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Kevin Durant Will Sign Two-Year Max Deal With Warriors

Kevin Durant Will Sign Two-Year Max Deal With Warriors

The Mavericks finally are getting DeAndre Jordan.

Chris Paul was also a free agent, but will stay in Houston. That is another $5 million discount he's given Golden State this year.

-The New Orleans Pelicans and Lakers each called center DeMarcus Cousins after free agency began and Cousins is expected to schedule meetings with both teams, according to The Undefeated's Marc J. Spears.

Having another outside shooter and playmaker will make life much easier for the Bay Area franchise and add another weapon to their bench.

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It's a little odd that Durant would want a short-term deal, though. He shot 51.6 percent from the field, 41.9 percent from three-point range and 88.9 percent from the free throw line. 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? He has also stated repeatedly he plans to re-sign with the Warriors.

In terms of fine print, the two years are technically one year plus a player option for the second, allowing Durant maximum flexibility to seek out an even fatter five-year max deal later on down the line. Durant, and Klay Thompson, are scheduled to be unrestricted free agents at the end of 2019. The Russell Westbrook-Carmelo Anthony-George trio flopped in their first year together, exiting the playoffs to the rookie Donavan Mitchell-led Utah Jazz in six games in the first round. However, this is setting him up for a huge contract in the following summer if he chooses to opt out again. Now he's going to make an average of $40 million for what should be declining years.

Derrick Jones Jr. has signed a minimum deal with the Miami Heat, after playing with them on a two-way contract last season.

Salary cap • The NBA released the official cap and tax numbers for the coming season on Saturday night - the salary cap is $101,869,000, and the tax level is $123,733,000. He is good in all phases of the game.


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