Kevin Durant set to decline 2019 player option with the Warriors

by Olga Hunt April 13, 2018, 2:33
Kevin Durant set to decline 2019 player option with the Warriors

No matter what happens, Durant and teammate Steph Curry should be the faces of the franchise for quite some time with Curry signing a 5-year, $201 million deal last summer - the first $200 million contract in National Basketball Association history.

The All-Star has chose to opt-out of his current contract of $26 million to restructure a new deal with the Warriors, league sources told ESPN.

Durant could very well be looking at a four-year, $158 million contract-or something shorter if he wants to afford himself more flexibility.

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. Or, in this scenario, Durant could opt out and sign a five-year, $228 million contract with a starting salary of $39.4 million - the same contract Anthony Davis is eligible to sign with New Orleans in 2019. It would be one thing if they just said that the Warriors were not the favorites without Curry, but to mention the Jazz and Thunder - two teams with no shot to win it all this year - does not happen without motives. The Finals MVP did it to help Golden State.

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Whatever Durant decides to do, it nearly certainly will result in him playing in the Bay Area next season, unless.

The Warriors have looked vulnerable, unlike any other time during their three-plus-year reign with the NBA's top record and their struggles at both ends of the court have been well-documented, clearly lacking the same fire that made them such a tough team to beat. He averaged 26.4 points, 6.1 assists and 5.1 rebounds per game behind 42.3 percent shooting from deep.

109.9. In their last 10 games of the season, the Warriors' defense unraveled, allowing 109.9 points per 100 possessions, which ranked 28th in the league in that span.

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


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