Paul signs huge Rockets deal, George and Durant staying put

Paul signs huge Rockets deal, George and Durant staying put

Paul signs huge Rockets deal, George and Durant staying put

Larry Brown Sports reports that the 1+1 structure of the contract will give the Warriors some savings for the following season.

The league released the figures Saturday, hours before the annual moratorium starts and teams can begin negotiating with free agents like Durant. Weeks ago Durant made clear that his re-signing with the Warriors was a certainty.

So yes, Durant, took another pay cut - one worth $5.5 million.

Durant will sign a two-year deal that's really a one-year contract plus a one-year player option - the player option is really only there in case of serious injury, and there should be a full expectation that Durant declines that option and is a free agent again next summer.

With Durant staying, the Warriors will likely book their fifth straight trip to the NBA Finals.

That's why on July 1st, the first day free agency opened, teams spent about $1 billion combined on player contracts.

In his previous deal, a two-year contract during which he helped the Warriors win back-to-back National Basketball Association titles, he accepted $10 million less than the max salary. I want him to be happy and want him to know we want him as long as he wants to be here.


Denver added to the huge night of spending out West when it got Will Barton to commit to staying in what will be a four-year deal that could be worth more than $50 million if he doesn't opt out a year early, and that move comes on the cusp of the Nuggets getting talented big man Nikola Jokic to stay in what will be a five-year deal worth almost $150 million.

James is the biggest name in free agency.

Reacting to the news, which was first reported by New York Times' Marc Stein, NBA fans headed to Reddit to share their thoughts on what the deal might mean going forward. Paul was a pitbull and a vauable leader past year for the Houston Rockets.

The interesting dynamic here, at least according to Lowe, is that there's mutual interest in the 38-year-old Crawford signing a vet minimum deal.

Not this year. The biggest dominoes are falling early, and the biggest of all just made up his mind.

Last week, Anthony opted into the final year of his contract, worth $27.9 million. "Sometimes you don't negotiate", he said days after winning the title. Ariza's impact on the Houston Rockets will be missed there.

From a legacy standpoint, one of the best ways to distract from the stink of leaving the Oklahoma City Thunder to form an unfair super-team is to bury it under an avalanche of Larry O'Brien trophies and Bill Russell NBA Finals MVP awards.

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