Free Agent Rumors: Brunson, Tucker, LaVine, Sexton, Campazzo

Free Agent Rumors: Brunson, Tucker, LaVine, Sexton, Campazzo

Marc Stein is not sure that the Mavericks or the Knicks will end up signing Jalen Brunson this offseason, but he hints in his latest Substack article that it would be a surprise if the point guard ends up elsewhere.

After being identified earlier this year as possible suitors for Brunson, the Pistons and Pacers are no longer mentioned as potential destinations, writes Stein. Both teams used lottery picks to draft guards last Thursday, with Detroit selecting Jaden Ivey and Indiana catches Benoit Mathurin.

Elsewhere on the free agency front, Stein provides an update on P.J. Tucker after reporting last week that Sixers are seen as the biggest threat to signing the striker away from the Heat. According to Stein, many rival teams are saying “with even more conviction now than they did last week” that they believe Tucker will end up in Philadelphia on a three-year, $30 million deal.

After adding De’Anthony Melton, the Sixers plan to be a taxpayer and would likely have to take a bit of a paycheck to give Tucker $30 million over three years. Using the full mid-level exception or acquiring it via sign-and-trade are the only realistic ways for Philadelphia to offer a $10 million annual salary – either approach would cap the salary of the tax apron team.

Here are other free agency rumors from across the NBA:

  • KC Johnson of NBC Sports Chicago writes that all signs still point to the Bulls be ready to offer Zach LaVine a five-year contract at maximum salary when free agency opens this week, with LaVine likely to accept.
  • The Wizards have some interest in Collin Sexton but are likely in the market for a more traditional point guard in free agency, Cleveland.com’s Chris Fedor reports in a subscriber-exclusive story. Fedor believes that riders stay in the driver’s seat to re-sign Sexton, especially since some of his potential suitors — including Detroit — recruited guards last Thursday.
  • After indicating an openness to returning overseas, the Nuggets free agent guard Facundo Campazzo clarified that his goal is to stay in the NBA. He tweeted a statement in Spanish that translates into English as follows: My priority one, two and three is to continue in the NBA. For the moment, I don’t have in mind to return to Europe. Obviously at some point it will happen, but not now. I was very clear: I want to try again, whatever the franchise, but try again.
  • In an insider-only story for ESPN.com, Bobby Marks takes an in-depth look at which teams plan to have cap margin, which will be ratepayers, and which fall somewhere in between.

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