As the 2013 NBA free agency period opened on July 1, most of the chatter surrounded Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard. That has continued even as other teams make their moves and players start new journeys with different franchises. The New York Knicks, Los Angeles Clippers and Indiana Pacers have been active early in the process.
Players can agree to contracts, extensions and offer sheets at any time, but cannot officially sign until July 10. Each new league season begins on July 1, but a moratorium period takes place during the first several days of the month during which transactions are on hold. The dates and length of the moratorium period vary each summer.
Below are some of the early free agency moves and players we can expect to see in a new uniform for the start of the 2013-14 NBA season:
Dwight Howard finishes up meetings
Howard wrapped up his meetings with teams on Tuesday by hearing pitches from the Dallas Mavericks and the Lakers. He has already met with the Houston Rockets, Atlanta Hawks and Golden State Warriors. Howard has now claimed he will take a few days off and leave Los Angeles for a bit of a vacation and think about where he wants to spend his future.
Pacers retain David West
As expected, the Pacers have agreed to terms with power forward David West on a new three-year deal worth $36 million. West is part of the core of an Indiana team that battled the eventual champion Miami Heat for seven games in the Eastern Conference finals. The Pacers also made an offer to C.J. Watson to become their backup point guard.
Clippers get Redick, Dudley for Bledsoe and Butler
Following a rare trade for a head coach (Doc Rivers), the Clippers and starting point guard Chris Paul have agreed on a max contract worth $107 million over five years. The Clippers were also involved in a three-team deal that sent guard Eric Bledsoe and forward Caron Butler to the Phoenix Suns while acquiring sharpshooter J.J. Redick from the Milwaukee Bucks and forward Jared Dudley from the Suns. Milwaukee received two second-round draft picks.
Knicks, Raptors finalize Barnani deal
New York and Toronto have agreed to a trade involving multiple players. The Raptors will send former No. 1 overall draft pick Andrea Bargnani to the Knicks in exchange for veterans Marcus Camby, Steve Novak and Quentin Richardson. New York also included three draft choices in the deal.
Timberwolves sign Kevin Martin
Former Oklahoma City sixth man Kevin Martin agreed to a deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves. The contract is reportedly worth $28 million over four years. Martin replaced James Harden as the Thunder’s sixth man this past season when Harden was traded to Houston in 2012.
Tony Allen re-signs with Memphis Grizzlies
One of the NBA’s premier defensive stoppers has decided to stay put. Late on Tuesday night the Memphis Grizzlies opted to re-sign guard Tony Allen to a four-year, $20 million deal.