The Warriors shelled out cash for Durant, but not as much as one would expect-he accepted a two-year, $51.25 million deal, though he clearly could have garnered a max contract elsewhere. And if reports are to be believed, KD will be making full use of that player option.
Kevin Durant will enter the free-agent market this offseason but likely won't be available for long.
Kevin Durant will opt out of his current deal with the Warriors and become an unrestricted free agent this offseason, according to Chris Haynes of ESPN. Since there are no real incentives for Durant or for his team to take such a drastic reduction in pay this time around, it is therefore justified that Durant opt-out to seek for a better contract this time around. But by agreeing to a discounted deal, the former Oklahoma City Thunder forward allowed the Warriors to retain Shaun Livingston and Andre Igoudala.
Unfortunately for the rest of the league, there is nearly no chance Durant opts out in search of a change of scenery.
Durant could very well be looking at a four-year, $158 million contract-or something shorter if he wants to afford himself more flexibility.
Durant will turn 30 before the start of the 2018-19 campaign, but he continues to play at an MVP-caliber level during his second year in Golden State.
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The nine-time All-Star finished this season with an average of 26.4 points, 6.8 rebounds and 5.4 assists.
To do so, the 2017 National Basketball Association champions will have to pay Durant considerably more than over the last two years but they have a number of options at their disposal. In this scenario, Durant could pick up the option in year three for $41 million, or sign a five-year, $228 million contract with a starting salary of around $39.4 million.