Good morning. Happy Independence Day, fellow Americans! (Sorry about that, British friends.) Let's basketball.
DECISIONS, DECISIONS: Kevin Durant is expected to announce his decision any minute/hour now, and the best NBA reporters indicate it'll either be the Thunder or the Warriors. One team offers continuity, a great chance at a title, Russell F. Westbrook and the most money possible. The other team could, with Durant, legitimately be the greatest ever. Tough decision, seriously.
Jerry West made a call to Durant to try to get him to choose the Warriors. Here's what he said.
My piece from back in October on the stakes of Durant's season holds up surprisingly well.
HORFORD IN BOSTON: How does Al Horford fit with the Celtics?
FROM ROSE TO RAJON: The Bulls finally added a free agent ... and it's Rajon Rondo. He'll definitely shoot less than Derrick Rose, which should be good for Jimmy Butler. But it's hard to predict how well those two will fit together, or how Rondo makes Chicago better. Here's Blog-a-Bull's reaction.
ANCHORED: The Clippers continue to stay exactly where they are, re-upping Jamal Crawford for $42 million over three years.
HOT DOG: The Nets tossed a huge offer sheet at Tyler Johnson, to the tune of $50 million over four years. Miami can match ... but will they? I mean, that's more than Miami allegedly offered Dwyane Wade.
THE MAVERICKS HAVE ENTERED THE GAME: They re-upped Dwight Powell to a smart four-year, $37 million deal. Dwight Powell is good! Dallas also kept Deron Williams for $10 million next year.
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WE HAVE A TRADE: The Jazz shipped Trey Burke to the Wizards. That draft pick didn't work out.
GREAT MOMENTS IN TAPE ON UNIFORMS: Someone changed their Horford No. 15 Hawks jersey to a Howard No. 12 jersey. Also, the Knicks gave a Summer League player the No. 41 jersey he so desperately needed.
GOODBYE O.J.: Clinton Yates on O.J. Mayo's drug ban and the one-time best recruit in America's future.
Alright, happy waiting and fireworks and hot dogs. Be excellent to each other.