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2019 NBA free agency: Latest buzz, news and reports

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Bontemps: Horford likely to return to Celtics (0:49)

Tim Bontemps expects Al Horford will return to the Celtics despite declining his option with the team. (0:49)

NBA free agency news is just getting started.

Teams and players will be allowed to begin negotiations on the afternoon of June 30. Additionally, teams might communicate with free agents as early as the afternoon of June 29. The first two days of free agency in 2018 included Paul George and LeBron James making major decisions -- what will Kawhi Leonard, Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and others do this year?

Stay up to date with the latest deals and rumblings.

More: Trade tracker | Marks: team offseason guides

June 18 updates

11:35 p.m. ET: The Los Angeles Lakers are scrambling to reshape the parameters of the Anthony Davis trade with New Orleans and create the capacity for $32 million-plus in salary-cap space when the free-agent moratorium ends on July 6, league sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. The Lakers were engaging additional teams on Tuesday to take on the contracts of three of the remaining four players on the team's roster -- Mo Wagner, Isaac Bonga and Jemerrio Jones -- league sources said. Kyle Kuzma and LeBron James are the only other two Lakers remaining on the team's end-of-season roster.


7:51 p.m. ET: All-Star center Al Horford is prepared to enter free agency to find a three- or four-year deal outside of Boston, after the gulf between the two sides became too great for them to close on a new deal, league sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. Horford declined to exercise his $30.1 million option for the 2019-20 season earlier today.


3:38 p.m. ET: The New York Knicks have declined a recent trade offer that would have sent the No. 3 overall draft pick to the Atlanta Hawks in exchange for the eighth and 10th picks, a source told ESPN's Jonathan Givony. The Hawks have been aggressively exploring trade scenarios in which they would package the Nos. 8 and 10 picks to move up in Thursday's NBA draft, the source told Givony.


3:25 p.m. ET: All-Star center Al Horford of the Boston Celtics will decline to exercise his $30.1 million option for the 2019-20 season and become an unrestricted free agent, league sources tell ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. While Horford, a five-time All-Star, will move into the free-agent marketplace on June 30, there's motivation for both Horford and the Celtics to work toward an agreement on a new long-term contract, league sources tell ESPN.


3:24 p.m. ET: Sacramento Kings forward Harrison Barnes is declining his $25.1 million player option and becoming an unrestricted free agent, his agent, Jeff Schwartz of Excel Sports, tells ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. Barnes and the Kings remain open to exploring a long-term deal after a successful partnership in the final few months of the 2018-19 season, league sources said.

June 17 update

4:49 p.m. ET: Brooklyn Nets forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson will become an unrestricted free agent after Brooklyn declined to make him a qualifying offer, league sources tell ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. The Nets now have $46 million available in cap space heading into their decision on retaining restricted free agent D'Angelo Russell.

June 15 updates

6:27 p.m. ET: The New Orleans Pelicans agreed to trade power forward Anthony Davis to the Los Angeles Lakers in exchange for point guard Lonzo Ball, small forward Brandon Ingram, small forward Josh Hart, and four first round picks, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. The fourth overall pick in the 2019 draft is included in the trade, along with a 2021 protected pick (top-eight goes to New Orleans) that becomes unprotected in 2022, a 2023 pick swap, and an unprotected 2024 pick that can be deferred to 2025, according to ESPN's Tim Bontemps and Ramona Shelburne. This trade ends a saga that saw Davis fined $50,000 on January 29 for a public trade demand.

June 13 updates

7:45 p.m. ET: Goran Dragic has told the Miami Heat he is exercising his $19.2 million option for next season, according to The Athletic. Dragic was limited to 36 games for the Heat last season, averaging 13.7 points and 4.8 assists


4:47 p.m. ET: Memphis Grizzlies center Jonas Valanciunas is declining the $17.6 million player option on his 2019-20 contract, clearing the way to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, league sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. Valanciunas' primary intention will be to negotiate a new longer-term deal with the Grizzlies, league sources said.


June 12 updates

10:49 p.m. ET: Boston Celtics star Kyrie Irving is changing representation and is expected to partner with Roc Nation Sports, league sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. Irving parted ways with longtime agent Jeff Wechsler on Wednesday, clearing the way for him to ultimately work with Jay-Z's Roc Nation prior to the start of NBA free agency on June 30, sources said.

Irving, a six-time All-Star, will become an unrestricted free agent, and league sources say he remains intensely interested in the Brooklyn Nets. The New York Knicks are expected to remain competitive for Irving, too, sources tell ESPN.


4:05 p.m. ET: Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant posted Wednesday on Instagram that he did rupture his Achilles and has undergone surgery to repair the injury suffered in the Warriors' series-extending Game 5 win. He was expected to be among the marquee free agents this summer but might now end up exercising his $31.5 million option to stay with the Warriors, especially if he's going to be sidelined for an extended period.


3:55 p.m. ET: The Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers are each engaged in trade talks with the New Orleans Pelicans on All-NBA star Anthony Davis, league sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Zach Lowe, Ramona Shelburne and Brian Windhorst on Wednesday. The Lakers' No. 4 pick has been discussed as a trade chip to help the Pelicans acquire a high-level player in multi-team deals.

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Woj: Lakers 'have enough' in trade for Davis

Adrian Wojnarowski says the Lakers have the pieces to complete a trade for Anthony Davis, but it will come down to how much they want to give up.

June 11 updates

10:47 p.m. ET: The Los Angeles Lakers, Dallas Mavericks and New York Knicks are teams that may look to lure Kemba Walker if the All-Star guard chooses not to return to the Charlotte Hornets this summer, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. Walker, 29, is eligible for a supermax extension after making one of the league's three All-NBA teams last month.


11:53 a.m. ET: The Memphis Grizzlies are hiring Milwaukee Bucks assistant Taylor Jenkins as the franchise's next head coach, league sources tell ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. Jenkins is third NBA head coach to come directly off of Mike Budenholzer's coaching staff, joining Utah's Quin Snyder and Brooklyn's Kenny Atkinson. Jenkins will be the Grizzlies' fourth head coach in the last five years. Memphis has missed the playoffs each of the past two seasons and went 33-49 this past season.

June 6 update

4:29 p.m. ET: The Brooklyn Nets agreed to trade shooting guard Allen Crabbe, their 2019 first-round pick (17th overall) and a protected 2020 first-round pick to the Atlanta Hawks in exchange for small forward Taurean Prince and a 2021 second round pick, according to a report by ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. The trade allows for Brooklyn to clear two max-salary spots in free agency and possibly pursue Boston Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving in July.

May 29 update

11:55 a.m. ET: According to a report by ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Houston Rockets have let it be known that the entire roster and future draft picks are on the table. Players such as point guard Chris Paul and Clint Capela are realistic trade targets despite both signing new contracts with Houston last summer.

May 27 update

4:32 p.m. ET: The Milwaukee Bucks were the top playoffs seed in the Eastern Conference in 2019, but they were eliminated in the conference finals by the Toronto Raptors. The team has several free agents, including starters small forward Khris Middleton, center Brook Lopez and shooting guard Malcolm Brogdon (restricted). All-NBA first team power forward Giannis Antetokounmpo made it clear he wants Milwaukee to retain "everyone" for next season, according to a report by ESPN's Malika Andrews.

May 23 update

2:24 p.m. ET: The NBA announced the All-NBA teams, allowing players such as Charlotte Hornets point guard Kemba Walker and Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard to secure the supermax bag. According to a report by ESPN's Tim Bontemps, Lillard is expected to accept Portland's extension offer, while there is no clear leaning toward what 2019 free agent Walker will decide.