Florida Gators in the NBA: Free agent tracker, updates for 2016

By Adam Silverstein
June 30, 2016
Florida Gators in the NBA: Free agent tracker, updates for 2016

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All but one former Florida Gators player in the NBA last season was a free agent come 12:01 a.m. on July 1.

With many signing max contracts and most moving teams in 2016, OnlyGators.com has been here to track all of the movements and big deals starting early Friday morning through the final Florida player agreeing to a deal.

Timestamps below each player denote the latest updates, whether news or reports.

Forward Al Horford (Atlanta Hawks) — unrestricted: When Horford signs, he will likely ink the richest contract in NBA history. Whether that will result in him remaining in Atlanta remains to be seen and has become increasingly more doubtful with each passing day.

7:15 p.m. Saturday: Horford announced that he will continue his career in Boston. He will sign a four-year, $113 million fully-guaranteed deal with the Celtics, the fourth year of which will be a player option, according to ESPN‘s Ramona Shelburne.

It was a wild finish to Horford’s free agency. According to The Vertical‘s Adrian Wojnarowski, Boston and Washington both believed that Atlanta had taken the lead in hopes of resigning Horford; however, five minutes after providing that information, Woj reported that Horford agreed to the max contract with the Celtics. Per Woj, it appears as if the Hawks were seriously in it but refused to pay the extra $6 million Horford was looking for; even though the Wizards had him “incredibly intrigued,” ultimately it was Boston that locked up his services.

11 a.m. Saturday: The Celtics and Wizards appear to be finalists for Horford, according to The Vertical‘s Adrian Wojnarowski, who reports that The Godfather should decide Saturday night and will likely sign a four-year, $113 million contract.

Guard Bradley Beal (Washington Wizards) — restricted: Another expected max player, Beal has been fragile over his first few years in the league, which has limited his production and perceived value to teams that would have to give up a hell of a lot to take him away from the team that holds his rights.

11:18 a.m. Friday: Beal and the Wizards have agreed to terms on a five-year, $128 million deal, according to The Vertical.

12:20 a.m. Friday: Citing Beal’s agent, Wojnarowski reported on his live show that Beal will indeed get a maximum contract worth $128 million over five years with no options for either the player or team. Terms should be agreed upon Friday with the deal being signed later this summer.

Forward Chandler Parsons (Dallas Mavericks) — unrestricted: Career-best three-point numbers have improved Parsons’s stock even though injuries have been an issue for him since joining the Mavericks. He should have a lot of interest and will be one of the more interesting Gators available this summer.

3:15 p.m. Friday: Parsons will be signing a four-year, $94 million max contract with the Grizzlies, according to Wojnarowski.

11 a.m. Friday: It looks to be a two-team race between the Trailblazers and Grizzlies for Parsons’s services, according to multiple reports.

12:35 a.m. Friday: Parsons’s first free agent meeting is with the Blazers, per The Vertical‘s Wojnarowski, who reports Portland is offering a four-year max contract. That would be a deal worth approximately $88 million.

Center Joakim Noah (Chicago Bulls) — unrestricted: Injuries and a coaching change really cut into Noah’s play over the last few seasons, but offseason shoulder surgery has him healthy and potentially set to earn a max deal of his own, almost assuredly with a new team.

10:30 p.m. Friday: Noah and the Knicks formally agreed to a four-year, $72 million deal that is fully guaranteed, per ESPN‘s Ramona Shelburne.

12:10 a.m. Friday: Noah is expected to sign with the Knicks on a four-year deal worth more than $70 million, according to The Vertical‘s Shams Charania. The two sides will meet in Orlando later Friday.

Center Marreese Speights (Golden State Warriors) — unrestricted: Mo’ Buckets is still young and an extremely capable scorer for a big man, which should allow him to command above-value money on the market, especially seeing as he’s been a key roleplayer to the Warriors’ success over the last few seasons.

11:35 a.m. Thursday, July 8: Speights signed a one-year deal with the Los Angeles Clippers, his fifth team in eight seasons. Terms of the deal, first reported by The Vertical, have not been released.

2:23 p.m. Monday: The Warriors are attempting to re-sign Speights, according to Wojnarowski.

Center/forward David Lee (Dallas Mavericks) — unrestricted: Lee can still fill up a stat sheet when he sees action, but his defensive inefficiencies have made him a major liability, which is why he’s moved around so much since Golden State signed him to a max deal the year New York gave him up to ink Amare Stoudamire.

Favorite: None | Contenders: TBD

Power forward Udonis Haslem (Miami Heat) — unrestricted: Haslem has played his entire career with the Heat and even signed contracts well below value in order to remain in Miami. There are only two ways Haslem’s free agency will go.

Sunday, July 10: Haslem signed a one-year, $4 million deal to return to Miami.

Forward Matt Bonner (San Antonio Spurs) — unrestricted: Bonner played a career-low 6.9 minutes per game in his 10th season with the Spurs (12th in the NBA). Similar to Haslem, there are likely only two options for the Red Mamba.

Favorites: San Antonio | Contender: Retirement

Forward Corey Brewer (Houston Rockets): Brewer will be entering the second season of a three-year, $23.4 million fully-guaranteed deal. He’s the only Florida player that will not change teams as a free agent, but another trade is most certainly possible.

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