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NBA free agency tips off with Kevin Durant, Paul George and Chris Paul staying pat

by Nick Raffoul
by Nick Raffoul

Free agency in the National Basketball Association just tipped off and already three of the biggest domino's in the summer of 2018 have already fallen. The biggest domino, LeBron James, is still standing but likely not for long.

Kevin Durant, Paul George and Chris Paul have all made their free agency decisions.

Chris Paul has decided to re-sign with the Houston Rockets. Paul's contract is for four years at $160 million. Paul helped the Rockets to the best regular season record last season after being acquired from the Los Angeles Clippers. After being one win away from the NBA Finals, it makes sense for Paul to remain in Houston to make another run with James harden this season.

Paul George deciding to remain with Russell Westbrook and Carmelo Anthony in Oklahoma City is somewhat of a surprise. It really shouldn't be. Despite being a native of Los Angeles, George never met with the Lakers. George made the announcement official at a party hosted by Westbrook at his house. George agrees to a four-year contract.

Kevin Durant re-signing with the two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors was not a surprise and a no-brainer. Durant decided to opt out of his current deal in order to get more money. The two-time NBA Finals Most Valuable Player agrees to a two-year deal with the second year being a player option. Durant is expected to opt out again next year and go through the process again.

So what will this mean for the biggest domino in the summer of 2018? LeBron is in Los Angeles after spending the last week vacationing in the Caribbean.

It's still likely a two team race between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Los Angeles Lakers. Who will win out, that remains to be seen. The Lakers appear to be the front runner, but these moves could convince LeBron to do the same thing and re-sign in Cleveland.

The Dallas Mavericks have also dipped their feet into the free agent waters. Former Clippers center DeAndre Jordan has agreed to a one-year contract.