The Golden State Warriors have two major questions staring the team in the face this offseason.
As NBA free agency nears, the Warriors must decide what to do with Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson – both of whom are free agents. Earlier this week, Durant opted out of the final year of his deal with Golden State, making him an unrestricted free agent.
Multiple reports from ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski suggest the Warriors plan to offer both players a max contract.
For Durant, that means $221 million and for Thompson, $190 million.
On Friday morning, ESPN’s Brian Windhorst and Ramona Shelburne revealed an update to Kevin Durant’s free agency.
Golden State still plans to offer him the max, but are open to a sign-and-trade.
Still hugely in demand despite his injury, Durant still will get numerous other offers. If he wants to go elsewhere now, the Warriors are preparing plans to pivot and potentially try to work with Durant on a sign-and-trade deal.
A sign-and-trade would create a $37.6 million trade exception Golden State could use to explore sign-and-trade deals with top free agents.
Durant is reportedly expected to conduct his free agent meetings in New York. He’s currently recovering in the Big Apple from surgery on his ruptured Achilles.