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Kevin Durant to Re-Sign With Warriors After Declining Player Option

Kevin Durant Klay Thompson Report: Durant to decline option, re-sign with Warriors
Rosie Leonard | 12 April, 2018, 00:47

Durant, who agreed to a one-year deal with the Golden State Warriors last summer with a player option for a second year to help give the team space to re-sign Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston, is going to decline his option and become a free agent, according to Chris Haynes of ESPN.

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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. Last offseason, Durant took nearly $10 million less than what he could have earned on a max salary which allowed Golden State to resign role players like Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston.

As detailed by ESPN cap expert Bobby Marks, there are three options Durant could pursue when restructuring his deal. 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.

Durant told The Athletic in March that the contract was something that worked with him at the time. He plans on re-signing with the Warriors in a deal that will undoubtedly make up for the pay cut he took this past summer. Or perhaps he'll opt for something in between - a longer deal with player options earlier in the contract.

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

Durant is earning much less than what a player of his caliber should be getting.

The Warriors - the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference, 7 1/2 games back of the top-seeded Rockets - will open the playoffs this weekend against the seventh-seeded Thunder.

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