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NBA Free Agency 2016: Major Updates (July 9)

NBA Free Agency 2016: Major Updates (July 9)

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NBA Free Agency 2016 is shaking things up in the league. So far, here are the major updates from the Eastern side of things.

Rajon Rondo to Chicago Bulls

After spending his first 8 seasons with Boston Celtics and single seasons with Dallas Mavericks and Sacramento Kings, Rajon Rondo is now bringing his All Star game to the Chicago Bulls. With a remarkable 10.0 ppg, 10.0 apg and 5.0 rpg last season equal to that of Russell Westbrooks‘, the Chicago Bulls is ecstatic in acquiring a championship-level player.

Al Horford to Boston Celtics

The Boston Celtics have signed 6’10” Al Horford in an effort to bring back the lost championship to their team next season. His game statistics rank 17th in the NBA last season. Meanwhile, he continues to be one of the lucky 13 players with incredible game output.

Kent Bazemore stays with Atlanta Hawks

After a brilliant season where Kent Bazemore ranked in the top three for rebounds, assists and steals, it’s no wonder why head coach Mike Budenholzer re-signed Bazemore. Budenholzer also is proud of the fact that Bazemore has evolved into a two-way player with Atlanta Hawks and is keen to see Kent Bazemore improve more in the upcoming season.

Nicholas Batum stays with Charlotte Hornets

Charlotte Hornets GM Rich Cho has re-signed Nicholas Batum for a multiyear deal. Batum ended the season with career highs from points per game, assists per game and field goals made. GM Cho also noted Batum’s versatility and playmaking skills as essential for Hornets’ success in the upcoming season.

Bismack Biyombo to Orlando Magic

Coming off a fruitful season with Toronto Raptors which saw the team reach Eastern Conference Finals, Orlando Magic acquires Bismack Biyombo and his blocking ability. Ranking 13th in the NBA for blocked shots, last season saw Biyombo bring Toronto Raptors incredible defense. With his skills,  Charlotte Hornets will have someone “protect the rim at an elite level, and he will bring toughness and winning fiber to our frontcourt,”GM Rob Hennigan told NBA.

Jeremy Lin to Brooklyn Nets

Once again, this season will see Jeremy Lin with another team, this time the Brooklyn Nets. Nets GM Sean Marks pointed out that Lin’s high character personality and gameplay will easily fit into coach Kenny Atkinson’s plans for the team this season.

There you have it. Those are the major updates from the Eastern side of the NBA Free Agency 2016.