Kevin Durant to Opt-Out and Re-Sign With Golden State

Kevin Durant to Opt-Out and Re-Sign With Golden State

Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant is set to decline his player option for the 2018/2019 season and become an unrestricted free agent this summer.

If you're a fan of a team that isn't the Warriors and your hope is that this means your team can sell Durant and leaving the bay area, I have some bad news. According to ESPN's Chris Haynes, the reigning NBA Finals MVP plans to opt out of his contract so he can work out a new deal with Golden State that will pay him a salary more in tune with his actual worth.

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. Finally, we cover Steve Kerr confirming that Andre Iguodala will return for Game 1 of the NBA Playoffs after missing time with a sore left knee. Last offseason, Durant took nearly $10 million less than what he could have earned on a max salary which allowed Golden State to resign role players like Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston.

In early March, Durant told The Athletic: "It made sense to do the one-year deal".

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Should he sign a three-year deal, Durant would be eligible for a no-trade clause by virtue of having been in the National Basketball Association for eight seasons and having played for the Warriors for four seasons.

He can sign a four-year max contract valued at around $158 million. "But I'm enjoying every moment of it, so I'm not trying to look too far down the line".

The Warriors have three All-Stars and a former NBA Finals MVP on their roster without Curry in the lineup - there's a ton of talent remaining - but Golden State's end-of-season struggles, highlighted by the team's embarrassing 119-79 loss to the Jazz in the regular-season finale, raises questions. Durant is playing perhaps the best defense of his career. He averaged 26.4 points, 6.1 assists and 5.1 rebounds per game behind 42.3 percent shooting from deep. We've been in that situation now three years in a row.

"Just a weird finish to the season", Durant continued.

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