Durant now is playing under the team-friendly two-year, $51 million contract he signed last offseason but he'll reportedly decline the 2018-19 player option his deal contains and pursue an agreement that better reflects his status as one of the sport's premier players.
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.
"It made sense to do the one-year deal", Durant told The Athletic in March. The discount allowed the team to re-sign Shaun Livingston and Andre Iguodala, something general manager Bob Myers appreciated. Durant would make $26.3 million if he opted in, and Haynes noted that figure was low "for a player of his caliber". Since there are no real incentives for Durant or for his team to take such a drastic reduction in pay this time around, it is therefore justified that Durant opt-out to seek for a better contract this time around.
Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) dribbles the ball against the Utah Jazz at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Other possibilities include signing two- or three-year deals that would contain player options the year before they're set to expire. In this state, in which they are 7-10 in their last 17 games and Curry is hurt and they just lost by 1,000 points last night.
It'll be a postseason rematch of old friends this weekend, when the Gregg Popovich and San Antonio Spurs come the Bay Area to face Steve Kerr and the Warriors in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs.