NBA Free Agency Recap: Tony Parker leaves the Spurs

It’s been a busy couple of days as the NBA Free Agency moratorium period came to a close. With July 6 set as the official signing day for the free agents, deals are being finalized by teams. The bigger name free agents closed their deals early during the moratorium period. Now it’s the role players and young guys that are being signed by the teams.

The biggest news that broke in the past few days is Tony Parker opting to leave the San Antonio Spurs to sign a two year deal with the Charlotte Hornets. The contract is worth $10 million as reported by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

This a big blow for the Spurs organisation as Parker is widely considered a legend of the team. He was part of the Big Three with Manu Ginobili and Tim Duncan. Many expected Parker to retire as having only played for the Spurs. His move to Charlotte is shocking.

The Hornets can definitely use a player of Parker’s caliber to lead the young core they’re building. He can mentor their budding All-Star Kemba Walker during this crucial stretch in his career. Parker is a solid bench option and can still pay a significant role with the Hornets.

Parker isn’t the only Spur looking to leave San Antonio. Restricted Free Agent Kyle Anderson signed a four-year offer sheet with the Memphis Grizzlies as reported by Wojnarowski. The contract is for four years worth $37 million. The Spurs have 48 hours to match this deal to keep Anderson.

In other big signings, the Portland Trail Blazers have opted to keep Jusuf Nurkic for four years as reported by Wojnarowski. The deal is worth $48 million.

Nurkic is a bruising big man who complimented the high-scoring back court of Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum. There were reports that the Blazers were willing to let Nurkic walk but they opted to keep the big man. He played a key role in Portland’s run to the third seed last season. This is Portland’s second big move of the summer after signing Seth Curry to a two year deal.

Also staying home is Zach Lavine. The high-flying wing was offered by the Sacramento Kings $78 million to move to California. But the Bulls have decided to match the Kings’ offer to keep Lavine as reported by Wojnarowski. According to reports, Chicago is putting in some injury protections in the contract given that Lavine is coming back from an ACL injury he suffered two seasons ago.

After being traded to the Brooklyn Nets early in the offseason, Dwight Howard is once again moving teams. The Nets and Howard agreed to a buyout of his current contract paving the way for Howard to make a move to the Washington Wizards. The contract will be a two-year $11 million deal according to Wojnarowski.

The Wizards are trying to strengthen their frontline with Howard and Jeff Green after losing Marcin Gortat.

Several key role players have finalized deals for next season.

The Utah Jazz keep their bench back court together when they resigned both Raul Neto and Dante Exum to multi-year deals.

The Philadelphia 76ers replaced the players that they lost in free agency by trading for Wilson Chandler and signing Nemanja Bjelica. They also keep Amir Johnson on a one-year deal.

After reviving his career with a stint in Memphis, Tyreke Evans is moving East to the Indiana Pacers on a one-year deal. The Pacers also add Kyle O’Quinn to their roster.

The Houston Rockets’ first big move of the offseason was to sign Michael Carter-Williams to a one-year deal.

Avery Bradley only played six games for the LA Clippers last season. He’s looking to contribute more next season after a signed a two-year deal with the team.

Still unsigned are Clint Capela and Marcus Smart.

The other big news in the past few days is the OKC Thunder looking for ways to unload Carmelo Anthony off their books. After Anthony opted into his contract worth $27 million and signing Paul George early in the summer, the Thunder are looking at a payroll and luxury tax bill of over $300 million.

Now, OKC is looking to unload Anthony via either a trade of stretch provision. According to Wojnarowski, if Anthony becomes a free agent, the Houston Rockets and LA Lakers are in play to sign the forward.