LeBron James is leaving home for Hollywood and an iconic team. He is from Farmingdale, California, which is not far from Los Angeles.
The $5 million savings this year offsets the $5.3 million midlevel tax if Golden State elects to use it. Durant would save the Warriors $20 million in projected luxury-tax costs. "I'd love to have him for 10 years".
Seriously, Ariza was the flawless 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.
Durant, meanwhile, is reported by ESPN to have committed to a one-and-one deal to stay with the Warriors, worth $30m for the 2018-19 season and $31.5m for the second year, which contains a player option.
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.
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 figures are virtually the same as what teams have been expecting for some time.
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. The 33-year-old had previously said he wanted to finish his career in OH, and although he's leaving again, Cavs fans are more forgiving after he ended the city's 52-year sport title drought in 2016. For the Warriors to keep their core together, they would have to move salary or get one of the two to take a pay cut. But he and the Warriors' front office said previously they expected a new deal to get done quickly. As the New York Times' Marc Stein says, Durant will be paid $30.5 million next season.
They might need the boost, because the Western Conference is going to be loaded again.
The defending National Basketball Association champion Golden State Warriors have a total of seven impending free agents. The second year will contain a player option. Ariza's impact on the Houston Rockets will be missed there.
"UNFINISHED BUSINESS", Paul wrote on Twitter at the exact moment that the calendar flipped to July 1 in the East, meaning the NBA's free agency frenzy was officially open for the summer.
His meaning was clear.
"RUN IT BACK", wrote Paul alongside an image of him in action for the Rockets. After all, the Warriors are coming off of two straight titles with KD in the fold.
Durant averaged 26.4 points, 6.8 rebounds and 5.4 assists in 68 regular-season games in 2017/18, missing time due to a rib cartilage fracture.
And the worst-kept secret in the league may be the mutual infatuation between Jordan and the Dallas Mavericks, who secured a verbal agreement from him in the summer of 2015, only for the big man to renege and stay with the Clippers.