With Sunday evening marking the beginning of the NBA free agency period, things are already off to a wild start with superstars Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving joining forces with the Brooklyn Nets and Kemba Walker making the move from Charlotte to the Boston Celtics.
Plenty of other moves have already begun to take shape as well, however, including decisions from a plethora of former Tar Heels–which we here at Chapelboro will keep track of here as things continue to develop.
Barnes decided to stay put with the Sacramento Kings, as he inked a new four-year contract extension with the team after being traded there from the Dallas Mavericks at the trade deadline this past season.
In 28 games with the Kings, the Iowa native averaged 14.3 points and 5.5 rebounds per game while shooting just over 40 percent from three-point range.
The new contract for Barnes is reportedly worth a cool $85 million.
Make it six different teams for Davis since entering the league as a first-round pick back in 2010, as he agreed to sign a two-year contract worth $10 million with the Utah Jazz.
Playing with the Brooklyn Nets last season, the 6-foot-10 forward averaged 5.8 points and 8.6 rebounds per game.
He has also spent time in his career with the Toronto Raptors, Memphis Grizzlies, Los Angeles Lakers and the Portland Trailblazers.
Another veteran with many teams on his career resume, the next stop for Ellington is the New York Knicks–who signed the former UNC sharpshooter to a two-year, $16 million contract.
Ellington is coming off the two best years of his pro career, with much of that time spent with the Miami Heat before he was traded to the Detroit Pistons at the trade deadline this past season.
The Pennsylvania native averaged 10.3 points per game last year, just one season after posting a career-high scoring average of 11.2 points per game with Miami during the 2017-18 campaign.
Throughout his career, Ellington has suited up for the Heat, the Pistons, the Minnesota Timberwolves, Memphis Grizzlies, Cleveland Cavaliers, Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Lakers and the Brooklyn Nets.
While the Knicks missed on all of the marquee free agents they were pursuing this offseason, they will now pair up a couple of UNC guards in their backcourt as the 28-year-old Bullock signed a two-year deal worth $21 million to play his home games at Madison Square Garden.
After a slow start to his career, Bullock–like Ellington–has come on strong the last two seasons. In both years, Bullock has posted an 11.3 point per game scoring average–which is nearly seven points better than his previous career-high of 4.5 points per game.
Originally drafted by the Los Angeles Clippers in 2013, Bullock played just one season there before being sent to the Phoenix Suns.
After a short stint in the desert, Bullock spent the bulk of the next four seasons with the Detroit Pistons before being traded this past February to the Los Angeles Lakers.
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