NBA Offseason: Free Agency Fantasy Tracker
NBA Offseason: Free Agency Fantasy Tracker

This article is part of our NBA Offseason series.

The NBA collectively wasted no time once free agency opened at midnight Sunday, with a number of big-name players reaching contract agreements just minutes into the negotiating period.

While the league still waits on a Kawhi Leonard deal, the likes of Chris Paul, Paul George and Kevin Durant each worked out new deals to remain in Houston, Oklahoma City and Golden State, respectively. Big names staying home was the early theme, though there have been exceptions. Most notably, DeAndre Jordan and the Mavericks agreed to terms on a one-year contract, while Trevor Ariza will head to Phoenix on a one-year, $15 million deal.

Ah, yes. And also LeBron James signed with the Lakers.

Of course, the league's five-day moratorium period prevents any deals from actually being signed before July 6. But it's rare for these agreed-upon deals to fall through, and it's never too early to begin speculating what kind of impact the first day of free agency will have on Fantasy basketball next season.

Let's dive in.

LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers

The contract: Four years, $154 million
What it means: Despite late runs from the Sixers and… Nuggets?... James finally lands in what all along felt like the inevitable location – whether it was this summer or sometime in the near future. What's most surprising is the duration of the deal, which will keep LeBron in Los Angeles for at least the next three seasons (the fourth year is a player option). James has been hesitant,
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