Kevin Durant Will Reportedly Opt Out, Restructure Contract With Warriors

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Haynes reports that Durant's plan includes agreeing to a new, restructured deal with Golden State, although it is still up in the air whether Durant will take a short-term deal that gives him the flexibility to control his future or if he'll take a longer deal that keeps him with the Warriors. The discount allowed the team to re-sign Shaun Livingston and Andre Iguodala, something general manager Bob Myers appreciated.

It shook out with the Spurs landing the No. 7 seed, setting up a rematch of last year's Western Conference Finals - Warriors-Spurs - in the first round.

"It made sense to do the one-year deal", Durant told The Atlantic last month.

Durant could then opt out after the 2018-19 season and sign a five-year, $219 million contract. I'm sure here soon I'll want to sign a long-term deal just to feel stable. "That's a bridge too far for me, but anyway..."

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The contract included a player opt-out provision after the 2017-18 season, and it appears Durant will exercise his option.

Durant, who won the 2014 NBA MVP with the Oklahoma City Thunder, signed with Golden State in July 2016. Durant could earn $35 million next season.

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. But what is often missing in that conversation is that he has become the best player (not most valuable) on the team.

Durant is eligible to sign a four-year max contract, which would pay him $158 million. He quietly put together a season every bit as stellar as past year, averaging 26.4 points, 6.8 rebounds and 5.4 assists, while making 51.6 percent from the field and 41.9 percent from the 3-point line (he shot 88.9 percent from the foul line, leaving him five free throws short of the coveted 50-40-90 threshold). He has added a defensive element to his game this year making him one of, if not the best two-way player in the National Basketball Association. We've been in that situation now three years in a row.

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