Published: Thu, April 12, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Kevin Durant to opt out, redo deal with Warriors

Kevin Durant to opt out, redo deal with Warriors

The reigning Finals MVP Kevin Durant has made a decision to decline his player option for the 2018-19 season and become an unrestricted free agent this summer.

Durant now is playing under the team-friendly two-year, $51 million contract he signed last offseason but he'll reportedly decline the 2018-19 player option his deal contains and pursue an agreement that better reflects his status as one of the sport's premier players.

By making less money than a player of his level, Durant enabled the Warriors to keep players like Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston on their roster.

The Warriors forward intends to decline his player option for the 2018-19 season and become an unrestricted free agent, ESPN reported, citing unidentified league sources. "I'm sure here soon I'll want to sign a lo deal just to feel stable". 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. "But I'm enjoying every moment of it, so I'm not trying to look too far down the line", Durant said.

The 29-year-old averaged 26.4 points, 6.8 rebounds, and 5.4 assists during the regular season. Other possibilities include signing two- or three-year deals that would contain player options the year before they're set to expire.

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This contract would see Durant earn around $30 million for the first year and $31.5 million for the option year and would also give him the chance of opting out again at the end of next season to sign a five-year max contract.

He's having a great season this year, but he hasn't been at peak form.

The contract included a player opt-out provision after the 2017-18 season, and it appears Durant will exercise his option. His annual pay would be $35.3 million, $38.2 million, $41 million and $43.8 million.

The Warriors hope to win their second straight title and third in the last four years.

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