On Sunday afternoon, Kevin Durant announced that he will sign a max contract with the Brooklyn Nets.
It turns out that the two-time NBA Finals MVP won't be signing a max after all.
On Sunday night, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported:
Free agents Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving are taking less than the max to allow DeAndre Jordan to get the $10M annual salary with Brooklyn, league sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 1, 2019
DeAndre Jordan has agreed to four-year, $40M deal with the Nets, Excel Sports agent Jeff Schwartz tells ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 1, 2019
Soon thereafter, ESPN's Bobby Marks provided more details:
Brooklyn can add $5.7M (KD) and $4.9M (Kyrie) of unlikely but possible bonuses (reaching round 2 and 45 wins) in each contract. How Brooklyn times each contract would allow DeAndre Jordan to sign for a $10M per year contract. BKN would not have to make any trades to the roster. https://t.co/Z01aSmjjMh— Bobby Marks (@BobbyMarks42) July 1, 2019
It's unclear exactly what Durant's final contract will be, but his max was $164 million over four seasons.
This is the third straight summer KD has agreed to take less money.
After winning the title in 2017, Durant agreed to a contract that paid him $25 million in 2017-18 when he could have made just under $34.7 million.
He did that to help the Warriors re-sign Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston.
After going back-to-back in 2018, Durant agreed to a contract that paid him $30 million in 2018-19 when he could have made $35.3 million.
He did that to give himself the flexibility to possibly leave the Warriors in the summer of 2019.
And that ended up coming to fruition.