Durant is cutting the Warriors another financial break

Jo Caldwell
July 1, 2018

As was first reported by Marc Stein of the New York Times, Durant will inform the Warriors that he wishes to sign a two-year max deal with a player option, allowing him to re-enter free agency next season.

So far, he's 2-for-2 on winning NBA championships and NBA Finals MVP awards.

Warriors general manager Bob Myers told reporters in mid-June he would offer Durant whatever contract he wanted.

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Durant will likely become a free agent in 2019 and sign a multi-year deal starting around $38 million.

The Golden State Warriors don't have a lot of needs - at least not in the starting lineup - but the reigning National Basketball Association champions will, as always, look to upgrade their bench in free agency.

George took the stage at a party in Oklahoma City on Saturday night and announced that he will be staying with the Thunder, a move that might have been unexpected a year ago when he was traded by the Pacers - presumably because he was already focused on joining his hometown Lakers in free agency.

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Durant, 29, averaged 26.4 points, 6.8 rebounds and 5.4 assists in 68 regular-season games in 2017-18, missing time due to a rib cartilage fracture.

But if James is going to be the next superstar to follow in the legacy that Wilt Chamberlain, Jerry West, Shaquille O'Neal, Kobe Bryant and Magic Johnson built for the Lakers, it's already fairly evident that not everyone in the National Basketball Association will be thrilled. The exact terms of his contract aren't now public, but Yahoo Sports is reporting Kerr will at least double the $5 million per year that he was making before. A person familiar with the terms says Gay has agreed to a one-year, $10 million deal to be back in silver and black next season. It does, however, position Durant for a massive deal next summer-when the NBA's salary cap is projected to be significantly higher.

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