"A nine-time All-Star and the reigning NBA Finals MVP, Durant will be turning down a salary of $26.2 million, a figure well below that for a player of his caliber, in order to restructure a new deal with the Warriors, sources said", Haynes reports.
In the previous off-season, Durant took a discounted two-year $51 million-dollar deal that included an opt-out clause at the end of the first year, which helped the Golden State Warriors re-sign some of their key role players in Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston. He went on to help the Warriors win the 2017 National Basketball Association title, and he was named Finals MVP.
"It made sense to do the one-year deal", Durant told The Athletic in March. "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".
We also go over Quinn Cook talking about his new two-year deal after bouncing back and forth between the National Basketball Association and G-League. Other possibilities include signing two- or three-year deals that would contain player options the year before they're set to expire.
Unfortunately for the rest of the league, there is nearly no chance Durant opts out in search of a change of scenery.
However negotiations pan out, expect the roots Durant has planted in the Bay Area to continue spreading and the Warriors to remain among the NBA's elite teams.
Golden State will enter the first round with newly-signed Quinn Cook as the starting point guard, and while he possesses a lot of the Curry attributes in the perimeter - it simply isn't the same to stick a good shooter at point guard and sticking the most lethal marksman of today's 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.