The Golden State Warriors are bringing Kevin Durant back at a discount.
Fresh off an NBA title, Kevin Durant is returning to Golden State on a two-year deal, according to ESPN's Chris Haynes.
But it isn't the length of the deal--technically one year, with a player option for year two--that is unique. It is the cost.
As the Mercury News detailed, Durant could have earned upwards of $34.65 million with the new max contract he is eligible for. Even if he took less than that but still accepted the maximum raise, he'd earn more than $31 mil.
But instead, KD is signing a two-year, $53 million contract, per Haynes. This provides the Warriors with much-appreciated financial flexibility.
It's almost unfair. A player of that caliber re-upping with that team at a bargain price so they can further improve their roster and not hit the luxury tax.
The task of unseating Golden State just got a little harder for the rest of the NBA.