Rumor: Warriors reporter says Kevin Durant is out of Golden State after this year
Superstar small forward Kevin Durant re-signed with the Golden State Warriors in the offseason on a two-year, $61.5 million max contract, with the second year of the deal being a player option. Called a one-plus-one deal, Durant’s new contract leaves his financial and team options open. The nine-time All-Star will make $30 million this season and $31.5 million for the option year in 2019 if he picks it up. If he doesn’t pick it up, Durant will become an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2019.
The Athletic‘s Marcus Thompson, who covers the Warriors, was a guest on KNBR Tuesday morning, and he said the vibe he is getting is that this season is Durant’s last run in Golden State.
“Man, KD out,” Thompson told Murph and Mac. “I feel like he is gone. It does have that vibe, like, ‘This is it. This could be it right here.’ Here’s the hard part with KD: We don’t know what he wants. I don’t know that he knows what he wants. But I know the Warriors don’t know fully what he wants. Is it a championship, supremacy, is it to be the ace?
“It feels like he has gotten everything he could possibly get from the Warriors, and it’s still not 100 percent like he wants to be here. If it was like a relationship, like, ‘Look, man. I gave you all I got. You still looking — you might as well just go.’ That’s how it feels.”
Since joining the Warriors in 2016, Durant has won two championships and two Finals MVPs. He is averaging 25.7 points, 7.5 rebounds and 5.1 assists while shooting 52.5 percent from the field and 40.0 percent from beyond the arc in 130 regular-season games with Golden State.
Barring something unforeseen, Durant and the Warriors are likely going to win their third straight championship in 2018-19. Durant, who is arguably the second-best player in the world, has to look for a new challenge, right? Only time will tell.