who will spread the floor nicely for Zion and managed to get Favors from Utah as a starting center until their draft pick matures a bit.
Denver picked up team option with Milsap and agreed to pay him 30 million $ for next year meaning that they will have that free next season to improve team with best option available. Also they extended Murray's contract and basically they committed to keeping their young core intact and to rely on building up from the players they picked in drafts.
Utah got Conley, Bojan Bogdanovic and Ed Davis while losing Rubio and Favors which makes them much much better then last season. They were desperate to add more guys who can shoot the ball well and with good percentages and got just that in Bogdanovic, Conley is also not a bad scorer at all and he is big improvement over Rubio in all areas. He just needs to stay healthy. Davis is bit weaker then Favors but he is there to be back up only and he will do fine in that role.
Knicks failed to attract any star player to join them for yet another year. So they turned to other options and signed Randle, Bobby Portis, Elfried Payton, Taj Gibson, Reggie Bullock and Wayne Ellington. They will be there to compliment their draft pick RJ Barret, I expect most from Randle and Payton, all others are there just to fill cap space.
Sacramento resigned Barns for 4 years, major reason toward that decision is probably coach Walton who was with him in GSW. And Divac made several good moves in my opinion. They added Dedmon and Richaun Holmes as two centers, Dedmon shoot 37% from 3 point last season and is greatly improving in that department, it will allow them awesome floor spacing. Holmes is different type of center, more athletic and he is expected to be part of lot of alley oops from Fox and Bogdan. Then he added Ariza who will bring much needed experience and defense intensity, one of the best 3&D guys in the league plus signed Corey Joseph as back up playmaker.
Clippers resigned Patrick Beverly on a 3 year deal and are in pursuit for Kawhi Leonard for now.
Chicago signed Tadeus Young and Satoranski, so far it appears like they will suck for couple more years.
Memphis resigned Jonas Valanciunas for 3 years and are going into rebuild with keys of the team resting with Ja Morant and Jarren Jackson. They got Igguodala from GSW but there are talks that he will be traded so still unsure if he will be there when season start.
Hornets lost Kemba to Boston and they took Rozier from Celtics as a free agent. Still waiting on them to make more moves since they lost Kaminsky to Suns. They look like weakest team in the east, Knicks have better potential and Chicago has bit better players.
Suns solved their PG issues by adding Rubio, they made some moves during draft night as well that got them Baynes as center, sent away TJ Warren to Indiana and replaced him with Frank Kaminsky. Really unsure how they will progress, they depend a lot on Booker being healthy.
Spurs resigned Gay for 2 years and added DeMare Caroll also on 2 year deal. They require several pieces to be sure playoff participants, unless they make some moves or Pop produces another unknown player they could potentially miss it for the first time after 20+ years.
Detroit signed Rose on a 2 year deal, hopefully he will be a good fit with Griffin and Drummond.
Portland got Whiteside via trade to fill Kanter's position, brought back Rodney Hood and signed 1 year deal with Hezonja. Extended Lillards contract to super max as well. Will be a major threat again this season.
Houston simply resigned several free agents, Austin Rivers is back with 2 year contract, Gerald Green on 1 year deal and Daniel House for 3 years. Still waiting on moves from them, there were talks about moving Capela, Gordon and PJ Tucker to clear space,
Lakers so far looks lost, especially if Kawhi declines their pitch which I think it is really likely scenario. They added Unibrow and moved everyone except LeBron and Kuzma. Added Troy Daniels only so far and they need players in every position, if I start naming everything it will require another topic and way more time.
Washington got Ish Smith and Jordan Bell while losing Bobby Portis and Satoranski.
Oklahoma signed Alec Burks, Muscala and Nerlens Noel but still not sure about the length and salary for any of them.
Toronto waits on Kawhi to make decision. In the meantime Marc Gasol picked up player option for another year there and Danny Green is looking for new contract.
Atlanta waits patiently to add only players that will help her get over minimum salary cap as they have tons of young talent who will be given every chance to develop.
Minnesota is looking into trading Wigins and were looking into adding Russel before he went to GSW.
Cleveland is also really quiet so far, guess they will keep on tanking and developing young players as soon as they trade Kevin Love away and get rid of JR Smith and Tristan Thompson.