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Durant, who won the 2014 NBA MVP with the Oklahoma City Thunder, signed with Golden State in July 2016.

Kevin Durant will become a free agent this summer, but he's reportedly not going anywhere. Last offseason, Durant took nearly $10 million less than what he could have earned on a max salary which allowed Golden State to resign role players like Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston. The discount allowed the team to re-sign Shaun Livingston and Andre Iguodala, something general manager Bob Myers appreciated. Durant would make $26.3 million if he opted in, and Haynes noted that figure was low "for a player of his caliber". That statement represents the "what" about Durant's future plans, and Haynes' report begins to answer the "how?"

Whatever Durant decides to do, it nearly certainly will result in him playing in the Bay Area next season, unless.


The same ESPN story laid out three potential deals that Durant could potentially sign this summer ranging from another two-year deal to set him up nicely when the salary cap jumps by $8 million in the summer of 2020 to a four-year max deal worth $158 million during the length of the contract. Each year of his deal could escalate. Or perhaps he'll opt for something in between - a longer deal with player options earlier in the contract. He has morphed into Golden State's best rim protector and is adding 1.8 blocks per game. "Well, the last two years, it made sense to do the one-year deal".

Durant infamously joined the Warriors from Western Conference rivals Oklahoma City Thunder in the summer of 2016 as he helped Stephen Curry and company perform a clean sweep into the finals of the National Basketball Association playoffs previous year with a 12-0 postseason record. 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).

Kerr spent four seasons toward the end of his playing career under Popovich in San Antonio.

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