An avalanche of NBA free agency signings hit over the July 4th holiday.
Three of the biggest prizes on the market — Dwight Howard (Houston), Andre Iguodala (Golden State), and Josh Smith (Detroit) — chose their destinations.
Here are the biggest signings that you may have missed.
- The Atlanta Hawks signed forward Paul Millsap to a two-year, $19 million deal. He replaces Josh Smith and Zaza Pachulia, who both left Atlanta in free agency.
- The Brooklyn Nets re-signed forward Andray Blatche to a one-year, $1.4 million deal. That’s a modest deal for a guy who played well last year, but is still a bit of a risk.
- The Chicago Bulls signed forward Mike Dunleavy to a two-year, $6 million deal. He fills the role that Kyle Korver had in 2011-12, the last time Derrick Rose was on the court for Chicago.
- The Cleveland Cavaliers signed point guard Jarrett Jack to a four-year, $25 million deal.
- The Dallas Mavericks signed point guard Jose Calderon to a four-year, $29 million deal.
- The Detroit Pistons signed forward Josh Smith to a four-year, $56 million deal. Detroit’s front court is now Smith, Greg Monroe, and Andre Drummond — which is interesting, at least.
- The Golden State Warriors signed forward Andre Iguodala to a four year deal, $48 million deal. The Warriors unloaded the contracts of Andris Biedrins and Richard Jefferson to make room for Iguodala, who took less money than he could have gotten from Denver.
- The Houston Rockets signed Dwight Howard to a four-year, $88 million deal.
- The Milwaukee Bucks signed guard OJ Mayo to a three-year, $24 million deal. He replaces Monta Ellis, presumably.
- The New York Knicks re-signed JR Smith to a four-year, $25 million deal. That’s the maximum they could have offered Smith.
The two biggest names left are Andrew Bynum and Monta Ellis. Bynum — who didn’t play at all last year due to a series of knee injuries — is rumoured to be looking at the Cavaliers and Mavericks. Ellis is reportedly interested in the Hawks and Nuggets.
Players can officially sign with teams starting on Thursday.
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