Durant staying in the bay

03 July, 2018, 06:43 | Author: Brenda Erickson
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Weeks ago Durant made clear that his re-signing with the Warriors was a certainty. Ariza isn't as sexy a name as LeBron or George, and as such, this move won't be talked about that much during the next few days.

And two other big names in free agency - Oklahoma City's Paul George and Houston's Chris Paul - have chose to stay put.

Durant will sign a two-year deal with the Warriors that includes a player option for after next season, according to multiple reports.

It is a win for the two-time defending National Basketball Association champion Warriors on several levels. Not only do they get to keep the 2017 and 2018 NBA Finals MVP, but they also get some financial flexibility in the deal.

In the short term, Durant's decision to pen a two-year contract is expected to allow the Warriors a little more wiggle room than expected in order to try and beef up the team's depth: fans and pundits alike pointed the finger at the Warriors' bench as the most obvious weakness in an otherwise-faultless line-up.

The duo reportedly declared "we can bring it home" before the crowd that was gathered to confirm PG's commitment to Oklahoma City despite initial assumptions that saw George returning to his hometown to play for the Los Angeles Lakers. After all, the Warriors are coming off of two straight titles with KD in the fold.

Aaron Gordon (restricted): Still just 22 years old, the 6-9 Gordon turned into a productive all-around player for the Magic last season, averaging 17.6 points and 7.9 rebounds.

The move, first reported by LeBron's own agency, sees James move out west to join a Lakers team that finished 35-47 last season.

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"The Lakers are FOREVER gonna be Kobe's and Magic's team".

"UNFINISHED BUSINESS", Paul wrote on Twitter at the exact moment that the calendar flipped to July 1 in the East, meaning the NBA's free agency frenzy was officially open for the summer.

San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich is believed to make around $11 million annually.

The league released the figures Saturday, hours before the annual moratorium starts and teams can begin negotiating with free agents like Durant.

At the time of its original posting, Kobe Bryant was still the man and coming off a championship with his familiar support group of Pau Gasol, Andrew Bynum, and Lamar Odom, against the upstart Denver Nuggets squad. The only relevant question was how, exactly, he would re-sign; with most every option available to him, what kind of contract structure would Durant prefer?

Chris Paul was also a free agent, but will stay in Houston.

"I'd love to have him for 10 years".

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