The only drama here is whether Durant will sign another two-year contract with an opt out like he did last season or go with the full five-year max contract.
It is a win for the two-time defending National Basketball Association champion Warriors on several levels.
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.
Riding this train of thought into fantasy land, if Kevin Durant were to shock the world and consider other teams in free agency to make the Warriors mortal again, which spots would be the best free agency destinations for him? Weeks ago Durant made clear that his re-signing with the Warriors was a certainty.
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Durant notoriously gave the Warriors a $10 million discount last season after capturing his first championship, which allowed the front office to sign veterans like Shaun Livingston and Andre Iguodala to their respective deals to keep their core intact.
But if James is going to be 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, it's already fairly evident that not everyone in the National Basketball Association will be thrilled.
Thunder • Forward Jerami Grant has agreed to a three-year, $27 million deal with a player option the third year. The NBA released the official cap and tax numbers for the coming season on Saturday night - the salary cap is $101,869,000, and the tax level is $123,733,000.