It was reported back in April that Golden State Warriors Kevin Durant will reject the player option on his two-year, $51 million deal with the team and become an unrestricted free-agent. If Durant ends up doing exactly this, it will be only to sign a new deal with the Warriors.
Kevin Durant spoke with ESPN‘s Rachel Nichols on Thursday and confirmed that he will resign with the Warriors in the summer.
“I’m planning on staying with the Warriors, and we’ll figure the rest out,” said Durant.
The 29-year-old also added that there the deal is in place and that there are only the “small details” to be figured out.
Kevin Durant took $10 million less than his worth on the market when signing a two-year deal in 2017, giving the Warriors cap space to keep their key role players Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston. According to ESPN’s Chris Haynes, that won’t be the case this time.
Golden State Warriors and Durant can take different approaches to the new contract including a four-year, $158 million max deal. Other options include a two-year, or three-year deal with player options.
Kevin Durant proved his worth in the Game 3 of 2018 NBA Finals on Thursday night when he scored 43 points alongside 13 rebounds and 7 assists and propelled the Warriors to victory. He will have the chance to win his second consecutive NBA title and if he stays with this team, it is hard to believe that there won’t be more of them.