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NBA free agency’s here: Six storylines to watch

“Timofey is a player who has shown the ability to change the game at the defensive end,” then-Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said of Timofey Mozgov when the team announced it signed him to a four-year, $64 million free-agent contract, described as “unfathomable” in one report. Now we are on the eve of another NBA annual free agency meat market. Negotiations and meetings start 12:01 a.m. Saturday and the moratorium on signings goes until July 7. Remember, teams can’t talk to free agents until just after midnight Saturday. And remember, if you tear that silly tag off your mattress, you can go to jail. There will be big names getting big deals but teams theoretically learned their lessons last year, and the spending should merely be crazy instead of utterly insane. Here are some storylines to watch for this time around:Kevin Durant will do well with another short-term deal from the Warriors, who will see to it Stephen Curry finally will be paid like a true mega-level superstar. Some quality guys such as Pelicans Jedd Gyorko Authentic Jersey point guard Jrue Holiday will be overpaid out of necessity. But overall, this year does not promise to be as frenzied as last year for teams with cap space as there will be no similar deals like the ones Mozgov or Luol Deng — four years, $72 million — got in L.A. When the first day of free agency ended last year, $1.73 billion in contracts had been agreed to as owners and execs who promised caution threw caution on the scrap heap. Everybody got caught up with the cap rise and spent a lot of money. What followed was a lot of regret. The salary cap was projected to be $101 million, but it will be $99 million because of the TV money lost in a five-game — not seven-game — Finals. There still be will overspending — two teams, the Clippers and Cavaliers, were in the luxury tax last year. There could be 10 this time. Still, it won’t be as insane as last year. Last year, a theme was wait a year for a point guard because the 2017 group is exceptional. But it’s a market for point http://www.officialbaseballcardinalsstore.com/Enos_Slaughter_Jersey guards where not many teams besides the teams they are on need point guards. Got it? There’s Curry; he’s staying with the Warriors. The Pelicans may be desperate to keep Jrue Holiday. The same goes with Utah and George Hill, Indiana and Jeff Teague, Kyle Lowry and Toronto. They could leave, but their teams figure to make strong pitches. The second tier of point guards is not too shabby, either: Derrick Rose, Shaun Livingston, Patty Mills, Rajon Rondo. Depending on Rose’s status, the Knicks figure to look around for help so Frank Ntilikina is not on a Manhattan island. They could kick the tires on the likes of Ty Men's Replica Majestic Carlos Gonzalez White Home Jersey - #5 MLB Colorado Rockies Cool Base Lawson and Darren Collison. Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry celebrate after winning the NBA championshipGetty Images The two biggest names on the market are Durant and Curry, and neither is leaving Golden State. Durant will likely do another one-year deal with a player option for a second year, while Curry, with Bird rights, can sign a deal to bankrupt Bill Gates. He can get five years, $200 million. What impact will it have on the bench? Remember, the Warriors signed Durant last year, still built a bench and won a title. With superteam pieces in place in the first five, they may be hard-pressed to keep both reserves Livingston and Andre Iguodala, but Durant signing short-term Authentic Andreas Martinsen Youth Jersey could help. But assume they’ll figure it out as half the players on the planet line up willing to accept hourly wages for a ring. One of the most intriguing stories was going to be the Clippers with Chris Paul and Blake Griffin both opting out of their contracts. Could the Clips convince Paul to stay? Would the two go separate ways? Tune in July 1. It became moot when Paul agreed to opt in and was traded to Houston (Paul, who needs the ball in his hands, and James Harden, who has the ball in his hands all the time, will play together. Tune in all season). So what happens with Griffin? There are reports his postseason toe injury could keep him out until December, which could give suitors pause. But without Paul, the Clippers might not even be a playoff team. They’ve shopped DeAndre Jordan. So do they try to re-sign Griffin or simply start a complete rebuild in earnest? The future of Hayward is among the most intriguing stories. George, too. Utah GM Dennis Lindsey said “every fiber of our collective soul” wants Hayward back. (Sort of how Phil Jackson felt about Carmelo Anthony). But Hayward http://www.officialavalancheauthentic.com/Ben_Smith_Jersey will meet first with Miami, and Boston’s interest is as secretive as a Times Square billboard. George isn’t a free agent until next year, but already is virtually referring to the Lakers as “we.” So Indiana must get something for him. Boston is a team with strong interest — in both him and Hayward. But the Celtics can’t do anything without a strong promise, or at least a pinkie swear, he’ll stay put. The Lakers, meanwhile, just wait. But if there is movement on George, it could serve as a domino to start a chain reaction.

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