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  • Can Dwight Howard reclaim his good name with the Atlanta Hawks?

    Eric Freeman at Ball Don't Lie5 hrs ago

    One of the most curious players on the 2016 free agent market came off the board Friday afternoon when the Atlanta Hawks agreed to terms with eight-time All-Star and three-time Defensive Player of the Year Dwight Howard. As reported by The Vertical’s Shams Charania, Howard will make $70.5 million over three years, or just a tad more per-year than the $23.3 player option that Howard turned down to leave the Houston Rockets and become an unrestricted free agent. The 30-year-old center will return to his hometown of Atlanta in the hope of reclaiming the form that made him such a force with the Orlando Magic and a very popular free agent three summers ago.

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  • Mike Conley and Grizzlies agree to the biggest NBA contract ever

    Eric Freeman at Ball Don't Lie7 hrs ago

    Before Friday, only two players in NBA history had made $30 million per year — Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant. The first day of 2016 free agency brought a third … and he’s never made an All-Star team.

    As first reported by Marc Stein of ESPN.com, the Memphis Grizzlies have agreed to terms with point guard Mike Conley on a five-year, $153-million deal that ranks as the richest in NBA history by total value. Conley’s deal is also the first contract over $100 million with an annual salary average of at least $30 million. Kevin Durant can match Conley’s deal this summer if he returns to the Oklahoma City Thunder on a five-year deal, but these terms will hold the record until next offseason barring a shocking move for a 10-year veteran.

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  • New cap inspires free agency sticker shock, no matter the logic

    Eric Freeman at Ball Don't Lie9 hrs ago

    NBA fans have prepared for July 1, 2016 for more than 15 months, but the reality of the first day of free agency has brought shock and awe nonetheless. This one-time, unprecedented raising of the salary cap from $70 million to $94 million has opened up major money for every team for a relatively weak free-agent class. Apparently fearing getting left behind, many teams have acted quickly to tie up potential rotation players at dollar amounts and multi-year commitments that would typically have gone to essential starters in past offseasons.

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  • Huge DeRozan deal solidifies Raptors' return to relevance

    Eric Freeman at Ball Don't Lie1 day ago

     

    The Toronto Raptors had the franchise’s best-ever season in 2015-16, winning a record 56 games and reaching the Eastern Conference Finals for the first time. They began a critical 2016 free agency period by locking up a homegrown All-Star for the long term, though perhaps at the expense of their long-term flexibility.

    As reported by Shams Charania of The Vertical, shooting guard DeMar DeRozan quickly agreed to terms to remain with the Raptors for five years and approximately $139 million. That dollar amount has not yet been finalized due to other offseason factors for Toronto, but DeRozan will certainly be under contract at a very high salary through his age-31 season in 2020-21.

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