It’s officially July 1, which means absolute hysteria in the NBA world. After the cap jumped from $70 million to $94 million this season, plenty expected this to be the craziest free agent period in NBA history. Just over 12 hours into the madness, it’s fair to say that hasn’t been an exaggeration.
Here’s a look at the key signings that have taken place so far:
Hassan Whiteside – Miami Heat
After Kevin Durant and LeBron James, many felt as if Hassan Whiteside was the next biggest free agency prize. Despite character concerns, Whiteside turned in a dominant 2015-2016 campaign, leading the league with 3.7 blocks per game.
It was reported the Los Angeles Lakers, Dallas Mavericks and incumbent Heat were the three teams most interested in Whiteside’s services. However, only the Mavericks and Heat were able to secure meetings, with Miami quickly winning out. After accumulating $3.2 million in his first four seasons, Whiteside’s new contract is expected to be for four years and $98 million.
Andre Drummond – Detroit Pistons
Drummond was technically a free agent, but there was never any doubt that he would sign a max extension to remain with the Pistons. The 23-year-old superstar agreed to a contract with Detroit for five years and $130 million.
Timofey Mozgov – Los Angeles Lakers
Arguably the most surprising move of the night was the Lakers’ quick and intense pitch to Timofey Mozgov. Fresh off an NBA title, Mozgov was the first free agent to strike a deal once the free agency frenzy began. After Los Angeles’ Roy Hibbert experiment failed last season, the Lakers hope Mozgov’s four-year, $64 million deal can shore up their interior.
Jeremy Lin – Brooklyn Nets
“Linsanity” will officially be taking his talents to a new franchise for the sixth time in his career. After a strong year in Charlotte, Lin translated it into a three-year, $36 million with the Brooklyn Nets.
Bradley Beal – Washington Wizards
When the Wizards’ hopes of luring DC native Kevin Durant back home vanished, re-signing their smooth-shooting 2-guard became their No. 1 priority. Washington quickly reached an agreement for five years and $130 million, shoring up an exciting young backcourt of Beal and John Wall.