Two days removed from Kevin Durant's stunning free-agency decision, the NBA embarks upon an irrevocable new course. The mammoth Monday news swung the balance of power back in Golden State's grasp while creating an undercurrent of personnel reactions that will foster a seismic paradigm shift come next season.
In the post-apocalyptic furor, teams and players have begun scurrying to keep pace. Once-embedded veterans league-wide are striking power plays with the express intent of either stifling Golden State's rise to unforeseen power, or aiding it. Names such as Boris Diaw, Dirk Nowitzki, Pau Gasol, David West and Zaza Pachulia have altered their collective plans in accordance to KD's.
Free-agency 2016 has already been the most exciting and perplexing of them all. Historical contracts and player movement has reached a deafening cacophony. Never has one summer so shaken the entire foundation the league rests upon; however as NBA fans enter this brave new basketball world one thing is certain: nothing's certain.
Even so, the one constant has been change. With that in mind, here is a look at the past two days' free-agent moves.
- Dirk Nowitzki agrees to two-year $40 million deal with Dallas Mavericks
- David West agrees to one-year deal with Golden State Warriors for veteran's minimum
- Pau Gasol agrees to two-year $30 million deal with San Antonio Spurs
- Zaza Pachulia agrees to one-year $2.9 million deal with Golden State Warriors
- Jason Smith agrees to three-year $16 million deal with Washington Wizards
- Gerald Henderson agrees to two-year $18 million deal with Philadelphia 76'ers
- Roy Hibbert agrees to one-year $5 million deal with Charlotte Hornets
- Tarik Black agrees to two-year $12.85 million deal with Los Angeles Lakers
- Brandon Jennings agrees to one-year $5 million deal with New York Knicks
- Luc Richard Mbah a Moute agrees to two-year 4.5 million deal with Los Angeles Clippers
- Seth Curry agrees to two-year $6 million deal with Dallas Mavericks
- Lance Thomas agrees to four-year deal with New York Knicks starting at $6.1 million annually
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