Despite winning his first NBA title with the Golden State Warriors this season, Kevin Durant will reportedly decline his player option for the 2017-18 season.
According to ESPN, the NBA superstar will technically become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, but he will re-sign with the Warriors.
The report says KD will be turning down a player-option salary of approximately $28 million, with the intention of taking less than the max he’s eligible for as a 10-year veteran. In doing this, he gives the Warriors a chance to re-sign key reserve player Andre Iguodala by using their Bird rights and offer a better deal that he’d see on the open market.
It also allows the Warriors not to have to create cap room to re-sign Iguodala, and allow them to keep their core of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Iguodala, Draymond Green and Durant intact.
While nothing is confirmed, Durant is expected to sign another one-plus-one deal, which would include a player-option at the end.
After joining the Warriors last offseason, Durant led the team to their second championship in the last three years, while winning his first in the process.