GM Bob Myers says “whatever he wants” in regards to Kevin Durant’s next contract
Kevin Durant is living the life. Now a two-time NBA champion and two-time NBA Finals MVP, the Golden State Warriors’ superstar is expected to sign a huge deal with the team in the summer. Durant signed a two-year deal with the Warriors last year, but the last leg of that contract gives the forward a player option, which he is expected not to pick up in order to get a new and much more lucrative pact with Golden State.
By all indications, Durant is not going anywhere and will be staying put in Golden State. But how much are the Warriors willing to pay Durant and how long will his next contract run? Based on what Warriors general manager Bob Myers said in front of reporters recently, it’s all up to Durant, per Anthony Slater of The Athletic.
Bob Myers said his contract offer to Kevin Durant can start at max money and max years, but KD controls the negotiation: "Whatever he wants" pic.twitter.com/phkR6z62UP
— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) June 11, 2018
When Durant first hit the shores of Oakland in 2016, he signed a two-year deal worth $54.3 million that came with a player option in 2017-18, which he declined in order to ink a more team-friendly $51.25 million over two years. That move allowed gave the Warriors gave enough financial breathing space to sign Stephen Curry to a supermax contract and woo Andre Iguodala back last summer.
This time, however, it seems that Durant is not going to sacrifice any more financially speaking, as he looks to get the contract that reflects his immense value to Golden State.
Last season, Durant averaged 26.4 points, 6.8 rebounds, 5.4 assists, and 1.8 blocks in 68 games in the regular season for the Warriors.