April 11, 2018, 9:16 amKevin DurantSF, Golden State Warriors
Warriors’ All-Star Kevin Durant plans to decline his player option for the 2018-19 season and become an unrestricted free agent this summer.
It’s more of a formality thought as KD is expected to return with the Warriors and he will be turning down a salary of $26.2 million in order to restructure a new deal with the team. Last offseason, he took close to $10 million less than what he could have earned on a max salary allowing the team to retain forward Andre Iguodala and backup point guard Shaun Livingston. It has yet to be decided what contractual route Durant will take, but there are no real incentives for himself or for the team to take such a drastic reduction in pay this time around. Durant is wrapping up a very successful season under which he averaged 26.4 points, 6.8 rebounds, 5.4 assists and a career-high 1.8 blocks per game making him the No. 5 overall play in 9-cat leagues.