Malcolm Brogdon

INDY BOUND: Milwaukee guard Malcolm Brogdon goes up for a shot during a game against the Los Angeles Lakers last season. Brogdon is heading to Indiana as the centerpiece to the Pacers' revamped lineup.

Damian Lillard wasn't a top-five pick. Tobias Harris wasn't a lottery pick. Khris Middleton wasn't even a first-rounder.

Their bank balances won't know the difference soon.

Free agency opened Sunday with nearly $2 billion in deals getting struck in the opening hours — and that's even without Kyrie Irving officially joining Brooklyn, as has been expected, or any word from Kawhi Leonard about his future plans to either stay with NBA champion Toronto or move elsewhere.

Lillard agreed to a $196 million, four-year extension with Portland that will kick in for the 2021-22 season. Harris is staying in Philadelphia for $180 million over the next five years and Middleton gave Milwaukee a bit of a discount in agreeing to a $178 million, five-year deal — $12 million shy of what he could have commanded.

Even injuries couldn't derail the spending.

Kevin Durant announced that he's leaving Golden State and joining Brooklyn on a $164 million, four-year deal — even though he'll miss next season with an Achilles injury and could have gotten $221 million for five years from the Warriors. And Kristaps Porzingis, who hasn't appeared in an NBA game since Feb. 6, 2018 because of a knee injury, will sign a $158 million, five-year contract to stay with Dallas.

All deals were confirmed to The Associated Press by people with direct knowledge of the agreements, all speaking on condition of anonymity because the NBA moratorium prevents new contracts from being signed until noon Eastern time on Saturday.

Indiana added a pair of players and also lost two players.

Indiana is trade for 2017 rookie of the year Malcolm Brogdon from Milwaukee and sign the combo guard to a four-year, $85 million deal. Brogdon was a restricted free agent. Indiana also is set to acquire free-agent guard Jeremy Lamb, a seven-year pro who spent the last four seasons with the Charlotte Hornets.

Brogdon averaged 15.6 points in helping the Bucks to the NBA's best record last season. Lamb averaged 15.3 points.

The Pacers lost their starting forwards. Bojan Bogdanovic is heading to the Utah Jazz, who agreed to pay him $73.1 million over the next four years, and Thaddeus Young is heading to the Chicago Bulls, who agreed to play him $41 million over the next three years. Bogdanovic had emerged as the Pacers' top scorer following Victor Oladipo's season-ending injury.

Jimmy Butler agreed to a four-year, $140 million deal that will send him to Miami, though the Heat and the 76ers were still working out details of the sign-and-trade in a meeting Sunday night. Butler — a close friend of retired Miami guard Dwyane Wade — made it clear he wanted to be in Miami, and over the next three hours the basic framework of a trade was worked out.

Irving and Leonard remained on the market, at least technically in Irving's case, after the initial flurry of free agency — and even with their deals still not closed, nine players agreed to contracts that will be worth $100 million or more. Lillard, Harris, Middleton, Durant, Porzingis, Butler, Kemba Walker ($141 million, four-year deal with Boston), Al Horford ($109 million, four years from Philadelphia) and Nikola Vucevic ($100 million, four years with Orlando) were the big early winners, with more likely to come.

The 76ers moved quickly to add Horford, once the parameters of the Butler trade to Miami were complete.

Point guards did particularly well, and will likely keep doing well.

Lillard, Irving (when he gets his $141 million for four years from Brooklyn, as expected) and Walker guaranteed themselves nearly a half-billion dollars. Ricky Rubio also cashed in, getting $51 million for three years from the Phoenix Suns and restricted free agent D'Angelo Russell was believed to be a target for both Minnesota and the Los Angeles Lakers.

Meanwhile, the Leonard watch continued with no hints from his camp. The NBA Finals MVP and now two-time champion will meet with the Raptors in the coming days, Toronto coach Nick Nurse said.

In other key deals Sunday: Harrison Barnes, as expected, is remaining in Sacramento on what will be a four-year, $85 million contract. Former NBA MVP Derrick Rose will sign a two-year, $15 million contract with the Detroit Pistons.

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