Kevin Durant to Opt-Out and Re-Sign With Golden State

Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant

GETTYGolden State Warriors superstars Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry

Another NBA Finals victory would be the second of Durant's career and second since he's played for Golden State.

Kevin Durant will enter the free-agent market this offseason but likely won't be available for long. The discount allowed the team to re-sign Shaun Livingston and Andre Iguodala, something general manager Bob Myers appreciated.

The Golden State Warriors are the defending National Basketball Association champions, and returned every major contributor from a team that went 16-1 in the postseason a year ago.

"Financially, obviously, what I wanted to do a year ago, it made sense", Durant told the Athletic in March.

The Golden State forward intends to decline his player option for next season, then re-sign with the Warriors this summer, ESPN's Chris Haynes reported Tuesday night. Other possibilities include signing two- or three-year deals that would contain player options the year before they're set to expire.

Stephen Curry
GETTYInjured Curry joined in with the team's pre-game shootaround in Utah last night

"I just feel like there was so much movement in our lineups", said the former MVP, according to Anthony Slater of The Athetic.

When the Warriors signed Kevin Durant in 2016, there was a prevailing belief that they were injury-proof - meaning they had enough talent that even if one of their best players got hurt, they could still succeed.

Under these terms, Durant would again be able to opt out of the deal after two seasons to seek a five-year deal worth in the region of $228 million, with the first year alone worth $39.4 million.

Option B: He can sign a four-year max contract valued at around $158 million. At the time, I said it was the right decision, but given the draw the Warriors landed on Wednesday, it looks like a downright stroke of genius. Each year of his deal could escalate. He quietly put together a season every bit as stellar as past 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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