NBA free agency: The early moves

Here’s a roundup of the major moves made since NBA free agency opened.

Players can not officially sign until July 7, when the league’s off-season moratorium on player movement expires.

All-Star shooting guard DeMar DeRozan has agreed to a five-year, $139m deal with the Toronto Raptors.

He averaged a career-best 23.5 points this past season, becoming only the third Toronto player to ever score at such a pace joining Vince Carter and Chris Bosh.

Keeping DeRozan was an absolute top priority for the Raptors. He’s wildly popular in Toronto and has been throughout each of his first seven pro seasons, but probably never more than he is now. The Raptors are coming off the best season in team history, when they won 56 games and were one of the NBA’s last four teams left in the postseason.

Russian center Timofey Mozgov has agreed to a four-year, $64m contract with the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Lakers moved swiftly in the opening minutes of the NBA’s free agent signing period to use a big portion of their roughly $55m in cap room on the 7-foot-1 Mozgov, a six-year NBA veteran.

He won a ring with the Cleveland Cavaliers last month despite barely playing in the postseason, averaging 5.8 minutes in 13 appearances. He started 48 games for the Cavs during the regular season after returning from offseason knee surgery, averaging 6.3 points and 4.4 rebounds while making 56.5 percent of his shots.

Free agent center Joakim Noah is reportedly eyeing a deal with the New York Knicks, according to both The Vertical and ESPN.com.

Both websites reported that Noah will meet with Knicks president Phil Jackson shortly after the negotiating window opens. Other teams are interested in Noah, but they are viewed as unlikely to land his signature.

A move to New York would reunite Noah with former NBA Most Valuable Player Derrick Rose, who was traded from the Chicago Bulls to the Knicks last week.

Hassan Whiteside is staying with the Miami Heat and will be signing a four-year contract worth the maximum amount the Heat could offer, which is roughly $98 million.

Whiteside made his announcement Friday on Snapchat and through a post on The Players Tribune, a few hours after he met with the Heat and the Dallas Mavericks in New York to hear their sales pitches.

“I’ve played on eight teams since college – from Reno to Sioux Falls to Sichuan, China,” Whiteside wrote on Players Tribune. “I am not ready for there to be a ninth.”

Jeremy Lin is heading back to the city where “Linsanity” was born after agreeing to a three-year, $36m contract Friday with the Brooklyn Nets.

Lin tweeted earlier that he was headed to Brooklyn, posting a photo of himself dribbling the ball in a Nets uniform in front of the team’s logo and writing: “The journey continues … thankful for the next chapter!! #Godisgood.”

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