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Report: Kevin Durant Will Decline Option With Warriors…Then Re-Sign
If you only read the first part of that title, you may have gotten excited at the thought of Kevin Durant adding his name to the already impressive list of NBA stars that could be on the move this summer. But according to ESPN, that won’t be the case as Kevin Durant is expected to decline his player option with the Warriors for the 2017-18 season, before eventually re-signing with the 2016-17 NBA champions.
Source also state that Durant will sign a deal that is below the league max for a 10-year veteran.
Durant was slated to make approximately $28-million next season under his current contract. Expectations are his new contract with be another two-year deal with a player option after the first season. He’s also expected to be paid as much as $4-million below his possible max for next season, which would free up some money to help the Warriors re-sign Andre Iguodala.
KD averaged 35.2 points, 8.2 rebounds, 5.4 assists, 1.6 blocks, and 1 steal per game during the finals, en route to being named the 2017 NBA Finals MVP.