Kevin Durant will become a free agent this summer, but he’s reportedly not going anywhere.
The 29-year-old will decline his player option for the 2018-2019 season to become an unrestricted free agent, but he will look to restructure a new deal with the Warriors, ESPN reports.
Durant was set to make $26.2 million next year, but by opting out he’ll be able to sign a larger contract with Golden State. Last offseason, the NBA Finals MVP signed a discounted two-year, $51 million deal that came with an opt-out clause.
By making less money than a player of his level, Durant enabled the Warriors to keep players like Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston on their roster.
Durant told The Athletic in March that the contract was something that worked with him at the time.
“It made sense to do the one-year deal. I’m sure here soon I’ll want to sign a long-term deal just to feel stable. But I’m enjoying every moment of it, so I’m not trying to look too far down the line,” Durant said.
Considering the fact that Durant is one of the top talents in the NBA, he’s slated to make much more money on a new contract.
The nine-time All-Star will have to decide what kind of deal he wants to sign when free agency begins in July.
Durant can sign another two-year deal with an option for even more money, a four-year max contract of roughly $158 million, or a three-year deal with an option, according to ESPN.
The Warriors hope to win their second straight title and third in the last four years. Another NBA Finals victory would be the second of Durant’s career and second since he’s played for Golden State.