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In the least surprising news of National Basketball Association free agency, Kevin Durant is re-signing with the Golden State Warriors.

Last year, a vouching from stars Draymond Green and Kevin Durant, and coach Steve Kerr, led to the Warriors taking a flyer on Nick Young.

Shortly after the Warriors' finals sweep of the Cleveland Cavaliers, owner Bob Myers told reporters that the Warriors would give Durant "whatever he wants" in free agency.

Durant had stressed repeatedly throughout the 2017-18 season he planned to re-sign with the Warriors for fairly obvious reasons. By the time he arrived around midday - after his flight plan was tracked online - reporters and at least one news helicopter were waiting for the Cavaliers star, who chose to become an unrestricted free agent and not opt in to a $35.6 million deal for next season. But, he told ESPN during the NBA Finals he planned on re-signing with the Warriors. Incidentally, Durant will save the Warriors millions in salary and millions more in luxury tax payments by signing this way. It's not to diminish the significance of that move for the Thunder, who took the risk in trading for George last summer when they knew he could be a one-year rental and should be applauded for creating a team and culture attractive enough to lure him back.

We found our answer Saturday night, hours before the official start of free agency.

The New York Times first reported Durant's intention.

Adding Paul last offseason fueled Houston to the NBA Finals' doorstep. This was one of the biggest surprises because a lot of people expected him to play for the Los Angeles Lakers. The Los Angeles Clippers are heading in a different direction and Jordan opted out of his contract in order to sign with Dallas. This year, an even stronger push is being made for Jamal Crawford. You win some, you lose some.

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

The reality, of course, beats the alternative, but one could argue that instead of treading water, the Rockets took a step backward by losing Ariza, and there's no obvious way to replace his impact going into next season.

LeBron took a discount when he went to Miami - sure enough, he won his first two titles and claimed two NBA Finals MVP awards for his trouble.

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