Published: Thu, April 12, 2018
Life&Culture | By Ben Goodman

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 a year ago.

Last summer, Kevin Durant accepted a deal well below his market value.

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.

However, he will refuse his $26.2 million option so he can restructure a new contract with Golden State.

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.

Unfortunately for the rest of the league, there is nearly no chance Durant opts out in search of a change of scenery.

He can sign a two-year deal with a 2019-20 player option in which the first-year earnings would be $30 million and the option year worth $31.5 million increasing the salary cap from $101 million (2018-19) to $108 million (2019-20).

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

The Golden State Warriors' front office and Kevin Durant sent a message to the league last summer: we're in this thing for the long haul.

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 nine-time All-Star finished this season with an average of 26.4 points, 6.8 rebounds and 5.4 assists.

Durant is earning much less than what a player of his caliber should be getting.

The University of Texas product has meshed well with Stephen Curry, and in the coming years the duo figures to help Golden State maintain its place on the short list of National Basketball Association title contenders.

He can agree to a three-year deal with a player option after the second season.

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