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Durant to sign new deal with Warriors
    2017-July-5  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

KEVIN DURANT and the Warriors have agreed upon a two-year deal worth approximately US$53 million, sources at ESPN said Monday.

While Durant is a top player in the league, and the 2017 NBA Finals MVP, he took a pay cut to stay with Golden State and will be making US$9.5 million below the league maximum. Durant is set to make around US$25 million this season, while the league maximum would have been US$34.5 million

The pay-cut is admirable, and it showcases Durant’s desire to win, as he sacrificed a large amount of money to remain with the Warriors.

The deal also includes a player option after the first year, giving Durant the ability to opt out after the 2017-18 season.

Durant averaged 25.1 points, 8.3 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 1.6 blocks in his first season for the Warriors while leading them to the their second NBA Finals victory in three years. And now, he’s helping them again contractually.

It is expected for months that if all went well with Golden State’s title bid, Durant would be coming back for the 2017-18 season at a relative discount.

That was the cost of keeping a great team together; because Durant had only been on the Warriors for a single season (and thus didn’t have his Bird rights), any push for a long-term, big-money deal would have required that the Warriors actually clear enough room under the cap to make that contract fit.

Andre Iguodala would be gone. Shaun Livingston would be gone. Had Durant demanded the max, Stephen Curry wouldn’t be able to sign his own five-year, US$201 million deal. One of Draymond Green or Klay Thompson would be gone. The only way for the Warriors to remain the Warriors was for Durant to take less than he could.

Specifically, Durant had to accept a deal starting within 120 percent of his previous season’s salary (US$26.5 million) to qualify for a non-Bird cap exception.

Not only did Durant do that (sacrificing millions in the process), but he forewent another US$7 million or so in agreeing to the deal.

Durant will make US$26 million this season — half a million less than he made last year and US$1.7 million less than the player option he declined. And according to Sam Amick of USA Today, Durant was prepared to leave even more money on the table in the event that Iguodala signed elsewhere and the Warriors had to replace him.

It may have been Durant’s concessions that allowed the Warriors to bump up their offer to Iguodala. It could have been the millions he left on the table and the tens of millions more it saved that prevented the Warriors from even having to consider choosing between Iguodala and Livingston.

It saves the billionaire owners of the Warriors millions more, though those savings do apply a certain political pressure. Durant taking so much less than he could is unselfish. It also amplifies the pressure on ownership to pay the hefty tax bills necessary to keep the Warriors together. The millions that Durant gave up are a sort of equity.

This decision also speaks to how quickly Durant has integrated himself into Golden State’s cultural fabric. Stephen Curry, who turned out to be grossly underpaid on his last contract, needed to be made whole. Iguodala and Livingston — utterly essential Warriors — deserved to get theirs.

(SD-Agencies)

 

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