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Around the Realm: Free Agency Day 1 Roundup

The league looks very different after a wild first day of free agency.

Welcome to Around the Realm, where we look at the top news stories from around the league. If I missed any notable stories, feel free to discuss in the comments!

New Orleans trades for Steven Adams

As part a complex, 4-team deal the Oklahoma City Thunder sent Steven Adams to the New Orleans Pelicans. Oklahoma City got back picks and players.

The trade has so many moving parts that Woj is still sorting it all out Saturday morning, but the big takeaway is that the Pelicans added a really good player. Between Adams and Zion Williamson, the Pelicans have the tools to run some devastating pick and roll sets.

What the heck is Detroit doing?

The question of the day is what in the world is happening with the Detroit Pistons. They've been active in signing players, but the players they've added have everyone scratching their heads.

So the Pistons traded for Dedmon and McGruder, stretched them both to create a $3.5 million cap hit over the next 5 years. But wait, there's more.

And the biggest addition for the Pistons was still to come, as they added Jerami Grant for 3 years, $60 million.

It's crazy that Grant took the exact same money to leave a title contender just so he could take more shots on a lousy Detroit team for three years.

Denver fills the Grant void

But the Nuggets didn't waste any time replacing Grant, adding JaMychal Green. Green should fit nicely into the role Grant played for the Nuggets, and at a lower cost.

Christian Wood is a Houston Rocket

One of the more interesting names in the market was Christian Wood. Part of what makes Detroit's spending spree so strange is that they spent so much money but still let Wood leave.

In a destination nobody saw coming, Wood will join the Rockets via sign and trade.

The Wood addition puts Houston back into the luxury tax, at least until they trade Harden and/or Westbrook.

Shooters got paid

The two biggest shooters on the market were Joe Harris and Davis Bertans. Both of them earned big paydays to stay with their current teams.

The Bertans deal seems like a good value to me. The Harris deal seems like an overpay even though I like Harris as a player. Of course, Harris' deal is about $20 million less over the 4 years than what Buddy Hield is getting for the next four years.

The Lakers added depth

The Lakers added Montrezl Harrell and Wes Matthews to bolster their attempt at a title repeat.

A lot of people were shocked at how little Harrell got paid, but I think we'll see more notable names sign for the MLE over the coming days. The Knicks and Hawks are the only teams with notable cap space, and they can't sign everyone. Any big names that want to join contenders are likely to be on the MLE.

Where will Gordon Hayward land?

Right now the smart money seems to be some sort of sign and trade where Hayward ends up in Indiana, but there's still plenty of time for Danny Ainge to overplay his hand, ask for too much, and end up with nothing. The Knicks continue to be in the hunt.

The Hawks sign Gallo

The Hawks are looking for two or three big signings, and their first one is Danilo Gallinari.

The Hawks have also been reported as interested in Rajon Rondo and Bogdan Bogdanovic.

The Clippers spent big on Marcus Morris

The Clippers lost Montrezl Harrell for the MLE, but spent big to keep Marcus Morris.

John Wall wants a trade, but does anyone want John Wall?

In an absolutely wild move, John Wall has asked for a trade.

As Tom Haberstroh notes, this is an astounding request given Wall's contract and injuries.

Day 2 story lines

As we enter Day 2, Bogdan Bogdanovic remains one of the bigger names on the market. It bodes well for the Kings that he didn't immediately sign an offer sheet. Once an offer sheet is signed, the Kings will only have the option to match or let him walk. The best case for the Kings is to work out a sign and trade to get something in return.

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November 21, 2020 8:14 am

Said it in the free agency thread, and say is again here.

Dedmon being waive-and-stretch just shown how bad his contract is, and how bad this sign is, and how the money is being wasted, by Divac……..

p.s. I hope we should target some UFA like Alen Len, Bazemore and Kris Dunn…….

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November 21, 2020 8:19 am

Kings definitely need a legit C. I’m just worried about what it is going to cost when someone like Plumlee gets $9M.

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