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Sources: Durant to Opt Out, Rework Deal with Warriors

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Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant plans to decline his player option for the 2018-19 season and become an unrestricted free agent this summer, league sources told ESPN.

His time on the open market, however, will be brief.

A nine-time All-Star and the reigning NBA Finals MVP, Durant will be turning down a salary of $26.2 million, a figure well below that of a player of his caliber, in order to restructure a new deal with the Warriors, sources said.

Last offseason, Durant inked a discounted two-year, $51 million deal that included an opt-out clause. He took close to $10 million less than what he could have earned on a max salary. Agreeing to such terms allowed the team to retain forward Andre Iguodala and backup point guard Shaun Livingston.

Source: Chris Haynes of ESPN

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2019 Free Agency Diary

Sources: Rockets to Pursue Sign-and-Trade for Jimmy Butler

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Once free agency starts on Sunday, the Houston Rockets are planning to recruit Jimmy Butler to push the Philadelphia 76ers for a sign-and-trade deal that would allow the All-Star forward to join James Harden and Chris Paul, league sources tell ESPN.

The Rockets don’t have the salary-cap space to sign Butler, so they’d need the threat of the Sixers losing him for nothing to a team with the available room to motivate the Sixers into a trade. The Rockets would also potentially need to make this a multiteam deal to satisfy the rules of Base Year Compensation that would cover Butler’s outgoing salary.

Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

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2019 Free Agency Diary

Sources: Mavericks Plan to Offer Kristaps Porzingis Five-Year, $158 Million Deal

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Restricted free agent Kristaps Porzingis and the Dallas Mavericks will meet when free agency opens on June 30 and the franchise plans to offer Porzingis a full five-year, $158 million maximum contract, league sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium.

Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

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2019 Free Agency Diary

Sources: ‘Kernel of truth’ to Lakers Interest in D’Angelo Russell

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(There is at least a kernel of truth to the Lakers’ interest in a reunion, sources say, but L.A. has a lot to sort out.

Source: Zach Lowe of ESPN

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