Durant's decision is a win on multiple levels for the two-time defending National Basketball Association champion Warriors.
Durant's return to the Warriors coincides with Paul George's recent announcement of resigning with OKC while at a party at Russell Westbrooks' home. The deal comes with a player option for 2019-20, so Durant can - and likely will - become a free agent again next summer. However, he said all along that he had no intention of signing elsewhere. Doing so will cost Durant almost $6 million for the 2018-19 season after already leaving money on the table in his contract with the Warriors from last summer.More news: Iranians chant 'Death to Palestine' at economic protests in Tehran
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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. He's led the Warriors to The Finals every season during his tenure, delivering three out of four championships.
Three of the NBA's biggest stars are off the market. According to Marc Stein of the New York Times, Warriors General Manager Bob Myers repeatedly stated that Durant could have "whatever he wants" after the team earned its second consecutive title this season. But going to L.A. on Saturday doesn't necessarily provide any hint about his destination, since James has homes in Southern California.
Rockets • Gerald Green and his hometown Houston Rockets are staying together. A person familiar with the terms says Gay has agreed to a one-year, $10 million deal to be back in silver and black next season.