Kevin Durant could take less money to help the Warriors...again

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Kerr, who signed a five-year deal with Golden State in 2014, has led the Warriors to four straight NBA Finals and three championships, including two straight.

While it's highly unlikely that Jordan would accept the exception after opting out of his $24.1 million deal with the Clippers, he's friends with Durant and his former agent, Bob Myers, is now the Warriors GM. If so, it would save the Warriors north of $5 million against next year's cap, increasing the likelihood that the champs use their mid-level exception in free agency. This time around though, Durant has left roughly $6 million on the table by not taking a guaranteed two-year contract - but that will be the cost of having that free agent flexibility in the future if he hopes to sail to a different place down the road.

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. Incidentally, Durant will save the Warriors millions in salary and millions more in luxury tax payments by signing this way. But going to L.A. on Saturday doesn't necessarily provide any hint about his destination, since James has homes in Southern California.

Three of the NBA's biggest stars are off the market. I don't have any desire to go anywhere else, and I'm not gonna play that card and play it out as a free agent and do all that stuff.

But if James is going to be the next superstar to follow the legacy that Wilt Chamberlain, Jerry West, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Shaquille O'Neal, Kobe Bryant and Magic Johnson built for the Lakers, it's already fairly evident that not everyone in the National Basketball Association will be thrilled by the development.

And two other big names in free agency - Oklahoma City's Paul George and Houston's Chris Paul - have chose to stay put.

Draymond Green and Kevin Durant have already begun recruiting a certain free agent, too.

But he agreed quickly this time to a one-year, $24.1 million deal and will finally be part of the Mavericks.

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