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With NBA free agency is now officially underway, there are several former Kentucky Wildcats ready to seek their big pay day. As the week unfolds, we’ll have live updates tracking the latest with each former Wildcat. For now, here’s what we know so far.

Oklahoma City Thunder guard and rising star Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is expected to sign his 5-year MAX extension, locking him in place as the center piece of what appears to be a massive rebuild for the small-market team.

The Dallas Mavericks have decided to pick up Willie Cauley-Stein’s $4.1 million team option for the upcoming season, marking the calendar for Cauley-Stein to hit unrestricted free agency next summer.

Unfortunately for Malik Monk, the Charlotte Hornets extended a qualifying offer to Devonte Graham instead. However, that doesn’t mean the Hornets and Monk can’t reach an agreement on a deal. It does, though, open the door for another team to take a shot on Monk without worrying about the Hornets stepping in.

Other former Wildcats set to hit the market include Nerlens Noel (Knicks), Demarcus Cousins (Clippers), Hamidou Diallo (Pistons), Patrick Patterson (Clippers), Enes Kanter (Blazers), Trey Lyles (Spurs) and Jarred Vanderbilt (Timberwolves).

Though the market won’t likely be as hot for these players, several of them should land solid contracts on competitive teams.

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Quickies

Jasmine Camacho-Quinn wins gold in 100M hurdles - Kentucky Sports Radio

Shoutout to the former Kentucky Wildcat.

Jeremiah Caldwell decommits from Kentucky - Cats Illustrated

Not the best news to start your Monday morning.

Source: Kawhi Leonard declines $36 million player option for next season - ESPN

Will he sign long-term in Los Angeles?

Tokyo Olympics medal count - USA Today

USA hanging on top by a thread.

Sources: Chris Paul declines $44 million player option for next season - ESPN

Will the Suns really pay an aging Chris Paul huge money for there years?

Simone Biles is back, will compete in balance beam exercise final - Yahoo! Sports

She’s back.

Canada stuns USWNT to reach Olympic final - ESPN

Down goes Team USA.

NBA free agency 2021: Live updates on proposed deals, trades - Yahoo! Sports

The latest rumors as NBA free agency opens today.