Why Kevin Durant left millions on the table to stay with Warriors

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Kevin Durant will signal a two-year deal to return to the Golden State Warriors.

Kevin Durant value somewhere between $51 and $53 million with a player option at the second season. The person talk on the condition of anonymity because the agreement had not been secure.

The irony? Because Durant want to leave money on the 16, the rich get richer. Durant was eligible for a maximum salary agreement that would have begun at $34.5 million this summer, but it would have required the reigning NBA champions to renounce the rights to Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston (who’ve both consented to re-sign).

In spite of those movements, he was still eligible for a deal that could have started at $31.5 million but will take a starting annual salary between $25-26 thousand as a way of lessening the luxury tax blow for owner Joe Lacob and his team.

Durant is planning to opt out of the contract following summer, and will probably signal another one-plus-one deal. Before finally landing a long term maximum salary agreement with complete Bird rights from the summertime of 2019.

After coming to terms with point guard Steph Curry on a five-year $201 million maximum salary agreement on Saturday. The Warriors continue to anticipate to re-sign center Zaza Pachulia and aspire to land free agent Nick Young. The veteran guard a.k.a “Swaggy P” is seen by Durant and Warriors forward Draymond Green lately.

Durant averaged 25.1 points, 8.3 rebounds, 4.8 assists, 1.6 blocks and 1.1 steals in his first year playing alongside Stephen Curry, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson. He was limited to 62 games due to a knee injury but returned for the team’s postseason run.