Durant staying in the bay

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Since joining Golden State, Kevin Durant's free agency has been as anticlimactic as the Warriors' title pursuits.

Well, we now have an answer: Durant is coming back to the Warriors on what is effectively a one-year, $30 million deal, and it's the closest thing to a win-win possible for both the player and the team. He holds an option, worth $31.5 million, for the second year, the report says.

We found our answer Saturday night, hours before the official start of free agency. Key players like Paul George, Chris Paul, Lebron James, DeMarcus Cousins, Kevin Durant, and Nikola Jokic are some of the players that will make headlines in free agency this season?

So, to recap: The Warriors got Kevin Durant back on a discount; the Lakers, who were supposed to be building a superteam to knock off the Warriors, struck out on Paul George; and the Rockets, the only team that was even remotely close to competing with the Warriors a year ago as now constructed, got worse. While he missed 14 games due to injury, Durant had another Hall-of-Fame-caliber season in 2017-18, averaging 26.4 points, 6.8 rebounds, 5.4 assists and 1.8 blocks while shooting 41.9 percent from three, the second-best mark of his career. 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? What perhaps wasn't expected was Durant, once again, taking a pay cut to help the already filthy-rich Warriors.

That gives Durant a chance to get a new deal with the Warriors, and there's little doubt that Durant is leaving Oakland.

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As a player he won three championships with the Chicago Bulls and another two with the San Antonio Spurs.

With as much movement that now exists among players in the National Basketball Association, the summer has become a sort of second season, providing seemingly endless entertainment and intrigue.

"Sometimes you don't negotiate". Rich Kleiman, Durant's business manager, sounded unequivocal when he reiterated Durant's free agency plans after the Finals. But teams may be less inclined to take risks this summer in the current cap climate.

Mavericks • Two people with knowledge of the deal said Dallas and DeAndre Jordan have agreed on a one-year contract at roughly the $24.1 million the center was set to make with the Clippers.

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