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Kevin Durant to Decline Option, Become Free Agent, Re-Sign with Warriors

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Kristopher Love | 12 April, 2018, 06:17

Because of this, Durant signed a two-year contract worth $53 million, with a player option for the third year.

The reigning Finals MVP Kevin Durant has chose to decline his player option for the 2018-19 season and become an unrestricted free agent this summer.

The Warriors forward intends to decline his player option for the 2018-19 season and become an unrestricted free agent, ESPN reported, citing unidentified league sources. Because he turned down more money, the Warriors were able to retain core veterans Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston.

No matter what happens, Durant and teammate Steph Curry should be the faces of the franchise for quite some time with Curry signing a 5-year, $201 million deal last summer - the first $200 million contract in National Basketball Association history.

Durant, 29, last month confirmed to reporters he's 100 percent certain to return to the Warriors next season. "That's a bridge too far for me, but anyway..." That said, Durant has no intentions of leaving the Bay Area.

The University of Texas product has meshed well with Stephen Curry, and in the coming years the duo figures to help Golden State maintain its place on the short list of National Basketball Association title contenders.

They will enter this year's playoffs as the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference behind the Houston Rockets, and Durant's averaged 26.4 points, 6.8 rebounds and 5.4 assists per night. Each year of his deal could escalate. There are several options for Durant and the Warriors, including another two-year deal or a four-year max contract valued at around $158 million. Durant is playing perhaps the best defense of his career.

The contract included a player opt-out provision after the 2017-18 season, and it appears Durant will exercise his option.

Alternatively, the 2014 MVP could pen a three-year deal which allows him to opt out after the second season.