Kevin Durant will sign 2-year contract with Golden State Warriors

01 July, 2018, 16:14 | Author: Isabel Grant
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Last year, a vouching from stars Draymond Green and Kevin Durant, and coach Steve Kerr, led to the Warriors taking a flyer on Nick Young. That he opted for a contract structure with a smaller immediate salary (Durant could have been paid $35.7 million in 2018-19 had he signed a four-year deal, per cap guru Albert Nahmad) better positions Golden State to overhaul its bench this summer. Doing so will cost Durant almost $6 million for the 2018-19 season after already leaving money on the table in his contract with the Warriors from last summer.

Durant will make $30 million in Year 1 and $31.5 million in Year 2.

Durant's decision is a win on multiple levels for the two-time defending National Basketball Association champion Warriors.

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But if James is going to be the next superstar to follow in the legacy that Wilt Chamberlain, Jerry West, Shaquille O'Neal, Kobe Bryant and Magic Johnson built for the Lakers, it's already fairly evident that not everyone in the National Basketball Association will be thrilled.

Golden State's biggest challenge in the Western Conference, the Houston Rockets, also reached an agreement to hold on to a key piece as the NBA's free agency negotiations officially began.

And two other big names in free agency - Oklahoma City's Paul George and Houston's Chris Paul - have chose to stay put. His agent Rich Paul was expected to meet by phone with Cavaliers general manager Koby Altman early Sunday, and there has been no indication when James will announce his plans for next season and beyond. The Houston native has agreed to a one-year deal at the $2.4 million minimum, a person familiar with the terms tells The Associated Press.

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