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Latest free agency news, transfer rumors, DeMar DeRozan, Brandon Ingram, Los Angeles Lakers roster

The biggest names have already been signed, but there are still plenty of stars across the NBA who could move on, and the Lakers are hoping to land one of them.

Here's the latest free agency and trade news from across the league!

WARRIORS GET SNIPER TO REPLACE KLAY

The Golden State Warriors may have lost Klay Thompson, but they have found a good replacement and signed sharpshooter Buddy Hield as a free agent.

Shams Charania of The Athletic reported the news on Friday that the Warriors acquired Hield in a sign-and-trade deal from the Philadelphia 76ers in a deal involving five teams.

“The Warriors will in return send a 2031 second-round pick from Dallas that they acquired through the departure of Klay Thompson back to Philadelphia and redirect him as part of a five-team deal that also includes the Charlotte Hornets and Minnesota Timberwolves,” Charania wrote.

Hield reportedly signed a four-year, $18 million deal with two years guaranteed, a $3 million partial guarantee in the third year and a player option in the fourth, but non-guaranteed, year, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

Charania, meanwhile, reported that Hield chose the Warriors “because of the odds,” ignoring interest from the Detroit Pistons and the Los Angeles Lakers.

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LAKERS FOCUS ON ANOTHER GOAL

Speaking of the Lakers, after Hield went to Golden State and Thompson went to the Mavericks, they have agreed to another top scorer to strengthen their lineup for next season.

According to a report from The Athletic, Los Angeles is currently trying to sign free agent DeMar DeRozan.

The Los Angeles native and USC product is a six-time All-Star and averaged 24 points per game for the Bulls last season.

His time in the Windy City is all but over, but the Lakers aren't the only team trying to secure DeRozan's services.

Both the Miami Herald and The Athletic reported that the Heat were also interested in signing the striker, with Miami being the slight favorite to land DeRozan.

The 34-year-old DeRozan has met with the Heat to discuss how he might fit into the roster. According to the Miami Herald, there seemed to be mutual interest on both sides.

It might be difficult for the Heat to get DeRozan, as Miami will likely have to facilitate the transfer of a decent-earning player to a team with salary cap space to give Miami the opportunity to get DeRozan in a sign-and-trade with the Bulls.

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If the Heat wanted to go the no-trade route, they could sign him at the taxpayer-friendly mid-range rate of $5.2 million.

However, the Lakers have stated that they want to aggressively update the roster.

“I think we're always going to be aggressive in trying to improve our roster and continue to relentlessly look at what we can do,” general manager Rob Pelinka said, according to The Athletic.

“This is the season where we have to be aware of all the different things we can do to improve the squad. So we're in the middle of that right now.

“That will continue over the next few days and will often impact Las Vegas, where all the GMs meet and do other deals. But we will remain aggressive.”

— New York Post

THE NEXT BIG TRADE DOMINO TO FALL

According to other news, it still seems like the New Orleans Pelicans are looking to trade Brandon Ingram.

The Pelicans took a big step in the right direction by signing Dejounte Murray, but NBA insider Marc Stein, citing league sources, reported Friday that attempts to trade Ingram “have intensified in recent days.”

“Sources told The Stein Line that Ingram has also been exploring trade options given that the Pelicans are not offering him the terms he was hoping for in a contract extension,” Stein added.

He further reported that re-signing Trey Murphy III and strengthening the frontcourt after Jonas Valanciunas left for Washington are two other priorities for New Orleans this offseason, along with the Ingram trade.

When asked which teams might pursue Ingram, Stein wrote that the Sacramento Kings had reportedly “evaluated the feasibility and advisability of pursuing Ingram.”

The Kings, however, appear to be very active in transfer talks. Stein added that Sacramento has had similar discussions about Utah's Lauri Markkanen, Washington's Kyle Kuzma and Chicago's DeRozan.

Crucially, Stein wrote that Kevin Huerter and Harrison Barnes are the pieces the Kings would want to pack together in such a trade – not ^ “Keegan Murray”.

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SIXERS WANT TO SIGN FORMER CLIPPERS TEAMMATE OF PAUL GEORGE

Elsewhere, Paul George might meet a familiar face in Philadelphia.

According to The Philadelphia Inquirer, the 76ers are considering signing George's former Clippers teammate and Philadelphia native Marcus Morris Sr. as part of their roster rebuild.

Morris reportedly has a number of suitors, including the Pistons, Spurs, Cavaliers, Timberwolves, Heat, Mavericks and Hornets.

George is the star of the 76ers' new signings after agreeing to a four-year, $212 million max deal early in free agency, and Philadelphia is now looking for ways to improve margins.

Morris played alongside George for four seasons on the Clippers from 2019-2023, and a familiar face could make the transition easier for George.

The Philadelphia Inquirer noted that the former Kansas star would help provide some toughness that the 76ers seemed to lack in their first-round playoff loss to the Knicks this spring.

The Knicks ultimately seemed to be the tougher team than the 76ers, as they consistently made the decisive plays in crunch time and rose to the occasion.

Ironically, the 76ers could have tapped into Morris' toughness last postseason, but they traded him to the Spurs in a trade with the three teams that brought sharpshooter Buddy Hield to the City of Brotherly Love.

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The Spurs promptly released the veteran and he joined the Cavaliers for their playoff push, which ended in a second-round loss to the eventual champion Celtics.

Morris averaged 6.4 points and 2.7 rebounds during his time with the 76ers and Cavaliers last season.

“The 6-foot-8, 215-pound player was able to showcase his high basketball IQ, unselfish play and Philly toughness,” the newspaper reported.

“He made the Sixers better not only through his play, but also through his leadership on and off the field.”

The 76ers have been one of the more active teams in the NBA during free agency while trying to keep up with the arms race that has gripped the Eastern Conference.

Philadelphia also retained winger Kelly Oubre and signed experienced guard Eric Gordon and rebounding ace Andre Drummond, but notably lost Tobias Harris to the Pistons.

Thanks to their frenetic activity, the 76ers overtook the Knicks in the 2024-25 title odds. Philadelphia has the fourth-best odds on FanDuel and is second in the Eastern Conference behind the Celtics.

— New York Post