Kevin Durant on repeating free agency due to 1+1 contract: ‘I don’t want to go through that again’
The Warriors have Kevin Durant.
For one year.
Durant signed a two-year contract with a player option, likely sending him into 2017 free agency.Tim Kawakami of Talking Points:
Q: You signed a 1 + 1. Obviously things can change, but are you committed to this team no matter what?
-DURANT: Yeah, I plan on being here. I plan… I don’t want to go through that again. I plan on being here. I’m committed.
I believe Durant intends to re-sign with the Warriors. But a lot can happen in the next year. Though the contract was probably primarily about maximizing earnings, its structure opens the possibility of an early exit.
There’s no reason to fret about that now, but Durant’s deal still creates complications.
Durant will make $27,734,405 in 2017-18 if he opts in. His max salary on a new contract projects to be $33.5 million. The most Golden State can pay him without using cap space is $31,848,120.
The Warriors should have no problem giving Durant and Stephen Curry max deals next summer. But the exact cap line could determine whether there’s enough money left for Andre Iguodala.
Of course, this is based on a system that could change if either the owners or players opt out of the current Collective Bargaining Agreement. Durant’s deal just adds to the uncertainty facing the Warriors.
But as long as he stays committed to re-signing, they’ll figure out the rest.