Kevin Durant to sign two-year deal with Golden State Warriors

Kristopher Nichols
July 1, 2018

The second year of the deal is a player option, league sources said, allowing Durant the option to return to the free-agent market in the summer of 2019. 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.

Two-time reigning NBA Finals MVP Kevin Durant is slated to become a free agent at midnight Sunday morning.

He has dealt with health issues for the past three seasons, but both Warriors owner Joe Lacob and Kerr both indicated earlier this offseason that they expected to get a deal done soon. The latter team has been quite active in free agency in recent years, including having extended a max offer to small forward Otto Porter, which Washington matched. He contributes nothing defensively, categorically (0.6 combined steals and blocks per game last year) or via the eye test, though advanced data is at least not in negative territory as to his defensive ability (0.3 Defensive Wins Shares last year). He did us a great service. It might make him more money if he signs a long-term deal next summer instead, but could he have ulterior motives besides money? But want him to be happy and want him to know that we want him as long as he wants to be here. He shot 51 percent from the field, 42 percent from 3-point range and 89 percent at the charity stripe in 68 games.

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Durant will be paid $30.5 million this coming season, about $5 million less than he could have commanded if the deal was structured differently.

He was named to the All-NBA First-Team, his sixth time.

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