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Is Kevin Durant Going to Give Up Millions of Dollars to Keep the Warriors Together This Summer?

Submitted by on June 1, 2017 – 10:36 amNo Comment

Kevin Durant just joined the Golden State Warriors last summer, and he sacrificed a lot to do it. He got ripped by angry fans, both inside and outside of Oklahoma City, for parting ways with the Thunder. He was accused of being a ring-chaser, a traitor, and much worse. And he also had to take a backseat in a lot of ways and give up being the leader to become part of a team that already had a really strong nucleus. So would he really sacrifice even more to remain a part of the team for the foreseeable future?

This summer, KD will be eligible to sign a maximum contract extension with the Warriors if the wants to. He will be a 10-year NBA veteran at that point, which would enable him to cash in on a really lucrative deal. But there’s one problem: Steph Curry is potentially going to sign a “supermax” contract with the team that would net him one of the largest contracts in NBA history—it could be worth more than $200 million—and each NBA team can only give out one of these kinds of contracts. Additionally, Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston are both scheduled to become free agents this summer, which means the Warriors are going to have to pay out a lot of money to keep their current roster together. And that means that KD could be forced to accept much less than he’s worth to stay with the Warriors.

Would he do it? Surprisingly, it sounds like the answer might be yes. Early Thursday morning, ESPN.com released a report indicating that KD would be willing to take less than a max contract if it means staying with the Warriors and keeping most of their current players under contract. This would be big for Golden State, obviously, but it might upset some of the other players around the league. Outside of the fact that it would make the Warriors the frontrunners to win a ton of NBA titles in the near future, it would also draw criticism from those who worked so hard to hammer out a CBA that is favorable for players with regards to getting them paid.

Of course, this is all just speculation at this point. For all we know, KD could end up asking the Warriors for a max deal this summer, even if it means Golden State then has to part ways with players like Iguodala and Linvingston. But at the very least, this latest ESPN.com report suggests that there’s a chance KD could be focused on sticking with the Warriors long-term, even if it means sacrificing money on his end. And that should be a scary thought for the other 29 teams in the league.

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