Published: Sun, July 01, 2018
Sport | By Tony Jimenez

Warriors All-Stars are lobbying for Jamal Crawford signing in free agency

Warriors All-Stars are lobbying for Jamal Crawford signing in free agency

It is a win for the two-time defending National Basketball Association champion Warriors on several levels.

Durant has made a decision to sign a two-year deal with the Warriors, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Saturday because the deal can not become official until the league's offseason moratorium ends on Friday.

The two-time NBA Finals Most Valuable Player will get maximum money but isn't committing to the team long term.

While it's highly unlikely that Jordan would accept the exception after opting out of his $24.1 million deal with the Clippers, he's friends with Durant and his former agent, Bob Myers, is now the Warriors GM.

Lasting dynasties find ways to sustain themselves, and the way Durant has navigated his free agency these last two years has only added to the Warriors' staying power.

The 33-year-old averaged 18.6 points and 7.9 assists in 58 regular season games for Houston, but his hamstring injury and absence in the final two games of the Western Conference Finals doomed the Rockets against Golden State. Larry Brown Sports reports that the 1+1 structure of the contract will give the Warriors some savings for the following season.

Three of the NBA's biggest stars are off the market.

The New York Times first reported Durant's intention.

The Lakers have always been mentioned as a top destination for James, and they have more salary cap space this summer than any team in the National Basketball Association.

Teams were allowed to begin negotiating with players once 12:01 a.m. EDT Sunday arrived, though the Warriors had already said Durant would get whatever he wanted.

Thunder • Forward Jerami Grant has agreed to a three-year, $27 million deal with a player option the third year. It does, however, position Durant for a massive deal next summer-when the NBA's salary cap is projected to be significantly higher.

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