Last summer, the nine-time All Star signed a $51 million two-year deal which included the opt-out clause he will trigger in the offseason.
No matter what happens during the Warriors quest for a fourth-consecutive trip to the NBA Finals, Kevin Durant will opt out of his contract and become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season, according to ESPN.
The Golden State Warriors superstar plans to opt out of his contract this summer before restructure his deal in order to remain with the team, ESPN's Chris Haynes reported Wednesday, citing National Basketball Association sources.
Kevin Durant knew for a fact he wouldn't be making max contract money when signing on with Golden State back in 2016, as there was no possible way under the current salary cap rules that the Warriors would be able to resign both Steph Curry and Durant to max deals while also having Klay Thompson and Draymond Green on the roster and trying to build a semi-decent championship bench. The discount allowed the team to re-sign Shaun Livingston and Andre Iguodala, something general manager Bob Myers appreciated.
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 on April 8, 2018 in Phoenix.
Durant, 29, last month confirmed to reporters he's 100 percent certain to return to the Warriors next season. "I'm sure here soon I'll want to sign a lo deal just to feel stable".
The MVP of the 2017 NBA Finals, Durant is averaging 26.6 points, 6.9 rebounds, 5.4 assists and a career-high 1.8 blocks per game this season. Each year of his deal could escalate.
He can sign a four-year max contract valued at around $158 million.
The Warriors and Spurs met four times in the regular season, with the Warriors winning the first three games: 112-92 on November 2 at San Antonio, 122-105 on February 10 in Oakland and 11-107 on March 8 in Oakland.