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Fantasy free-agent roundup: July 4

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In the July 4 fantasy roundup, Kevin Durant set the NBA ablaze, deciding to leave his Oklahoma City Thunder to join the Golden State Warriors, but he wasn’t the only free agent to make moves on Independence Day.

From the San Antonio Spurs perhaps finding a stopgap replacement for Tim Duncan to the Dallas Mavericks constructing Golden State South, a number of players were on the move Monday.

Unlike Sunday, when most of the reported agreements had little fantasy impact (save for Rajon Rondo heading to the Chicago Bulls), Monday’s crop of free-agent deals had significantly more fantasy impact, even outside of KD.

Below, you’ll find a brief look at the non-Durant-related moves that went down Monday, along with explanations of what they mean for fantasy owners.

Pau Gasol to San Antonio

With Tim Duncan reportedly “leaning strongly toward retirement,” according to The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the San Antonio Spurs went ahead and found a potential replacement after learning Kevin Durant would not be signing with them. Per Wojnarowski, the Spurs came to terms with Pau Gasol on a two-year deal worth $30-plus million with a second-year player option, and they’re reportedly working on trading Boris Diaw to free up the requisite cap space to sign Gasol.

Last season with the Chicago Bulls, the 35-year-old Spanish big man averaged 16.5 points, 11.0 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 2.0 blocks in 31.8 minutes per game, finishing as the 21st-ranked player in eight-category leagues. Assuming Duncan does follow through with his retirement and the Spurs trade Diaw, Gasol is likely looking at a similar offensive role with San Antonio alongside LaMarcus Aldridge and Kawhi Leonard, making him well worth a third- or fourth-round pick on draft day.

Harrison Barnes, Andrew Bogut and Seth Curry to Dallas

Will the real Harrison Barnes please stand up? That’s what the Dallas Mavericks can only hope after agreeing to terms on a four-year, $94 million max contract, per ESPN.com’s Marc Stein. Since the Warriors had to renounce their rights to Barnes upon reaching an agreement with Durant, Dallas is now free to sign the oft-maligned UNC product outright (without fretting over a Golden State match) once the July Moratorium ends Thursday.

Last season with the Warriors, Barnes averaged 11.7 points on 46.6 percent shooting, 4.9 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.2 treys in 30.9 minutes per night, finishing as the 154th-ranked player in eight-category leagues.

In Dallas, however, he won’t be jostling for shots with Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson or Draymond Green, so it’s not entirely crazy to think he could be in line for a top-100 season if he manages to stay healthy, despite his relatively stagnant production over the past few years.

The Mavericks weren’t done there, though. They also agreed to absorb Golden State center Andrew Bogut into their cap space in exchange for a future second-round pick, per Wojnarowski, and came to terms with Seth Curry on a two-year, $6 million deal, according to Woj.

Bogut finished last season as the 83rd-ranked player in eight-category leagues after averaging just 5.4 points, 7.0 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.6 blocks in 20.7 minutes per game, thresholds which he should have no trouble replicating (if not topping) in Dallas. Curry, meanwhile, finished outside of the top 250 after appearing in only 44 games, averaging 6.8 points on 45.5 percent shooting, 1.5 assists, 1.4 rebounds and 1.1 threes in 15.7 minutes per night for the Sacramento Kings. Both Bogut and Curry could be late-round players with upside, depending on what other moves the Mavericks make this offseason.

Sergio Rodriguez to Philadelphia

Three days after agreeing on a three-year, $27 million deal with Jerryd Bayless, the Philadelphia 76ers came to terms with another veteran point guard Monday. This time, they delved into the depths of Euroleague to pluck veteran floor general Sergio Rodriguez, a former first-round pick of the Portland Trail Blazers, with a one-year, $8 million contract, per Shams Charania of The Vertical.

Rodriguez, who hasn’t played in the NBA since the 2009-10 campaign, averaged 11.6 points, 6.1 assists, 2.1 rebounds and 1.7 triples per game this past year with Real Madrid while shooting 50.4 percent overall and 40.5 percent from three-point range. He’ll likely slot in behind Bayless as the Sixers’ primary backup point guard, but given his ability to knock down treys, he could provide sneaky late-round value in Philadelphia as a catch-and-shoot threat along No. 1 overall pick Ben Simmons.

Ramon Sessions and Roy Hibbert to Charlotte

Upon losing Jeremy Lin, Courtney Lee and Al Jefferson in free agency, the Charlotte Hornets had to round out their bench after re-signing both Nicolas Batum and Marvin Williams. They accomplished that goal Monday by agreeing to terms with Ramon Sessions on a two-year, $12.5 million deal, per Wojnarowski, along with a one-year, $5 million deal for Roy Hibbert, per Woj.

28 February 2016: Washington Wizards guard Ramon Sessions (7) in action against Cleveland Cavaliers guard Iman Shumpert (4) at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. where the Washington Wizards defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers, 113-99. (Photograph by Icon Sportswire)

28 February 2016: Washington Wizards guard Ramon Sessions (7) in action against Cleveland Cavaliers guard Iman Shumpert (4) at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. where the Washington Wizards defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers, 113-99. (Photograph by Icon Sportswire)

Sessions averaged 9.9 points on a career-best 47.3 percent shooting, 2.9 assists, 2.5 rebounds and 0.6 steals in 20.3 minutes per game this past season with the Washington Wizards, while Hibbert finished with 5.9 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in 23.2 minutes a night with the Los Angeles Lakers. Neither player ranked among the top 150 in eight-category leagues last season, making both little more than late-round fliers assuming they fall into similar roles in Charlotte.

Brandon Jennings to New York

The New York Knicks’ radical offseason makeover continued Monday, as Brandon Jennings agreed to a one-year, $5 million deal with them, per Vincent Goodwill of CSN Chicago. After tearing his Achilles tendon in January 2015, it appears as though the market for the 26-year-old wasn’t exactly booming, but coming to terms with him on such a great value deal could be a boon for New York.

Jennings split time last season between the Detroit Pistons and Orlando Magic, averaging a career-low 6.9 points on 36.8 percent shooting, 3.5 assists, 2.0 rebounds and 1.1 treys in 18.1 minutes per game. He figures to start the season behind the newly acquired Derrick Rose, but given Rose’s own lengthy injury history, it wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see Jennings earn a few spot starts throughout the season. He’s worth a gamble with a late-round pick, as he’ll far exceed his draft-day value if he can return anywhere close to his previous form. 

Zaza Pachulia to Golden State

After agreeing to trade Andrew Bogut and renouncing their rights to restricted free agent Festus Ezeli to carve out enough cap space to sign Durant, the Warriors suddenly found themselves in need of a center. Zaza Pachulia swept in to save the day, agreeing to terms on a one-year, $2.9 million deal, per Charania, to give Golden State a traditional center to fortify its newly renovated roster.

Last season with the Dallas Mavericks, Pachulia averaged 8.6 points on 46.6 percent shooting, 9.4 rebounds and 0.3 blocks in 26.4 minutes per night, finishing as the 119th-ranked player in eight-category leagues. Considering his low shot-blocking totals—he’s never rejected more than 0.5 shots per game in a single season—and the minuscule role he’s likely to have on offense, the 13-year veteran is best suited for the waiver wire unless you’re in a league with 14 teams or more.

All statistics via Basketball-Reference.com or NBA.com. All player rankings via ESPN’s Player Rater.

Fantasy free-agent roundup: July 4

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