By Nay Kamari
The NBA somehow manages to stay in the topic of sports conversations everywhere even during off-season. This is because of the free agency frenzy that happens every summer as players opt out of contracts, move on to new teams, and sign new deals. It keeps fans hooked because it leaves them wondering what their favorite players will do next in their careers.
Free agency in the league officially opened today, July 1st, at 12:01am. Even though contracts can’t be signed until noon of July 6th, four star free agents already made their decisions just minutes after 12.
Deandre Jordan opted out of his contract with the Los Angeles Clippers, the team that drafted him 10 years ago, and decided to take his talents back to his home state of Texas. He’s agreed to sign a one-year contract with the Dallas Mavericks for $24.1 million. This is roughly the same amount he was set to make next season with the Clippers.
Kevin Durant’s free agency decision wasn’t surprising. The Warriors Finals MVP is staying in Golden State for at least one more year. He’s planning on signing a one-plus-one contract that guarantees him $30.5 million this upcoming season and a player option to be a free agent for the 2019-20 season. If he decides to stay for the second year, he’ll make approximately $61.5 million over the two year span.
Paul George was considered to be one of the most unpredictable free agents of this year, but he decided to stay right where he was. He has committed to re-sign with the Oklahoma City Thunder on a four year, $137 million deal.
Chris Paul wants to stay with the team with the best record in the NBA last year. He decided to stay with the Houston Rockets to continue chip chasing. He’s is reported to sign a four year, $160 million contract.
Now LeBron and Kawhi, wyd…? I guess we’ll see over the next few weeks of free agency.
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