Kevin Durant To Restructure Warriors Deal, Turn Down Player Option

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Kevin Durant To Restructure Warriors Deal, Turn Down Player Option

Kevin Durant will become a free agent this summer, but he's reportedly not going anywhere. It would be one thing if they just said that the Warriors were not the favorites without Curry, but to mention the Jazz and Thunder - two teams with no shot to win it all this year - does not happen without motives. Or, in this scenario, Durant could opt out and sign a five-year, $228 million contract with a starting salary of $39.4 million - the same contract Anthony Davis is eligible to sign with New Orleans in 2019.

Only four teams have ever made the NBA Finals in four straight seasons - the Warriors are looking to be the fifth team to do so and the first team since the 1960 Boston Celtics to claim three titles in that four-year stretch. Pictured: Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors during the first half of the National Basketball Association game against the Phoenix Suns at Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, Arizona, April 8, 2018.

Durant had re-signed with the Warriors at a discount last summer, signing a two-year deal worth $51 million to allow the team to re-sign players such as Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston.

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In the absence of Curry, the Warriors are clearly Durant's team, meaning if one does not fear the Warriors without Curry, that directly means they do not fear Durant as he would have more than enough help to add a second ring to his resumé.

Durant told The Athletic in March that the contract was something that worked with him at the time. "But I'm enjoying every moment of it, so I'm not trying to look too far down the line". 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. The financial terms of the deal raised eyebrows as a player of Durant's caliber could have commanded around $10 million more on a max salary.

Durant, 29, finished the regular season with 26.4 points, 6.8 rebounds and 5.4 assists per night as the Warriors ended the season as the second seed in the Western Conference. We've been in that situation now three years in a row.

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