Published: Thu, April 12, 2018
Entertaiment | By Kelly Sanders

Kevin Durant to opt out, redo deal with Warriors

Kevin Durant to opt out, redo deal with Warriors

Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors during the first half of the National Basketball Association game against the Phoenix Suns at Talking Stick Resort Arena on April 8, 2018 in Phoenix. The Finals MVP did it to help Golden State.

The Golden State Warriors superstar plans to opt out of his contract this summer before restructure his deal in order to remain with the team, ESPN's Chris Haynes reported Wednesday, citing National Basketball Association sources. His income would go from $35.3 million to $38.2 million, and the option year would be $41 million with a player option in the 5th year. 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.

According to Haynes, the Golden State forward will be be turning down a $26.2 million salary to restructure a new deal with the team. It is unlikely that the team would've been able to sign both had Durant not taken the pay cut, worth around $10 million less than a max deal.

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Durant could very well be looking at a four-year, $158 million contract-or something shorter if he wants to afford himself more flexibility. Alternatively, he could sign a hybrid of the two, in a three-year deal with a player option after the second season.

As detailed by ESPN cap expert Bobby Marks, there are three options Durant could pursue when restructuring his deal. Or perhaps he'll opt for something in between - a longer deal with player options earlier in the contract. Perhaps most impressively, he's protecting the rim for Golden State and averaging 1.8 blocks per game. Durant is playing perhaps the best defense of his career.

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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