NBA Free Agency Live Tracker: Live updates, signings, trades, and more

Day 1 of the 2018 NBA free agency period began at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, July 1. Stay tuned with VAVEL USA's live coverage as we will be bringing you live stream commentary, up-to-date signings, trades and other news starting on the eve of free agency through the conclusion of the first several days.

NBA Free Agency Live Tracker: Live updates, signings, trades, and more
Paul George, Kevin Durant and LeBron James are the premier free agents in this year's class.

Welcome to VAVEL USA's live coverage of the 2018 NBA free agency period. My name is Sulaiman 'Sully' Akbari and I will be joined by my co-editor, Richard Martinez. July 1 was day 1 of the 2018 free agency period and since that day, we have and will continue to be providing you with the latest signings, trades, and other news as they are reported and will be doing so right through the conclusion of the first day. Below is where you will find the latest news as they are reported.

Player signing: 35-year-old center Channing Frye announced that he had reached an agreement with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Player signing: The Chicago Bulls have reached an agreement on a two-year contract with former Milwaukee Bucks forward Jabari ParkerAdrian Wojnarowski first reported the news.

Extension talks: Minnesota Timberwolves guard Jimmy Butler has turned down a four-year, $110-million contract extension, according to Darren Wolfson. 

Trade: According to Adrian Wojnarowski, the Denver Nuggets have traded Kenneth Faried, Darrell Arthur, and a 2019 protected first-round pick to the Brooklyn Nets for Isaiah Whitehead. Wojanrowski adds that Denver will waive Whitehead. Brooklyn has also sent  Jeremy Lin and a second-round pick to the Atlanta Hawks for their second-round pick.

Player signing: Isaiah Thomas has agreed to sign a one-year minimum deal with the Denver Nuggets, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reports.

Player signing: Wayne Ellington has signed a one-year, $6.2-million deal to remain with the Miami Heat, per ESPN's Chris Haynes.

Restricted free agency: The Chicago Bulls have withdrew their qualifying offer to David Nwaba, becoming an unrestricted free agent, according to Shams Charania.

Player signing: Free agent James Ennis has signed a two-year, minimum deal with the Houston Rockets, Shams Charania reports. Houston Chronicle's Jonathan Feigen reports the second year of his contract includes a player option. Our own Youssef Machkhas has more on the James Ennis signing with the Rockets.

Player signing: The Denver Nuggets have signed Jarred Vanderbilt, the No. 41 pick in 2018 draft, to a two-year, $4-million deal, Adrian Wojnarowski reports.

Player signing: ESPN's Chris Haynes is reporting that the Golden State Warriors have signed Damion Lee to a two-way contract.

Player signing: David Bertans and the San Antonio Spurs have agreed to a two-year, $14.5-million deal, per Shams Charania.

Melo Drama: The Oklahoma City Thunder are still looking to trade Carmelo Anthony. When traded, Anthony will later be waived by the team that will acquire him, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reports. Wojnarowski adds Houston and Miami will pursue Anthony once he clears waivers.

Player signing: San Antonio Spurs' restricted free agent Bryn Forbes has signed a two-year deal to remain with the Spurs, Shams Charania reports. Details of the deal have yet to be released.

Player signing: According to Yahoo Sports' Shams Charania, the Los Angeles Lakers have signed No. 47 overall pick Svi Mykhailiuk to a three-year, $4.6-million rookie deal and includes a team option.

Player signing: ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that Houston Rockets free agent Luc Mbah A Moute has signed with the Los Angeles Clippers on a one-year, $4.3-million deal. Our own Youssef Machkhas has more on Mbah A Moute signing with the Clippers.

Player signing: As reported by ESPN's Chris HaynesBrook Lopez has reached an agreement with the Milwaukee Bucks.

Here is our take on the three-way trade that happened earlier today. For other news from the 2018 offseason, click here.

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Rumor: The Sacramento Kings have waived forward Nigel Hayes.

Rumor: Guard Yogi Ferrell has signed a qualifying offer to return to the Dallas Mavericks.

Aaron Gordon's contract details:

Jerebko Update: Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting Jonas Jerebko plans to sign with the Golden State Warriors upon clearing waivers on Monday

Player release: The Utah Jazz have waived power forward Jonas Jerebko. Per Adrian Wojnarowski, the Golden State Warriors are among the teams Jerebko will consider signing with after clearing waivers.

Player signing: Portland Trail Blazers restricted free agent Jusuf Nurkic has signed a four-year, $48-million deal to stay with Portland, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.

Player signing: ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that San Antonio Spurs' restricted free agent Kyle Anderson has signed a four-year, $37-million offer sheet from the Memphis Grizzlies. The Spurs have 48 hours to match the offer.

Player signing: Chicago Bulls' restricted free agent Zach LaVine has agreed to sign a four-year, $80-million offer sheet from the Sacramento Kings, according to Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports. RE: According to Adrian Wojnarowski, the Bulls will match the offer. Our own Christopher Jeter has more on this.

The July Moratorium has concluded as of July 6 at 12 p.m. ET. Players who verbally agreed to contracts from July 1 to July 6 can now officially put ink on paper and sign their contracts.

Player signing: Yahoo Sports' Shams Charania is reporting that San Antonio Spurs free agent Tony Parker has agreed to sign with the Charlotte Hornets. ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reports the deal to be a two-year, $10-million contract.

Melo Drama: After Carmelo Anthony agreed to pick up his $27.9-million player option to remain with the Oklahoma City Thunder, the team is now working on a trade, or planning to use the stretch provision, or waiving him, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reports. Wojnarowski adds that the Thunder will likely save $100-million if both parties part ways.

Player signing: According to Yahoo Sports' Shams Charania, Ian Clark will sign a one-year deal to remain with the New Orleans Pelicans.

Player signing: New York Knicks' free agent Kyle O'Quinn and the Indiana Pacers have agreed to a one-year, $4.5-million deal, according to Shams Charania.

Here is our own Youssef Machkhas' article detailing the Michael-Carter Williams signing as well as where the Houston Rockets were in trying to bring in free agents.

Player signing: The Oklahoma City Thunder have agreed to a one-year deal with the Raymond Felton. Per Bobby Marks, Oklahoma City crosses an historic threshold as the first $300M team in salary and projected luxury tax with the Raymond Felton signing.

Player signing: Per ESPN NBA reporter Chris Haynes, Free agent forward Kevon Looney has reached an agreement to re-sign with Golden State. It’s a one-year, minimum deal. Will likely be the center on opening night.

Arizona Sports' John Gambadoro also adds that there is mutual interest from both sides to get a deal done

Our very own Christopher Jeter brings you the latest on the Dwight Howard signing.

Click here to find our other articles about the recent signings from around the league.

Here is our take on the Wilson Chandler trade to the Philadelphia 76ers. Click here for the article.

Our very own Christopher Jeter breaks down the Jeff Green signing with the Washington Wizards.

Player signing: Avery Bradley has agreed to sign a two-year, $25-million deal to stay with the Los Angeles Clippers, Yahoo Sports' Shams Charania reports.

Player signing: Free agent center DeMarcus Cousins has agreed to sign with the Golden State Warriors, according to Yahoo Sports' Shams Charania. ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting the deal to be a one-year contract worth $5.3-million. Our own Christopher Jeter has the story.

Player signing: Free agent guard Seth Curry has agreed to sign with the Portland Trail Blazers on a two-year deal, according to Adrian Wojnarowski. Wojnarowski adds that the first year of his contract guarantees him $2.75-million and the second year includes a player option.

Player signing: After being renounced by the Los Angeles Lakers to become an unrestricted free agent, Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that Julius Randle and the New Orleans Pelicans have agreed to a two-year, $18-million deal. The second year of his contract includes a player option.

Player signing: free agent guard Rajon Rondo and the Los Angeles Lakers have agreed to a one-year deal, according to Adrian Wojnarowski. Yahoo Sports' Shams Charania is reporting the one-year deal is worth $9-million.

Player renouncement: According to Adrian Wojnarowski, the Los Angeles Lakers have renounced Julius Randle. He will now become an unrestricted free agent. Shams Charania reported earlier that Randle and his reps were excited about LeBron James joining the Lakers but received no offer. Both parties are hopeful to remain in Los Angeles.

Player release: The Indiana Pacers have released center Al Jefferson, according to Shams Charania.

Player claim: Shams Charania is reporting that the Washington Wizards have claimed Thomas Bryant of waivers. Bryant last played for the Los Angeles Lakers and was recently released by the team.

Again, FYI: Players are verbally agreeing to sign or re-sign a contract. Players cannot officially sign contracts until after the July moratorium period ends on July 6 at 12 p.m. ET.

Player signing: Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that forward Mike Scott has agreed to a one-year deal with the Los Angeles Clippers.

Player signing: Per ESPN NBA Writer Chris HaynesJose Calderon has agreed to a one-year, $2.4-million deal with the Detroit Pistons.

Player signing: According to NBA.com's David Aldridge, the Minnesota Timberwolves have reached an agreement with Anthony Tolliver. Shams Charania is reporting the deal to be worth $5-to-6-million.

Player release: According to Adrian Wojnarowski, the Minnesota Timberwolves have withdrawn the qualifying offer on Nemanja Bjelica. He will now become an unrestricted free agent.

Player signing: Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that guard J.J. Redick and the Philadelphia 76ers have agreed to a one-year deal worth $12-to-13-million.

Rumor: Per John Martin of 929 ESPN MEMPHIS' SPORTS STATION, free agent guard Tyreke Evans has meetings with the Lakers, Warriors, and Hornets today.

Player signing: Per Yahoo Sports' Shams CharaniaNerlens Noel will sign a two-year deal with the Oklahoma City Thunder, including a player option in the second year of the contract.

Rumor: According to Senior NBA writer for ESPN's The Undefeated, Marc J. Spears is reporting that the Utah Jazz are re-signing Derrick Favors. His deal is $36-million total over two years.

Player release: Per Arizona Sports 98.7 host and reporter John Gambadoro, the Phoenix Suns are waiving Alan Williams. There is a chance that if/when Alan Williams clears waivers that Phoenix could bring him back at a lesser deal.

Breaking: LeBron James has agreed to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers on a four-year, $154-million deal, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reports. Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports reports that LeBron's contract with the Lakers includes an player option in the fourth year. Our own Christopher Jeter has the story.

Rumor: After agreeing to sign Elfrid Payton earlier, the New Orleans Pelicans are still hoping to re-sign Rajon Rondo, according to New York Times' Marc Stein.

Player signing: ESPN's Chris Haynes is reporting that JaVale McGee and the Los Angeles Lakers have agreed to a one-year veteran minimum deal. 

Player signing: Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that recently-waived Phoenix Suns guard Elfrid Payton has agreed to sign a one-year deal with the New Orleans Pelicans.

Player signing: Free agent guard Lance Stephenson has agreed to sign a one-year deal with the Los Angeles Lakers, per Yahoo Sports' Shams Charania. Chris Haynes of ESPN is reporting the deal is worth $4.5-million.

Player signing: According to Shams Charania, the Orlando Magic have re-signed their restricted free agent Aaron Gordon to a four-year, $84-million deal.

Player signing: Mario Hezonja has agreed to a one-year deal with the New York Knicks, Adrian Wojnarowski reports.

Rumor: According to Shams Charania, free agent Nerlens Noel is interested in signing with either the Washington Wizards, Los Angeles Lakers, and Oklahoma City Thunder. Charania adds that the New Orleans Pelicans have interest in signing Noel as well.

Player signing: After LeBron James agreed to sign with the Lakers, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope has also agreed to re-sign with the Lakers, per ESPN's Chris Haynes. Yahoo Sports' Shams Charania reports Caldwell-Pope's contract is a one-year deal worth $12-million.

Here is our take on the recent Devin Booker news. Click here to view.

Here is our very own Youssef Machkhas' take on the Houston Rockets signings.

Rumor: According to Shams Charania, the Dallas Mavericks have $5-million in cap space and will be using that to re-sign Dirk Nowitzki. Charania adds that Dallas declined Nowitzki's team option in order to have flexibility for the free agency period.

Again, FYI: Players are verbally agreeing in principle to sign or re-sign a contract. Other than a few exceptions, players cannot officially sign contracts until after the July moratorium period ends on July 6 at 12 p.m. ET.

Player signing: Shams Charania is reporting that the Detroit Pistons and Glenn Robinson III have agreed to a contract. Details regarding the deal remain unclear at the moment. Re: Charania reports the contract is on a two-year term worth $8.3-million with a team option in the second season.

Rumor: According to Shams Charania, Devin Booker is upset with the Phoenix Suns organization regarding the release of Tyler Ulis. Booker is eligible for a five-year maximum rookie contract but that may not be set in stone with the release of Ulis.

LeBron Watch: The Philadelphia 76ers and LeBron's reps will have a meeting in Los Angeles today, according to Adrian Wojnarowski. Wojnarowski adds that LeBron will not be at the meeting. New York Times' Marc Stein adds that the 76ers co-owners Josh Harris and David Blitzer will be at the meeting with James's reps. Philadelphia believe they still have a shot at landing Kawhi Leonard, who is a favorite to be traded to the Lakers.

Player signing: The Toronto Raptors will re-sign guard Fred VanVleet to a two-year, 18-million deal, according to The Athletic's Michael Scotto.

LeBron Watch: According to Yahoo Sports' Chris Mannix, the Denver Nuggets are focusing on getting LeBron James to sign with them.

Player meeting: Per Adrian Wojnarowski, the Rockets front office will meet with restricted free agent center Clint Capela in Los Angeles.

LeBron Watch: per Dave McMenamin, LeBron has been in communication with Cavaliers general manager Koby Altman.

Here is the latest on the Kevin Durant signing from our very own Chris Robbins.

For more on the Paul George signing, feel free to click the link to the article.

For more on the Trevor Ariza signing, feel free to click the link to the article.

Player signing: Per Chris HaynesNik Stauskas has agreed to a deal with the Portland Trail Blazers

Boogie Watch: According to Senior NBA writer for ESPN's The UndefeatedMarc J. Spears is reporting that DeMarcus Cousins received calls from the Pelicans and Los Angeles Lakers tonight once free agency began and is expected to meet with both parties.

Rumor: According to Vincent Goodwill, the Atlanta Hawks are interested in Zach LaVine. The Ringer's Kevin O'Connor reports the Sacramento Kings are also interested as well.

Player signing: Shams Charania is reporting that the Houston Rockets and Gerald Green have agreed to a one-year, $2.4-million deal.

Player signing: Marco Belinelli has agreed to a two-year, $12-million deal with the San Antonio Spurs, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.

Rumor: New York Times' Marc Stein is reporting that the Minnesota Timberwolves met with Jimmy Butler regarding a contract extension. Stein adds that Butler is eligible to sign an extension on July 9 and the deal would be around four-years worth $110-million.

Player signing: Omri Casspi and the Memphis Grizzlies have agreed to a one-year deal, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.

Player signing: Adrian Wojnarowski first reports that Derrick Rose and the Minnesota Timberwolves have agreed to a one-year deal. According to Shams Charania, the deal is worth $2.1-million.

Kawhi Leonard Drama: The Los Angeles Clippers are still pursuing Kawhi Leonard, according to ESPN's Chris Haynes. The Clippers are making Leonard their number one focus.

Rumor: According to The Athletic's Michael Scotto, the Memphis Grizzlies are interested in Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.

Player signing: Ed Davis and the Brooklyn Nets have agreed to a one-year, $4.4-million deal, according to Adrian Wojnarowski

Player signing: According to Shams Charania, the Phoenix Suns and Trevor Ariza have agreed to a one-year, $15-million deal.

Paul George Drama: It is finally settled. Paul George and the Oklahoma City Thunder have agreed to a four-year max contract worth $137-million, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.

Player signing: Jerami Grant and the Oklahoma City Thunder have agreed to a three-year, $27-million deal, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.

Player signing: Center Aron Baynes will return to the Boston Celtics on a to two-year, $11-million deal, according to Yahoo Sports' Shams Charania. Charania adds that Baynes will have a player option in the second year.

Again, FYI: Players are verbally agreeing in principle to sign or re-sign a contract. Players cannot officially sign contracts until after the July moratorium period ends on July 6 at 12 p.m. ET.

Player signing: The Dallas Mavericks and DeAndre Jordan have agreed to a one-year, $24.1-million deal, according to Marc Stein. This is the same deal Jordan had the player option that he declined with the Clippers.

Player signing: Adrian Wojnarowski confirms that the Houston Rockets and Chris Paul have agreed to a four-year max contract worth $160-million.

Player signing: Ersan Ilyasova and the Milwaukee Bucks have agreed to a three-year, $21-million deal, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.

Player signing: Adrian Wojnarowski reports that Joe Harris and the Brooklyn Nets have agreed to a two-year, $16-million extension.

Player signing: Doug McDermott and the Indiana Pacers have agreed to a three-year, $22-million deal, according to Adrian Wojnarowski. Wojnarowski also confirms it is a fully-guaranteed deal.

Player signing: Yahoo Sports' Shams Charania reports that Rudy Gay and the San Antonio Spurs have agreed to a one-year, $10-million extension.

Player meeting: New York Times' Marc Stein reports that DeAndre Jordan and the Dallas Mavericks will have a meeting as soon as the free agency market opens at 12:01 a.m., with a deal set to be agreed upon.

Player meeting: Lakers' Kentavious Caldwell-Pope will have a meeting with the Clippers' organization on July 1, according to ESPN's Chris Haynes.

Player signing: Kevin Durant and the Golden State Warriors will commit to a two-year, $61.5-million extension, according to Shams Charania.

Rumor: The Phoenix Suns are interested in Houston Rockets' Trevor Ariza, Los Angeles Clippers' Avery Bradley, and Lakers' Julius Randle, according to Kevin O'Connor.

Paul George Drama: Adrian Wojnarowski confirms Paul George will sign an extension with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Player signing: According to ESPN's Chris Haynes, Will Barton's extension is a four-year, $54-million deal with a player option in the fourth year.

Player signing: Adrian Wojnarowski confirms Nikola Jokic and the Denver Nuggets agree to a five-year max contract worth $148-million extension. The extension comes after both parties verbally agreed this past week.

Just half-an-hour remains until the free agency period beings!

Player signing: Chris Mannix reports that the Denver Nuggets and Will Barton will agree to terms on a four-year deal when free agency begins. Money is expected to be upwards of $50-million.

It is 11:01 p.m. ET, which means there is only one more hour left until the free agency period officially begins!

Latest Paul George Drama: Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that Thunder officials will be meeting with Paul George and his agent tonight. Thunder GM Sam Presti wanted the party to be just another "element to the franchise's year-long recruiting effort on George," Wojnarowski adds.

Rumor: The Ringer's Kevin O'Connor reports that DeMarcus Cousins may be a target for the Lakers. After likely missing out on Paul George, the Lakers may sign Cousins, who is coming off a torn Achilles injury last season, for a short-term deal. Adrian Wojnarowski reported earlier on SportsCenter that the New Orleans Pelicans intend to sign him to a possible two-year deal.

However, there are exceptions to still being able to sign contracts. Here is the breakdown according to NBA CBA FAQ: Teams may sign their first-round draft picks (to a standard rookie "scale" contract). A second-round draft pick can accept a required tender, which is a one-year contract offer teams must submit to retain their rights to the player. A restricted free agent can accept a qualifying offer from his prior team. A restricted free agent finishing the fourth season of his rookie "scale" contract can accept a maximum qualifying offer. A restricted free agent may sign an offer sheet with a new team, although the 48-hour matching period does not begin until the conclusion of the Moratorium. Teams may sign players to minimum salary contracts for one or two seasons, with no bonuses of any kind. Teams may sign players to Two-Way contracts, convert a Two-Way contract to a standard NBA contract, or convert a standard NBA contract with an Exhibit 10 to a Two-Way contract. Teams may waive players or claim players waived by other teams.

A quick FYI, players are verbally agreeing in principle to sign or re-sign a contract. Players cannot officially sign contracts until after the July moratorium period ends on July 6 at 12 p.m. ET.

Paul George Drama: Yahoo Sports' Chris Mannix reports that Thunder front office members will be at this party. More signs that George could be agreeing to an extension right at 12:01 a.m.

Paul George Drama: To add, ESPN's Royce Young reports that Russell Westbrook left a family vacation in Hawaii to fly back to Oklahoma to host a "private party."

Paul George Drama: It may be clear where Paul George may sign. A barber from Oklahoma went to pick up Paul George from the airport, and later tweeted that there is "great news" coming for Thunder fans.

LeBron Drama: According to ESPN's Dave Mcmenamin, LeBron James does not have a planned meeting with any members of the Cleveland Cavaliers organization when free agency begins at midnight. Instead, James was spotted today flying into in L.A. It was reported by multiple people on Twitter that James was in Van Nuys, a neighborhood in Los Angeles.

Player release: In an effort to clear more cap space, the Phoenix Suns are waiving guard Tyler Ulis, and will become a free agent once he clears waivers, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.

Rumor: New York Times' Marc Stein reports that Kevin Durant wants to return to the Warriors on a one-year contract with a player option in the 2019-20 season. The new deal would pay Durant $30.5-million for the upcoming season with the player option in the second-year. Stein adds that Durant the Warriors GM Bob Meyers will have a deal in place as soon as free agency begins at 12:01 a.m. ESPN's Chris Haynes reports that Durant's contract would be a two-year max with $31.5-million in the opt-in year.

Rumor: According to USA TODAY Sports NBA Insider Sam Amickthe Golden State Warriors may not have interest in Dwight Howard. Considering using the money elsewhere.

Rumor: ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the Denver Nuggets and Will Barton will get an extension done right when free agency begins. Wojnarowski also adds that the Indiana Pacers have been pursuing Barton and if they miss out on him, the Pacers will turn their attention to Doug McDermott and Joe Harris.

Rumor: David Aldridge is reporting that the Dallas Mavericks will be the favorite to land free agent center DeAndre Jordan.

Player release: Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that Minnesota has waived center Cole Aldrich, which would have had to guarantee the $6.9-million owed to the 29-year-old center. Aldrich will enter the free agent market.

Trade Rumor: According to New York Times' Marc Stein, the Denver Nuggets have made Wilson Chandler, Darrell Arthur, and Kenneth Faried all available for trades. Denver will be facing  a luxury-tax hit, which is why they want to trade them. Stein adds Denver may have to look into other key players, such as Mason Plumlee, to expand its trading-block list.

Salary cap news: According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the NBA has let teams know of the salary cap and tax levels for the 2018-19 season. The breakdown is this the following: New salary cap: $101.8-million; Luxury Tax: $123-million. Non-Tax Mid-level: $8.6-million; Tax-payers mid-level: $5.3-million; Room Mid-Level: $4.4-million. Bi-annual: $3.4-million.

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