Published: Wed, April 11, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Kevin Durant to opt out, redo deal with Warriors

Kevin Durant to opt out, redo deal with Warriors

Durant is the reigning NBA Finals MVP after winning his first title with Warriors past year.

The Golden State forward intends to decline his player option for next season, then re-sign with the Warriors this summer, ESPN's Chris Haynes reported Tuesday night.

But the Durant Discount Days are coming to an end, and there will be no such markdown for the Warriors this offseason. "But I'm enjoying every moment of it, so I'm not trying to look too far down the line". Durant will do so in order to rework his contract, that is now slated to pay him $26.2 million in 2018-19, a figure well below his market value.

Haynes reports that Durant's plan includes agreeing to a new, restructured deal with Golden State, although it is still up in the air whether Durant will take a short-term deal that gives him the flexibility to control his future or if he'll take a longer deal that keeps him with the Warriors.

ESPN Front Office Insider Bobby Marks dissected Durant's options for this upcoming offseason.

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Alternatively, the 2014 MVP could pen a three-year deal which allows him to opt out after the second season.

Because of this, Durant signed a two-year contract worth $53 million, with a player option for the third year.

Durant last season added 2017 NBA Finals MVP to his resume, which includes 2007-08 Rookie of the Year, 2013-14 MVP, nine All-Star nods and seven All-NBA selections. His income would go from $35.3 million to $38.2 million, and the option year would be $41 million with a player option in the 5th year.

It has yet to be decided what contractual route Durant will take, sources say, but there are no real incentives - for himself or for the team - to take such a drastic reduction in pay this time around. Because now the Warriors are assured not to see the Jazz or the Thunder in the first round of the Playoffs. and with Steph Curry out for the first round and how they've played against those two teams in the regular season. that might be a good plan.

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