Durant’s current 2-year, $51 million deal includes a player option, which he will reportedly opt out of in order to sign a new contract. While Durant could continue following LeBron James’ strategy of going year-by-year, the versatile forward also could look for long-term security in his next deal.
His prior contract played a major role in the Warriors’ ability to re-sign key veterans Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston, both of whom have played integral parts in winning two championships in Golden State.
"His gesture of taking less gave us the ability to be very aggressive in pursuing Shaun and Andre," Warriors general manager Bob Myers said in July. "I can pretty much unequivocally say, without it, we're not looking at the team we have right now. What Kevin did shows who he is, shows what he's about, and I think it's clear that that's winning.”
There are a number of routes that Durant could take, but his next deal should include some longevity. At 29 years old, Durant could entertain multiple contract scenarios. His last deal was seen as a bargain, as he left some $10 million on the table.
"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,” Durant recently told The Athletic.
Durant has enjoyed another banner year for the Warriors, tallying 26.4 PPG, 6.8 RPG, and 5.4 APG. He has also been a top contributor on the defensive end.
The All-Star forward will play a key role in the Warriors first-round matchup, as Stephen Curry is slated to miss the opening series as he recovers from a knee injury.
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