For any teams that thought they might have the chance to bid at the All-Star it is a false alarm. 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.
At the team's exit interviews last week, Durant told reporters that they wanted to stay together and try to win another title.
If you happened to have been paying attention to any of the five NBA Finals games over the last few weeks, then you probably noticed some familiar names and faces come across your television screen - Steve Kerr, Andre Iguodala, Richard Jefferson - just to name a few. Iguodala is set to become a free agent this summer. He has made it clear repeatedly that he plans to remain with the Warriors for a while. Durant did not want to play for just any team.
The team's three point shooting savant Stephen Curry went to Hollywood Thursday night, but may join his teammates for the weekend. The Warriors don't have any draft picks, so they will be focused on re-signing their current players and potentially brining in some new faces through free agency. The goal is simple - "you play to win the game".
Exactly one year after the Cavaliers won the National Basketball Association (NBA) crown, Cleveland owner Dan Gilbert announced that general manager David Griffin will leave the club when his contract expires at the end of this month. Is Durant now the game's best player? "The Warriors don't look like they're going anywhere for a while". In fact, the 31-year-old has made only US$40 million (AU$52 million) through his career as compared to Iguodala who has reeked in excess of US$100 million (AU$131 million) during his time in the league.
The Finals MVP is obviously very appreciative for his new situation in California, and expressed that when he said he would re-sign with the team on a more cap-friendly deal when he opted out of his current deal with the team. This time around, it was different.
At the start of the season - or better yet, that fateful July 4, 2016 day that Durant signed with the Dubs - most figured it was inevitable that Golden State would win the National Basketball Association title this June.
I guarantee Kurt Rambis would rather have some soft opposing forward like LeBron committing a hard foul in a breakaway scoring attempt than the clothesline from Kevin McHale that buried his head into the hardwood floor in a 1984 finals series, also known as Showdown '84.