NBA 2020 Free Agency: Day 1 Recap

An eventful opening night of the 2020 free agent period saw more than 30 NBA free agents reach agreements on deals, including six whose new contracts will be worth at least $60MM in overall value.

These deals aren’t yet official, so the reported terms could change — or agreements could fall through altogether. Generally speaking though, teams and players are on track to finalize these agreements sometime after the moratorium ends on Sunday.


Here are today’s free agent agreements:

  1. Davis Bertans, Wizards agree to five-year, $80MM contract.
  2. Joe Harris, Nets agree to four-year, $75MM contract.
  3. Marcus Morris, Clippers agree to four-year, $64MM contract.
  4. Danilo Gallinari, Hawks agree to three-year, $61.5MM contract.
  5. Jerami Grant, Pistons agree to three-year, $60MM contract.
  6. Malik Beasley, Timberwolves agree to four-year, $60MM contract.
  7. Jordan Clarkson, Jazz agree to four-year, $52MM contract.
  8. Christian Wood, Rockets agree to three-year, $41MM contract (sign-and-trade).
  9. Goran Dragic, Heat agree to two-year, $37.4MM contract.
  10. Derrick Favors, Jazz agree to three-year, $27MM contract.
  11. Jakob Poeltl, Spurs agree to three-year, $27MM contract.
  12. Mason Plumlee, Pistons agree to three-year, $25MM contract.
  13. Rodney Hood, Trail Blazers agree to two-year, $21MM contract.
  14. Meyers Leonard, Heat agree to two-year, $20MM contract.
  15. Montrezl Harrell, Lakers agree to two-year, $19MM contract.
  16. Derrick Jones, Trail Blazers agree to two-year, $19MM contract.
  17. Justin Holiday, Pacers agree to three-year, $18MM contract.
  18. JaMychal Green, Nuggets agree to two-year, $15MM contract.
  19. Trey Burke, Mavericks agree to three-year, $10MM contract.
  20. Pat Connaughton, Bucks agree to two-year, $8.3MM contract.
  21. Alec Burks, Knicks agree to one-year, $6MM contract.
  22. Garrett Temple, Bulls agree to one-year, $5MM contract.
  23. Wesley Matthews, Lakers agree to one-year, $3.6MM contract.
  24. Drew Eubanks, Spurs agree to three-year, minimum-salary contract.
  25. Jahlil Okafor, Pistons agree to two-year, minimum-salary contract.
  26. Dwayne Bacon, Magic agree to two-year, minimum-salary contract.
  27. Dwight Howard, Sixers agree to one-year, minimum-salary contract.
  28. Udonis Haslem, Heat agree to one-year, minimum-salary contract.
  29. Patrick Patterson, Clippers agree to one-year, minimum-salary contract.
  30. Facundo Campazzo, Nuggets agree to two-year contract (terms unknown).
  31. Josh Jackson, Pistons agree to two-year contract (terms unknown).
  32. Anthony Gill, Wizards agree to two-year contract (terms unknown).
  33. Robin Lopez, Wizards agree to one-year contract (terms unknown).
  34. James Ennis, Magic agree to one-year contract (terms unknown).

Today’s trades are trickier to round up, since most of them involved adding new parts to previously agreed-upon deals. Here’s a recap of what happened:

  1. The Thunder are sending Steven Adams to New Orleans as part of the Jrue Holiday deal between the Pelicans and Bucks. We still don’t know all the moving parts involved in that one, but Oklahoma City will acquire – you guessed it – more draft picks.
  2. The Thunder, Mavericks, and Pistons agreed to a three-team trade that sends Delon Wright to Detroit, James Johnson to Dallas, and Trevor Ariza, Justin Jackson, and draft compensation to Oklahoma City.
  3. The Pistons agreed to sign-and-trade Christian Wood to the Rockets as part of their previously agreed-upon deal involving Trevor Ariza (before Detroit reroutes him to OKC).
  4. The Trail Blazers officially acquired Enes Kanter from the Celtics, folding that deal into a Grizzlies/C’s draft-night agreement.
  5. The Timberwolves officially finalized their trade for Ricky Rubio.

Here are some of the day’s other major headlines:

  1. De’Aaron Fox and the Kings agreed to a five-year, maximum-salary extension (starts in 2021/22; projected value of between $163-196MM).
  2. Wizards point guard John Wall is reportedly seeking a trade out of Washington.
  3. The Raptors will play their home games in Tampa, Florida to start the 2020/21 season.
  4. The Rockets and Magic discussed a Russell Westbrook trade, but didn’t gain traction.
  5. Anthony Davis will take his time signing his new contract with the Lakers.
  6. Davis is one of several players expected to sign maximum-salary contracts soon, along with Brandon Ingram, Jayson Tatum, and Donovan Mitchell.
  7. Gordon Hayward is hoping to land a four-year, $100MM contract via a sign-and-trade to the Pacers.

Despite a busy Friday, there are still plenty of stories to watch over the course of the weekend — five of the top six free agents on our top-50 list don’t yet have new deals in place.

Photos courtesy of USA Today Sports Images.

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23 thoughts on “NBA 2020 Free Agency: Day 1 Recap

  1. Simmons>Russ

    Top 5 worst deals:
    Joe Harris, Danilo Gallonari, Malik Beasley, Mason Plumblee, Meyers Leonard

    Worst deal: Joe Harris (huge overpay for role player)

    Top 5 best deals:
    Montrez Harrell, Derrick Favours, Jordan Clarkson, Westley Mathews, Derrick Jones Jr

    Best deal: Montrez Harrell (been one of the best bench performers for 3 years and stolen from a direct rival)

    • mb15

      Davis Bertans is the worst deal, big overpay just coz he can stretch the floor but could’ve easily found that elsewhere without locking even more long term money onto the Wizards
      The best deal by far was for Jerami Grant, man can ball on both ends and showed that in the playoffs, how’d the Nuggets let him slip away, definitely worth the $20MM a year and you already know he fits the team, HUGE screwup

      • Simmons>Russ

        Bertans is definitely up there with one of the worst, especially considering he opted out of the bubble only to protect his value for FA. That really shows poorly on your commitment to the team, your team mates and it’s shows that your value money over anything else.
        Also he’s only had 1 breakout season, what’s to say he doesn’t go back to just being meh after collecting his $$

        As for Jerami Grant I really rate that deal, dudes a baller and that’s good value for money but to the pistons. They are already loaded in his position and they are a rebuilding team. He opted out of his player option knowing he’s got good value. He should’ve been a little more patient and signed elsewhere. Clippers paid Morris basically the same money If Grant had signed with the clippers or Nets for Joe Harris money or even TWolves for Beasley money he’d be a probably the best signing but pistons nah.

        • whuron

          Bertāns is worth every penny. Grant is worth no more than the MLE. Hard to be so wrong on both points but you managed to do that

          • El Don

            Both overpaid & as worthless as each other, just the mini MLE & all happy, right?

          • Simmons>Russ

            You’re so wrong, Bertans has had 1 average season can can stretch the floor. Definitely not worth 20mil.
            Grant has many season of being decent and 1 big playoff run but is a proven two way player, great shot blocker and is worth his contract

    • Dxit90a

      Montrez Harrel Is very overrated season player . But at least his contract is not ugly . He and tristen Thompson are similar players . I agree with mb15 the best pick up Jerami Grant, And the most overpaid Davis Bertans. Joe Harris and Moriss slight over paid but do fit perfectly with their teams.

      • Simmons>Russ

        How does Harris fit perfectly ? 20 mil for a back up SG doesn’t make sense

        • Dxit90a

          He is a top shooter if not the best shooter in the nba and will space the floor for Kyrie and Durant and plays great off the ball . That what needed . I agree a bit over paid but worth it.

          • bdpecore

            I think JJ Redick is just as good of a shooter but his $13 million salary makes his value slightly above neutral.

            • Dxit90a

              JJ Redick is a good player but currently is a bit less in the defensive department and can’t play starter minutes

    • Luckylefty2

      Would of been nice if you were to put who has cap space left. And other top remaining FA.

  2. nikumistry

    Thanks for the work you guys do. Really appreciate your content and allows me to stay up to date.

  3. phillyballers

    Feel like the Thunder could have gotten more than just a protected 1st for Adams? I guess they cal always deal Bledsoe or Hill again for that ‘more’ but as a staunch supporter of the tank…. you don’t hit on all those picks. Unless they are Top-5 it’s really hard. Boston hasnt hit on a lot of their later picks where it seems like they have 4 1sts each year. They hit on the lottery picks mostly.

  4. Luckylefty2

    Would of been nice if you were to put who has cap space left. And other top remaining FA.

  5. Luckylefty2

    Masai is like “ok freddy you have no leverage now, take this 80-85 nd let’s get rolling!”

  6. Havlicek stole the ball

    it’s great to see big men signing contracts while the Celtics don’t move a muscle. Good job, Danny, good job… unless they sign and trade Hayward for Myles Turner I see no future with only Theis and Rob Williams in the middle.

    • Luckylefty2

      It just doesn’t make sense to overpay for a center if you’re the celtics. Either grab tristan for 1 year 5 or noel for the minimum and call it a FA.

    • bdpecore

      The rumor is the Pacers are willing to send Turner to Boston in a Hayward sign and trade so I don’t blame them for not signing one yet.

  7. afsooner02

    At this point….other than SGA, I dunno who is even left on the thunder.

  8. KnickerbockerAl

    Bertans made out. Think it’s a little high for me. But Joe Harris made a killing. Don’t fault players ever. They should get all they can. No way Nets were going to let him walk.
    My Knicks should just sign Bogdanovic for 15 mill. Go for it.

  9. MarlinsFanBase

    Heat looking good and set up nicely to make a run for Giannia after this year, if we aren’t the last team standing this year…which is likely, but we’re the Heat, so anything is possible.

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