Kevin Durant to Decline Option, Become Free Agent, Re-Sign with Warriors

Stephen Curry Golden State Warriors vs Minnesota Timberwolves NBA 25012018

Stephen Curry Golden State Warriors vs Minnesota Timberwolves NBA 25012018

Last summer, the nine-time All Star signed a $51 million two-year deal which included the opt-out clause he will trigger in the offseason. And if reports are to be believed, KD will be making full use of that player option.

Kevin Durant is reportedly going to become an unrestricted free agent this offseason, albeit for a short time.

According to ESPN's Chris Haynes, the reigning NBA Finals MVP plans to opt out of his contract so he can work out a new deal with Golden State that will pay him a salary more in tune with his actual worth.

Over the summer, he agreed to a discounted two-year deal with the team, allowing the Warriors to offer more to forward Andre Iguodala and point guard Shaun Livingston.

Unfortunately for the rest of the league, there is nearly no chance Durant opts out in search of a change of scenery.

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

Durant is earning much less than what a player of his caliber should be getting. Heck, he took a $1.5 million pay cut from the season before, which is something you don't see too often from a star player in his prime.

"Financially, obviously, what I wanted to do a year ago, it made sense", Durant told the Athletic in March. Durant could then opt out after the 2018-19 season and sign a five-year, $219 million contract.

A four-year max contract for $158 million ($39.5 million average annual value, with each year's salary rising).

Should he sign a three-year deal, Durant would be eligible for a no-trade clause by virtue of having been in the National Basketball Association for eight seasons and having played for the Warriors for four seasons.

To do so, the 2017 National Basketball Association champions will have to pay Durant considerably more than over the last two years but they have a number of options at their disposal.

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