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Kevin Durant re-signed with the Golden State Warriors on a two-year, $61.5 million max contract, with the second year of the deal being a player-option.
Called a one-plus-one deal, Durant says his new contract leaves his financial and team options open. The nine-time All-Star will make $30 million next year and $31.5 million for the option year in 2019 if he picks it up. If he doesn’t pick it up, Durant will become an unrestricted free agent.
Since joining the Warriors in 2016, Durant has won two championships and two Finals MVP’s. He is averaging 25.7 points, 7.5 rebounds and 5.1 assists while shooting 52.5 percent from the field and 40.0 percent from three in 130 games with Golden State.
Barring something unforeseen, Durant and the Warriors are likely going to win their third straight championship in 2018-19. So the question has to be asked: Will Durant leave the Warriors and consider joining another team in the summer of 2019?
Yahoo Sports insider Chris Mannix not only thinks Durant won’t finish his career in Golden State, but is predicting the scoring machine will take a look at his old stomping ground, the Oklahoma City Thunder.
"I don't think he finishes in Golden State… I really believe come the end of the year, he's going to take a long look at Oklahoma City."@ChrisMannixYS on Kevin Durant's future pic.twitter.com/gR1AwyZZSe
— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) July 27, 2018
Durant and Thunder superstar Russell Westbrook are back to being friends and, as Mannix notes, Durant is one of the more sensitive players in the NBA and clearly cares about what people think of him. Durant could regain his popularity outside of Golden State if he went back to the Thunder.
If LeBron James can go back to Cleveland after Cavs fans burned his jersey and owner Dan Gilbert wrote a distasteful letter bashing him, Durant can surely go back to OKC.