The NBA’s free agency period is moving along nicely. No decision from Kevin Durant, but plenty of big moves all around, with the Memphis Grizzlies spending big on Mike Conley and Chandler Parsons, the Atlanta Hawks sign Dwight Howard in something of a too-late homecoming, and the Los Angeles Lakers make another veteran addition with Luol Deng.

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Changing Places

  • Jeremy Lin didn’t wait long and signed with the Brooklyn Nets on a three-year deal worth $36 million, which marks his return to the big apple, and probably to a team that guarantees him a starting job right out of the gate, and probably in a style that fits him very well
  • Another player the Hornets lost is Al Jefferson, who took something of a discount to join the Indiana Pacers, taking a three-year, $30 million contract. If he’s healthy, this will give the best low post threat the Pacers have had in a very long time
  • One of those weird cases of huge salary hikes thanks to the new cap is Jerryd Bayless, a guard who doesn’t really fit in any position, and still got a 3-year, $27 million deal with the Philadelphia 76ers, which is something the Sixers wouldn’t have done during the Sam Hinkie era. Not sure this was a good way to start spending their cap money
  • The Milwaukee Bucks didn’t just lose players. They added Mirza Teletovic, who played on the Phoenix Suns last season, giving the Bosnian forward $30 million over three years, hoping he gives them some much-needed shooting ability
  • Chandler Parsons got the max offer he wants. The Dallas Mavericks didn’t want to give it him, so he received an offer from the Portland Trail Blazers, but eventually chose the Memphis Grizzlies, giving Parsons a four-year, $94 million contract, hoping he stays healthy this time
  • The Portland Trail Blazers made a slightly odd move by adding one of the funniest players in the NBA, Evan Turner, giving him $70 million over four years. Not a bad player, but besides solidifying their bench options, he doesn’t really add something to them
  • Solomon Hill was always going to get a raise this offseason despite his limited production last season. Turns out that the new salary cap means $52 million over four years for a player averaging 4.2 points per game last season. He joins the New Orleans Pelicans
  • Jeff Green keeps being moved around, and teams keep getting nothing in return for signing him. He leaves the Los Angeles Clippers (trading a first-round pick to get him last season), joining the Orlando Magic on a one-year, $15 million deal. They hope he finally shows consistency for them
  • The Hawks wanted Dwight Howard in his previous free agency run in 2013. They land him this time on a three-year deal worth $70.5 million, as Howard proves that he’s still worth a lot of money, even if it isn’t the max he dreamed of
  • The Phoenix Suns bring back Jared Dudley (played there for three seasons 2010-2013) after his year in Washington, where he played Power Forward most of the time. He signed a three-year, $30 million deal
  • After a few years of being one of the highest paid players in the NBA, Joe Johnson is one of the few who took a pay cut. He signed with the Utah Jazz on a two-year, $22 million deal, after spending only a few months with the Miami Heat following his trade from the Brooklyn Nets
  • The Miami Heat keep losing players, as small forward Luol Deng chooses to join the Los Angeles Lakers on a four-year, $72 million deal, which gives the Lakers a different look. Slightly better, and certainly not the kind that tanks

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Staying Put

  • The Orlando Magic showed their faith in Frenchman Evan Fournier by signing him to a five-year, $85 million contract. With Victor Oladipo gone, they show him their faith in his ability to raise his production from the backcourt (or small forward) after averaging 15.4 points per game last season
  • The biggest deal in NBA history (so far), as the Memphis Grizzlies hold on to Mike Conley, paying him $153 million over five seasons
  • Kent Bazemore was pegged to join the Nets, but instead took less money from what he was being offered around the league (including the Lakers) and signed a four-year, $70 million deal with the Hawks, deciding it’s the best place for him, and where he made his biggest advance
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