NBA 2021 Free Agency: Day 5 Recap

When we published our recap of Day 4 of the NBA’s 2021 free agent period on Thursday, I noted that the pace seemed to be slowing and that it would likely be our last daily roundup unless Friday was especially busy.

As it turns out, Friday was a pretty active news day, so we’re back at least once more tonight with our recap of all the day’s biggest NBA headlines.

Let’s dive in…

Here are Friday’s most noteworthy free agent deals and contract extension agreements:

  1. Kawhi Leonard agreed to re-sign with the Clippers, though the two sides are still working through the terms of his new contract.
  2. Kevin Durant agreed to a four-year, maximum-salary extension with the Nets that will be worth nearly $198MM.
  3. Jimmy Butler agreed to a four-year, maximum-salary extension with the Heat that projects to be worth more than $186MM.
  4. Reggie Jackson agreed to a two-year, $21.6MM deal with the Clippers.
  5. Andre Iguodala agreed to return to the Warriors on a one-year, minimum-salary deal.
  6. Justise Winslow agreed to a two-year deal with the Clippers that will reportedly come out of the team’s taxpayer mid-level exception.
  7. Willy Hernangomez agreed to a three-year deal with the Pelicans.
  8. Omer Yurtseven signed a two-year, minimum-salary deal with the Heat.
  9. DeAndre’ Bembry agreed to a one-year, minimum-salary deal with the Nets.
  10. Javonte Green agreed to a two-year deal with the Bulls.

The NBA’s 2021 free agency moratorium ended at 11:00am CT on Friday, allowing teams to complete the free agent deals and trades they’d tentatively agreed upon earlier in the offseason. Plenty of teams took advantage of the ability to officially make moves — the Lakers and Heat were among the teams that announced several signings.

A number of big-money contract extensions were formally completed today, including maximum-salary deals for Warriors guard Stephen Curry (story), Hawks guard Trae Young (story), and Thunder guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (story).

Some of the summer’s biggest free agent signings also became official, including John Collins‘ five-year deal with the Hawks, Jarrett Allen‘s five-year deal with the Cavaliers, Norman Powell‘s five-year deal with the Trail Blazers, Duncan Robinson‘s five-year deal with the Heat, Chris Paul‘s four-year deal with the Suns, and Mike Conley‘s three-year deal with the Jazz, among others.

Finally, the league started processing trade calls, including the Sunsacquisition of Landry Shamet, the Hornetsacquisition of Mason Plumlee, the Heat‘s sign-and-trade for Kyle Lowry, and the massive five-team deal that sent Russell Westbrook to the Lakers and Spencer Dinwiddie to the Wizards.

Here are several more of the day’s notable headlines:

  1. The Grizzlies agreed to trade Grayson Allen to the Bucks in exchange for Sam Merrill and a pair of future second-round picks.
  2. Bulls restricted free agent Lauri Markkanen told a Finnish reporter he’s seeking a change of scenery and a “fresh start.”
  3. The Lakers announced they’ve signed head coach Frank Vogel to a contract extension.
  4. The Celtics have engaged in contract discussions with free agent guard Dennis Schröder.
  5. The Thunder officially completed their buyout agreement with Kemba Walker and placed him on waivers.
  6. The Pistons waived Rodney McGruder.


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