NBA free agency tracker: Live updates, news as LeBron James returns to Lakers; Klay Thompson picks Dallas; Paul George chooses 76ers

NBA free agency is in full swing and another major domino has fallen. Saturday saw one of the top remaining free agents, Chicago Bulls star DeMar DeRozan agree to a three-year, $74 million deal with the Sacramento Kings.

Meanwhile, a number of deals went official, including Paul George's pact with the Philadelphia 76ers and Klay Thompson's sign-and-trade with the Dallas Mavericks, which wound up being more complicated than anyone expected.

Meanwhile, LeBron James ended up taking a two-year, $101.4 million deal, $3 million less than the max. That will allow the Los Angeles Lakers to avoid the dreaded second apron. James had been reported to be willing to take an even bigger paycut for a veteran such as Thompson or James Harden, but both opted to go elsewhere.

James declined his player option with the expectation of signing a new deal last week, then got a bit of incentive to return to the Lakers when they drafted his eldest son, Bronny James, with the No. 55 pick. The four-time NBA MVP has said for years that he'd like the opportunity to play with his eldest son before retiring.

Yahoo Sports has you covered for NBA free agency from the top 40 available players to the top players at each position who are available this summer.

Keep up with all of the signings and deals with Yahoo Sports' NBA free agency tracker.

  • Veteran center Taj Gibson signs one-year, $3.3 million deal with the Charlotte Hornets

    The Charlotte Hornets have signed 39-year-old center Taj Gibson to a one-year, $3.3 contract, bringing a veteran presence into the Hornets' locker room. This is the third team Gibson has been on in 2024 alone, after a second stint with the Knicks and a brief stint with the Detroit Pistons.

  • Jalen Brunson agrees to 4-year, $156.5 million deal, leaves $113 million in guaranteed money on the table

    The New York Knicks' star point guard did the team a significant favor by taking a four-year, $156.5 million contract extension rather than wait one year and take a five-year, $269 million deal. You can read more here.

  • The Suns are bringing back Josh Okogie on a 2-year, $16 million deal

  • Veteran guard Kyle Lowry reaches deal to stay with 76ers

    Kyle Lowry has agreed to a one-year deal to stay with the Philadelphia 76ers, per multiple reports. The veteran guard, who was a free agent, will now return to his hometown after joining the 76ers in February.

    Lowry is a six-time All-Star who still holds four Toronto Raptors franchise records. He will now chase another championship alongside 76ers teammates Joel Embiid, Tyrese Maxey and new signee Paul George.

  • Highsmith re-ups with Miami

  • Sixers officially welcome back Andre Drummond

    The Philadelphia 76ers announced the signing of Andre Drummond on Sunday. Drummond, who will be 31 next month, is returning to the Sixers after spending part of the 2020-2021 season in Philly. He exited the team as part of the famous Ben Simmons trade with the Brooklyn Nets.

  • LeBron James takes a $3 million pay cut to put Lakers below second apron

  • DeMar DeRozan goes to Kings on 3-year, $70 million sign-and-trade deal

    The deal will also see Harrison Barnes head to the San Antonio Spurs and Chris Duarte to the Chicago Bulls.

  • Klay Thompson's sign-and-trade is the first six-team trade in NBA history

  • New York Knicks confirm new deal with OG Anunoby

    The New York Knicks confirmed Saturday that OG Anunoby has re-signed with the team. Anunoby signed a five-year, $212.5 million contract on June 26 to stay with the team for the near future.

  • Free agent Dario Saric signs with the Denver Nuggets on a two-year, $10.6 million deal, after a season with Golden State

  • Simone Fontecchio agrees to two-year, $16 million deal to stay with the Detroit Pistons

  • Miles Bridges stays with Hornets, agreeing to 3-year, $75 million contract

    Miles Bridges will be staying with the Charlotte Hornets. The sixth-year forward agreed to a three-year, $75 million contract with the team, reports ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

    The deal includes no team or player options, according to Wojnarowski.

    Bridges, 26, is a talent. No doubt. The 26-year-old averaged 21 points (on 46/35/83 shooting splits), 7.3 rebounds and 3.3 assists in 37.4 minutes over 69 games for the Charlotte Hornets this past season.

    Of course, he missed the first 10 games of the season, plus the entire 2022-23 campaign, for pleading guilty to a brutal felony domestic violence charge. Upon his return to the NBA, he allegedly violated a resulting protective order, though that charge was dropped this past February for insufficient evidence.

    Bridges was in line for a nine-figure contract when news of his initial arrest on domestic violence charges broke on the eve of 2022 NBA free agency. He played this past season on a $7.9 million qualifying offer.

    Read the full story here.

  • Free agent DeMar DeRozan is meeting with the Sacramento Kings

    DeMar DeRozan is meeting with the Sacramento Kings this weekend, per multiple reports. DeRozan, who is an unrestricted free agent, is looking for a new team after three seasons with the Chicago Bulls.

  • Devonte Graham being traded from Spurs to Hornets, who plan to waive him

    Devonte' Graham is being traded by the San Antonio Spurs to the Charlotte Hornets, along with a second-round pick. Charlotte will then waive the sixth-year guard, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

    The Hornets will pay Graham the $2.85 million partial guarantee remaining on his contract as part of the deal. That increases San Antonio's available cap space to $19.1 million, which could help them take part in a deal between the Chicago Bulls and Sacramento Kings involving DeMar DeRozan, according to NBA insider Marc Stein.

    Graham, 28, appeared in only 23 games for the Spurs last season, averaging five points and 2.1 assists. He played the first three seasons of his NBA career with Charlotte before getting traded to the New Orleans Pelicans. After nearly two seasons with the Pelicans, he was dealt to San Antonio.

  • Caleb Martin agrees to 4-year, $32 million contract with Sixers

    The Philadelphia 76ers' big offseason continues. The team added forward Caleb Martin, agreeing to a four-year deal worth more than $32 million, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

    Martin put up the best numbers of his five-year career for the Miami Heat last season. In 64 games, the 6-foot-5 veteran averaged 10 points and 4.4 rebounds per game. Of note to the Sixers and their fans, Martin has played particularly well against the Boston Celtics during the past two seasons, averaging 13.6 points per game while shooting 50% from the floor.

    He is expected to be the Sixers' starting power forward, reports Wojnarowski, teaming in the frontcourt with Paul George and Joel Embiid. To make room for Martin, Philadelphia will waive forward Paul Reed.

  • Pistons adding Malik Beasley on 1-year, $6 million deal

    Among the many reasons that the Detroit Pistons finished with the NBA's worst record last season is their poor shooting. New president of basketball operations Trajan Langdon is addressing that need by reaching an agreement with sharpshooter Malik Beasley.

    The eight-year veteran will sign a one-year deal worth more than $6 million, according to The Athletic's Shams Charania.

    Beasley, 27, shot 41% on 3-pointers with the Milwaukee Bucks last season on 542 attempts. He's a career 29% 3-point shooter. That is a welcome addition for a Pistons team that shot 35% from long-range as a team.

    Detroit will be the sixth team Beasley has played for in his eight seasons, including the Denver Nuggets, Minnesota Timberwolves, Utah Jazz and Los Angeles Lakers.

  • Franz Wagner signs five-year, $224 million max rookie extension

    Franz Wagner is staying in Orlando, signing a five-year, $224 million contract extension to stay with the Magic, with the deal potentially being worth up to $269 million, per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

    Wagner, who was drafted eighth overall by Orlando in 2021, has been a key part of the Magic's starting lineup for the past three seasons. Wagner averaged 19.7 points, 5.3 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game last season.

  • Kai Jones reportedly agrees to non-guaranteed deal to stay with the Clippers

  • Buddy Hield to join Warriors in sign-and-trade deal with Sixers

    The Golden State Warriors are adding a shooter after Klay Thompson left for the Dallas Mavericks. Buddy Hield will join the Warriors in a sign-and-trade deal with the Philadelphia 76ers, reports The Athletic's Shams Charania.

    Hield agrees to a two-year, $21 million contract, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. The agreement includes a partial guarantee for a third year and player option for a fourth year. Philadelphia will receive a 2031 second-round pick as part of the deal.

    Hield averaged 12.1 points per game with the Sixers and Indiana Pacers last season, shooting 39% on 3-pointers. Shooting is Hield's specialty. For his career, he's a 40% shooter from long-range. He's the only player to make more 3-pointers during the past five seasons than Stephen Curry. Now the two sharpshooters will be teammates.

  • Shake Milton going to Nets, added to Mikal Bridges trade with Knicks

    The big trade that sent Mikal Bridges to the New York Knicks is being expanded. Shake Milton is also being added to the deal in a sign-and-trade agreement, reports The Athletic's Shams Charania.

    Milton joins Bojan Bogdanovic, four unprotected first-round picks (in 2025, 2027, 2029 and 2031), a protected first-rounder from the Milwaukee Bucks in 2025, a 2025 second-rounder and a protected pick swap in 2028 going to the Nets. Keita Bates-Diop will go to the Knicks as part of the trade.

    For Milton, the Nets will be his fourth team in a year. The sixth-year guard signed with the Minnesota Timberwolves last season, was traded to the Detroit Pistons, who soon waived him. He then signed with the Knicks.

    He agreed to a three-year, $9 million deal with the Knicks, in which the final two years are not guaranteed.

  • LeBron and Bronny are getting deals, but how do the Lakers plan to upgrade the roster?

    To some, it might appear as if the Los Angeles Lakers should hang a banner that reads "Mission Accomplished" for their 2024 summer.

    After all, they hired JJ Redick as their new head coach and drafted Bronny James, the son of a certain LeBron, which was what most Lakers fans seemed to be the most interested in.

    (They should be far more excited about Dalton Knecht, who the Lakers snatched at No. 17 in the NBA Draft, but that's a story for a different day.)

    The mission, however, isn't quite accomplished, even after both of the Jameses locked up new contracts, with LeBron reportedly agreeing to a $104 million deal, which will run over two seasons, and Bronny signing for $7.9 million over four years.

    As it stands, the Lakers' roster remains unfinished, or at least uncalibrated, with the team closing in on second apron territory, which would further limit their transaction maneuverability going forward.

    So, let's take a look at their situation.

  • Taurean Prince to the Bucks

    After a strong outing with the Lakers, Taurean Prince agreed to a one-year deal with the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday. Prince averaged 8.9 points and shot nearly 40% from behind the arc with the Lakers last season.

  • PJ Dozier to the TWolves

    PJ Dozier is making his return to the NBA. After spending last season in Serbia, Dozier agreed to a one-year deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday.

  • Alec Burks to the Heat

    Alec Burks is headed to South Beach. Burks agreed to a one-year deal with the Miami Heat on Wednesday. He split last season with the Detroit Pistons and the New York Knicks, and averaged 10.4 points and 2.3 rebounds per game total.

  • Joe Ingles to the Timberwolves

    After spending last season with the Magic, Joe Ingles is headed to the Minnesota Timberwolves on a one-year deal. The 36-year-old forward averaged 4.4 points and three assists per game off the bench last season in Orlando.

    The Timberwolves will mark his fourth team in the alst four seasons.

  • Does LeBron's return to Lakers change LA's playoff outlook?

  • LeBron James to return to Lakers on 2-year deal

    LeBron James' great dream to play in the NBA with his son is just months from becoming reality.

    James reportedly plans to sign a two-year, $104 million deal to remain in Los Angeles and play with his son Bronny James, who was drafted by the Lakers last week and agreed to a two-year guaranteed deal with them just Tuesday.

    James, who will turn 40 in December, opted out of his previous deal last week.

    Read the full story here.

    NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - APRIL 14: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers participates in warmups prior to a game against the New Orleans Pelicans at Smoothie King Center on April 14, 2024 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  The Lakers defeated the Pelicans 124-108.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Tyler Kaufman/Getty Images)
    LeBron James is headed back to the Lakers. (Photo by Tyler Kaufman/Getty Images)
  • Warriors reportedly in 'serious talks' to acquire Sixers sharpshooter Buddy Hield

  • Kyle Anderson to the Warriors on a sign-and-trade

    Kyle Anderson is joining the Golden State Warriors on a three-year, $27 million deal, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. Anderson averaged 6.4 points and 3.5 rebounds per game last season mostly off the bench.

  • Jonathan Isaac reaches extension with Magic

    Jonathan Isaac has a new deal in Orlando. The Magic agreed to a new five-year, $84 million contract renegotiation and extension with their big man on Tuesday afternoon. Isaac averaged 6.8 points and 4.5 rebounds mostly off the bench last season, his second year back after missing two campaigns with a torn ACL.

  • Xavier Tillman returning to Celtics after contributing to title run

    After joining the Celtics for their run to the NBA championship, Xavier Tillman is staying in Boston.

    ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reports that Tillman has agreed to a two-year deal with the Celtics. Terms were not reported.

    Tillman joined the Celtics via a midseason trade from the Memphis Grizzlies and averaged four points and 2.7 rebounds per game down the regular-season stretch in Boston. He then made eight playoff appearances during Boston's title run, including two in the Finals after the injury to Kristaps Porzingis. He'll return as a role player in Boston's quest to repeat.

  • Moe Wagner returning to Orlando

    Moe Wagner isn't going anywhere. The Magic reached a two-year, $22 million deal with their center on Tuesday afternoon, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. Wagner averaged nearly 11 points and 4.3 rebounds per game off the bench last season, his third full campaign with the franchise.

  • Former No. 2 pick James Wiseman signs with Pacers

    James Wiseman, the former No. 2 overall pick by the Golden State Warriors, has agreed to a two-year contract with the Indiana Pacers, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reports. Terms of the deal weren't initially reported.

    A 7-foot center, Wiseman averaged 7.1 points, 5.3 rebounds and 0.6 blocks in 63 games with the Detroit Pistons last season. He spent 57 of those games coming off the bench after failing to secure a starting spot in Detroit. The Pistons acquired Wiseman from the Warriors via a midseason trade in the 2022-23 season.

    Wiseman, 23, is now with his third NBA team in four years after being selected near the top of the 2020 draft.

  • Donovan Mitchell, Cavaliers reportedly agree to 3-year, $150.3M max extension

    After taking care of their first order of business by hiring Kenny Atkinson to be their new head coach, the Cavaliers have now checked the most important item off their summer to-do list, agreeing to terms with Donovan Mitchell on a new three year, $150.5 million maximum contract extension, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

    So why not a four-year extension worth over $200 million? It appears that this deal is structured to give all parties what they really want. According to Woj, this deal gives the Cavs "the stability of their franchise player under contract beyond next season." For Mitchell, he is now on the "fast-path to the 10-year service criteria allowing him to pursue a 5-year, $380M-plus extension in 2027."

    Boston, MA - May 9: Cleveland Cavaliers guard Donovan Mitchell reacts after making a 3-point basket to end the third quarter. (Photo by Danielle Parhizkaran/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
    Donovan Mitchell reacts after making a 3-pointer against the Boston Celtics. (Photo by Danielle Parhizkaran/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

    Since landing in Northeast Ohio in September 2022, Mitchell has played the best basketball of his seven-year career, averaging 27.5 points, 4.6 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 1.6 steals per game across two seasons in Cleveland. He led the Cavs to consecutive postseason appearances, including the franchise’s first playoff series win since LeBron James left for Los Angeles — and its first series win without James since 1993 — with a first-round victory over the Orlando Magic back in April.

    Read the full story here.

  • Mo Bamba to the Clippers

    Mo Bamba is swapping with Paul George. Bamba is headed to the Clippers on a new one-year deal, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. The 7-footer averaged 4.4 points and 4.2 rebounds largely off the bench last season with the 76ers while playing 13 minutes per game.

  • Warriors say goodbye to Klay

    The Warriors just put out a statement about Klay Thompson's departure that included the promise of eventually retiring his jersey at Chase Center.

  • The Clippers add another piece in the wake of losing Paul George. This time it's veteran point guard Kris Dunn, according to TNT's Chris Haynes. Terms of the deal weren't initially reported.

    Dunn averaged 5.4 points, 3.8 assists, 2.9 rebounds and on steal in 66 games with the Utah Jazz last season, 32 of them starts.

  • The Magic keep one of their own with a two-year, $14 million deal with guard Gary Harris.

    Harris, 29, averaged 6.9 points, 1.7 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 0.9 steals while shooting 31% on 3.1 3-point attempts per game last season. He made 27 starts in 54 games played.

  • Mavericks send Warriors picks in Klay Thompson deal

    The deal to send Klay Thompson to the Mavericks is reportedly done. In return, the Warriors received a 2025 and a 2031 second-round pick from Dallas.

  • Collin Gillespie to the Spurs organization

    After spending last season with the Nuggets, Collin Gillespie is headed to the Spurs on a two-way deal. He's the latest former Villanova star to land a new deal in the league, but it remarkably wasn't with the Knicks.

  • Magic working to extend center Jonathan Isaac

    With Orlando having found a new three-year agreement with big man Goga Bitdaze, the Magic are working to renegotiate and extend the contract of versatile defensive center Jonathan Isaac, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

  • Magic bringing back Bitadze

    The Orlando Magic are bringing back Goga Bitadze this fall. The Georgian center averaged five points and 4.6 rebounds per game with the franchise as a part-time starter last season, his first full campaign with the team.

  • Jayson Tatum inks richest contract in NBA history

    After leading the Celtics to a championship, Jayson Tatum secured the richest contract in NBA history on Monday afternoon. Tatum agreed to a supermax extension worth an estimated $315 million over five years, according to multiple reports. He'll now be with the Celtics through the 2029-30 season.

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    Boston, MA - June 21: Boston Celtics SF Jayson Tatum celebrates during a duck boat parade to celebrate the 18th Boston Celtics NBA championship. (Photo by Kayla Bartkowski/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
    Click the photo to read more about Jayson Tatum's new contract extension with the Celtics. (Kayla Bartkowski/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
  • Aaron Holiday staying with the Rockets

    Aaron Holiday is staying in Houston. Holiday agreed to a two-year, $10 million deal to return to the Rockets on Monday afternoon, according to The Athletic's Shams Charania. He averaged 6.6 points, 1.8 assists and 1.6 rebounds off the bench for the team last season.

  • De'Anthony Melton to sign 1-year, $12.8 million deal with Warriors

    Guard De'Anthony Melton has agreed to a one-year, $12.8 million contract with the Golden State Warriors, reports The Athletic's Shams Charania.

    Melton averaged 11.1 points, 3.7 rebounds, 3 assists and 1.6 steals while shooting 36% on 3-pointers for the Philadelphia 76ers last season. He was limited to 38 games due to a back injury, starting 33 games. Presumably, Melton will help fill the void left by Klay Thompson signing with the Dallas Mavericks.

  • Klay Thompson agrees to deal with Mavericks

    Klay Thompson is headed to the Western Conference champion Dallas Mavericks, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. The four-time NBA champion with the Golden State Warriors had reportedly agreed to a three-year, $50 million contract with a player option that would involve a sign-and-trade between Dallas, Golden State and at least one other team. Thompson, one of the great shooters in NBA history, is a career 41.3% shooter from 3-point range.

  • Free agent wing Nicolas Batum is joining the Los Angeles Clippers, marking another move in an eventful free agency for the franchise.

    Per ESPN's Wojnarowksi, the deal is for two years and $9.6 million.

    Batum joins the Clippers from the Philadelphia 76ers hours after former Clipper All-Star Paul George agreed to terms with the 76ers. The Clippers have also agreed to terms with James Harden, Derrick Jones Jr. and Kevin Porter Jr. since free agency opened Sunday evening, none of whom project to compensate for the loss of George.

  • DeMar DeRozan will not re-sign with Bulls: Report

    DeMar DeRozan will move on from the Chicago Bulls after three seasons, according to the Chicago Sun-Times' Joe Cowley. The 15-year veteran made the decision after the Bulls acquired Josh Giddey in a trade for Alex Caruso.

    The Los Angeles Lakers are reported to be interested in DeRozan, but his market is shrinking with the Philadelphia 76ers signing Paul George, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope going to the Orlando Magic and Derrick Jones Jr. signing with Los Angeles Clippers.

    DeRozan averaged 25.5 points, 4.7 rebounds and 5.1 assists per game and shot 34% on 3-pointers during his three seasons in Chicago. He has also played for the Toronto Raptors and San Antonio Spurs.

  • Derrick White agrees to 4-year, $125.9M extension with Boston: Report

    Derrick White’s summer was already going pretty well. It just got a hell of a lot better.

    Fresh off playing a pivotal role throughout the Celtics’ run to the 2023-24 NBA championship, White has agreed to a four-year, $125.9 contract extension that will keep him in Boston, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. The re-up represents a significant leap over the four-year, $70 million deal that White signed as an extension of his rookie-scale contract back in 2020 and includes a player option.

    The 6-foot-4 combo guard has become one of the NBA’s most consistent and disruptive perimeter stoppers, earning All-Defensive Second Team nods in each of the last two seasons for his work as the kind of high-motor playmaker willing to sacrifice his smile to secure a loose ball if it gets him one step closer to a win. He’s frequently lauded as the best shot-blocking guard the game’s seen since Dwyane Wade, and for good reason: No other backcourt player has tallied anything close to White’s 163 blocks over the past two seasons, which is more than all but 17 players at any position.

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