Kevin Durant to Become Free Agent And Sign New Deal with Warriors

Lawrence Cooper
April 12, 2018

Because of this, Durant signed a two-year contract worth $53 million, with a player option for the third year.

Kevin Durant will enter the free-agent market this offseason but likely won't be available for long.

According to Chris Haynes of ESPN.com, the four-time scoring champion plans on declining his player option for the 2018-19 campaign in favor of a new deal with the Golden State Warriors.

The Warriors and Durant agreed last summer to a two-year, $51-million deal with the player owning the opt-out option.

Durant last season added 2017 NBA Finals MVP to his resume, which includes 2007-08 Rookie of the Year, 2013-14 MVP, nine All-Star nods and seven All-NBA selections. Because he turned down more money, the Warriors were able to retain core veterans Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston. "But I'm enjoying every moment of it, so I'm not trying to look too far down the line", Durant said.

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If Durant has no intentions of leaving the Bay Area, the Warriors are desperate to hold onto one of their stars, who is averaging 26.6 points, 5.4 assists and 6.9 rebounds per game this season.

This contract would see Durant earn around $30 million for the first year and $31.5 million for the option year and would also give him the chance of opting out again at the end of next season to sign a five-year max contract.

Durant could very well be looking at a four-year, $158 million contract-or something shorter if he wants to afford himself more flexibility.

He's having a great season this year, but he hasn't been at peak form. Durant would make $26.3 million if he opted in, and Haynes noted that figure was low "for a player of his caliber".

The Warriors and Spurs met four times in the regular season, with the Warriors winning the first three games: 112-92 on November 2 at San Antonio, 122-105 on February 10 in Oakland and 11-107 on March 8 in Oakland.

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