Durant, Golden State set two-year deal with option
• A person familiar with the situation says that Kevin Durant will sign a two-year contract to remain with the Golden State Warriors, with the caveat that the deal will have an option and allow him to return to free agency next summer.
The person spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity Saturday because the deal cannot be signed until Friday.
It is a win for the two-time defending NBA champion Warriors on several levels. Not only do they get to keep the 2017 and 2018 NBA Finals MVP, but they also get some financial flexibility.
Durant will be paid $30.5 million this coming season, about $5 million less than he could have commanded if the deal was structured differently. That savings will give Golden State options for other moves this summer.
The New York Times first reported Durant’s intention to sign the deal.
• The Atlanta Hawks requested waivers on reserve guard Isaiah Taylor. Taylor, signed to a two-year contract in October, started nine of his 67 games last season.
• The Los Angeles Lakers waived center Thomas Bryant. The Indiana University product excelled for the Lakers’ G League affiliate but averaged 1.5 points and 1.1 rebounds in 15 appearances for Los Angeles.
Red Wings, Green reach $10.75 million deal
• Mike Green is staying with the Detroit Red Wings on a $10.75 million, two-year contract. A person with direct knowledge of the move said the Red Wings agreed to terms with the 32-year-old defenseman on the new deal that counts $5.375 million against the salary cap each of the next two seasons. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the deal had not been announced.
• Forward Logan Couture agreed to a $64 million, eight-year contract extension with the San Jose Sharks, according to a person familiar with the deal.
• St. Louis Blues goalie Carter Hutton is expected to sign with the Buffalo Sabres once the NHL’s free-agency period opens Sunday, according to a person familiar with the deal.
Semenya follows appeal with win in 800 meters
• Caster Semenya followed her decision to fight the IAAF’s rules over testosterone levels in female athletes by winning the 800 meters at the Paris Diamond League. Semenya looked to be threatened in the race by Francine Niyonsaba of Burundi but she pulled away from 300 meters out to win comfortably in 1 minute, 54.25 seconds.
• Gyasi Zardes and Eduardo Sosa scored first-half goals and host Columbus held on to beat Real Salt Lake 2-1. Zardes sent the penalty kick into the lower right corner to open the scoring in the sixth minute.
— ABJ/Ohio.com wires
Sports news roundup, June 30: Durant, Warriors reportedly reach two-year deal