Key NBA free agency signings you might have missed
By Mark Patriarca
The big names in the 2018 NBA free agency have made their moves early and now officially off the market. However, the free agency bonanza is far from done.
Here are some of the key signings you might have missed that will surely give the NBA added fireworks:
Devin Booker: Phoenix Suns – five-year, $ 158-M maximum contract
Over the weekend, Devin Booker has just signed the most expensive deal in Phoenix Suns’ history. The 13th overall pick in the 2015 draft out of Kentucky is coming career-best 24.9 points season, shooting 38 percent from 3-point range.
Zach Lavine: Chicago Bulls matched Sacramento Kings offer – four-year, $78 million
The high-flying guard signed a $78-million offer sheet with the Sacramento Kings to force Chicago’s hand to match the offer and quickly decide to bring the 23-year-old back into the fold.
Julius Randle: New Orleans Pelicans – two-year, $18 million
Coming off a career best 16.1 points, eight rebounds and 2.6 assists for the Los Angeles Lakers, Pelicans will now have a solid pick-up to fill the shoes of star center Cousins who signed up for Golden State Warriors.
Jeff Green: Washington Wizards – one-year, $2.5 million
Coming off a key role in the Cavaliers’ Finals stint, veteran Jeff Green will try to do the same for the Wizards in their potential deep playoff run next season.
Brook Lopez: Milwaukee Bucks – one-year, $3.4 million
Brook Lopez has adapted as much as he can to the modern game by stretching his range from beyond the arc. The Bucks will surely gain something from a 7-footer who can knock down 3s.
Nerlens Noel: Oklahoma City Thunder – two-year, veteran’s minimum
The Thunder are taking a wise gamble on former lottery pick Nerlens Noel, a talented big man who’s coming off a rough season.
Elfrid Payton: New Orleans Pelicans – one-year, $2.7 million
Elfrid Payton will return to his hometown New Orleans after agreeing to a one-year deal with the Pels. With Rajon Rondo’s departure, the Pelicans will gain a potent back-court tandem in Payton and Jrue Holiday.
Tyreke Evans: Indiana Pacers – one-year, $12 million
With the East wide open, the Pacers were among those who aspire to jive in the playoff picture. Tyreke Evans was a hot commodity as a scoring guard who can play point or off the ball, and the Pacers will surely improve with him as they swooped him up with a $12-million offer.
Seth Curry: Portland Trailblazers – two-year, $5.6 million
Seth Curry missed the entirety of the previous season with a leg injury. However, he is a reliable knock-down shooter capable of playing both guard positions. He will surely add depth into the Blazers’ bench.
Trevor Ariza: Phoenix Suns – one-year, $15 million
With the Suns locked in developing its future with Devin Booker, the veteran and championship composure of Trevor Ariza will be a welcome addition to a young Phoenix squad.