NBA free agency 2017: The top free agents, news and analysis

Kevin Durant isn’t likely going anywhere in free agency. (Getty Images)

When free agency begins at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, players and their agents will look for the big paydays of a year ago, while teams will hope to spend less. That tug-of-war will dominate discussions in the coming weeks.

So who should teams sign, and how much should they pay? The Washington Post ranks the top 10 players in this summer’s free agent class — one with the potential to provide plenty of fireworks. For the full list of the top 50 free agents, click here.

1. Kevin Durant, SF, unrestricted
Golden State Warriors

Durant, coming off an NBA Finals MVP and his first championship, isn’t going anywhere. The only question is whether he’ll take enough of a financial haircut to allow Golden State to keep Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston.

2. Stephen Curry, SG, unrestricted
Golden State Warriors

Like Durant, Curry is staying put, and that will happen quickly: He will likely become the first player to sign a $200 million contract in NBA history on Saturday.

3. Gordon Hayward, SF, unrestricted
Utah Jazz

Here is where things get interesting. Hayward is expected to be courted heavily by the Boston Celtics and Miami Heat, and probably others; he could leave the Jazz next week.

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