Heated Topics: Free Agency Begins

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As the clock struck midnight on July 1, another summer of NBA free agency came upon us. And while there is still plenty of time for players to sign and re-sign contracts, some deals have already gone through.

In fact, big news hit Miami Heat fans before the free-for-all even began. While forward Luol Deng decided to opt in, Dwyane Wade finally broke the news that Heat Nation was waiting to hear for months: he would opt out of his current contract with Miami and become a free agent.

That last bit of information may have stung, especially after getting to rejoice drafting Justise Winslow and applauding Deng for sticking around, but since then there has been redemption.

It was just announced this morning that Goran Dragic will indeed re-sign with the Heat, on a 5-year, $90 million contract. And as if that was not good news enough, by not taking as much money as expected, Miami has room to better entice Wade into staying.

In terms of other free agency news, here are some of the bigger stories that have recently broke out…

*Damian Lillard nears $120 million extension with the Portland Trailblazers

*Al-Farouq Aminu agrees to 4-year, $30 million deal with the Trailblazers

*Kawhi Leonard stays with the San Antonio Spurs on a 5-year, $90 million deal

*Mike Dunleavy agrees to a 3-year, $14.4 million deal in order to stay with the Chicago Bulls

*Anthony Davis takes a 5-year, $145 million extension to remain with the New Orleans Pelicans

*Danny Green signs a 4-year, $45 million deal to stay with the San Antonio Spurs

Ah, to be a professional athlete…