Athlete contracts

FILE - In this June 6, 2018, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James shoots against Golden State Warriors' Draymond Green during the first half of Game 3 of basketball's NBA Finals, in Cleveland. The Philadelphia 76ers are getting a chance to pitch their process to LeBron James. Representatives from the team will meet Sunday with James’ agent Rich Paul in Los Angeles, a person familiar with the get together told the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the talks. James, who returned to Los Angeles from vacation on Sunday, July 1, 2018, before NBA free agency opened, will not take part in the meeting, the person said. (Gregory Shamus/Pool Photo via AP, File)
July 01, 2018 - 9:25 pm
Kevin Durant, Paul George and Chris Paul all made quick decisions to stay put and remain in the Western Conference. And now LeBron James is joining them. Just like that, the West got even wilder. Day 1 of NBA free agency was not lacking for fireworks or firepower, led by James' decision to leave...
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FILE - In this Jan. 5, 2012, file photo, Philadelphia Flyers' James van Riemsdyk (21), left, and Scott Hartnell (19) celebrate after van Riemsdyk's go-ahead goal as Chicago Blackhawks' Brent Seabrook (7) skates by in the third period of an NHL hockey game, in Philadelphia. Several players are returning to old teams and comfortable situations _ from James van Riemsdyk going back to Philadelphia on the second-richest July 1 deal to Matt Cullen taking a significant pay cut to rejoin the Pittsburgh Penguins he helped win the Stanley Cup twice. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)
July 01, 2018 - 8:42 pm
John Tavares isn't the only free agent going back to a familiar place. Several players are returning to their former teams and comfortable situations — from James van Riemsdyk going back to Philadelphia on the second-richest July 1 deal to Matt Cullen taking a significant pay cut to rejoin the...
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FILE - In this June 26, 2015, file photo, an NHL logo is shown before the start of the first round of the NHL hockey draft, in Sunrise, Fla. The NHL Free Agency period begins at noon Sunday, July 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz, File)
July 01, 2018 - 4:10 pm
The Latest from NHL free agency (all times Eastern): 4:05 p.m. The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed center Riley Nash to an $8.25 million, three-year deal to replenish some of the depth they lost when Matt Calvert signed with Colorado. The 29-year-old Nash had a career-high 41 points last season...
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FILE - In this Feb. 21, 2017, file photo, New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) celebrates his goal against the Detroit Red Wings in the third period of an NHL hockey game, in Detroit. Superstar center John Tavares is going home, agreeing to terms on a $77 million, seven-year contract with his childhood team, the Toronto Maple Leafs. Tavares announced his intentions on Twitter on Sunday, July 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)
July 01, 2018 - 1:38 pm
John Tavares is bidding Long Island goodbye for a chance to play for his hometown Toronto Maple Leafs. The New York Islanders captain agreed to $77 million, seven-year deal with Toronto and announced his long-awaited decision by posting a letter on his Twitter account about an hour after the free-...
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FILE - In this April 3, 2008, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James throws talc into the air in a pre-game ritual before an NBA basketball game against the Chicago Bulls in Cleveland. The superstar declined his $35.6 million contract option on Friday, June 29, 2018, with Cleveland and will become a free agent. The four-time MVP could re-sign with his hometown Cavaliers, or go in a completely direction. What he decides in the next few days could re-shape the NBA landscape. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan, File)
July 01, 2018 - 12:25 pm
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Philadelphia 76ers are getting a chance to pitch their process to LeBron James. Representatives from the team will meet Sunday with James' agent Rich Paul in Los Angeles, a person familiar with the plans told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because of the...
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FILE - In this March 6, 2018, file photo, Houston Rockets guard Chris Paul moves the ball during the team's NBA basketball game against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Oklahoma City. Paul says he's staying with the Rockets. The star point guard wasted no time once the free agency window opened, and has decided to stay put with the team that finished last season with the NBA's best regular-season record. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)
July 01, 2018 - 10:09 am
The Latest on the start of NBA free agency (all times EDT): 9:50 a.m. Aron Baynes, who started virtually every game last season with Boston, is staying with the Celtics. A person familiar with the negotiations says Baynes has agreed to a two-year deal worth $11 million. The person spoke to The...
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FILE - In this Saturday, March 31, 2018 file photo, New York Islanders center John Tavares skates against the New Jersey Devils during the first period of an NHL hockey game, in Newark, N.J. The NHL’s best rarely make it to free agency. Teams tend to re-sign their top players, keeping them off the market and on their rosters. That leaves a slew of solid veterans and journeymen available to the highest bidders trying to find a forward to play on a second or third line, a defenseman to be in a second pairing or perhaps a backup goaltender.(AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)
July 01, 2018 - 2:33 am
On the eve of free agency, John Tavares is leaving the NHL guessing about his destination. With less than 12 hours until the market opens, the elite center had not chosen between six suitors, with the San Jose Sharks, hometown Toronto Maple Leafs and incumbent New York Islanders considered the most...
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FILE - In this Sept. 25, 2017, file photo, Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George is pictured during an NBA basketball media day in Oklahoma City. George has decided not to exercise his $20.7 million option for next season with the Oklahoma City Thunder, a person with knowledge of the situation said Thursday. George will become an unrestricted free agent on Sunday. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Thursday, June 28, 2018, because neither George nor the team has publicly announced his decision. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)
July 01, 2018 - 2:31 am
Kevin Durant is staying put for now. So are Paul George and Chris Paul. Meanwhile, LeBron James' next move remains unclear. Durant has decided to sign a two-year deal with the Golden State Warriors, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Saturday...
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FILE - In this April 3, 2018 file photo, San Jose Sharks' Logan Couture celebrates his goal with teammates during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Dallas Stars in San Jose, Calif. Couture has agreed to a $64 million, eight-year contract extension with the Sharks. A person familiar with the deal says the sides reached agreement on the deal Saturday, June 30. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)
June 30, 2018 - 11:52 am
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Logan Couture agreed to a $64 million, eight-year contract extension with the San Jose Sharks on Saturday, according to a person familiar with the deal. The person told The Associated Press that the deal will become official as soon as Sunday, when Couture is eligible to...
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FILE- In this April 13, 2017, file photo, Vegas Golden Knights general manager George McPhee listens during an NHL hockey news conference in Las Vegas. The Vegas Golden Knights are among the NHL teams with the most salary cap space, giving the Western Conference champions some chips to put on the table in a bid to get back to the Stanley Cup Final. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)
June 30, 2018 - 11:51 am
The Vegas Golden Knights are among the NHL teams with the most salary cap space going into free agency , giving the Western Conference champions some chips to put on the table in a bid to get back to the Stanley Cup Final. Vegas had nearly $30 million to spend going into the weekend, according to...
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