Curry gets huge deal, Hay­ward hears Heat sales pitch

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NEW YORK — JJ Redick is trust­ing the process. Gor­don Hay­ward got his sales pitch from Mi­ami. And David West, fi­nally a cham­pion, is com­ing back for one last sea­son.

The first day of NBA free agency on Satur­day saw things start­ing to take shape, though there are still dozens of more moves to be made the next few days.

Af­ter an open­ing flurry that saw Stephen Curry get a $201 mil­lion deal from the NBA cham­pion Golden State War­riors and Blake Grif­fin take about $175 mil­lion to stay with the Los An­ge­les Clip­pers, most teams started to look at names more within their price range.

Redick agreed to a $23 mil­lion, one-year deal with the Philadel­phia 76ers and West is go­ing back to the War­riors on a vet­eran’s min­i­mum, which is now worth $2.3 mil­lion.

Detroit got some solid in­sur­ance at point guard, agree­ing with Langston Gal- loway on a three-year deal.

But all that, of course, was over­shad­owed by Curry’s deal — the big­gest con­tract in NBA his­tory.

“Steph should be get­ting $400 mil­lion this sum­mer,” Cleve­land star LeBron James tweeted.

The rules, for now, only al­low for Curry to get half of that.

With nearly $1 bil­lion in deals agreed to just on Day 1 of this year’s free agency pe­riod, there is ob­vi­ously no shortage of money out there for teams to hand out.

And while Curry got the most, other point guards got plenty — or will when con­tracts can start be­ing signed Thurs­day.

Jrue Hol­i­day agreed to re­turn to New Or­leans for $126 mil­lion over five years, with in­cen­tives po­ten­tially push­ing that to $150 mil­lion. Patty Mills is re­turn­ing to San An­to­nio for the next four years at $50 mil­lion, and Jeff Teague agreed with Min­neso- ta on a three-year, $57 mil­lion deal.

Still out there is another mas­sive of­fer: John Wall has a chance to sign a four-year ex­ten­sion worth $168 mil­lion with the Wizards, another deal un­der the so-called su­per­max struc­ture that al­lowed Curry to get his record pay­day. In other news:

tions for next sea­son clear with three sim­ple words. “Trust the process,” he tweeted, his way of say­ing he was head­ing to the 76ers, who have made that phrase their mantra dur­ing their long re­build­ing process.

Redick av­er­aged 15.0 points and made 43 per­cent of his 3-point­ers last sea­son for the Los An­ge­les Clip­pers, who now need two new start­ing guards next sea­son af­ter point guard Chris Paul was traded to the Hous­ton Rock­ets. Philadel­phia also got vet­eran for­ward Amir John­son on an $11 mil­lion, one-year deal.

Heat play­ers for his free-agent visit, along with a ban­ner strate­gi­cally placed outside Amer­i­canAir­lines Arena show­ing him in a Heat uni­form.

The All-Star for­ward, com­ing off the best sea­son of his ca­reer, spent sev­eral hours with Heat of­fi­cials and is still ex­pected to visit with Bos­ton and Utah — the in­cum­bent team — be­fore mak­ing a de­ci­sion in the com­ing days.

sure about Hay­ward, but are keep­ing Joe In­gles on a fouryear, $52 mil­lion deal.

to feed the ball to All-Star big men DeMar­cus Cousins and Anthony Davis, the Pel­i­cans were talk­ing with Nick Young and Ty Law­son about join­ing New Or­leans as well.

last sea­son with the Heat, had a list of free-agency tar­gets re­vealed that not only in­cluded Mi­ami but also Chicago, New York and Sacra­mento.

Wait­ers is ex­pected to con­tinue tak­ing meet­ings in Los An­ge­les in the com­ing days.

Year Michael Carter-Wil­liams agreed to a one-year, $2.7 mil­lion con­tract with the Char­lotte Hor­nets.

ing guard Kyle Korver a new con­tract.

The 36-year-old has ex­pressed a de­sire to stay with Cleve­land af­ter mak­ing it to his first NBA Fi­nals.

The Cava­liers also picked up point guard Jose Calderon on a one-year, $2.3 mil­lion deal.

AP FILE

Stephen Curry yells af­ter the War­riors de­feated the Ok­la­homa City Thun­der in Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Western Con­fer­ence fi­nal in Oak­land, Cal­i­for­nia. On Satur­day, Curry signed a new $201 mil­lion deal with the War­riors.

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