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Their first name begins with K, but Kawhi Leonard, Kemba Walker, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson and Kyrie Irving are also five of the NBA’s top free agents that have to make a big decision in a few days. Either re-sign with their current team, or sign with one of the other 29 franchises in play to recruit them.

Last year this time, Magic Johnson was in charge of basketball operations for the Los Angeles Lakers and rang LeBron James’ doorbell at 9:01 p.m. Pacific on July 1, the minute free agency began, to pitch, convince and recruit James to sign with him, the Lakers.

They conversed for three-plus hours. James did sign with the Lakers, leaving the Cleveland Cavaliers, who could have guaranteed him more, behind.

A free agent is a professional athlete who becomes eligible to re-sign with their current team or another league franchise. Named the Bird Rule, NBA players that re-sign with their current team can be guaranteed a five-year, max money contract. Players that switch teams can only receive a four-year agreement.

Established in 1984, the Bird Rule was instituted to give teams more ability, more advantage to re-sign their players and maintain continuity within the franchise. It benefited the Boston Celtics at that time in their negotiations with Larry Bird, their star player.

Durant, 30, and Thompson, 29, both Golden State Warrior teammates, both injured in the NBA Finals earlier this month against the Toronto Raptors, are two of the premier talents in free agency. Thompson, who was drafted 11th in the first by the Warriors in 2011, is expected to re-up, but Durant’s decision, even who’s in consideration for a meeting, is still a mystery.

Durant, a back-to-back Finals MVP with the Warriors, signed with them during the summer of 2016, leaving the Oklahoma Thunder, who drafted him with the second pick in the first round of the 2007 draft.

Leonard, the MVP of the Warriors-Raptors series, turning 28 this weekend, will also take meetings to see if the grass is greener somewhere other than Canada after leading Toronto to their first championship in their franchise’s history.

Walker, just turning 29, coming off the most productive season of his career, has spent his entire career with the Charlotte Hornets.

Picked ninth in the first round of the 2011 draft, Walker from the Bronx, an alum of the University of Connecticut, has stated that he’d like to re-sign with Charlotte, the team owned by Michael Jordan.

“I want to build something here. I want to try and make us one of the top teams,” said Walker. “I want to help take this organization to places it has never been.”

Irving, who went to high school in New Jersey, won a chip with LeBron, now with the Boston Celtics, has been rumored to be recruited by both the Brooklyn Nets and the New York Knicks. He’d be a great addition to the back court of either team, but for Brooklyn, it may cause a problem.

D’Angelo Russell, a burgeoning guard, is already there. Brooklyn, trying to improve upon their 6-seed standing this season, will be conflicted and in a precarious situation. Paying the 27-year-old Irving, on his third team, max money or retaining Russell, 23, who has made questionable off court decisions with both the Nets and the Lakers, the team that drafted him.