Kevin Durant To Opt Out, Redo Deal With Warriors

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Haynes reports that KD opted to turn down the $26.2 million salary in order to restructure a new deal with the Warriors that will ultimately pay him even more money.

Durant infamously joined the Warriors from Western Conference rivals Oklahoma City Thunder in the summer of 2016 as he helped Stephen Curry and company perform a clean sweep into the finals of the National Basketball Association playoffs a year ago with a 12-0 postseason record.

Paul George #13 of the Oklahoma City Thunder applies pressure as Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors looks for a shot during the first half of a National Basketball Association game at the Chesapeake Energy Arena on April 3, 2018 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Kevin Durant is reportedly going to hit the open market this summer.

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.




The Golden State forward intends to decline his player option for next season, then re-sign with the Warriors this summer, ESPN's Chris Haynes reported Tuesday night.

"His gesture of taking less gave us the ability to be very aggressive in pursuing Shaun and Andre", Warriors general manager Bob Myers said in July. "There are people who will say, 'I would rather play the Warriors right now in the first round than the Thunder or the Jazz.' Right now".

The reigning NBA Finals MVP won his first title with Warriors a year ago.

Durant told The Athletic in March that the contract was something that worked with him at the time. I'm sure here soon I'll want to sign a long-term deal just to feel stable. At the time, I said it was the right decision, but given the draw the Warriors landed on Wednesday, it looks like a downright stroke of genius. Durant could earn $35 million next season.

Durant, 29, has averaged 26.4 points, 6.8 rebounds and 5.4 assists per contest in 68 games this season.

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