When Kevin Durant motionless to opt out of his agreement before a start of a NBA giveaway group period, he did so not since he wanted another “Summer of KD,” though rather to renegotiate a longer tenure understanding during a bit cheaper rate in sequence to assistance a Warriors keep other pivotal players.
In a initial few days of giveaway agency, a Warriors have finished only that, similar to deals with Stephen Curry, Shaun Livingston, David West, and many recently, Andre Iguodala. It seemed that there was a flattering good possibility that Iguodala competence leave a Bay Area, though in a finish a in sequence to keep him around.
As it turns out, they were means to do so since Durant is reportedly formulation to take even some-more of a compensate cut than everybody expected. Marcus Tompson initial reported that KD was thought to be holding even reduction than a 20 percent lift that was expected.
Chris Haynes of ESPN afterwards got a accurate number, stating that Durant has concluded to a two-year, $53 million deal, with a second year being a actor option.
As Sam Amick of USA Today points out, a max for Durant this year was over $34M, so a 2017 NBA Finals MVP is creation a vital sacrifice, holding scarcely $10 million reduction than he could have gotten.
Interestingly, Amick also records that if Iguodala left, Durant was prepared to take an even some-more poignant compensate cut in sequence for a Warriors to move in Rudy Gay.
While $25 million is still outrageous deal, this is still an impossibly unselfish act. Even if it will assistance them win another title, sacrificing 10 million bucks is not an easy thing to do.
I theory KD is nice after all.
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