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Around the Realm: Free Agency Days 2 and 3 Roundup

As we reach the end of free agency, let's round up all the major moves.

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!

As an additional note, with so many moves over the last two days, I will not be able to make this all-inclusive, but will try to capture the biggest news.

Gordon Hayward lands in Charlotte

After a few days of speculation that he might end up in Indiana or New York, Gordon Hayward surprised everyone and landed with the Charlotte Hornets.

Hayward is still a very good player when he's healthy, but the Hornets are making a huge financial commitment to a player who will be 34 at the end of his deal.

The Lakers land Marc Gasol

There was a battle between the Raptors, Lakers, and Mavericks all hoping to sign Gasol for the season, but ultimately he ended up in Los Angeles.

As part of signing Gasol the Lakers sent JaVale McGee to Cleveland.

In three days the Lakers replaced Dwight Howard and JaVale McGee with Marc Gasol and Montrezl Harrell. Quite the upgrades for the reigning champs.

The battle of Los Angeles

Of course, the Lakers aren't getting every player they want. Before signing Gasol the Lakers had been hoping to land Serge Ibaka, but he ended up signing with the Clippers.

Meanwhile, in Toronto

While the Raptors lost Ibaka and Gasol, they didn't wait long to replace them, adding Tristan Thompson, Aron Baynes, and Alex Len (who we wrote about earlier).

Hawks sign Rajon Rondo

Aside from Danilo Gallinari and their not-very-nice attempts to sign Bogdan Bogdanovic, the Hawks also added Rajon Rondo.

Rondo was good in the playoffs for the Lakers, but tends to check out in the regular season. Atlanta better hope all these moves lead to a playoff berth, otherwise adding Rondo is unlikely to help.

The Knicks got a bargain on Austin Rivers

I know a lot of people aren't huge fans of Austin Rivers, but three years for just $10 million seems like a bargain.

Carmelo Anthony stays in PDX

After some talk of Melo possibly finding a new home, maybe even back in New York, he ended up signing on to stay with Portland for another season.

The Lakers keep some supporting cast

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Markieff Morris are both staying with the Lakers on new deals.

KCP was really important to the Lakers last season, but that contract still feels like an overpay to me.

Two former Kings centers get new deals

DeMarcus Cousins and Willie Cauley-Stein each agreed to new contracts. Willie will stay in Dallas, and Boogie will join the Rockets.

It's a strange world where Cousins gets a non-guaranteed minimum and Cauley-Stein gets multiple years guaranteed. Of course, if Cousins can prove himself healthy, he could earn a more lucrative deal next summer.

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mdeedublu
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November 23, 2020 10:03 pm

I still want to know when the Kings plan to actually do something. Fox’s new contract aside….

Here’s to tomorrow!

ManilaBayCleanerCrew
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November 23, 2020 10:56 pm
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They’re probably waiting for the Bogdanovic situation to end before making moves, I mean Whiteside is still available 😩.

kings4ever
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November 24, 2020 5:56 am

Whiteside is a hypothetically replacement for Alex Len, he’s a 20-25 MPG player behind or in front of Holmes. I kind of like Holmes as high nergy off the bench.

I don’t mind it, I prefer Len, but you could say Whiteside is probably better than Len.

Here’s the problem with Whiteside, he is very deliberate with his post moves, he gives the ball away, because he brings the ball down low and gets easily stripped. His post moves are super mechanical.

He’s just begging for the opponent to take the ball away from him. Offensively he has to be used soley as a lob target, a roll target, an offensive rebounder, and high pick setter.

You cannot use Whiteside as a low post center, he brings your offensive to halt. So as long as the coach knows this you go away from this weakness.

The reason I do like Whiteside us because Marvin cannot anchor a defense as a center. He’s not a good help defender and he does not control the paint like Len or Whiteside or Holmes.

I would like to add Whiteside bc it solidifies Baglet at the 4. He has no business guarding starting level centers.

And in case you have not noticed, the centers in the West have gotten big. Whiteside is a big dude.

Otis
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November 24, 2020 5:46 am

One thing I haven’t seen discussed here – Bogdan actually signed the offer sheet, right? Doesn’t that mean a sign-and-trade with the Hawks is out of the question?

EastCoastKingsFan
November 24, 2020 5:49 am
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Thanks for asking, that’s my understanding as well. Can someone please clarify?

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November 24, 2020 5:51 am

All the reporting shows he signed the offer, so I think we can feel pretty comfortable there – if so, we’re either matching (and trying to deal him later) or letting him go today.

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November 24, 2020 6:58 am
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When you match a RFA an automatic 1 year no trade clause kicks in, so Bogdan would have to agree to be traded in the next year. Plus, the deal includes a 15% trade kicker, meaning trading him even after the one year comes for a price. I’m guessing McNair is ringing all 30 teams to try and deal Hield, which if happens, makes swallowing Bogdan’s contract a little easier. I think they should match regardless. I don’t think the Bogdan deal is an overpay.

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November 24, 2020 7:06 am
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Yep I get all that, just wasn’t sure if we’d be hearing about an S&T with the Hawks, which depends on whether he actually signed the offer sheet.

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November 24, 2020 7:33 am
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I think it was BHE or Adamsite that mentioned that the Hawks could pull the offer if Bogi did not technically “sign” the document…not sure the legality of all that. If they are able to pull the offer sheet, then a S&T could be done, I think. But my guess thoughts are that will not happen and the Kings will get nothing.

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November 24, 2020 8:10 am
Reply to  Otis

You are correct.

kings4ever
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November 24, 2020 5:47 am

Willie got one year guaranteed contract with a team option on second year. It is basically a one year minimum deal unless he plays well.

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November 24, 2020 5:54 am
Reply to  kings4ever

Is that you Magic Johnson??
Reads like a Magic tweet

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