Durant, George, Paul all choose to stay put as free agency opens

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The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Saturday because the deal can not be signed until Friday.

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

"Kevin Durant plans to tell the Warriors after 12:01 a.m. ET that he wants a new one-year contract with a player option for 2019-20 to return to free agency next summer, @NYTSports has learned", Stein tweeted. Crawford averaged 19.7 points for Golden State in 54 games after being acquired from the Knicks in exchange for Al Harrington. 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. The Rockets were tantalizingly close to a trip to the NBA Finals this spring, and Paul's coming back to get over that hump.

ESPN reported it is a four-year deal that will be worth $160 million.

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

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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.

"The Lakers are FOREVER gonna be Kobe's and Magic's team".

The agreement comes three years after Jordan agreed to join Dallas as an unrestricted free agent but changed his mind before a contract could be signed and stayed in L.A.

According to multiple reports, the deal includes a player option for after next season. It does, however, position Durant for a massive deal next summer-when the NBA's salary cap is projected to be significantly higher.