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. 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.
In the postseason, Durant contributed 29 points, 7.8 rebounds and 4.7 assists in 21 games, guiding Golden State past the San Antonio Spurs, the New Orleans Pelicans, the Houston Rockets and the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Once Durant signs the reported one-plus-one deal, it would be the third contract of its kind he's signed with the Warriors since first coming to Golden State two summers ago.
The two-time NBA Finals Most Valuable Player will get maximum money but isn't committing to the team long term. The exact terms of his contract aren't now public, but Yahoo Sports is reporting Kerr will at least double the $5 million per year that he was making before.
But if James is going to be the next superstar to follow in the legacy that Wilt Chamberlain, Jerry West, 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.
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. That largesse allowed Golden State to retain key role players Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston, who were free agents.
But he agreed quickly this time to a one-year, $24.1 million deal and will finally be part of the Mavericks.