Kevin Durant has come out to say he hopes on staying longer with the Golden State Warriors this summer. ‘I plan on staying with the Warriors.
The All Star Player is finishing the first year of a discounted two-year, $51 million deal with the Warriors that included an opt-out clause for the 2018-19 season.
“I’m planning on staying with the Warriors, and we’ll figure the rest out,” Durant said, before adding that only the “small details” remained to be figured out.
In April, sources told ESPN’s Chris Haynes that Durant would decline the player option and become an unrestricted free agent this summer so that he could re-sign with the Warriors on a restructured deal.
He took close to $10 million less than what he could have earned on a max salary last year.
Agreeing to such terms allowed the team to retain forward Andre Iguodala and backup point guard Shaun Livingston. Sources had told Haynes that there were no real incentives for Durant or for the team to take such a drastic reduction in pay this time around.
Durant is coming off a brilliant performance in Game 3 of the NBA Finals on Wednesday night. He scored 43 points, grabbed 13 rebounds and dished out seven assists, and he made four 3-pointers from 30-plus feet.
It was a performance that led Cavaliers star LeBron James to say, “Kevin Durant is one of the best players I’ve ever played against, that this league has ever seen.