Warriors were unsure Durant would re-sign until Finals interview

Kevin Durant re-signed with the Golden State Warriors on a two-year deal after winning his second straight Finals and Finals MVP, but apparently, some members of the organization were unsure Durant would come back.

After the Warriors took a 3-0 series lead over the Cleveland Cavaliers, Durant told Rachel Nichols of ESPN he was going to re-sign with Golden State in the early stages of free agency.

According to Nichols, the Warriors were unaware of Durant’s intentions to return until that interview with her aired on TV.

“I had literally three or four people from the Warriors organization call, text or physically come to me and say, ‘Thank you for getting him to say that on camera,’ ” Nichols said on the Zach Lowe podcast. “They weren’t sure.”

Durant’s new contract will pay him $30 million next year and $31.5 million for the option year in 2019.

If Durant declines the option year, he will enter unrestricted free agency again.