13 April, 2018
The All-Star has made a decision to opt-out of his current contract of $26 million to restructure a new deal with the Warriors, league sources told ESPN.
Durant infamously joined the Warriors from Western Conference rivals Oklahoma City Thunder in the summer of 2016 as he helped Stephen Curry and company perform a clean sweep into the finals of the National Basketball Association playoffs a year ago with a 12-0 postseason record.
Through the trials and tribulations of the regular season, Warriors players and head coach Steve Kerr have maintained that the Warriors' issues with complacency and boredom should be significantly allayed once they reach the playoffs and begin to play truly meaningful games.
Kevin Durant will become a free agent this summer, but he's reportedly not going anywhere.
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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.
"I just feel like there was so much movement in our lineups", said the former MVP, according to Anthony Slater of The Athetic. "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". "That's a bridge too far for me, but anyway..."
Utah, the NBA's stingiest defensive team over the last few weeks, was the last team Golden State wanted to face early in the playoffs this year.
They will enter this year's playoffs as the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference behind the Houston Rockets, and Durant's averaged 26.4 points, 6.8 rebounds and 5.4 assists per night. Durant is playing perhaps the best defense of his career.