USC Basketball has a trio of figures involved in NBA free agency this summer, including Dewayne Dedmon, Nick Young and Taj Gibson.
NBA free agency has captured the imagination of the sports work this summer with trades and major signings re-shaping the landscape of the league.
Though free agency technically began on July 1st, when teams and players were permitted to meet and agree to deals, Thursday was the first day to make those trades and deals official.
While USC doesn’t have as much of a presence in the NBA as it does the NFL, the Trojans have still been well-represented in the free agency action.
Here’s what free agent Trojans in the NBA have been up to:
Taj Gibson | Oklahoma City → Minnesota [Agreed]
Nine-year NBA veteran Taj Gibson agreed to a two-year, $28 million deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday, reuniting him with former Chicago head coach Tom Thibodeau.
Gibson was drafted by the Bulls the year before Thibodeau took over the team but steadily grew under his tutelage from 2010 through 2015. He was runner-up for the Sixth Man of the Year Award in 2013-14 while playing for Thibodeau.
Traded from the Bulls to Oklahoma City in February, Gibson’s time with the Thunder turned out to be brief as he opted to move north, giving the T-Wolves a reliable defensive presence inside.
Nick Young | Los Angeles → Golden State [Agreed]
Lakers guard Nick Young took a slight pay cut to chase postseason success with the Golden State Warriors.
After opting out of his deal with Los Angeles, which would have paid him $5.6 million, Young agreed to a deal with the Warriors for one year, $5.2 million.
Young was drafted by the Washington Wizards but spent time with the Clippers and 76ers before joining up with the Lakers in 2013, when he averaged a career-high 17.9 points per game.
He’ll now put his scoring ability to use in the Bay Area.
Dewayne Dedmon | San Antonio → Unsigned
There was talk that Spurs center Dewayne Dedmon, who is still on the market, could be tapped as a replacement for Andre Iguadala at Golden State. However, the Warriors re-signed Iguadala, essentially nixing that possibility.
Dedmon has been linked to Miami, but there’s still a chance he could end up re-signing with San Antonio when all is said and done.
The former USC big man spent time with Golden State, Philadelphia and Orlando before landing with the Spurs in 2016. He emerged as a critical figure in the San Antonio front court, giving him unexpected value as a free agent this summer.
His status will be one to monitor as free agency continues.