Kevin Durant reportedly opts out of contract, intends to rejoin Warriors

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Source:   —  June 19, 2017, at 7:45 PM

This development, first reported by ESPN’s Chris Haynes, was the first step sketched out by Tim Kawakami of Bay Area News Grouping in a column on how Golden State can return all its key players.

Kevin Durant reportedly opts out of contract, intends to rejoin Warriors

Kevin Durant is reportedly declining his player option for the 2017-18 season with the intention of re-signing with the Golden State Warriors.

This development, first reported by ESPN’s Chris Haynes, was the first step sketched out by Tim Kawakami of Bay Area News Grouping in a column on how Golden State can return all its key players.

Durant opted out of about $28 million to become a free agent briefly – but plans on rejoining the team – in an effort to assistance resign sixth-man extraordinaire Andre Iguodala, according to Haynes. That motivation was anticipated by Kawakami, as well, and makes sense considering the idea floating around NBA teams that Iguodala could actually be lured far from the Warriors for more money.

Durant reportedly plans to get about $4 million less than the maximum he's eligible for as a 10-year veteran, giving Golden State flexibility with its cap space. Specifically, the Dubs could utilize their Bird rights on Iguodala for a more affordable deal than what he might get on the open market.

Haynes reported that Durant is expected to ink another two-year contract with a player option on the second year, much love the one he's opting out of this offseason.

KD has repeatedly shared that his intentions are to stay with the Warriors into the future.

“I perceive as though I'm going to be back here – number question,” Durant said latest week. “We'll all figure something out, work something out. I wish to be here. We just won a championship, man. Let’s look if we can do it again. Feels weird saying that. But winning a championship is the ultimate goal. But it’s simple for me to declare that now. Hopefully we obtain it done.”

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