On July 11, the NBA moratorium on free agent signings will officially end and a lot of deals that were agreed to between the 1st and the 11th can officially be signed. While some players have reneged on deals that they agreed to during the moratorium period, most are signed as agreed. These are the free agents who have agreed to sign.
Rashard Lewis, Orlando Magic.
Rashard Lewis is expected to sign with the Magic for a max deal, $75 million over the next 5 years. Lewis was one of the most coveted free agents on the market and could remind the Magic fans of Tracy McGrady.
Chauncey Billups, Detroit Pistons.
Chauncey Billups is expected to resign with the Pistons for 4 years and $48 million. Billups was probably the most wanted free agent, but no one really thought he would leave the Pistons so no team went very far to court him. Billups is a great veteran point guard with championship experience. He probably took less money to stay in Detroit.
Grant Hill, Phoenix Suns
Grant Hill will sign a 2-year $3.8 million contract with the Suns. Hill will make the veteran minimum to play for one of the teams that he has expressed a deep interest in playing for. Hill will add a nice veteran presence to the Suns and he can also come off of the bench and add some proven scoring. He can also play several positions.
Vince Carter, New Jersey Nets.
Vince Carter did the expected very soon after the July 1st date to talk with free agents and resigned with New Jersey. He signed for 4 years and $61.8 million. When Carter opted out of his last contract it was not to get out of New Jersey, but merely for job security as he could sign for more years.
Andres Nocioni, Chicago Bulls.
While Nocioni was wanted by several other teams, including the Grizzlies, he was a restricted free agent and that limited his options. The Bulls resigned him but it is still possible for Nocioni to be traded in the future.
Jerry Stackhouse, Dallas Mavericks.
Stackhouse and the Mavericks agreed on a 3-year, $24 million contract. Stackhouse will remain in Dallas where he has been a sixth man and very crucial to the success of the team.
Luke Walton, Los Angeles Lakers
Luke Walton quietly agreed to a deal, 6 years $30 million, that would have him remain with the Lakers. Walton would have garnered interest but it was unclear who would be interested and Walton did not remain a free agent long enough to find out exactly who was interested or how much interest their was.
Jason Kopono, Toronto Raptors
In what may be remembered as one of the worst signings of this free agent period the Toronto Raptors agreed to a 4 year, $24 million contract with Kopono, who is merely known for his three-point shooting and nothing else.