Kevin Durant tried to help his team beat the Raptors for the NBA Championship, but in the process caused more damage to his career in the short-term. Now the Warriors, have reportedly created a long term plan that includes a max contract once Durant officially becomes a free agent, but even if he signs it won’t guarantee he’ll be a Warrior.
A ruptured achilles has put teams in the NBA in a predicament over their next moves concerning the current Golden State Warrior. Durant is eligible to sign a five-year deal with Golden State worth approximately $221 million, while other franchises like the Brooklyn Nets and New York Knicks can offer $164M over four years. However, there’s a way Durant can still land in New York, or elsewhere, without having to give up that extra $57M.
ESPN’s Get Up on Thursday, had Brian Windhorst as a guest, he explained to viewers how the Warriors have discussed the possibility of re-signing Durant to a five-year max contract and later trading him to one of his preferred destinations.
Says Windhorst (h/t Dime):
“One of the things that is being discussed right now is that the Golden State Warriors would offer Kevin Durant a five-year contract, $57 million extra than he could get signing elsewhere, let him rehab and then work with him to be traded,” Windhorst said. “Potentially to New York, potentially to somewhere else. It would be their way to sort of take care of him monetarily after what he just went through and also protect the franchise and get some assets.”