Five Key Stories: 6/30/18 – 7/7/18

If you missed any of this week’s biggest free agent signings, don’t worry because we’ve got it covered with our Week in Review. Listed below are some of the most noteworthy signings and other stories from the last seven days.

The most sought-after free agent this summer, all-time great LeBron James, is taking his talents to Hollywood after agreeing to a four-year, $154MM maximum salary contract with the Lakers. The fourth year of the contract will contain a player option, meaning James will remain in Los Angeles at least through the 2020/21 season barring a trade. James also considered re-signing with the Cavaliers – and met with the Sixers as a mere courtesy – but ultimately made a decision based on what he believed to be the best situation for him and his family moving forward. Since making his decision, the Lakers have also begun to fill out their roster with other free agents, including Rajon Rondo, Lance Stephenson, and JaVale McGee.

In one of the more shocking free agency developments in recent memory, All-Star big man DeMarcus Cousins has signed with the Warriors on a one-year, $5.3MM deal. Cousins, who is coming off a torn Achilles suffered during the 2017/18 season, apparently received a two-year offer for $40MM from the Pelicans earlier this year, but after not accepting, saw his market shrink to the point where he reportedly had to call Warriors’ GM Bob Myers after receiving no offers from any other teams. For Cousins, signing a one-year deal will allow him to rebuild his value and return to the free agent market next summer in the hopes of a more lucrative contract.

The Thunder and Carmelo Anthony have decided to part ways, with both the team and Anthony’s camp expected to work together to figure out whether Anthony will be traded, waived and stretched, or bought out and stretched. Both sides hope to have a plan in place and executed before the summer ends. While Oklahoma City is making this move in an effort to cut costs, Anthony is also on board because recognizes that he’d be in line for a reduced, and perhaps back-up role, if he remains with the Thunder. The early favorites to land Anthony once he becomes a free agent are the Rockets, Heat, and Lakers.

Zach LaVine, one of the top restricted free agents on the market this summer, received a substantial offer sheet from the Kings worth $78MM over four seasons. The Bulls, who have both a plethora of potential cap room and LaVine’s Bird rights, are expected to match the Kings’ offer within the 48-hour deadline. The Bulls decision to match the Kings’ offer came relatively quickly considering the fact that the only offer they had made to LaVine prior was reportedly lower by a significant amount. The purported contract for LaVine contains no options and is fully guaranteed.

Another prominent restricted free agent, forward Kyle Anderson, has signed a four-year $37.2MM offer sheet with the Grizzlies. The Grizzlies, who are over the cap, plan to use the non-taxpayer mid-level exception to sign Anderson, and become hard-capped in the process, should the Spurs opt not to match the offer sheet. The offer from Memphis also includes a 15 percent trade kicker.

Here are 10 more notable NBA headlines (among many others) from the last week:

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