Reports are surfacing that Kevin Durant is opting out of his contract to sign a lesser deal to keep the Warriors together. This news should have NBA teams terrified that the Bay Area is building a dynasty.
The Warriors have already won two championships in the past three seasons, and may win another two if Durant takes a pay cut. And any hopes that the forward will sign anywhere else are all but shattered at this point.
According to ESPN, Durant is planning on taking a pay cut that will be roughly “…$4 million less than his max next year and waiting to get his long-term extension for at least another season.”
This move paves the way for the team to re-sign free agent Andre Iguodala and keep the core of their championship-winning team intact. It also allows the Warriors to have some room to re-sign Durant to a new deal.
But Iguodala might chase the money he feels he is owed, which puts a wrench in the plans of Golden State.
There are likely Thunder fans that feel he could have done the same in Oklahoma City, but leaving allowed him to win his first championship. And there will be more trophy hoisting by the Warriors if they can move salaries around to keep players.
Another obstacle to a dynasty is what Stephen Curry decides to do. Will he give the Warriors a hometown discount? Or will he leave Golden State and win a title on his own while making more money?
The latter is not going to happen but the same was said about Durant leaving the Thunder. Assuming Curry, Durant and the rest of the group stay together, there should be plenty of championships in the trophy case.
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