NBA Free Agency Recap: Caldwell-Pope signs with the Lakers, Harden gets extension

It’s been a week since the free agency moratorium period ended. Most of the teams are now maneuvering their rosters to make way for the big name free agents that they signed.

One of the biggest news this past week was Detroit opting to renounce restricted free agent Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and allow him to explore unrestricted free agency. Several teams have showed interest but in the end, Caldwell-Pope opted to sign a one-year deal with the Lakers.

This was seen as a win-win move for both parties. The Lakers get a two-way wing to pair up with Lonzo Ball for the upcoming season. Given that they don’t have control over their pick next season, the Lakers need to start winning and KCP helps with that part. For Caldwell-Pope, he signs s short term deal for approximately his market value and he gets to show off his wares before hitting free agency again next year.

James Harden may not have won the MVP but the Houston Rockets have seen his value and tacked on an additional four years to his current contract for a whopping total of $228 million.

This deal is the biggest in NBA history and it will pay Harden an additional $170 million for the four added years on top of his $118 million which he signed last year.

Other big free agent signings include Jamal Crawford going to Minnesota. Crawford was part of the trade that sent Danilo Gallinari to the Clippers. Crawford was waived by his new team the Atlanta Hawks and it freed him up to sign with the Timberwolves.

Several big men were locked by different teams to help shore up their size off the bench.

Several big trades were also made to free up cap and roster space.

To make way for Serge Ibaka and Kyle Lowry, the Toronto Raptors have unloaded DeMarre Carroll to the Brooklyn Nets.

Toronto then found a cheaper alternative to Carroll in CJ Miles. They had to part ways with Cory Joseph who will shore up the point guard spot for the Pacers.

The Utah Jazz made several moves to try and counter the loss of Gordon Hayward. They signed Thabo Sefolosha and Jonas Jerebko to help both their defense and offense respectively. Sefolosha is a lock down wing defender while Jerebko will help space the floor for a team that needs outside shooting badly.

The Spurs also made some free agency waves by renouncing restricted free agent Jonathon Simmons, allowing him to walk into unrestricted free agency.

The young wing was productive for the Spurs and showed promise as a player that can play on both ends of the floor. He has been engaged in talks with several teams since the announcement of his release by the Spurs.

Two big name players are still in play to move to new teams this offseason. Rajon Rondo has been in talks with several teams over the past few weeks. It was rumored that the Lakers were interested in signing the point guard to mentor Lonzo Ball.

A new player has emerged in trying to sign Rondo. The New Orleans Pelicans are also in play. They are looking to pair up Rondo with Jrue Holiday for a versatile and interchangeable back court to match their twin towers DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis.

The other big name player being floated around in rumors is Carmelo Anthony. He waived his no-trade clause only if the trade sends him to Cleveland or Houston. This past week the talks about the Rockets acquiring Anthony gained traction but those talks have stalled in the past few days.

JaVale McGee still remains unsigned as of this time.

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