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The margin widened among the Warriors and Rockets- the team that pushed Golden State to the brink of elimination, leading by 11 points in Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals- on Day 1 of free agency. Marc Stein of The New York Times said that Durant will be paid $30.5 million next season.

In other National Basketball Association news, the Dallas Mavericks are making another run at DeAndre Jordan, three years after the center jilted them in free agency to stay with the Los Angeles Clippers.

The Warriors signed DeMarcus Cousins to an astonishingly cheap one-year, $5.3 million deal. He has also won back-to-back NBA Finals MVP awards. He's looking to make it 3-for-3.

The 52-year-old Kerr has fought through significant health issues in the past three years but has been determined to push forward with this Warriors dynasty.

From there, word came down that Paul George was going back to the Thunder, who are now sitting with a tax bill that could choke a hippo while being back to the same team that couldn't get out of the first round previous year.

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A year after sacrificing almost $10 million in salary to help the Warriors fill out their roster, Durant will help the Warriors save in another way.

Kevin Durant is staying put for now.

"I'd love to have him for 10 years".

The return of Durant, the victor of the past two Finals MVP awards, ensures that the Hamptons Five - which includes Stephen Curry, Draymond Green, Klay Thompson and Andre Iguodala - will be in Warriors uniforms for at least one more season. A person familiar with the situation tells The Associated Press that Barton will sign a four-year deal that - if played to conclusion - would be worth more than $50 million. But want him to be happy and want him to know that we want him as long as he wants to be here. We'll get something done here pretty quick, and there won't be much fanfare.

Durant averaged 26.4 points per game to go along with 6.8 rebounds and 5.4 assists in the regular season. Durant has taken a pay cut in each of the last two seasons and might not be willing to sacrifice for a third year, even with a Finals trip all but booked.