Kevin Durant re-signs with the Warriors for two years, $61.5M

Five free-agency questions for the Warriors Kevin Durant’s contract length veteran minimum options and more

With Durant deciding to not take a full on max contract, he's providing a huge help to the Warriors in the short term.

Meanwhile, LeBron James' next move remains unclear.

Free-agent star Kevin Durant has agreed to a two-year, $61.5 million contract to return to the Golden State Warriors, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

Durant will have a player option in Year 2 of the deal.

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.

Warriors owner Joe Lacob and Kerr both indicated that they expected a new deal to get done with Kerr. New York Times' Marc Stein first broke the news on Twitter. He could make $31.5 million if he opted into the second year.

Paul averaged 18.6 points and 7.9 assists last season with the Rockets, who went 65-17 led by Paul and newly minted NBA MVP James Harden.

Oh, and at the same time the news of Paul's massive contract was coming to the forefront, the Rockets lost Trevor Ariza to Phoenix, who signed the 3-and-D wing to a one-year, $15 million deal.

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He flew to Los Angeles on Saturday, creating a frenzy without saying a word.

Los Angeles will also provide James with a larger platform for his business interests and social activism.

The 29-year-old was, briefly, an unrestricted free agent this summer after his previous deal with the Warriors expired.

Changing out their management team, the Lakers gave a more prominent role to Magic Johnson, a personification of the Lakers' glory years and a willing spokesmen for how good the team wanted to be again. He's the next superstar to follow in the legacy that Wilt Chamberlain, Jerry West, Shaquille O'Neal, Kobe Bryant and Magic Johnson built for the Lakers.

This year's free agency class is replete with players who can do the same thing. It might make him more money if he signs a long-term deal next summer instead, but could he have ulterior motives besides money?

Rockets • Gerald Green and his hometown Houston Rockets are staying together. Both he and Nick Young, who signed a one-year deal last offseason, morphed from punchlines to National Basketball Association champs. Marco Belinelli was a part of the 2013-2014 championship team in San Antonio.

"Sometimes you don't negotiate".

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