NBA free agency officially kicked off on Friday morning at 12:00am. Typically, the kick-off is met with big splashes, both with players returning to their team with a new contract or players accepting a contract at a new destination. As of Friday afternoon, there has indeed been a few a big agreements.
The Lakers signed former Cavaliers big man Timofey Mozgov to a four-year, $64 million deal. Despite Mosgov’s lack of play in the finals, the Lakers believe he is a guy who can help their young guys get better and eat up minutes for the next few years.
The Brooklyn Nets agreed to a three-year, $36 million deal with point guard Jeremy Lin. Lin, no stranger to New York after playing for the Knicks and making the city “Linsane” for a few weeks in 2012, will be a welcome addition to the team who lacks playmakers.
As far as players returning to their team, Hassan Whiteside and DeMar DeRozan are the two big names who have committed, thus far. Whiteside signed up to remain with the Miami Heat for four years and $98 million. DeRozan agreed to return to the Raptors for the price of $139 million over five years.
With free agency just beginning, we can expect many more deals to be announced in the coming days and weeks. This is only the beginning of an exciting time in the NBA offseason.