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With free agency just days away, here's a round up of the latest buzz around the league.
The Grizzlies aren't looking to fully rebuild, not with Marc Gasol and Mike Conley still under contract and Chandler Parsons still hogging their cap space. Instead Memphis is looking to quickly retool and aiming for the playoffs. Meanwhile Avery Bradley had a rough 2017-2018 season due to injuries and just poor play in Detroit. Bradley to Memphis makes sense for both parties, the Grizzlies get a tried and true 3 and D player while Bradley hopefully finds a long term fit.
The restricted free agent market isn't the most kind place to be, especially as a player entering a free agency period where most teams are capped out. The RFA class has gained Fred Van Vleet, Jusuf Nurkic, Rodney Hood, and Julius Randle. Of the three it's widely expected for Van Vleet to be back in Toronto next season, Hood and Randle are total toss ups. Julius Randle's name has been thrown around to various teams all year and it's expected for him to be in a different jersey come next season. The fact Nurkic will even hit RFA shows Portland may have thrown in the towel on the Jusuf-Lillard-McCollum experiment.
This summer is a make or break summer for the Lakers and Magic Johnson who have been saying they're getting two max free agents this summer. I did write about how Magic could make a new “Big Three” in LA, but as free agency approaches, as down the deadline for Lebron to opt in or out, the pressure is on in LA. It's been rumored the Lakers are trying to acquire another 1st round pick in order to swing a trade for Leonard and then they can quickly sign Lebron James when free agency begins. It gets even more intense considering the thought of Paul George staying In OKC becomes a greater possibility each day.
I didn't expect this to happen, but reports from Aaron Gordon himself have stated he wants to stay in Orlando and sign a max contract. A max contract for Aaron Gordon would be 5 years and $148 million; any other team would max out at 4 years and offer less than $148 million. Gordon also wants to wrap up a contract quickly, rather than draw out the free agency experience