Kevin Durant Will Sign Two-Year Max Deal With Warriors

Five free-agency questions for the Warriors Kevin Durant’s contract length veteran minimum options and more

Not too long ago, the Oklahoma City Thunder traded away James Harden over a luxury tax bill of $15 million, breaking up a core of Durant, Russell Westbrook, and the 2018 NBA MVP. He's earned the right to sign whatever deal he wants.

For the second time in his career, James is saying goodbye to the Cleveland Cavaliers, who drafted the teenage sensation from Akron in 2003 and have to be satisfied with winning just one title in the 11 years they had him.

At the same time, regardless of if Melo stays or goes, the Thunder are going to be paying through the ears to effectively keep together a team that was beaten by the Utah Jazz in six games in the first round of last year's playoffs. The Mavericks finally are getting DeAndre Jordan.

The agreement will not become official until the league moratorium ends on July 6.

James is an unrestricted free agent and the Cavs are hoping to re-sign the three-time champion, who is weighing whether to change teams for the third time in eight years.

The Denver Nuggets signed two key players. The only uncertainty: how many years would Durant commit to the Warriors and for how much? He also shot 39.6 percent from 3-point range and 85 percent from the free-throw line.

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Durant's visit has generated huge buzz among Filipino fans who are eager to see Durant, who compared to his first visit has become one of the NBA's biggest stars. The Ringer's Kevin O'Connor reported that Cousins would be an "increasingly likely target" for the Lakers on a short-term, max-level contract.

The Los Angeles Lakers have a new superstar. Philadelphia has young stars in Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid to entice James, who was flattered earlier this year when a company erected billboards in OH urging him to join the Sixers. A person familiar with the situation tells The Associated Press that Barton will sign a four-year deal that - if played to conclusion - would be worth more than $50 million. He is a very good shooter and the Bucks need more of that.

Salaries of National Basketball Association head coaches are not generally made public, but Doc Rivers' previous contract reportedly averaged eight figures annually, before he signed an extension with the Los Angeles Clippers in May.

Durant declined his 2018-19 player option worth $26.2 million to enter free agency.

The Milwaukee Bucks signed forward/guard Ersan Ilyasova to a three-year deal worth $21 million.

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