There was never a doubt that Kevin Durant would re-sign with the Golden State Warriors, but there were questions as to how long his deal might be.
The nine-time NBA All-Star intends to sign a one-and-one deal to remain with the back-to-back NBA champions, league sources told ESPN on Sunday.
The contract is for $30 million for next year and $31.5 million for the option year, according to ESPN’s Bobby Marks.
Sometimes you don’t negotiate, he said days after winning the title. I’d love to have him for 10 years. Kevin Durant, look what he did for us last year. He did us a great service. He’s earned the right to sign whatever deal he wants. I just want him to sign a deal. But want him to be happy and want him to know that we want him as long as he wants to be here. He’s earned that, to kind of lay out the terms. He can do whatever he wants.
That shouldn’t be a long negotiation. Our goal, to be honest, is to try to keep the whole thing together, so that’s the pieces of the puzzle we’ve got to try to figure out.
In his 11th season, his second with the Warriors, Durant averaged 26.4 points, 6.8 rebounds and 5.4 assists. He shot 51 percent from the field, 42 percent from 3-point range and 89 percent at the charity stripe in 68 games.
He was named to the All-NBA First Team for the sixth time in his career.
The New York Times was first to report Durant’s decision.
We are thrilled to have Kevin Durant with us this time around. Fresh off a recent amazing season, this is an opportune moment to welcome and celebrate his journey of hard work and perseverance, which brings him to where he is today, with all aspiring Filipino ballers, said Jino Ferrer, country marketing manager of Nike Philippines.
We hope he will also be able to feel and experience the enthusiasm of the Filipinos’ puso, where basketball lies at the heart of the nation.
The All-Star forward is also set to lead a training session where he will share some of his workouts, training drills and inspirational beliefs with selected ballers. Fans can also catch Durant at an event at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum at 4 p.m.
Coinciding with Durant’s Manila visit will be the release of a new colorway of his shoe called Peach Jam, which will be released exclusively at Titan Park Fort and Nike Park Fort.