Well here we are, the first week of the NBA free agency is in the books and so far we have gotten some pretty good deals in the making. All-Star players have returned to their teams, and role players have decided to take their talents elsewhere to further extend their careers. Here are the deals that went down throughout this shortened week one of free agency:
NOTE: None of these deals are not 100% complete. They are all verbal agreements and will be officially completed on/after July 10th
Jodie Meeks agreed to a deal with the Detroit Pistons (3 years/$19+ million)
Cartier Martin agreed to a deal with the Detroit Pistons (1 year)
Shaun Livingston agreed to a deal with the Golden State Warriors (3 years/$16 million)
Marcin Gortat agreed to resign with the Washington Wizards (5 years/$60 million)
Avery Bradley agreed to resign with the Boston Celtics (4 years/$32 million)
Ben Gordon agreed to sign with the Orlando Magic (2 years/$9 million)
Patty Mills agreed to resign with the San Antonio Spurs (3 years/$12 million)
Lionel Hollins agreed to become the head coach of the Brooklyn Nets (4 years)
C.J. Miles agreed to sign with the Indiana Pacers (4 years/$18 million)
Kyle Lowry agreed to resign with the Toronto Raptors (4 years/$48 million)
Sebastian Telfair agreed to sign with the Oklahoma City Thunder (1 year)
Darren Collison agreed to sign with the Sacramento Kings (3 years/$16 million)
Thabo Sefolosha agreed to sign with the Atlanta Hawks (3 years/$12 million)
Chris Kamen agreed to sign with the Portland Trail Blazers (2 years/$10 million)
Dirk Nowitzki agreed to resign with the Dallas Mavericks (3 years)
Steve Novak was traded from the Toronto Raptors to the Utah Jazz for Diante Garrett and a future 2nd round pick
Patrick Patterson agreed to resign with the Toronto Raptors (3 years/$18 million)
Spencer Hawes agreed to sign with the Los Angeles Clippers (4 years/$23 million)
Lavoy Allen agreed to sign with the Indiana Pacers
Toronto Raptors: Toronto has had the best free agency performance thus far. They may have given Lowry a bit more money than deserved, but the important part is that they kept him and will have him leading this young rising team for the next four years. Resigning Patrick Patterson for three years also gives them a strong rebounder and defensive presence. On top of that, they also dumped Steve Novak which opened up even more money for them to spend in free agency.
Los Angeles Clippers: Signing Spencer Hawes may not seem like much, but bringing in another big man who has the ability to produce a double double gives some relief to Griffin and Jordan. He is a solid backup center that brings more stability to this front court.
Washington Wizards: I really do like Marcin Gortat and he was an absolute beast last season in Washington, but at 30 years of age this is a risky contract. 5 years and $60 million dollars is right alongside the Lowry deal and I do not see those players on the same level mainly because of Lowry's youth. This deal helps Washington retain their solid big man, but it further prevents them from chasing stronger pieces to help this team get to the next level quicker.