Dieter Kurtenbach: Why the Warriors won the start of National Basketball Association free agency

Draymond Green, Kevin Durant Are Trying To Get The Warriors To Sign This Free Agent

Draymond Green, Kevin Durant Are Trying To Get The Warriors To Sign This Free Agent

Even before landing Cousins, the Warriors were having a solid offseason.

Twenty-nine other teams don't have the same luxury.

And two other big names in free agency - Oklahoma City's Paul George and Houston's Chris Paul - have chose to stay put. By signing a one-plus-one deal instead of two-year deal, the Warriors small forward was not eligible for a max salary.

They might need the boost, because the Western Conference is going to be loaded again.

James will have to look elsewhere - possibly Kawhi Leonard - in his efforts to create a superteam in Los Angeles.

While some talks have Kevin discussing a one-year deal with Golden State, most accounts have Durant singing a two-year deal to the tune of $61.

Jordan has opted out of the final year of that contract he signed with Los Angeles in 2015, and the Mavericks intend to pursue him as an unrestricted free agent, a person with knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press.

The higher cap in 2019 not only means that more teams would have the space to sign Durant, but that any max contract-which increases proportionally to the cap-would be worth more.

Seriously, Ariza was the ideal player in that Houston system - a spot-up shooter to make defenses pay for collapsing down on Paul and Harden, and a versatile defender who can guard multiple positions and at least makes things hard on a guy like Kevin Durant. "I'd love to have him for 10 years".

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. That's the trio that would have really scared the Warriors, who were only really scared by one team a season ago: The Rockets.

Meanwhile, LeBron James' next move remains unclear.

Unlike his two previous forays in free agency, James did not drag out his decision and made the announcement less than 24 hours after National Basketball Association free agency opened. The guaranteed year will give Durant a salary of $30.5 million.

But he agreed quickly this time to a one-year, $24.1 million deal and will finally be part of the Mavs.

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