Kevin Durant taking a discount to help the Warriors is another form of player power

Kevin Durant took a sharper discount than expected upon agreeing to a new deal with the Golden State Warriors this week. Reports indicate he’ll sign for two years and $53 million, a good deal less than the $63 million over two years he was expected to take. Even that is a haircut on Durant’s natural max of two years and $72 million, which any team with cap space (which the Warriors do not have) could offer.

The Kings continue their quest to make Basketball Twitter swoon — sign Vince Carter to a one-year deal.

Speaking of former Grizzlies, the franchise’s front office wrote a beautiful letter about Zach Randolph in which they announced Memphis would retire his jersey.

Nathaniel Friedman on the ripple effect caused by the Warriors’ dominance.

The Wizards and Nets are getting rather petty over Otto Porter’s offer sheet. Washington will end up matching, but now his contract is going to be way messier than it needed to be. Just pay your very good restricted free agents, people!

The most exciting news of the day? Lob City is back, and it doesn’t need Chris Paul. The Clippers won the Milos Teodosic sweepstakes, bringing the Serbian highlight machine over on a two-year Super Cheap Jerseys Fans deal. He’s instantly the flashiest passer in the NBA and maybe one of the five best. The downside: You Wholesale Jerseys China and I both know he’s going to come off the bench behind Austin Rivers.

Jerry Jones raves about Las Vegas, seems very open to a Raiders move

“It has a flair for entertainment, and it has two million people, and they’re avid sports fans, the full-time residents,” Jones said, via ESPN.com. “They have a huge visiting contingent that more often than not are fans of some NFL football teams. You add all that together, and it’s certainly in a conversation about the future relative to the NFL. As you well know, you have to have the right situation. You have to have the right ownership, want to and then a lot of other considerations that have to come into play.”

“For me, I think that certainly the fact that Las Vegas has a gambling aspect to it is far overshadowed by the entertainment value, if you will, family appeal, that you have, the convention appeal,” Jones said. “So it does not have disfavor with me, in my opinion, relative to being an NFL city.”

The mayor of Las Vegas seems to believe the Raiders are going to move, and with both Davis and Jones on board, a Raiders relocation to Sin City looks more and more realistic by the day.

After surviving a nightmarish season — a year filled with complicated contract negotiations, a foot injury, and multiple surgeries — Cowboys star receiver Dez Bryant still isn’t ready to completely take the field with the Cowboys when minicamp begins. He’s still not fully medically cleared.

That’s according to head coach Jason Garrett, who offered some insight into Bryant’s recovery from a January surgery on his right foot. The good news is that Bryant hasn’t suffered any setbacks thus far.

“He’s done a really good job with his rehab, and he’s made progress,” Garrett said, per ESPN. “Like with all those guys, it’s a day-by-day, week-by-week thing. But he’s had no setbacks, but he really continues to get better and better.”

If the Raiders remain in the Bay Area and Vegas approves stadium funding, that means Sin City would have an NFL-caliber stadium with no NFL team. And even if that happens, that still doesn’t mean the Chargers would move.

At that point, the only way the Chargers would move is if funds for the team’s new stadium didn’t get approved by voters in November.

The team has to collect 66,447 valid signatures by June to get the stadium funding initiative on the ballot in November.

It’s worth noting that the study did not use any concussion or CTE data. So, the research doesn’t indicate if former players with CTE had a higher suicide rate than those without CTE or the general population. That’s a significant shortcoming of the study, as the suicides of players who were diagnosed with CTE (like Junior Seau) have led to an important discussion about the dangers and negative consequences of football.