Kevin Durant is going to save the Warriors' ownership group a lot of money in 2017-18.
The 2017 NBA Finals MVP will reportedly sign a two-year deal that will be pay him between $25-26 million in Year 1, according to multiple reports.
The second year will reportedly be a player option, just like the contract he signed last summer
The maximum amount Durant could make next season -- $34.5 million.
He was expected to sign a deal using non-bird rights that would pay him $31.8 million.
This past season, he made $26,540,100.
Weeks ago, the report was that Durant was willing to take below the max in order for Golden State to keep Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston.
The Warriors' ownership group delivered on its end of the bargain, giving Iguodala a 3-year, $48 million deal and Livingston a 3-year, $24 million contract ($18 million guaranteed).
Typo on option, obviously. Durant will sign a one-plus-one, with a player option for 2018-19. $25 million 1st yr (Max would've been 34.5)— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) July 3, 2017
ESPN Sources: Kevin Durant will agree to re-sign with Golden State on a two-year, approximately $53 million deal, league sources tell ESPN.— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) July 3, 2017
Side story about Durant: If Andre Iguodala had left, I'm told Durant was going to give even more than this back to make room for Rudy Gay.— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) July 3, 2017
Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller