LA TIMES – The Cleveland Cavaliers and Oklahoma City Thunder are set to make history in 2019 by joining forces to sign free agents Derrick Rose, Kevin Durant and Russell Harden.
The two teams have agreed to terms on a five-year, $105 million contract extension for all three, the league announced Thursday.
The deal is expected to be final in June.
The Cavaliers, who have a record of 6-23 since the All-Star break, are led by Kyrie Irving, who averaged a career-high 26.3 points, 6.8 rebounds and 2.1 assists this past season.
Durant, who is the only player in NBA history to average 25 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists in a season, is the NBA’s leading rebounder at 8.2 per game.
He’s averaging 25.8 points, 4.6 assists and 2 assists.
The Thunder are led in rebounding by Kevin Durant, who leads the league with 2.5 boards per game, and Russell Wilson, who averages 10.3 rebounds per game and is second in the league in assists.
Russell Westbrook has averaged 21.4 points and 8.8 assists, the most in the NBA.
In addition to their two-year deal, the three players are set for an average annual salary of $22 million in 2019-20, with the team also receiving a first-round pick in the 2019 NBA Draft.
The three players also will be eligible for incentives worth $1.6 million, including a player option for 2019-2020.
The Cavs and Thunder have been locked in for three years and $110 million.
They’ll also be free agents next summer, as the new collective bargaining agreement is set to take effect in 2019.
The NBA is also negotiating an extension with Derrick Rose.
The six-time All-NBA center is scheduled to make $17 million next season, but the league has not said if that deal will be extended.
The Cavaliers and Thunder were the two teams to play in the 2014 NBA Finals, but they both lost in six games.
Cleveland won in six, but lost the championship to Golden State in six.