Kevin Durant set to decline 2019 player option with the Warriors
- Author: Stacy Allen Apr 12, 2018,
Apr 12, 2018, 6:18
The discounted deal permitted the defending champion Warriors to re-sign swingman Andre Iguodala and backup guard Shaun Livingston.
The Golden State Warriors superstar plans to opt out of his contract this summer before restructure his deal in order to remain with the team, ESPN's Chris Haynes reported Wednesday, citing National Basketball Association sources.
ESPN's Bobby Marks laid out options for Durant, including on where he signs a four-year max contract valued at around $158 million, with the annual pay (in each season) of $35.3 million, $38.2 million, $41 million and $43.8 million.
The Warriors have looked vulnerable, unlike any other time during their three-plus-year reign with the NBA's top record and their struggles at both ends of the court have been well-documented, clearly lacking the same fire that made them such a tough team to beat. "I'm sure here soon I'll want to sign a lo deal just to feel stable". "That's a bridge too far for me, but anyway..." 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.
Durant, 29, finished the regular season with 26.4 points, 6.8 rebounds and 5.4 assists per night as the Warriors ended the season as the second seed in the Western Conference.
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.
However negotiations pan out, expect the roots Durant has planted in the Bay Area to continue spreading and the Warriors to remain among the NBA's elite teams.
Durant is earning much less than what a player of his caliber should be getting. Durant could then opt out after the 2018-19 season and sign a five-year, $219 million contract.
He's having a great season this year, but he hasn't been at peak form.