Eventful Week of NBA Free Agency

Written By: SimpleSlates

November 22, 2020

The NBA free-agency period started on November 20, and it has been nothing but a surprise so far. 

Surprises 

Danilo Gallinari-Gallinari signs with the Atlanta Hawks. Teaming up with another 3-point shooter Trae Young, and looks to be a veteran leader in a very young Atlanta team. Rajon Rondo also signed with the Atlanta Hawks, who will be swinging it to Gallinari on fast-breaks. This will be Gallinari’s third team in three years.

Montrezl Harrell-With arguably the most surprising signing so far, Harrell has signed with cross-city rival LA Lakers. When Dwight Howard signed with the 76ers, the Lakers had to look for another big man to sign as a replacement. This is by far an upgrade for the lakers, Harrell who is the reigning sixth man of the year will exponentially help the lakers in rebounding and defense.

Gordon Hayward-Hayward surprisingly opted out of his 34 million dollar deal with the Celtics. Hayward was upset with his diminishing role with the Celtics, as a result of Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum filling up the frontcourt. Hayward will be a leader on the young hornets team, and it will be interesting seeing him with Lamelo Ball.

Serge Ibaka-After many rumors of signing with the Brooklyn Nets and reuniting with Kevin Durant. Ibaka is instead reuniting with his former raptor teammate, Kawhi Leonard. Ibaka replaces Harrell who signed with the Lakers. Ibaka will help out the Clippers with his energy, and his defensive presence. 

 

Re-Signs

Fred VanVleet-After weighing his options, VanVleet decided to return back to the team that gave him his first chance. VanVleet has signed a 4-year, 85 million dollar deal. He becomes the highest-paid undrafted player of all time.

Kentavious Caldwell Pope-After a great finals performance, Caldwell-Pope returns to the lakers. He has signed a 3-year, 40 million dollar deal. He will continue helping the lakers with his deep shooting and defensive abilities.

Davis Bertans-After having by-far his best season, Bertans re-signed for a five year-eighty million dollar deal. Bertans averaged 15 points a game and was 42% from the 3-point line. This news came out when his point guard John Wall requested a trade out of Washington. 

Joe Harris-Sharpshooter out of UVA has been a productive shooter for the nets in the past couple of years. Harris recently had his best year, also averaging 15 points a game, and 42% from the 3-point line. Harris signed for a 4 year, 75 million dollar deal. 

 

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