Here's why Kevin Durant could sign with the Warriors
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Here's why Kevin Durant could sign with the Warriors
Friday July 1st, 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

Saturday (all times Eastern)

2:00 p.m 

•​ The Atlanta Hawks are still shopping Paul Millsap in case Al Horford wants to re-sign with team. However, both sides are still far apart in contract talks, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of the Vertical. 

• The Knicks have offered Courtney Lee a four-year deal worth around $10 million per year, reports Ian Begley of ESPN. 

11:00 a.m 

• The Boston Celtics and Washington Wizards have emerged as front runners to sign Al Horford, according to Yahoo Sports. 

12:30 a.m. 

• Joe Johnson and the Utah Jazz have agreed to a two-year, $22 million deal. (David Aldridge, TNT)

Friday (all times Eastern)

11:30 p.m.

• After signing Kent Bazemore and Dwight Howard on Friday, the Hawks have been involved in trade talks in the hopes of freeing up salary cap space so they can sign Al Horford. (Brian Windhorst, ESPN)

• Horford met with four teams on Friday, including the Rockets and Wizards. He plans to make his decision on where to play next season by the end of the weekend. (Adrian Wojnarowski, The Vertical)

• He also met with the Celtics and one more unknown team. (Ramona Shelburne, ESPN)

• His contract talks with the Hawks have been ongoing, and he is hoping to sign a max deal. (Adrian Wojnarowski, The Vertical)

• The Hawks have not yet offered Horford a max contract. (Ramona Shelburne, ESPN)

• The Knicks and Joakim Noah officially agreed on the four-year, $72 million deal that will bring Noah to New York on Friday night in Orlando. (Ramona Shelburne, ESPN)

• Kings free agent Rajon Rondo has drawn interest from the Kings, Bulls, 76ers and Pelicans. (Marc Spears, ESPN)

11 p.m.

• Kent Bazemore and the Atlanta Hawks have agreed to a four-year, $70 million deal. (Brian Windhorst, ESPN)

• The Kings and Bulls are interested in Dion Waiters, who will meet with Sacramento this weekend. (Chris Broussard, ESPN)

• The Celtics seem to be trying to reach a deal with Al Horford as soon as possible so they can bring him to their meeting with Kevin Durant on Saturday. (Alex Kennedy, Basketball Insiders)

• Durant might let the Clippers know as soon as Saturday whether they are still in the running to sign him. (Ben Bolch, LA Times)

10 p.m.

• The Bulls, Mavericks, Nuggets and Bucks are offering Dwyane Wade deals worth $20 million annually over two or three years. The Nuggets and Bulls have been pursuing him most aggressively. (Adrian Wojnarowski, The Vertical)

• The Heat’s first offer to retain Wade was for $10 million annually. (Jason Lieser, The Palm Beach Post)

• Jared Dudley has reached a three-year, $30 million deal with the Phoenix Suns. (Adrian Wojnarowski, The Vertical)

• The Pelicans and E’Twuan Moore have agreed to a four-year, $34 million contract. (Scott Kushner, New Orleans Advocate)

9:30 p.m.

• Kevin Durant and the Los Angeles Clippers met for four hours on Friday, and Durant was “blown away” by the Clippers’ presentation. (Chris Broussard, ESPN)

• Durant will meet with the Celtics and the Spurs on Saturday. (David Aldridge, TNT)

• Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan were in attendance for the meeting. Chris Paul has planned to come, but was vacationing in Spain. (Ramona Shelburne, Arash Markazi, ESPN)

• The Pelicans want to sign a point guard during free agency and are interested in Rajon Rondo. (John Reid, New Orleans Times Picayune)

• There is a strong possibility free-agent forward Kris Humphries could return to the Brooklyn Nets. (Stefan Bondy, New York Daily News)

• The Spurs, Nets and Bulls have expressed interest in Pacers free agent Jordan Hill. (Sean Deveny, Sporting News)

• The Trail Blazers’ signing of Evan Turner will not impact their pursuit of Pau Gasol. (Ramona Shelburne, ESPN)

• Eric Gordon will likely either sign with the Grizzlies or Knicks. (John Reid, New Orleans Times Picayune)

9 p.m.

• The Portland Trail Blazers, Minnesota Timberwolves and San Antonio Spurs are interested in Bulls free-agent center Pau Gasol. (Chris Broussard, ESPN)

• Free-agent center Justin Hamilton and the Brooklyn Nets have agreed to a two-year, $6 million deal. Both years of the deal will be guaranteed. (Shams Charania, The Vertical)

• Dwyane Wade has a meeting set up for next week with the Milwaukee Bucks. ESPN originally reported the Bucks’s interest. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

• The Knicks have offered guard Courtney Lee a four-year deal, but Lee is weighing his options from other interested teams. (Marc Stein, ESPN)

• Free-agent guard Eric Gordon’s meetings with the Grizzlies concluded this evening, and he has additional meetings planned with the Knicks. (Adrian Wojnarowski, The Vertical)

• The Grizzlies are trying to make moves to free up additional cap space so they can sign Gordon. Memphis currently has only $8 million in cap space remaining. (Mark Stein, ESPN)

8 p.m. 

• Kent Bazemore and Al Horford will likely move on from negotiations with the Hawks after the news Atlanta has agreed to terms with Dwight Howard. The Rockets and Celtics are expected to pursue Horford heavily. (Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle)

• Kings free-agent guard Rajon Rondo met with the Bulls in Chicago on Friday. Rondo was reportedly interested in the Knicks and Nets, but both no longer have a need for a point guard. He is also considering re-signing with the Kings. (Marc Stein, ESPN)

• Rondo is seeking a long-term deal. (Cody Westerlund, CBS Chicago)

7:30 p.m.

• Heat free agent guard Dwyane Wade is in midst of contract talks with the Knicks and Bucks and could set up meetings next week. (Brian Windhorst, ESPN)

• Pelicans free agent forward Ryan Anderson met with the Raptors on Friday in Los Angeles. The Lakers also have interest in Anderson. (Mark Medina, L.A. Daily News)

• The Bucks are looking to trade big man Greg Monroe. (Jeff Zillgitt, USA Today)

7 p.m.

• Mike Conley and the Grizzlies have agreed to a five-year, $153 million max contract, the richest deal in league history. (Marc Stein, ESPN)

• Dwight Howard’s deal with the Hawks is fully guaranteed, without a contract option and worth around $7 million more than Atlanta’s initial offer. (Marc Spears, ESPN)

6:30 p.m.

• Dwight Howard has agreed to a three year, $70.5 million deal with the Hawks. (Shams Charania, The Vertical)

• The Magic have agreed to a one-year deal worth $15 million with free agent forward Jeff Green. (Jeff Zillgitt, USA Today)

• The Nuggets have agreed to a three-year deal with free agent forward Darrell Arthur. (Chris Dempsey, Denver Post)

• Arthur’s contract will pay him $23 million over three years. (Adrian Wojnarowski, The Vertical)

6 p.m.

• The Grizzlies are offering Mike Conley the full five-year max to stay in Memphis, worth $153 million. (Tim MacMahon, ESPN)

• Conley is likely to have a firm agreement in place with Memphis by Saturday morning at the latest. (Marc Stein, ESPN)

• The Kings do not intend to re-sign point guard Rajon Rondo. (Jason Jones, Sacramento Bee)

5:15 p.m.

• The Rockets will meet with Pelicans free agent forward Ryan Anderson on Saturday morning. (Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle)

• Clippers free agent guard Austin Rivers will meet with the Knicks on Friday. (Ian Begley, ESPN)

• Jared Dudley will meet with the Jazz for a second time on Friday. (Tony Jones, The Salt Lake Tribune)

4:15 p.m.

• The Pelicans have agreed to a four year, $52 million deal with forward Solomon Hill. (Adrian Wojnarowski, The Vertical)

• Thunder restricted free agent guard Dion Waiters and the Sacramento Kings will meet over the weekend. The Sixers are hoping to meet with Waiters face to face. (Keith Pompey, Philadelphia Inquirer)

4 p.m.

• The Trail Blazers are now “aggressively pursuing” free agent center Pau Gasol after adding Evan Turner. (Adrian Wojnarowski, The Vertical)

• The Milwaukee Bucks are nearing a four-year, $38 million deal with Cavs restricted free agent guard Matthew Dellavedova. (Zach Lowe, ESPN)

• Dwight Howard plans to make a decision on his next team within the next day. (Chris Broussard, ESPN)

3:45 p.m.

• The Mavericks are meeting with Mike Conley in Dallas on Friday afternoon. They continue to try and convince him to leave Memphis. (Marc Stein, ESPN)

• There is a “growing sense” that the Kings are willing to trade Rudy Gay. (Jason Jones, Sacramento Bee)

3:30 p.m.

• Evan Turner has reached a four-year, $70 million deal with the Trail Blazers. (Adrian Wojnarowski, The Vertical)

• Evan Fournier has agreed to a five-year, $85 million deal to stay with the Magic. (Marc Spears, ESPN)

3:15 p.m.

• Chandler Parsons has agreed to a four-year max contract with the Memphis Grizzlies. (Tim MacMahon, ESPN Dallas)

3 p.m. 

• The Celtics intend to make a max contract offer to Al Horford and will meet with him on Friday night. (Steve Bulpett, Boston Herald)

• Suns free agent forward Mirza Teletovic has agreed to a three-year, $30 million deal with the Bucks. (Marc Stein, ESPN)

• The Rockets have made an inquiry about Magic restricted free agent guard Evan Fournier. (Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle)

2:45 p.m.

• Dwight Howard is meeting with the Hawks in the Atlanta area this afternoon. (Chris Vivlamore, Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

• Howard and the Hawks made a “strong connection” during their meeting. (Adrian Wojnarowski, The Vertical)

2:30 p.m.

• Hassan Whiteside agreed to take less money with the Heat if it helps them sign Kevin Durant. The team meets with Durant on Sunday in New York. (Ethan Skolnick, Miami Herald)

2 p.m.

• Andre Iguodala was part of the Warriors’ meeting with Kevin Durant. (Marc Stein, ESPN)

• The Sixers have agreed to a three-year, $27 million contract with Bucks free agent guard Jerryd Bayless. (Jon Krawczynski, Associated Press)

• After agreeing to terms with Al Jefferson, the Pacers attempted to re-engage discussions to keep center Ian Mahinmi, but he will likely be out of their price range. (Nate Taylor, Indianapolis Star)

• Evan Turner is “gaining traction” with the Knicks. (Frank Isola, New York Daily News

Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek confirmed the team will bring over 2015 second-round pick Willy Hernangomez from Spain this season. (Stefan Bondy, New York Daily News)

1 p.m.

• The NBA announced that free agent guard O.J. Mayo has been “dismissed and disqualified” from the league for violating terms of the NBA/NBPA Anti-Drug program. He can apply for reinstatement to the league in two years.

• The Warriors have completed their meeting with Kevin Durant, which went well. (Sam Amick, USA Today)

• Al Jefferson has agreed to a deal with the Pacers. (Adrian Wojnarowski, The Vertical)

• With Al Jefferson and Jeremy Lin departing, the Hornets are “fully engaged” with Marvin Williams on a new contract. (Adrian Wojnarowski, The Vertical)

The Hawks, Nets, Timberwolves, Spurs and Hornets are among the teams that have contacted free agent forward Kris Humphries. (Shams Charania, The Vertical)

12:20 p.m.

• The Warriors and Kevin Durant are still meeting after more than two hours. (David Aldridge, TNT)

• Hornets free agent center Al Jefferson is close to a three-year, $30 million agreement with the Pacers. (Marc Stein, ESPN)

• Andre Drummond has completed a five-year, $130 million max deal to remain with the Pistons. (Marc Stein, ESPN)


• The Blazers are planning on pursuing both Chandler Parsons and Dwight Howard. Parsons and Howard are set to depart the Mavericks and Rockets, respectively. (Jason Quick, CSN Northwest)

• Parsons is supposed to meet with Memphis at some point before 1 p.m. The Blazers and Grizzlies are the two leading candidates to sign Parsons. (Jeff Goodman, ESPN)

• The Warriors are showing interest in unrestricted free agent Andrew Nicholson. (Alex Kennedy, Basketball Insiders)

11:50 a.m.

• The Warriors have expressed interest in Orlando Magic restricted free agent Dewayne Dedmon. (Cody Taylor, Basketball Insiders)

11:30 a.m.

• D.J. Augustin’s deal with the Orlando Magic is worth $29 million over four years. (Chris Broussard, ESPN)

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,

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

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)


• 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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