Brandon Marcus and Dan Besbris discuss Boban's move to Dallas, the Clippers' taking on contracts, Kawhi Leonard (of course), and Brandon's sneaky winners in free agency!
July 6, 2019, 1:59 pmStanley JohnsonSF, Toronto Raptors
Stanley Johnson has agreed on a two-year, $7.5 million deal with the Raptors.
Johnson's career has not match expectations yet but this is the best possible spot for him with the departure of Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green. Norman Powell and Matt Thomas are currently the only other wings under contract but the Raptors still have four roster spots left to fill for the upcoming season. Johnson is not on the fantasy radar just yet as he hasn't displayed the most fantasy-friendly stat set but this is something to monitor.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
July 6, 2019, 1:55 amKawhi LeonardSF, Toronto Raptors
Kawhi Leonard will sign with the Clippers according to Yahoo! Sports' Chris Haynes.
We'll update this blurb as we learn more. Obviously this is a massive shift of power in the NBA and Steve Ballmer and Co. just landed the NBA's best player.
Source: Chris Haynes on Twitter
July 5, 2019, 5:26 pmSagaba KonateF, Toronto Raptors
Sagaba Konate will not suit up in Summer League as he continues to recover from a right knee injury.
Konate went undrafted but signed an Exhibit 10 deal with the Raptors. His draft stock took a major hit because of the injury, and he only played in eight games in his final season with West Virginia. Konate set a program record with 191 blocks in his time as a Mountaineer despite playing in only 81 games. He'll be another player that the Raptors' development staff is thrilled to work with.
Source: Blake Murphy on Twitter
July 4, 2019, 3:07 pmNando De ColoG, Toronto Raptors
Nando De Colo has agreed to a deal with Fenerbahce, per Nikos Varlas of EuroHoops.net.
De Colo is a restricted free agent for the Raptors but has spent the last five seasons playing for CSKA Moscow, where he's emerged as one of the best guards that isn't in the NBA pipeline. He was exploring NBA opportunities this summer but depending on the length of his deal with the Turkish powerhouse, the 32-year-old De Colo may be passing up his final chance at a comeback.
Source: EuroHoops.Net on Twitter
July 4, 2019, 1:30 pmJustin HolidaySG, Memphis Grizzlies
Per Michael Scotto of The Athletic, Justin Holiday is considering interest from several teams including the Lakers, Clippers, Bulls, Raptors, Pacers, Wizards, Hornets and Cavs.
It is also being reported that the Grizzlies are willing to do a sign-and-trade with the 30-year-old wing. Holiday is seemingly in a holding pattern until Kawhi Leonard decides on his future, as three of the mentioned teams with interest aren't going to make a move until then. His market should heat up fairly soon.
Source: Michael Scotto on Twitter
July 3, 2019, 11:20 pmKawhi LeonardSF, Toronto Raptors
Per Jabari Young of The Athletic, Kawhi Leonard is taking his time making his free agency decision as he is unlikely to decide on Wednesday night.
He is still deciding between the Clippers, Lakers and Raptors. Leonard met with the Raptors on Wednesday night, but it has been made pretty clear that he is not announcing his decision just yet. Also, no two-year deals have been discussed in negotiations.
Source: Jabari Young on Twitter
July 3, 2019, 8:48 amDanny GreenSG, Toronto Raptors
According to Mike Fisher of 247 Sports, the Mavs are hoping to close deals on both Danny Green and Marcus Morris.
Danny Green ended the regular season averaging 10.3 points and 4.0 rebounds for the Raptors and he reportedly is waiting for Kawhi Leonard’s decision before he makes his own. Morris meanwhile is a hot commodity this offseason after averaging 13.9 points and 6.1 rebounds for the Celtics last year. One of the biggest needs the Mavs had heading into this offseason was three-point shooting. Last season, they shot the fourth-most threes in the entire league as a team, yet they were fourth from the bottom when it came to team three-point percentage. Dallas has already agreed to terms with Seth Curry on a 4-year, $32 million deal.
Source: 247 Sports
July 2, 2019, 5:13 pmKawhi LeonardSF, Toronto Raptors
Per Jason Shultz of ESPN, Kawhi Leonard will meet with the Raptors later tonight after completing his meetings with both the Clippers and Lakers earlier on Tuesday.
Leonard’s decision is inching closer by the minute, and with one final team meeting left, we may have a choice by the weekend. Get ready for a franchise-altering announcement as one fanbase will be shooting off fireworks for more than the fourth of July.
Source: Jason Shultz on Twitter
July 2, 2019, 5:03 pmKawhi LeonardSF, Toronto Raptors
Per Marc Stein of the New York Times, the Lakers believe that they are in the lead to sign Kawhi Leonard after pitches from LeBron James and Magic Johnson, but Drake is mounting his recruitment team for the Raptors, and the Clippers have done everything Leonard’s camp has asked of them.
Read into this as you will, but nothing has changed much in the past week. All meetings and negotiations continue to be tight-lipped between the franchises and Leonard’s camp. Each team likes what they can bring to the table to sway Leonard. The Raptors can offer the most money and are coming off a championship season. The Clippers are in L.A. and can make Leonard, “The man.” And the Lakers have the prestigious history in L.A. while giving Leonard the chance to play with James and Anthony Davis. Leonard’s decision will inevitably change the course of all three franchises and the NBA as we know it.
Source: Marc Stein on Twitter
July 2, 2019, 4:39 pmDanny GreenSG, Toronto Raptors
Speaking on 105.3 The Fan, Danny Green’s podcast co-host Harrison Sanford said that Green is, “considering not waiting” for Kawhi Leonard’s decision before making his own.
That’s quite the departure from his previous thinking. It’s been less than 48 hours since free agency “began,” but we’ve seen most teams use their cap space already. It’s possible a potential Green suitor will go elsewhere should he keep waiting. Things continue to get interesting as we await Leonard’s landing spot.
Source: Brad Townsend on Twitter
July 1, 2019, 4:33 pmJodie MeeksSG, Toronto Raptors
According to Brett Dawson of The Athletic, the Thunder are one of the teams that have shown interest in Jodie Meeks.
Meeks signed a 10-day with the Raptors and was picked up for the playoff run, though he was never a significant factor in the rotation despite some brief showings as a 9th man. He'll be a depth signing for any team in need of an insurance shooter.
Source: Brett Dawson on Twitter
July 1, 2019, 3:34 pmMatt ThomasSG, Toronto Raptors
Matt Thomas, a sharpshooting guard who played with Valencia in the ACB last season, has agreed to a three-year deal with the Raptors, per Nikos Varlas of Eurohoops.net.
Thomas is a 24-year-old who played his college ball at Iowa State and appeared in the 2017 Summer League with the Lakers. Last season he shot a blistering .485 from behind the arc and was a big part of Valencia's EuroCup title. In his two years in Spain, Thomas has hit 47 percent of his threes on 4.9 attempts per game. He'll provide affordable backcourt depth for the Raptors, who need to fill out the bottom of the roster as they wait for Kawhi Leonard's decision. It has since been reported that Thomas will make $4.2 million on the deal.
Source: Nikos Varlas on Twitter
July 1, 2019, 12:40 amDanny GreenSG, Toronto Raptors
Speaking on Instagram Live, Danny Green said he heard from the Raptors, Lakers, Clippers and Mavs on the first day of free agency.
Green's been great about providing updates on his free agency. The Mavs were reported to be a serious contender if Kawhi Leonard decides not to return to the Raptors, though the general vibe is that Green will run it back in Toronto if Kawhi does as well. He's one of the biggest fish left and will have his pick of offers once the floodgates open again.
Source: Blake Murphy on Twitter
June 30, 2019, 9:04 pmKawhi LeonardSF, Toronto Raptors
Kawhi Leonard will not be taking any free agent meetings on Sunday night, per Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports, and will ramp up the free agent process over the next few days.
The last report had Leonard setting up L.A. meetings on July 2, so while that is not set in stone it's hardly surprising to hear that Kawhi is taking it slow. The market figures to slow down substantially as Leonard makes up his mind, with Jimmy Butler potentially waiting to see if the duo will link up on the Clippers and Danny Green — and the 3-and-D market behind him — basing his decision on Kawhi's. Get ready for lots of armchair psychology in the meantime.
Source: Chris Haynes on Twitter