Kevin Durant To Opt Out, Redo Deal With Warriors

Tonya Becker
April 12, 2018

Other possibilities include signing two- or three-year deals that would contain player options the year before they're set to expire.

The All-Star has chose to opt-out of his current contract of $26 million to restructure a new deal with the Warriors, league sources told ESPN. Because he turned down more money, the Warriors were able to retain core veterans Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston. Durant now is playing under the team-friendly two-year, $51 million contract he signed last offseason but he'll reportedly decline the 2018-19 player option his deal contains and pursue an agreement that better reflects his status as one of the sport's premier players.

Durant told The Athletic last month that, "it made sense to do the one-year deal. But I'm enjoying every moment of it, so I'm not trying to look too far down the line".

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

The final option would make Durant eligible for a no-trade clause, according to ESPN. Durant will do so in order to rework his contract, that is now slated to pay him $26.2 million in 2018-19, a figure well below his market value. "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".

Durant, 29, finished the regular season with 26.4 points, 6.8 rebounds and 5.4 assists per night as the Warriors ended the season as the second seed in the Western Conference. Durant is playing perhaps the best defense of his career.

A four-year max contract for $158 million ($39.5 million average annual value, with each year's salary rising).

In the former scenario, Durant can opt out after the first year and sign a five-year max deal that would see his salary peak at $49.9 million in his fifth year.

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