Kevin Durant likes winning titles, won't leave Warriors

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While his decision this time around came as far less of a surprise and much less effect, Kevin Durant has chose to stay with the Golden State Warriors for at least two more seasons. Doing so will cost Durant almost $6 million for the 2018-19 season after already leaving money on the table in his contract with the Warriors from last summer. Paul was a pitbull and a vauable leader a year ago for the Houston Rockets.

The 29-year-old Durant could sign for as many as four years and about $160 million.

Brook Lopez (unrestricted): He averaged 13 points per game for the Lakers last season, which was his lowest since his rookie year, but he remains a 7-footer who could help several teams. He's earned the right to sign whatever deal he wants. 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?

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Los Angeles will also provide James with a larger platform for his business interests and social activism. After the news broke, James took to Instagram to deliver a farewell message to Cleveland.

Durant was due to become a free agent at 12:01 a.m. ET on Sunday, as he declined a $26.2 million player option.

Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors reacts against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the second half during Game Three of the 2018 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on June 6, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. It's not to diminish the significance of that move for the Thunder, who took the risk in trading for George last summer when they knew he could be a one-year rental and should be applauded for creating a team and culture attractive enough to lure him back.

Julius Randle (restricted): He's quietly turned into a promising young player with the Lakers, averaging 16.1 points and 8 rebounds last season while shooting almost 56 percent from the field.

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This offseason has already been a compelling one, but it's about to reach a new level with free agency getting under way at midnight on Saturday (EST, 08:00 UAE time). We'll get something done here pretty quick, and there won't be much fanfare. The New York Times was first to report Durant's decision.

"If you want to beat the Warriors, take that guy off their team and put him on your team".

Durant is, essentially, saving the franchise owners some money taking $30 million instead of the $35 million he's eligible to receive, and they are using those savings to re-invest in the team.

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