The NBA offseason continues at a whirlwind pace as free agency negotiations opened at 6 p.m. ET on Monday. Players cannot sign their agreed-upon deals until Friday afternoon.
A flurry of agreements are expected Monday evening. Follow Yahoo Sports for all of the latest reported deal, rumors and more.
Mike Conley returns to Jazz
After leading the NBA in wins in the 2020-21 regular season, Mike Conley Jr. and the Utah Jazz are running it back.
The veteran point guard has agreed to a three-year, $68 million deal with the Jazz, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania.
Conley landed with the Jazz in 2019 after more than a decade with the Memphis Grizzlies and really hit his stride last season, earning his first career All-Star honors while averaging 16.2 points and 6.0 rebounds per game.
With Conley’s help, the Jazz posted an NBA-best 52-20 record, but fell in the Western Conference semifinals by losing four straight games to a shorthanded Los Angeles Clippers team. Questions remain about the playoff viability of the Jazz’s current core, but it looks like the team doesn’t think Conley is the problem.
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Duncan Robinson agrees to largest deal ever for undrafted player
Duncan Robinson is one of the modern NBA’s biggest success stories as an undrafted player, and now he’s being paid like it.
The Miami Heat have agreed with Robinson on a five-year, $90 million deal, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
After a rookie season spent mostly in the G League, Robinson emerged as one of the NBA’s top sharpshooters in 2019-20 and built on that last season. No skill pays in the NBA quite like perimeter shooting, and Robinson has shot 42.7 percent from deep on 8.4 attempts per game over the last two season.
Pretty good for a player who college career started at Williams College, and who didn’t hear his name called at the draft after a strong career at Michigan.
NBA decides on 2021-22 cap number
Shortly after the starter’s pistol sounded on the NBA’s legal tampering period, the league determined its cap numbers for next season: $112.4 million for the salary cap, $136.6 million for the luxury tax.
The Phoenix Suns first signed Cameron Payne as a bubble reinforcement, and now they’re signing him as part of a core that reached the NBA Finals.
The point guard and the Suns have agreed on a three-year, $19 million deal, per Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes.
Payne first landed with the Suns on a two-year deal signed during the NBA’s pandemic hiatus last year. You may remember that team going undefeated in the bubble, and you may also remember the team looking like one of the best in the NBA with Chris Paul and Payne at point guard.
Payne averaged 8.4 points and 3.6 assists per game, and delivered arguably the best performance of his career in a key Game 1 of the Western Conference finals with 29 points and nine assists with Paul out against the Los Angeles Clippers.
Kelly Olynyk lands three-year deal from Pistons
After one of the strongest runs of his career, Kelly Olynyk is getting paid.
The former Houston Rockets big man is signing a three-year deal worth $37 million with the Detroit Pistons, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Olynyk landed in Houston at midseason through the Victor Oladipo trade and provided some surprisingly strong basketball for the rebuilding Rockets. He averaged 19.0 points, 8.4 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game in a Rockets uniform, and now he’ll head for a Pistons team hoping it has now reached the end of its rebuilding plan.
Knicks bring back Alec Burks and Nerlens Noel
The New York Knicks are bringing back two significant contributors from their best team in years.
Nerlens Noel and Alec Burks have both agreed to three-year deals to return the Knicks, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Burks posted 12.7 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game last season, while Noel had 5.1 points and 6.4 rebounds per game.
JaMychal Green going back to Nuggets
The Denver Nuggets found a key role player in JaMychal Green last year. They’re bringing him back on a two-year, $17 million deal, per The Athletic’s Shams Charania.
Backing up the likes of Nikola Jokic, Aaron Gordon and Paul Millsap, Green provided some key 3-point shooting as a big man with 39.9 percent from deep. He averaged 8.1 points and 4.1 rebounds per game.
Green opted out of a $7.6 million player option for next season, and it looks like that decision paid off.
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