Kevin Durant, Chris Paul, Paul George Headline Top Free-Agent SigningsJuly 1, 2018
Three of the NBA's biggest stars are off the market.
Shortly after the start of the new league year on Sunday morning, Kevin Durant, Paul George and Chris Paul all reportedly agreed to terms to stay with the teams they suited up for last season.
According to Yahoo Sports' Shams Charania, Durant—the two-time NBA Finals MVP—re-signed with the Golden State Warriors on a two-year, $61.5 million deal. The second year will function as a player option for the 2019-20 season that gives Durant the flexibility to test free agency again if he so chooses, per ESPN.com's Chris Haynes.
George, meanwhile, moved quickly to re-up with the Oklahoma City Thunder, signing a four-year, $137 million max contract, according to ESPN.com's Adrian Wojnarowski.
Although George was long considered a candidate to fill one of the Los Angeles Lakers' maximum-salary slots, the Palmdale, California, native spurned his hometown team to keep his partnership with Russell Westbrook intact.
"This is a friendship decision to stay in OKC as much as anything," an executive told the New York Times' Marc Stein of how much Westbrook influenced George's decision.
The Houston Rockets also made sure their backcourt wouldn't undergo any big renovations by reportedly bringing Paul back into the fold on a four-year, $160 million max contract, per Wojnarowski.
Paul and the Rockets appeared primed to dethrone the Warriors after they took a 3-2 lead in the Western Conference Finals, but a hamstring injury that sidelined Houston's floor general ultimately derailed those hopes.
Now they'll have a chance to run it back with an eye on preventing the Warriors from securing a three-peat.
Here's a look at some the evening's other notable moves.
DeAndre Jordan Heads to Dallas on a 1-Year Deal
Trevor Ariza Leaves Houston for the Suns
Jerami Grant Extends His Stay in OKC
Doug McDermott Signs with the Pacers
Ersan Ilyasova Links Back up with the Bucks
Joe Harris Re-Signs with the Nets
Aron Baynes, Celtics Agree to 2-Year Deal
Rudy Gay Re-Signs With Spurs
Ed Davis Signs with Brooklyn
Derrick Rose Re-Signs With Minnesota
Omri Casspi Moves to Memphis
Marco Belinelli Reunites With the Spurs
Gerald Green Goes Back to Houston
In all, Sportsnet Stats noted NBA teams committed over $543 million in contracts in the first 30 minutes of free agency early Sunday morning.