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Sports This Week with Ethan Nickel

NBA Draft

NBA free agency is upon us, starting at 5 p.m. Sunday—players in most cases get to choose where they want to play as unrestricted free agents. According to many sources, 40% of the NBA is a free agent, with plenty of players changing teams in the matter of minutes after official free agency began.

The biggest fish to be signed so far is none other than Kevin Durant—Durant tore his Achilles in the NBA finals, but is so good at the game of basketball. Although teams knew that he would likely not be available for next season, teams would want to sign him to a long-term contract for the future regardless. Durant’s decision came out around 15 minutes before official free agency began—with Durant deciding to take his talents to the Brooklyn Nets and play alongside one of his best friends Kyrie Irving, who also signed with the Nets. The Dallas Mavericks have resigned Seth Curry, a player that had previously played for the organization a few years---really making a name for himself. Curry has now signed on for four years and $32 million—$8 million per season. Curry will provide for more shooting to surround Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis, who the Mavericks also locked up in free agency in the future. Porzingis agreed to a five-year $158 million contract offered by the Dallas Mavericks Monday, July 1—with a few more decisions to make this offseason, including Danny Green who the Mavs have been targeting for quite some time. The biggest domino that has yet to fall is where Kawhi Leonard will be playing next season—with Leonard deciding between the Toronto Raptors, Los Angeles Clippers and the Los Angeles Lakers, Leonard holds the NBA’s future in his hands.

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