The Golden State Warriors have agreed to re-sign unrestricted free agent small forward Kevin Durant to a contract worth $53 million over two years. The contract cannot officially be signed until the end of the NBA’s moratorium period on July 6th.
Chris Haynes of ESPN broke the news Monday evening:
ESPN Sources: Kevin Durant will agree to re-sign with Golden State on a two-year, approximately $53 million deal, league sources tell ESPN.
Kevin Durant Agrees to Two-Year Contract With Golden State Warriors
Durant’s contract will take him through the end of the 2018-19 season. He has a player option for the 2018-19 season, meaning that Durant could opt out and become a free agent again next summer, in 2018.
Last season, Durant came to play in the Bay Area after spending the first nine years of his career with the Oklahoma City Thunder (aside from his first season, when the franchise was still the Seattle Supersonics). Durant averaged 25.1 points, 8.3 rebounds, and 4.8 assists per game in his first campaign the Warriors. During his time with the Thunder, Durant racked up a ton of points, winning four scoring titles. However, in the 2016-17 season, he saw a drop in that category, mostly due to the presence of star guards Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. Alongside the backcourt stars, Durant produced at a high level last season and helped lift the Warriors to their second championship in three years. Durant also won the 2017 NBA Finals MVP.
Going forward, Durant will continue to be a key ingredient to the potential success of the Warriors, as he remains one of the best all-around players in the association.
Durant is going into his 11th season in the league, during which he’ll be 29 years old. The Seattle Supersonics (now Oklahoma City Thunder) selected Durant with the second overall pick in the 2007 NBA Draft.