NBA Free Agency – NBA Free Agency – NBA trade season enters its second week at full swing. There are still only a handful of players left on the market waiting to be traded or re-signed.
On Tuesday, Brandon Ingram, Bam Adebayo, and Bogdan Bogdanovic are the next set of players that made the headlines.
Here are key transactions that took place as of November 24:
Ingram to Remain in The Big Easy
Brandon Ingram had an amazing first season in New Orleans that coincided with the arrival of Zion Williamson. He garnered his first All-Star Selection after posting career-highs in points (23.8), rebounds (6.1), and assists (4.2) for the Pels.
The Pelicans forward agreed to a 5-year, $158 M max extension according to report from ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Ingram along with Zion and Lonzo Ball are all set to lead the resurgent Pelicans to the playoffs.
For me, this was a no-brainer from the start. It would not make sense had Ingram left New Orleans that made some significant progress. This is truly an intelligent decision made by the Pelicans front office.
Bam Retained by the Heat
Another free agent that signed a long-term contract is versatile big man Bam Adebayo. Adebayo played an integral part in helping Miami go to an unlikely trip to the NBA Finals. Despite fighting through adversity, the Lakers beat Bam and the Heat in 6 games.
Adebayo signed a guaranteed 5-year, $163 M deal which may possibly end up reaching $195 M at the maximum. He will earn $5.1 M this upcoming season, the final year in his rookie contract. From there, the extension will take into effect beginning with the 2021-22 campaign.
Bam will earn $28.1 M in the first year of the extension and could potentially increase his salary should he make an All-NBA team selection. This is a deal worth taking for Miami’s young big.
Bogdanovic Provides 6th Man Role
Bogdan Bogdanovic is heading Hotlanta to play alongside Trae Young and the high-flying Hawks. Bogdanovic agreed to a 4-year, $72 M contract after finishing last season averaging 15.1 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 3.4 assists per game.
The Sacramento Kings were given 2 days to match the offer set by Atlanta. Despite giving De’Aaron Fox and Buddy Hield their contract extensions, the Kings ultimately declined. I believe Sacramento would have lost Bogdanovic to any other team, anyway, even if they go all out to get another superstar. In this case, the Hawks ended up being winners.
In addition to adding Danilo Gallinari into the fold, Bogdanovic gives them another shooter to back up Trae Young. He is also the ideal 6th man the Hawks need. The Hawks have their sights set on becoming a perennial playoff contender again after the kind of offseason they were able to display.
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