Free-agent update: Pierce pulls late-night surprise

Free-agent update: Pierce pulls late-night surprise

Posted by mikemcgraw on Sun, 07/13/2014 - 09:15

The Washington Wizards lost starting forward Trevor Ariza to Houston on Saturday and moved quickly to land a surprising replacement.

Paul Pierce joined the Wizards late Saturday night, taking a two-year deal for the mid-level exception (around $11 million total). The Bulls discovered during the playoffs that Washington is on the rise and Pierce, who turns 37 in October, is an interesting addition.

Most people assumed Pierce would stick with his Boston buddy Kevin Garnett in Brooklyn. But after paying a record luxury tax bill last season, the Nets are looking to cut costs and Pierce saw the opportunity to escape.

Pierce also has a history with Tom Thibodeau from Boston, but the Bulls probably couldn't have matched Washington's offer after signing Pau Gasol and Nikola Mirotic.

Another storyline to watch Sunday is what happens to former Bull Luol Deng. Miami is reportedly offering $10 million per season, which is what he turned down from the Bulls last season. Being the guy who replaces LeBron James doesn't sound like an ideal spot, but the Heat seem to be the most interested team.

One potential backup plan for Deng is Dallas, if the Rockets match the offer sheet for restricted free agent Chandler Parsons. You'd think Houston would match. If not, the Rockets would have effectively traded Parsons, Omer Asik and Jeremy Lin for Ariza. Not smart.

The Mavericks might turn to Deng as a back-up plan, which would be a nice landing spot for him. There was a report the Mavs might first take a run at Indiana's Lance Stephenson, who remains unsigned. Atlanta might still be an option for Deng.

For the Bulls, once they get rid of Carlos Boozer, then sign Gasol and Mirotic, they'll be down to using the “space” mid-level of $2.73 million, trades or signing guys for minimum salaries.

They need a backup point guard, so either Kirk Hinrich or D.J. Augustin figures to return, maybe both. They might also try to grab a low-cost shooting guard. Ray Allen is still out there. Would he reunite with Thibodeau? See the list below for other options.

The Bulls will have Mirotic, Mike Dunleavy, Jimmy Butler, Doug McDermott and Tony Snell on the roster. That's a lot of wings, but no true shooting guard.

Another transaction announced late Saturday was the Bulls sending forward Greg Smith to Dallas, a move that will clear roughly $900,000 in cap space. The Bulls signed Smith late last season and he leaves without ever playing in a game.

Here's the updated free-agent list, with available players and reported signings...
(Updated as of 5:30 p.m., Sunday)

2014 NBA free agents

Restricted
Greg Monroe, PF, Pistons
Eric Bledsoe, PG, Suns
Kevin Seraphin, PF, Wizards
Mike Scott, SF, Hawks
Trevor Booker, PF, Wizards
Jae Crowder, SF, Mavs
Troy Daniels, SG, Rockets

Point guards
Ramon Sessions, PG, Bucks
D.J. Augustin, PG, Bulls
Jameer Nelson, PG, Magic
Aaron Brooks, PG, Nuggets
Luke Ridnour, PG, Hornets
Garrett Temple, PG, Wizards
Leandro Barbosa, PG, Suns
Jerryd Bayless, PG, Celtics

Scorers
Dwyane Wade, SG, Heat
Lance Stephenson, SG, Pacers
Ray Allen, SG, Heat
Rodney Stuckey, SG, Pistons
Evan Turner, SG, Pacers
Mo Williams, SG, Blazers
Matt Bonner, SF, Spurs
Mike Miller, SG, Grizzlies
Jordan Crawford, SG, Warriors
Alan Anderson, SG, Nets
Toney Douglas, SG, Heat
John Salmons, SG, Hawks
James Anderson, SG, Sixers
MarShon Brooks, SG, Lakers
Xavier Henry, SG, Lakers
Jannero Pargo, SG, Hornets
Jimmer Fredette, SG, Bulls
Francisco Garcia, SG, Rockets
Shelvin Mack, SG, Hawks
E'Twaun Moore, SG, Magic

Wings
Shawn Marion, SF, Mavs
Caron Butler, SF, Thunder
Rashard Lewis, SF, Heat
James Jones, SG, Heat
Michael Beasley, SF, Heat
Jordan Hamilton, SF, Rockets
Al Harrington, SF, Wizards
Wesley Johnson, SF, Lakers
Al Farouq Aminu, SF, Pelicans
Jan Vesely, PF, Nuggets
Rasual Butler, SF, Pacers
Chris Singleton, SF, Wizards
Charlie Villanueva, SF, Pistons
Chris Douglas Roberts, SF, Hornets
Othyus Jeffers, SG, Timberwolves
Doron Lamb, SG, Magic
Anthony Tolliver, SF, Hornets
Hedo Turkoglu, SF, Clippers
Metta World Peace, SF, Knicks
Lamar Odom, SF, Knicks

Big men
Andray Blatche, PF, Nets
Ed Davis, PF, Grizzlies
Ekpe Udoh, PF, Bucks
Elton Brand, PF, Hawks
DeJuan Blair, PF, Mavs
Glen Davis, PF, Clippers
Jermaine O'Neal, C, Warriors
Jason Smith, C, Pelicans
Chris Andersen, C, Heat
Nazr Mohammed, C, Bulls
Drew Gooden, C, Wizards
Jeff Adrien, PF, Bucks
Byron Mullens, C, Sixers
Lavoy Allen, C, Pacers
Gustavo Ayon, PF, Hawks
Jared Cunningham, PF, Timberwolves
Kris Humphries, PF, Nets
D.J. White, PF, Hornets
Ryan Hollins, C, Clippers
Bernard James, C, Mavs
Greg Oden, C, Heat
Andrew Bynum, C, Pacers
Jason Collins, C, Nets

(These transactions are reported agreements)
PG Steve Blake signs with BLAZERS for two years, $4.2 million
C Chris Kaman signs with BLAZERS for two years, $10 million
PF Pau Gasol signs with BULLS for unknown
PG Kirk Hinrich re-signs with BULLS for unknown
SF LeBron James signs with CAVS for two years, $42 million
SG Avery Bradley re-signs with CELTICS for four years, $32 million
PG Jordan Farmar signs with CLIPPERS for two years, $4.2 million
C Spencer Hawes signs with CLIPPERS for four years, $23 million
SG Vince Carter signs with the GRIZZLIES for three years, $12 million
PG Beno Udrih re-signs with GRIZZLIES for two years, $4.2 million
SG Kent Bazemore signs with HAWKS for two years, $4.2 million
SG Thabo Sefolosha signs with HAWKS for three years, $12 million
PF Chris Bosh re-signs with HEAT for five years, $118 million
PG Mario Chalmers re-signs with HEAT for unknown
SF Luol Deng signs with HEAT for two years, $20 million
SF Danny Granger signs with HEAT for two years, $4.2 million
PF Josh McRoberts signs with HEAT for four years, $23 million
PG Brian Roberts signs with HORNETS for two years, $5.5 million
SF Marvin Williams signs with HORNETS for two years, $14 million
SF Gordon Hayward re-signs with JAZZ for four years, $63 million
PG Darren Collison signs with KINGS for three years, $16 million
C Cole Aldrich re-signs with KNICKS, unknown
SF Carmelo Anthony re-signs with KNICKS for five years, $120 million
SG Nick Young re-signs with LAKERS for four years, $21.5 million
PF Jordan Hill re-signs with LAKERS for two years, $18 million
PF Channing Frye signs with MAGIC for four years, $32 million
SG Ben Gordon signs with MAGIC for two years, $9 million
PG Devin Harris re-signs with MAVS for three years, $9 million
SF Richard Jefferson signs with MAVS for one year, $1.4 million
PF Dirk Nowitzki re-signs with MAVS for three years, $30 million
SF Chandler Parsons signs with MAVS for three years, $45 million
SG C.J. Miles signs with PACERS for four years, $18 million
C Aaron Gray signs with PISTONS for one year, unknown
SF Cartier Martin signs with PISTONS for one year, unknown
SG Jodie Meeks signs with PISTONS for three years, $19 million
SF James Johnson signs with RAPTORS for two years, $5 million
PG Kyle Lowry re-signs with RAPTORS for four years, $48 million
PF Patrick Patterson re-signs with RAPTORS for three years, $18 million
PG Greivis Vasquez re-signs with RAPTORS for two years, $13 million
SF Trevor Ariza signs with ROCKETS for four years, $32 million
SF Boris Diaw re-signs with SPURS for three years, $22 million
PG Patty Mills re-signs with SPURS for three years, $12 million
PG Isaiah Thomas sign-and-trade to SUNS for four years, $27 million
SF P.J. Tucker re-signs with SUNS for three years, $16.5 million
SG Anthony Morrow signs with THUNDER for three years, $10 million
SG Shaun Livingston signs with WARRIORS for three years, $16 million
C Marcin Gortat re-signs with WIZARDS for five years, $60 million
SF Paul Pierce signs with WIZARDS for two years, $11 million

PG Nando de Colo signs with CSKA Moscow, unknown

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