Kevin Durant's Contract Plans For Offseason Are Revealed
- Author: Tabitha Byrd Apr 13, 2018,
Apr 13, 2018, 1:20
Kevin Durant will enter the free-agent market this offseason but likely won't be available for long.
The Golden State Warriors are the defending National Basketball Association champions, and returned every major contributor from a team that went 16-1 in the postseason a year ago.
The three options he could take according to ESPN Front Office Insider Bobby Marks are a two-year deal with a 2019-2020 player option, a four-year max contract valued at around $158 million or a three-year deal with a player option after the second season.
Utah, the NBA's stingiest defensive team over the last few weeks, was the last team Golden State wanted to face early in the playoffs this year.
Paul George #13 of the Oklahoma City Thunder applies pressure as Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors looks for a shot during the first half of a National Basketball Association game at the Chesapeake Energy Arena on April 3, 2018 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.More news: LaLiga: Gareth Bale's agent speaks on player leaving Real Madrid
Durant, who won the 2014 NBA MVP with the Oklahoma City Thunder, signed with Golden State in July 2016. The Spurs (47-35) are the seventh seed in the Western Conference and will face the second-seeded Warriors (58-24) in Game 1 on Saturday, April 14 at 2 p.m. CT in Oakland, Calif. The discount allowed the team to re-sign Shaun Livingston and Andre Iguodala, something general manager Bob Myers appreciated.
If you're a fan of a team that isn't the Warriors and your hope is that this means your team can sell Durant and leaving the bay area, I have some bad news.
Durant, 29, last month confirmed to reporters he's 100 percent certain to return to the Warriors next season. I'm sure here soon I'll want to sign a long-term deal just to feel stable. "Well, the last two years, 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", Durant said.
Durant is earning much less than what a player of his caliber should be getting.