Report: Kevin Durant to sign 2-year deal with Warriors
ABS-CBN Sports on Jul 01, 2018 02:41 PM
FILE - OAKLAND, CA - May 1: Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors talks with the media after Game Two of Round Two of the 2018 NBA Playoffs against the New Orleans Pelicans on May 1, 2018 at ORACLE Arena in Oakland, California. (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
By Tim Reynolds, Associated Press
Kevin Durant has decided to sign a two-year deal with the Golden State Warriors, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Saturday (Sunday, PHL time) because the deal cannot become official until the league's offseason moratorium ends on Friday (Saturday, PHL time). The deal comes with a player option for 2019-20, so Durant can -- and likely will -- become a free agent again next summer.
It's a win on multiple levels for the two-time defending NBA champion Warriors. Not only do they get to keep the 2017 and 2018 NBA Finals MVP, but they also get some financial flexibility in the deal.
Durant will be paid about $30.5 million this coming season, about $5 million less than he could have commanded if the deal was structured differently. That savings will give Golden State options for other moves this summer, as the Warriors look to bolster their bench for a run at what could be a fourth title in a five-year span.
The New York Times first reported Durant's intention to sign the deal.
Durant is expected to be one of the first deals struck when the NBA's free-agent marketplace opens Sunday at 12:01 a.m. ET. Warriors GM Bob Myers has said repeatedly since Golden State's second consecutive title that Durant will get "whatever he wants" contract-wise https://t.co/kf0iiQjTne— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) July 1, 2018