It was a busy Sunday across the NBA, as a number of smaller deals were agreed upon, as well as some closure to some of the second tier free agents. Luol Deng reached a two-year, $20 million pact with the Miami Heat, while the Houston Rockets chose not to match Chandler Parsons‘ offer sheet with the Dallas Mavericks.
The Deng signing makes sense for the Heat, as they’re trying to soften the blow of losing LeBron James. Obviously that’s impossible to do, but a Deng-Dwayne Wade-Chris Bosh trio isn’t all that bad, and the supporting cast will be decent enough to land the Heat a top-five or six seed in the East, provided Wade returns to reasonable health.
Pau Gasol‘s contract with Chicago is being reported as three-years and $22 million, while the Bulls also secured an agreement with European star Nikola Mirotic for three-years, $17 million. They have a stable of big men now, and a trade could be forthcoming, but it seems unlikely. An unfortunate turn of events for the Wolves, of course.
Elsewhere, the Heat also re-signed Chris Andersen, and Trevor Ariza headed to Houston in a sign-and-trade with the Washington Wizards that is an extension of the trade that sent Omer Asik from Houston to the New Orleans Pelicans. Now that Parsons, Ariza, and Deng are off the market, look for Lance Stephenson to look to land a large contract in very short order. Other role players signing minor deals include Caron Butler heading to Detroit and Richard Jefferson joining Parsons in Dallas.
Sunday brought zero news regarding the possibility of a Kevin Love trade, and the Cavaliers are apparently continuing to pretend that the Wolves would move Love without receiving Andrew Wiggins in return. And it’s still a ridiculous stance.
The Wolves played in Las Vegas again last night in what was their second appearance in the Summer League. Pat will be posting a recap shortly, so stay tuned for his post.