In basketball, the only thing busier than the season is the off season.
Coaches are fired, other coaches are hired, players are traded, while other players exercise their free agency and switch teams. This year, many high-profile players are free agents and have decisions to make about their future and where they will play next season.
I recently reported about Chris Paul agreeing to stay with the Clippers. Some players have had the same mindset and will stay with their current team, while others have had a change of heart.
Here’s a list of the latest free agents and where they decided to go (or stay):
1. Manu Ginobili – San Antonio Spurs (financial terms unknown)
2. Kevin Martin – Minnesota Timberwolves; previously with Oklahoma City Thunder ($30 million over four years)
3. David West – Indiana Pacers (at least $36 million over three years)
4. Tony Allen – Memphis Grizzlies ($20 million over four years)
5. Tiago Splitter – San Antonio Spurs ($36 million over four years)
6. Martell Webster – Washington Wizards ($22 million over four years)
7. Chase Budinger – Minnesota Timberwolves ($16 million over three years)
8. Andray Blatche – Brooklyn Nets ($1.4 million for one year)
9. Mike Dunleavy – Chicago Bulls; previously with Milwaukee Bucks ($6 million over two years)
10. C.J. Watson – Indiana Pacers; previously with Brooklyn Nets (deal over two years, amount unknown)
Other free agents such as Dwight Howard, Josh Smith, Andre Iguodala, Matt Barnes and O.J. Mayo are still speaking with teams and deciding who they will play for next season.
Although he was not a free agent, Clippers PG Eric Bledsoe, along with Caron Butler, was recently involved in a three-team trade. The two have been traded to the Phoenix Suns.
The Clippers will get Bucks SG J.J. Redick (signed $27 million deal over four years) and Phoenix Suns SG Jared Dudley. As part of the agreement, the Suns and Clippers will each give the Milwaukee Bucks a second-round draft pick.
Stay tuned for the latest in the NBA free agency pool.