Published: Thu, April 12, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Merle Christensen

Kevin Durant to become unrestricted free agent, rework contract with Warriors

Kevin Durant to become unrestricted free agent, rework contract with Warriors

We also go over Quinn Cook talking about his new two-year deal after bouncing back and forth between the National Basketball Association and G-League. 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.

The Warriors and Durant agreed last summer to a two-year, $51-million deal with the player owning the opt-out option.

The 29-year-old's Golden State tenure has worked out splendidly in terms of team success, as the Warriors won 67 regular-season games in 2016-17 en route to their second championship in three years.

Durant could once again sign a two-year deal with a one-year opt out, setting him up for a possible record setting five-year, $219 million contract next offseason, when the salary cap is expected to jump by almost seven percent.

"I'm sure here soon I'll want to sign a long-term deal just to feel stable".

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Last year's NBA Finals MVP will decline his player option for the 2018-19 season and enter the free agency market, turning down a salary of $26.2 million. "But I'm enjoying every moment of it, so I'm not trying to look too far down the line".

Durant can sign another two-year deal with an option for even more money, a four-year max contract of roughly $158 million, or a three-year deal with an option, according to ESPN.

ESPN Front Office Insider Bobby Marks dissected Durant's options for this upcoming offseason. His offensive game is still among the best in the league, as Durant is averaging 26.4 points and 5.4 assists per game. His earnings would grow to $38.2 million in the first year and the option year would be worth $41 million. Each year of his deal could escalate.

In the former scenario, Durant can opt out after the first year and sign a five-year max deal that would see his salary peak at $49.9 million in his fifth year.

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