Kevin Durant’s new deal with the Golden State Warriors will be for just one year and a player option for 2019-20, according to multiple media reports Saturday night.
The two-time NBA Finals Most Valuable Player will get maximum money but isn’t committing to the team long term.Durant was due to become a free agent at 12:01 a.m. ET on Sunday, as he declined a $26.2 million player option. However, he said all along that he had no intention of signing elsewhere.
He will make $30 million in 2018-19 and have a $31.5 million option for the following season, per multiple reports.Durant’s salary for the upcoming season is $5.3 million less than he would have received had he agreed to a four-year contract.
In his previous deal, a two-year contract during which he helped the Warriors win back-to-back NBA titles, he accepted $10 million less than the max salary. That largesse allowed Golden State to retain key role players Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston, who were free agents.