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While most of the NBA is focused on movement by players from one team to another (hello, LeBron James), the two-time defending champions have their sights set on continuing to do what they do.
Chris Haynes of ESPN reports the Golden State Warriors and two-time NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Kevin Durant are closing in on a contract extension.
Kevin Durant intends to sign a two-year max deal with a player option to stay with Golden State, league sources tell ESPN.
— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) July 1, 2018
Durant, 29, a nine-time All-Star, averaged 26.4 points, 6.8 rebounds and 5.4 assists last season for the Warriors.
Marc Stein of The New York Times had some details on Durant’s pending deal.
The new deal would pay Durant $30.5 million next season and allow the two-time reigning Finals MVP to return to free agency in July 2019 — three months before Golden State moves into the new Chase Center in San Francisco https://t.co/Q3qklVsrkz
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) July 1, 2018
Bobby Marks of ESPN weighed in with even more information.
The Kevin Durant contract is for $30M and $31.5M with a player option in year 2. The $5M Durant savings this year now offsets the $5.3M tax midlevel if Golden State elects to use it. Durant would save the Warriors $20M in projected luxury tax costs.
— Bobby Marks (@BobbyMarks42) July 1, 2018