Kevin Durant will be making his way back to the Bay on a two year max contract with a player option to stay with the Golden State Warriors. Durant opted out of his contract, and his deal was one of the first to be finalized as free agency began on midnight July 1, 2018.
Durant declined his player option for the 2018-2019 season, which would have been worth $26.2 million. With Durant signing this contract this will guarantee that the group of him, Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala will stay together for at least one more season.
This is coming off Durant winning a second straight championship with the Warriors as well as his second straight finals MVP award. Durant and the Warriors will be looking for their third straight title, something that has not been done since the Los Angeles Lakers three-peat from 2000-2002.
Durant averaged 26.4 points, 6.8 rebounds and 5.4 assists while shooting 51.6% from the field and 41.9% from the three point line. This deal comes as no surprise, as GM Bob Myers previously said that Durant would get, “whatever he wants.”
Durant has found nothing but success since coming to the Warriors, as the team is starting to look like a dynasty in the making (if they are not already one). Golden State already broke the record for most regular season wins with 73 in 2016 before Durant joined, and now the team has won three championships in four years — a feat that has not been accomplished since the San Antonio Spurs did it between the years of 2003-2007.