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Kevin Durant will opt out of contract and restructure deal with Warriors: report

Kevin Durant took millions less in order for the team to retain forward Andre Iguodala and backup point guard Shaun Livingston.


Kahron Spearman


Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant will decline his player option for 2018-2019 and become an unrestricted free agent, according to multiple outlets.  

 

Turning down $26.2 million a number probably $8-10 million less than what he could get in the open market as a top 3-5 player means Durant will restructure a new deal with the Warriors.

The scorer accepted two-year, $51 million deal with the opt-out clause, which provided the Warriors with enough salary cap space to retain forward Andre Iguodala and backup point guard Shaun Livingston both integral parts of Golden State's championship team.

 

The team also signed Nick Young to fill out its bench with shooting.

His gesture of taking less gave us the ability to be very aggressive in pursuing Shaun and Andre. I can pretty much unequivocally say, without it, we're not looking at the team we have right now. What Kevin did shows who he is, shows what he's about, and I think it's clear that that's winning. Without him doing that it would have been a different roster, and clearly to me, a roster that wasn't as good as the one we have right now.

Durant told The Athletic last month that, "it made sense to do the one-year deal. I'm sure here soon I'll want to sign a lo deal just to feel stable."

 

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 29-year-old averaged 26.4 points, 6.8 rebounds, and 5.4 assists during the regular season. 

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