NBA free agent tracker, Day 3: Darius Garland signs max extension with Cleveland




NBA free agency continues into the weekend. And if Saturday is anything like the first 48 hours of free agency, we are in for another whirlwind of moves. As Philadelphia 76ers' Tyrese Maxey put it, "The NBA has to be the most entertaining league….. correct?" Correct.

The free agency moratorium opened Thursday at 6 p.m. ET, the negotiating period during which free agents and teams can begin discussing and agreeing on contracts. While teams cannot officially sign players to new deals until 12:01 p.m. ET on July 6, that hasn't stopped them from agreeing to shell out several hundred million dollars.

Many of the biggest deals on Day 1 were for players returning to their original teams: Bradley Beal to Washington (five years, $251 million), Anfernee Simons to Portland (four years, $100 million), Lu Dort to Oklahoma City (five years, $87.5 million), Bobby Portis to Milwaukee (four years, $49 million).

Day 2 was highlighted by Minnesota's big move to acquire Rudy Gobert from Utah.  Zach LaVine agreed to a five-year, $215.2 million deal to stay in Chicago, while Boston acquired Malcolm Brogdon from Indiana.

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Play-in tournament: Cavaliers guard Darius Garland (10) drives for a layup past Hawks defender Clint Capela (15) during the first half.
Play-in tournament: Cavaliers guard Darius Garland (10) drives for a layup past Hawks defender Clint Capela (15) during the first half.  

As the calendar flips to July 2 on Saturday, several notable names are still available, James Harden, Deandre Ayton, Miles Bridges and Collin Sexton among them.

There's also the big question looming after Kevin Durant requested a trade from the Brooklyn Nets just hours before free agency opened. Where will Durant land?

If you missed any moves, USA TODAY Sports' NBA crew recaps the weekend of free agency with notes on all the contracts agreed to:

Garland reaches max extension with Cavs

Cleveland guard Darius Garland, coming off a fantastic season, agreed to a designated rookie extension for four years and $193 million, his agency, Klutch Sports, said. The amount could reach $232 million if Garland meets certain incentives. Garland averaged career-highs in points (21.7 per game), assists (8.6 per game) and field-goal percentage (46.2%) in his third season in 2021-22. The Cavs are set up for the present and the future and will be a key factor in the E

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