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Kevin Durant to opt out, redo deal with Warriors

13 April, 2018, 01:20 | Author: Rachael Silva
  • San Antonio Express-News

The Warriors swept the Spurs in last season's Western Conference Finals after All-Star forward Kawhi Leonard hurt his ankle in Game 1. Granted, the Warriors were not always putting forth their best players in the final games, but it's part of a disturbing trend for Kerr's team - the Warriors dropped to ninth in the National Basketball Association in defensive efficiency this season, and were 14th after the All-Star break.

Considering the fact that Durant is one of the top talents in the National Basketball Association, he's slated to make much more money on a new contract. The Finals MVP did it to help Golden State.

The full National Basketball Association playoffs schedule for the first round has yet to be released.


Kevin Durant will enter the free-agent market this offseason but likely won't be available for long. "I can pretty much unequivocally say, without it, we're not looking at the team we have right now". "Without him doing that it would have been a different roster, and clearly to me, a roster that wasn't as good as the one we have right now", he said. Since there are no real incentives for Durant or for his team to take such a drastic reduction in pay this time around, it is therefore justified that Durant opt-out to seek for a better contract this time around.

The discounted deal permitted the defending champion Warriors to re-sign swingman Andre Iguodala and backup guard Shaun Livingston. I'm sure here soon I'll want to sign a long-term deal just to feel stable. "That's a bridge too far for me, but anyway..."

Durant, 29, last month confirmed to reporters he's 100 percent certain to return to the Warriors next season. He quietly put together a season every bit as stellar as previous year, averaging 26.4 points, 6.8 rebounds and 5.4 assists, while making 51.6 percent from the field and 41.9 percent from the 3-point line (he shot 88.9 percent from the foul line, leaving him five free throws short of the coveted 50-40-90 threshold).

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