Last offseason, Durant took nearly $10 million less than what he could have earned on a max salary which allowed Golden State to resign role players like Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston.
In this edition of the Warriors Report, we go through the top Golden State Warriors news and rumors including the report that Kevin Durant is expected to opt out of his contract at the end of the season.
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.
Durant accepted about $10 million less than what he would've got on a max deal when he signed a two-year, $51.3 million contract with the opt-out clause, which let the Warriors keep Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston, per Haynes.
Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors during the first half of the National Basketball Association game against the Phoenix Suns at Talking Stick Resort Arena on April 8, 2018 in Phoenix.
In early March, Durant told The Athletic: "It made sense to do the one-year deal. I'm sure here soon I'll want to sign a lo deal just to feel stable".More news: Syria Invites Chemical Arms Watchdog to Probe Alleged Attack
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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. Durant is playing perhaps the best defense of his career.
A two-year deal with a $30-million salary for 2018-19 and a player option worth $31.5 million for 2019-20.
In the former scenario, Durant can opt out after the first year and sign a five-year max deal that would see his salary peak at $49.9 million in his fifth year.
Durant, 29, finished the regular season with 26.4 points, 6.8 rebounds and 5.4 assists per night as the Warriors ended the season as the second seed in the Western Conference.
He's having a great season this year, but he hasn't been at peak form.