While the Houston Rockets land, arguably, the hottest free agent in Dwight Howard, several other teams have reached agreements with other players before the league lifts its moratorium next week.
According to ESPN.com, the Golden State Warriors have reached a verbal agreement on a four-year, $48 million contract with free agent Andre Iguodala, after completing a salary cap-clearing trade with the Utah Jazz. Iguodala played 80s games for the Denver Nuggets last season, averaging 13.0 points, 5.3 rebounds and 5.4 assists.
The Warriors had begun shopping contracts in hopes of creating enough cap space to try to sign free-agent center Dwight Howard, but obviously, didn’t get him.
Elsewhere around the league, O.J. Mayo and the Milwaukee Bucks have agreed to terms on a three-year, $24 million contract. He joins the Bucks after just one season with the Dallas Mavericks, where he averaged 15.3 points and 4.4 assists.
Sources say the Atlanta Hawks have reached an agreement with free-agent forward Paul Millsap for a two-year, $19 million contract. He has played all seven seasons of his NBA career in Utah. Last season, he averaged 14.6 points and seven rebounds for the Jazz.
Although they lose Mayo, the Mavs are picking up point guard Jose Calderon, who has agreed to a four-year contract woth $29 million. The 31-year-old guard has averaged 10.1 points, 7.2 assists and only 1.7 turnovers per game in eight NBA seasons. He played his first seven seasons with the Toronto Raptors, and was traded to Detroit halfway through the 2012-13 season.
According to NBA.com, the Charlotte Bobcats reached a verbal agreement for big man Al Jefferson, who agreed to a three-year, $40.5 million deal. He averaged 17.8 points, 9.2 rebounds and 1.1 blocks last season with the Jazz.
J.R. Smith is set to stay in New York, reaching an agreement to sign a four-year deal, worth $24.7 million with the Knicks.
NBA.com reports that the Philadelphia 76ers have acquired the rights to Houston Rockets forward Royce White, as well as the rights to 2012 draft pick Furkan Aldemir, while the Sixers will send Houston future considerations. White was a first-round pick (16th overall) last summer, but never played for the Rockets. The team had issues working through his anxiety disorder (fear of flying), and never worked things out.
In Northern California, the Sacramento Kings have decided to send restricted free agent guard Tyreke Evans to the New Orleans Pelicans, as part of a three-team deal including the Portland Trail Blazers.
According to NBA.com, Evans agreed to a four-year, $44 million offer sheet earlier this week, and is now set to head to New Orleans in a sign-and-trade deal. In exchange, the Kings will receive guard Greivis Vasquez from the Hornets, with Pelicans center Robin Lopez going from New Orleans to Portland. And, the Blazers will send two future second-round picks to Sacramento.
The deal will allow Evans to play, for now, alongside newly-acquired guard Jrue Holiday and shooting guard Eric Gordon, as well as second-year big man Anthony Davis. Evans was the Rookie of the Year in 2010.