Kevin Durant set to decline 2019 player option with the Warriors

Kevin Durant set to decline 2019 player option with the Warriors

Kevin Durant set to decline 2019 player option with the Warriors

Durant now is playing under the team-friendly two-year, $51 million contract he signed last offseason but he'll reportedly decline the 2018-19 player option his deal contains and pursue an agreement that better reflects his status as one of the sport's premier players. Granted, the Warriors were not always putting forth their best players in the final games, but it's part of a disturbing trend for Kerr's team - the Warriors dropped to ninth in the National Basketball Association in defensive efficiency this season, and were 14th after the All-Star break.

The reigning Finals MVP Kevin Durant has made a decision to decline his player option for the 2018-19 season and become an unrestricted free agent this summer.

Golden State were heavy favorites to win the 2018 title after their five-game Finals drubbing of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Durant, who agreed to a one-year deal with the Golden State Warriors last summer with a player option for a second year to help give the team space to re-sign Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston, is going to decline his option and become a free agent, according to Chris Haynes of ESPN. He took nearly $10 million less than he could have earned on a max salary.

Durant told The Athletic in March that the contract was something that worked with him at the time.

Teams have been forced to adapt to defending Curry and not having to make that call in the scouting report makes for a simplified game plan - no matter who the Warriors face in the first round.

Whatever Durant decides to do, it nearly certainly will result in him playing in the Bay Area next season, unless. I'm sure here soon I'll want to sign a long-term deal just to feel stable. Last offseason, the NBA Finals MVP signed a discounted two-year, $51 million deal that came with an opt-out clause. "That's a bridge too far for me, but anyway..."

A two-year deal with a $30-million salary for 2018-19 and a player option worth $31.5 million for 2019-20.

They will enter this year's playoffs as the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference behind the Houston Rockets, and Durant's averaged 26.4 points, 6.8 rebounds and 5.4 assists per night.

Kerr spent four seasons toward the end of his playing career under Popovich in San Antonio.

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