Best available players and latest rumors

Best available players and latest rumors

Many of the biggest free agents of the 2024 NBA offseason have already signed. New contenders are being born. Former contenders are falling from grace, and yet there are still championship-caliber players waiting in the wings, ready to be snapped up.

While the Olympics may be at the top of everyone’s minds as LeBron James, Steph Curry and co. chase another gold medal, there are some sly moves that can be made that will really bolster the team’s depth heading into next year.

Guys like Tyus Jones, Spencer Dinwiddie and Gordon Hayward are all out of contract. Fans could see Team USA on stage if the notifications pop up on their phones showing the latest contracts.

Here are the latest NBA free agency rumors.

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Best Free Agents Available

  1. PG Tyus Jones
  2. SG Gary Trent Jr.
  3. SF Saddiq Bey
  4. PG Spencer Dinwiddie
  5. SF Gordon Hayward
  6. SF Isaac Okoro
  7. C Paul Reed
  8. C Precious Achiuwa
  9. SG Lonnie Walker
  10. PG Kyle Lowry

NBA Free Agent Rumors

Does Orlando Magic have their eye on Tyus Jones?

ESPN’s Chris Herring is reporting that the Magic may be interested in a sign-and-trade to bring Tyus Jones aboard. While the Magic seem confident in starting Kentavious Caldwell-Pope alongside Jalen Suggs in their backcourt, Jones could provide additional play at the cost of some defense.

Jones was widely regarded as the best backup point guard in the NBA with Memphis. Herring points out that while the Magic don’t need any additional playmakers, they’re one injury away from serious problems in that area. What if Paolo Banchero or Franz Wagner were sidelined for an extended period? It’s never a bad idea to bolster your bench, and Tyus Jones is arguably the best option available in that area.

Rumors of a connection between Jones and the Magic have been circulating for quite some time, even since June. Yet nothing has been done. You would think that a deal would have been reached by now if the Magic were really interested.

The Lakers could bring in Spencer Dinwiddie and Gary Trent Jr.

Jovan Buha and Shams Charania of The Athletic claimed that LeBron James’ $3 million pay cut to remain with the Lakers was intended to help the Lakers sign another star to pair with James and Anthony Davis. The report expands on that, claiming that the Lakers were in heavy negotiations with Klay Thompson before the sharpshooter opted to a three-year, $50 million contract with the Dallas Mavericks.

After failing to land Thompson, the Lakers turned to two of the best depth pieces remaining in free agency: Spencer Dinwiddie and Gary Trent Jr. Dinwiddie played with LeBron and the Lakers until last season, and he already knows what it takes to play next to James. Trent Jr., on the other hand, has proven to be a capable piece in a championship contender, averaging over 15 points per game in two of the last three seasons.

The Lakers are largely returning with the same team from last season after a first-round playoff exit. With that in mind, reuniting Dinwiddie or adding Trent wouldn’t be a huge change that could deliver the Lakers a championship. The team will likely still be looking for a trade if they want to push for another title before LeBron retires.

No ground gain between Cleveland Cavaliers and Isaac Okoro

There doesn’t seem to be anything happening between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Isaac Okoro. According to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, “there doesn’t seem to be much.”

While talks between Okoro and the Cavs have stalled, rumors linking Cleveland to other free agents like Cam Johnson and Dorian Finney-Smith have escalated, which doesn’t bode well for Cleveland’s reunion with Okoro. Perhaps the Cavaliers could move Okoro after signing him. Windhorst later said, “I’m sure there’s some negotiation going on. But I’m not aware of anything with any serious traction. I know the Cavs have had some conversations with a couple of teams about doing some sign-and-trades. But sign-and-trades are tricky.”

The Detroit Pistons have shown interest in Okoro before. There are no rumors about such a transfer between the clubs, but the chance of such a transfer is increasing by the day.

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