Morning Free Agency Update
By Randy Renner, Senior Writer
The NBA’s free agency period is underway and already a handful of agreements have been made including one for former Thunder backup point guard D.J. Augustin who is going to join former Thunder forward Serge Ibaka in Orlando.
Kevin Durant met with Thunder GM Sam Presti, assistant GM Troy Weaver and team chairman Clay Bennett for five hours yesterday inside Chesapeake Energy Arena. Sources have said the meeting “went well.”
A friend of Durant’s told ESPN’s Marc Spears the superstar is “90 percent” decided on staying in Oklahoma City. KD will meet with the Thunder again on Sunday evening in The Hamptons after sessions he has scheduled with the Warriors and Clippers today, the Spurs and Celtics on Saturday and the Heat earlier in the day on Sunday.
Durant is not expected to delay a decision for very long and he is widely expected to re-sign with the Thunder, the biggest mystery is whether he chooses a short term or long term contract.
Thunder restricted free agent Dion Waiters has been contacted by the Thunder, 76ers, Kings, Nets, Heat and Bulls. ESPN’s Dave McMenamin reporting the Kings are preparing “a significant offer” for Waiters. The Thunder can match any offer Waiters receives and probably will if it’s somewhere around $10-$12 million a year, more than that could be problematic for the Thunder especially now that Victor Oladipo is on the roster.
The Thunder have also reached out to 4-time All-Star Al Horford but no meeting with Horford has been scheduled. The Thunder have also spoken with forward Lance Thomas.
Other free agency news…Hassan Whiteside has decided to stay with the Miami Heat. The Mavericks had expressed interest in him.
Backup center Timofey Mozgov is leaving the Cavaliers and has agreed to a 4-year, $64 million contract with the LA Lakers. Those are eye-popping numbers for a player like Mozgov and will likely mean Steven Adams, who could become an All-Star next season, would be in line for perhaps $20 million a season.
We’ll have continuing updates here on the site and check out our Twitter feed page too as updates break minute by minute.