Published: Thu, April 12, 2018
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Kevin Durant will opt out of contract and restructure deal with Warriors

Kevin Durant will opt out of contract and restructure deal with Warriors

The discounted deal permitted the defending champion Warriors to re-sign swingman Andre Iguodala and backup guard Shaun Livingston.

Golden State Warriors' All-Star forward Kevin Durant has reportedly chose to decline his player option for the 2018-19 season, thus making him an unrestricted free agent this summer, according to ESPN's Chris Haynes.

The All-Star has chose to opt-out of his current contract of $26 million to restructure a new deal with the Warriors, league sources told ESPN.

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.

A nine-time All-Star, Durant is a four-time league scoring champ and won the regular-season MVP award in 2013-14.

In early March, Durant told The Athletic: "It made sense to do the one-year deal". That said, Durant has no intentions of leaving the Bay Area.

A two-year deal with a $30-million salary for 2018-19 and a player option worth $31.5 million for 2019-20.

He can sign a four-year max contract valued at around $158 million.

Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) dribbles the ball against the Utah Jazz at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Durant would make $26.3 million if he opted in, and Haynes noted that figure was low "for a player of his caliber".

Golden State will enter the first round with newly-signed Quinn Cook as the starting point guard, and while he possesses a lot of the Curry attributes in the perimeter - it simply isn't the same to stick a good shooter at point guard and sticking the most lethal marksman of today's game.

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