Chris Paul staying in Phoenix, Kyle Lowry heading to Miami Heat


One NBA season morphs into another.

NBA free agency is here, not that far ahead of next season.

Following two unusual seasons in which COVID-19 impact the regular season and playoffs, the league is slated to get back on its regular schedule this season.

FYI: Training camp opens Sept. 28, and the regular season begins Oct. 19.

There are some All-Stars and future Hall of Famers available and then a bunch of solid role players in free agency. Who ends up where? Which teams have salary cap space or the front-office know-how to get a franchise-altering deal done?

Lonzo Ball (2) could be on the move to the Chicago Bulls after signing a four-year, $85 million offer sheet.

Here are players who reached deals with teams during free agency.

Monday’s deals (Aug. 2)

► Point guard Lonzo Ball agreed to a four-year, $85 million offer sheet with the Chicago Bulls, and the New Orleans Pelicans have two days to match the contract if they want to retain Ball.

Kyle Lowry has agreed to a three-year deal with the Miami Heat.

► Miami restricted free-agent guard Duncan Robinson reached a five-year, $90 million to stay with the Miami, a person familiar with negotiations told USA TODAY Sports.

► Restricted free-agent center Jarrett Allen agreed to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers on a five-year, $100 million contract, a person with knowledge of the deal told USA TODAY Sports. This gives the Cavs their rim-protecting big who is a solid pick-and-roll player with an improving offensive game. Allen averaged 12.8 points, 10 rebounds and 1.4 blocks last season.

► Will Barton agreed to a two-year, $32 million to stay with the Denver Nuggets, two people familiar with the deal confirmed to USA TODAY Sports. The Nuggets considered retaining Barton to be their biggest off-season priority. Barton provided dependable scoring and defense during his seven years there. The Nuggets will sorely need Barton’s services to offset the loss of point guard Jamal Murray, who remains sidelined indefinitely with a torn ACL in his left knee.

► All-Star guard Mike Conley agreed to a three-year, $72.5 million deal to stay with the Utah Jazz, a person familiar with the terms confirmed to USA TODAY Sports. The Jazz considered retaining Conley to be their biggest off-season priority. Though Conley missed all but Game 6 of the Jazz’s second-round loss to the Los Angeles Clippers because of a right hamstring injury, the Jazz are optimistic Conley will be fully healthy next season.

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► Guard T.J. McConnell will stick with the Indiana Pacers on a four-year, $35 million deal, according to The Indianapolis Star.

► Forward-center Kelly Olynk plans to sign a three-year, $37 million with the Detroit Pistons.

► Center Nerlens Noels agreed to return to the New York Knicks on a three-year, $32 million deal.

► Guard Alec Burks agreed to return to the Knicks on a three-year, $30 million deal.

► Guard Cameron Payne will re-sign with the Phoenix Suns on a three-year, $19 million deal.

► Guard Tim Hardaway Jr. agreed to a four-year, $74 million deal to stay with the Dallas Mavericks, a person familiar with the details confirmed to USA TODAY Sports.

► All-Star guard Chris Paul agreed to a four-year deal with the Phoenix Suns that could be worth as much as $120 million, a person familiar with the details confirmed to USA TODAY Sports. Paul had declined a $44 million player option after leading to the Suns to the NBA Finals at 36 years old. The Suns agreed to a deal that could ensure Paul plays up to age 40 amid both his productive play while avoiding major injuries.

► Shooting guard Doug McDermott is headed to the San Antonio Spurs on a three-year, $42 million contract.

► Forward Bobby Portis shows his loyalty to the Milwaukee Bucks, reaching a two-year, $9 million deal to remain with the 2021 champions, a person familiar with agreement told USA TODAY Sports.

► Forward Moe Harkless agreed to a two-year, $9 million with the Sacramento Kings, a person with direct knowledge of negotiation told USA TODAY Sports.

►The Los Angeles Lakers and free-agent guard Wayne Ellington agreed to a one-year deal, two people familiar with the terms confirmed to USA TODAY Sports. The Lakers made this move to bolster their outside shooting and defense. Ellington, who also played with the Lakers in the 2014-15 season, has shot 38.2% from 3-point range during his 14-year NBA career. Ellington shot 42.2% from deep last season with the Detroit Pistons.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: NBA free agency tracker: Chris Paul stays in Phoenix, Kyle Lowry to Miami

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