Golden State’s star is opting out but will be signing a team-friendly deal.
Kevin Durant has decided on his future with the Golden State Warriors, according to a report by ESPN.
ESPN reports that Durant has decided opt out of his contract for 2017-18, but will be re-signing with the franchise, unsurprisingly.
What helps is that Durant has reportedly decided to take less than the max deal that’s available for him, so the Warriors have more room to re-sign Andre Iguodala, who’s drawing serious interest from other teams.
By Durant taking about $4 million less than his max next year and waiting to get his long-term extension for at least another season, the Warriors would be able to use their Bird rights on an Iguodala deal that is far more comparable to what he’d see on the open market.
All signs, according to sources, point to Durant signing another one-plus-one pact, which carries a player-option at the end.
With Durant opting to sacrifice, according to league sources, the Warriors would not need to create room under the cap to re-sign him and thus would not need to renounce their rights to any of their other free agents.
Durant, Iguodala, Steph Curry and Shaun Livingston are all set to be free agents this summer.