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Here's why Kevin Durant could sign with the Warriors
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Here's why Kevin Durant could sign with the Warriors
Thursday June 30th, 2016

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Welcome to free agency. At 12:01 a.m. Friday, negotiations between teams and players officially began.

The biggest question, of course, is where Kevin Durant wants to sign. His decision will likely be the first major contract domino as the market starts to set, with a record-high salary cap enabling teams around the league to spend aggressively. Durant will reportedly be courted by the Warriors, Spurs, Celtics and Heat in addition to the Thunder, who remain hopeful they can keep their superstar in place.

There’s new scuttle involving Dwyane Wade possibly leaving Miami. Nobody’s sure what the market will be for Dwight Howard, especially given a deep group of available big men. Al Horford and Mike Conley will be out there, too. Lots of money is flying around quickly.

Check back on this page for the latest rumors from around the league. For more, also be sure to check out SI's ranking of the top 50 free agents

• Breaking down available bigs | Point guards | Salary cap FAQ

Friday (all times Eastern)

11:05 a.m.

• Mike Conley is highly likely to remain with the Grizzlies or sign with the Mavericks, with Memphis in great position after Hassan Whiteside decided to stay with Miami. (Marc Stein, ESPN)

10:45 a.m.

• ​​The Wizards have agreed to a deal with Bradley Beal worth roughly $130 million over five years. (Jeff Goodman, ESPN)

10:40 a.m.

• ​The Nets are making a run at Kent Bazemore, who met with the Rockets on Thursday night. The Rockets’ presentation to Bazemore, who averaged 15.1 points per game with the Hawks last season, included Houston greats like Hakeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler, in addition to James Harden. (David Aldridge, TNT)

10:10 a.m.

• Jeremy Lin announced on Twitter that he is joining the Brooklyn Nets. Lin returns to New York, where he first emerged as a star with the Knicks before playing with the Rockets, Lakers and Hornets. (Twitter)

10 a.m.

• Dwyane Wade is widely expected to remain with the Heat, but other teams are starting to take his free agency seriously. Several teams have made multi-year contract offers to Wade’s representatives. (Adrian Wojnarowski, The Vertical)

9:30 a.m.

• Kevin Durant is meeting with the Warriors just before 10 a.m. ET on Friday morning. (David Aldridge, TNT)

• The Sixers are looking to acquire a guard, and they have expressed interest in Jamal Crawford, Dion Waiters, Allen Crabbe and others. (Alex Kennedy, Basketball Insiders)

8:30 a.m.

The Blazers and Grizzlies are the top two competitors to sign Chandler Parsons. The Grizzlies will likely make a max offer to Parsons on Friday after the Blazers reportedly offered a max contract worth $94.8 million over four years in the first few hours of free agency. (Tim MacMahon, ESPN)

7:30 a.m.

• Hassan Whiteside has decided to remain with the Miami Heat. (Hassan Whiteside, The Players’ Tribune)

7 a.m.

• Andre Drummond near a max deal to keep him with Detroit. the contract is reportedly worth around $130 million over five years. (Marc Stein, ESPN)

• Lakers and Jordan Clarkson have agreed to a four-year, $50 million deal to keep the point guard with Los Angeles. (Shams Charania, The Vertical)

• A five-year, $120 million deal will keep small forward Nicolas Batum with the Hornets. (Shams Charania, The Vertical)

• Pistons have signed point guard Ish Smith to a three-year deal. (David Mayo, MLive)

4 a.m.

• Free–agent guard D.J. Augustin and the Magic have agreed to a deal. If Augustin signs with the Magic, he’ll reunite with his former Pacers coach, Frank Vogel. (Adrian Wojnarowski, The Vertical)

3 a.m.

• The Mavericks have completed their recruiting pitch to Hassan Whiteside in New York early Friday night. (Marc Stein, ESPN)

• Clippers coach Doc Rivers called Jamal Crawford Friday night and “swore to him he’s going nowhere.” (Sam Amick, USA Today)

2:30 a.m.

• Pelicans free agent guard Eric Gordon is the Knicks’ top target for perimeter help, and the two sides have opened talks on a contract. (Adrian Wojnarowski, The Vertical)

2:15 a.m.

• DeMar DeRozan has decided to re-sign with the Toronto Raptors. (Sam Amick, USA Today)

• DeRozan’s deal with Toronto is five years and worth more than $139 million. (Shams Charania, The Vertical)

• Kent Bazemore and the Rockets ended their meeting without reaching a deal. (Chris Haynes, Cleveland.com)

• The Kings, Hawks, Mavericks and Bucks have interest in Cavaliers restricted free agent guard Matthew Dellavedova. (Chris Haynes, Cleveland.com)

2 a.m.

• The Heat ended their meeting with Hassan Whiteside without an agreement in place. He meets next with the Mavericks. (Shams Charania, The Vertical)

• Pau Gasol has interest from the Spurs and Lakers and is also mulling retirement. (Adrian Wojnarowski, The Vertical)

• The Raptors have opened their meeting with shooting guard DeMar DeRozan. (Michael Grange, Rogers Sportsnet)

• The Nets, Jazz and Suns have interest in forward Jared Dudley, whom the Wizards hope to retain. (Marc Stein, ESPN)

• The Thunder, Timberwolves, Nets and Hawks have contacted Knicks free agent forward Lance Thomas. (Ian Begley, ESPN)

1 a.m.

• The Lakers and Cavs free agent center Timofey Mozgov have finalized a deal worth $64 million over four years. (Adrian Wojnarowski, The Vertical)

• Mavericks free agent forward Chandler Parsons is meeting with the Trail Blazers in Los Angeles on Friday. Portland reportedly offered a $90 million-plus max contract. He also plans to meet with the Grizzlies. (Adrian Wojnarowski, The Vertical)

• The Utah Jazz plan to be “very aggressive” in pursuit of free agent forward Luol Deng, and the Clippers also have interest. (Adrian Wojnarowski, The Vertical)

• The Nets are interested in Blazers restricted free agent guard Allen Crabbe. The Blazers maintain they will match any offer.(David Aldridge, TNT)

• Magic free agent point guard Brandon Jennings will work out for the Nets on Friday. (Chris Broussard, ESPN)

• The Knicks have reached out to Hornets free agent guard Courtney Lee. (Al Iannazzone, Newsday)

• The Bulls have interest in Heat guard Tyler Johnson. (Adrian Wojnarowski, The Vertical)

12:15 a.m.

• The Knicks and Joakim Noah are discussing a contract framework in the range of four years, $70 million-plus. They plan to meet in Orlando on Friday. (Shams Charania, The Vertical)

• The Wizards and Bradley Beal are engaging in talks on a new contract and could have a verbal agreement in place on Friday morning. (Marc Stein, ESPN)

• Beal and the Wizards are nearing a five-year max deal worth $128 million. (Adrian Wojnarowski, The Vertical)

• The Spurs’ meeting with Kevin Durant will include Gregg Popovich, R.C. Buford and LaMarcus Aldridge. (Adrian Wojnarowski, The Vertical)

• James Harden will attend the Rockets’ meeting with Kent Bazemore early Friday morning. (Shams Charania, The Vertical)

• Teams are under the impression that it could take $19-20 million annually to sign Bazemore. (Zach Lowe, ESPN)

• The Clippers met with Austin Rivers on Thursday in Orlando, and he will likely meet with the Knicks and potentially the Trail Blazers on Friday. (Adrian Wojnarowski, The Vertical)

• Members of Hassan Whiteside’s “inner circle” believe the Heat still have a chance to sign him. (Ken Berger, CBS)

• The Clippers visited with Jeff Green on Friday. (Brad Turner, Los Angeles Times)

Thursday

• The Warriors will have Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, coach Steve Kerr, GM Bob Myers and owner Joe Lacob on hand to pitch Kevin Durant in person. (Marc Stein, ESPN)

• Kevin Durant met with Thunder officials for five hours on Thursday. (Marc Stein, ESPN)

• Friends and business colleagues expect Kevin Durant to return to the Thunder, “barring an incredible sales job.” One of Kevin Durant’s longtime friends says his decision to return is “90 percent made. It would taken an amazing sales pitch to change it.” (Marc Spears, ESPN

•​ The Mavericks have emerged as the frontrunner to sign Hassan Whiteside, while the Heat have lost ground. (Adrian Wojnarowski, The Vertical)

• The Grizzlies “are still in very good position” to re-sign guard Mike Conley, though he will still meet with other teams. (Sam Amick, USA Today)

• The Kings are seriously looking at signing Thunder restricted free agent guard Dion Waiters. (Chris Mannix, The Vertical)

• The Clippers will pitch Kevin Durant on the idea of a ‘Big Four,’ meaning the team wouldn’t move Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, or DeAndre Jordan in order to make room for him. (Ramona Shelburne and Arash Markazi, ESPN)

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