Golden State Warriors star forward Kevin Durant will decline his player option for the 18-19 season and become a free-agent this summer, according to a report by ESPN.
Durant intends to return to the Warriors on a new deal and will not take meetings with other teams.
The nine-time All-Star will be turning down a salary of $26.2 million so he can get a more lucrative contract after taking a paycut for this year.
Durant signed a two-year, $51 million deal last offseason, taking close to $10 million less than what he could have earned on a max salary so that the Warriors could retain forward Andre Iguodala and backup point guard Shaun Livingston, per ESPN’s report.
In his second season with the Warriors, Durant averaged 26.4 points, 6.8 rebounds and 5.4 assists while shooting 51.6 percent from the field and 41.9 percent from three.