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Free agency opened up on Monday and since then there’s been a ton of movement around the NBA.
I thought that this would be a good opportunity to go over the biggest moves so far and recap what the Utah Jazz have done.
The Jazz wasted no time at all on Monday with making sure that their All-Star point guard Mike Conley would remain in a Jazz uniform, signing him to a three-year deal. On Tuesday the Jazz added forward Rudy Gay and center Hassan Whiteside, and then on Wednesday the Jazz traded a future second-round pick to the Golden State Warriors in exchange for Eric Paschall.
It seems like outside of deciding what to do with the guys at the end of the bench (i.e. Juwan Morgan, Trent Forrest, Jarrell Brantley) the Jazz are likely done making moves.
The biggest moves elsewhere in the NBA on the first day of free agency involved two other All-Star point guards. Chris Paul re-signed for another three years with the Phoenix Suns, and Kyle Lowry left the Raptors and will join the Miami Heat along with P.J. Tucker, fresh off a championship run with the Milwaukee Bucks, and Victor Oladipo.
Lonzo Ball will no longer be with the New Orleans Pelicans as he’s headed to the Chicago Bulls along with the Lakers’ Alex Caruso. On Day 2 of free agency, DeMar DeRozan agreed to a three-year deal with the Bulls, who look like they’ll be one of the must-watch teams of the season with an upgraded roster.
The Lakers seem to have one of the most veteran rosters in the league after adding Carmelo Anthony, Kent Bazemore, Wayne Ellington, Malik Monk and Kendrick Nunn to their big three of LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Russell Westbrook.
The New York Knicks added Kemba Walker and Evan Fournier and seem to be pretty happy about it, though most around the league don’t think that their roster is upgraded much by the moves.
There were of course other moves made, and some expected re-signings, but these are the big moves that made the most waves on the first couple days of free agency.
New with the Jazz
Stat of the week
Rudy Gobert scored nine points in France’s win over Luka Doncic and Slovenia to advance to the gold medal game against Team USA. Gobert also added 16 rebounds, four blocked shots, three assists and a steal in the victory.
This week on ‘Unsalvageable’
Check out “Unsalvageable: A Utah Jazz Podcast,” hosted by Deseret News Utah Jazz beat reporter Sarah Todd and lifelong Jazz fan Greg Foster (no, not that Greg Foster). This week, break down the Jazz’s draft pick (Jared Butler) and the moves made ahead of free agency.
From the archives
- How do the Jazz match up with the rest of the Western Conference (The Athletic)
- Elijah Hughes using summer league to show he’s improving every day (Salt Lake Tribune)
- Did the Utah Jazz’s owner just end Joe Ingles trade rumors? (Deseret News)
Around the league
Team USA advances to gold medal game against France in Tokyo Olympics.
Julius Randle gets big pay day with New York Knicks.
Up next: Tokyo Olympics men’s basketball featuring Jazz players and NBA Summer League
Aug. 6 | 8:30 p.m. | France vs. USA | Gold medal game | Olympics
Aug. 7 | 5 a.m. | Australia vs. Slovenia | Bronze medal game | Olympics
Aug. 9 | 8 p.m. | Jazz vs. Phoenix Suns | NBA TV | Las Vegas Summer League
Aug. 11 | 7 p.m. | Jazz vs. Dallas Mavericks | NBA TV | Las Vegas Summer League
Aug. 13 | 3 p.m. | Jazz vs. Miami Heat | ESPN U | Las Vegas Summer League
Aug. 15 | 3 p.m. | Jazz vs. Los Angeles Clippers | ESPN 2 | Las Vegas Summer League
* Click here for Olympic broadcast and streaming information.