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Kawhi Leonard is reportedly turning down his option with the LA Clippers, making him an unrestricted free agent. (Photo by Garrett Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)

Keep track of all the latest NBA free agency news and reports before the 2021 NBA free agent period officially begins at 6 p.m. ET on Mon., Aug. 2.

Here are the top headlines from Aug. 1 so far:

Report: Leonard declines $36 million option with Clippers

Report: Paul turns down player option for 2021-22

Mavericks pick up team option on Cauley-Stein

Heat exercise team option on Dragic

Hornets make qualifying offer to Graham, but not Monk

Report: Heat declining Iguodala’s option

Report: Bulls decline option on Arcidiacono

Report: Blazers don’t extend offer to Collins

Report: Nets decline to make offer to Chiozza


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Reports: Leonard declines $36 million player option

LA Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard is declining his $36 million player option, according to multiple reports.

While the Clippers’ star becomes an unrestricted free agent, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski says the expectation is that Leonard will negotiate with LA for a new contract.

5:41 p.m. ET


Report: Paul declining $44.2 million option with Suns

Point guard Chris Paul is declining his $44.2 million player option with the Phoenix Suns, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

The move makes the veteran point guard an unrestricted free agent, but ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski says the Suns are optimistic they’ll be able to keep Paul in the fold.

5:40 p.m. ET


Report: Nets decline to make offer to Chiozza

The Brooklyn Nets have declined to make a qualifying offer to restricted free agent Chris Chiozza, making the point guard an unrestricted free agent, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

5:11 p.m. ET


Hornets extend offer to Graham, but not Monk

The Charlotte Hornets have made Devonte’ Graham a restricted free agent after extending a qualifying offer, the team announced Sunday.

The team also announced they declined to extend an offer to guard Malik Monk, who will become an unrestricted free agent.

5:05 p.m. ET


Mavericks exercise option on Cauley-Stein

The Dallas Mavericks will pick up the $4.1 team option on big man Willie Cauley-Stein, the team announced Sunday.

Cauley-Stein came to Dallas in a deal with Golden State before the trading deadline in 2019-20. He played 13 games for the Mavericks before the pandemic shut down the season, then opted out of the restart in the Florida bubble.

The 27-year-old played 53 games in sporadic duty under coach Rick Carlisle, who resigned a day after general manager Donnie Nelson was fired in June.

Jason Kidd replaced Carlisle, and Nico Harrison was hired as GM and president of basketball operations after nearly 20 years in the basketball division at Nike.

The move with Cauley-Stein should leave Dallas with about $30 million in salary cap space in free agency.

Harrison’s first move was trading Josh Richardson to Boston to clear some cap space as Dallas continues to try to build around star point guard Luka Doncic with questions surrounding the role of Kristaps Porzingis.

4:56 p.m. ET

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


Report: Blazers don’t extend offer to Collins

Zach Collins will become an unrestricted free agent after the Trail Blazers declined to extend their $7 million qualifying offer, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Collins has struggled with injuries since being drafted 10th overall in the 2017 NBA Draft. The forward had left ankle surgery in June after two previous ankle surgeries in 2020, the team announced.

4:44 p.m. ET


Report: Bulls decline option on Arcidiacono

The Chicago Bulls are reportedly declining the option on Ryan Arcidiacono, according to K.C. Johnson. of NBC Sports Chicago.

4:04 p.m. ET


Heat exercise team option on Dragic

The Miami Heat have officially picked up Goran Dragic’s team option for the 2021-22 season, which reportedly will pay him $19.4 million.

The 35-year-old guard averaged 13.4 points, 4.4 assists and 3.4 rebounds over 50 games with Miami last season.

— 2:50 p.m.


Reports: Heat declining Iguodala’s option

Veteran forward Andre Iguodala will become an unrestricted free agent after the Miami Heat reportedly declined his team option for next season, according to reports from Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN and Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel.

The decision frees up salary cap space for the Heat, who reportedly remain interested in guard Kyle Lowry.

The move also makes a return to Golden State possible for Iguodala, according to veteran NBA reporter Marc Stein.

— 2:29 p.m.


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