Kevin Durant has already done everything that Golden State Warriors could have asked from him. After he was a consistent leading scorer for them, he did not stop there. He carried the Warriors through their postseason.
In the Warriors Game 5 of the finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Durant was the difference in the game, he netted 39 points. With thanks to Durant, they defeated the Cavaliers,
Durant is going to do even more than provide the Warriors with a title. He is going to make a financial difference for them. Just over a year ago, he inked a $200 plus million deal with the Warriors.
His contract will be restructured. In his new deal with the Warriors, Durant will be taking less money. He will voluntarily become a free agent on July 1st, but he will not sit on the market long. For any teams that thought they might have the chance to bid at the All-Star it is a false alarm.
Kevin Durant will be re-signing with Golden State soon. He was first due $27,734,405 in his 17-18 campaign, but now he will be taking $4 million less than the maximum available to him, according to NewsWeek.
In addition to giving the Warriors a championship, they have more to be thankful for. Durant will be saving them money in salary cap. That $4 million can potentially be used to re-sign Andre Iguodala. Iguodala is set to become a free agent this summer.
When the 28-year-old former Oklahoma City Thunder star, Durant, became a free agent last off-season and went on tour, he made his priorities very clear. Durant did not want to play for just any team. He wanted to join a team that he could win with.
After the Warriors were coming off a record-setting 73 win season at the time of Durant’s free agency, they appeared to fit his standards. This season he accomplished just what he set out to do by winning a championship. Now there is only one thing left for Durant to do, win a second title as a Golden State Warriors.
It appears that Durant will be remaining playing for Golden State for a while. He will not be going anywhere anytime soon. Considering the Warriors have made the finals in their past three consecutive seasons, and won a title on two of those occasions, there might be more finals trips to come.
Durant could also get more looks at LeBron James going forward. The Warriors have played the Cavaliers in their past three Finals appearances. In their 15-16 campaign, Cleveland forced a Game 7 out of Golden State, and won the championship. This time around, it was different. Golden State made sure there would be no Game 6, as they brought their season to an end in Game 5, becoming the new NBA Champions.
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Commentary by Cody Macleod