By taking this kind of deal, Durant would give the Warriors a little more breathing room in the short term to sign free agents over the summer. Clearly, Durant is taking a different course. The nine-time NBA All-Star intends to sign a one-and-one deal to remain with the back-to-back NBA champions, league sources told ESPN on Sunday.
Durant will make $30 million in 2018-19. According to ESPN, James could still fetch as much as $207 million over five years from the Cavaliers, while other teams can offer a max of $152 million over four years.
Earlier this month, Durant helped the Warriors defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers to win their second straight title. But want him to be happy and want him to know that we want him as long as he wants to be here.
The move, which can become official on Friday, further validates Oklahoma City's decision to send a package - including Most Improved Player Victor Oladipo - to IN a year ago for George, who clearly enjoyed playing with Russell Westbrook with the Thunder. James has been linked to multiple teams in free agency, most notably the Los Angeles Lakers and 76ers.
If the number is anywhere near that estimate, Melo is gone.
Durant last visited Manila in 2011 but this year marks his first time to visit the Philippines as a Nike ambassador. After trading Harden and losing Durant, there was no doubt some serious catharsis in someone agreeing to stick with Westbrook for the long-term. He is one of the great scorers in the league.
Are the Thunder a team the Warriors need to lose sleep over? They underachieved last season. After playing last season with the Minnesota Timberwolves, Crawford made a decision to opt out of his contract and test free agency.
Lasting dynasties find ways to sustain themselves, and the way Durant has navigated his free agency these last two years has only added to the Warriors' staying power. At 33 years old, Ariza will be a good mentor to an up and coming team in the Phoenix Suns. However, there are still some premium players available at the wing, one of the most valuable positions in today's National Basketball Association.
-At the stroke of midnight, Paul tweeted that he has "unfinished business" in Houston. Ariza's impact on the Houston Rockets will be missed there.