Durant to decline option, re-sign with Warriors

Stephen Curry Golden State Warriors vs Minnesota Timberwolves NBA 25012018

Stephen Curry Golden State Warriors vs Minnesota Timberwolves NBA 25012018

The Warriors forward intends to decline his player option for the 2018-19 season and become an unrestricted free agent, ESPN reported, citing unidentified league sources.

However, as reported by ESPN, the decision to become an unrestricted free agent does not mean Durant will leave Golden State, as the 29-year-old will instead restructure his deal with the reigning National Basketball Association champions.

The Warriors have looked vulnerable, unlike any other time during their three-plus-year reign with the NBA's top record and their struggles at both ends of the court have been well-documented, clearly lacking the same fire that made them such a tough team to beat.

By making less money than a player of his level, Durant enabled the Warriors to keep players like Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston on their roster.

Last summer, Kevin Durant accepted a deal well below his market value.

"I'm sure here soon I'll want to sign a long-term deal just to feel stable".

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The MVP of the 2017 NBA Finals, Durant is averaging 26.6 points, 6.9 rebounds, 5.4 assists and a career-high 1.8 blocks per game this season. Durant would make $26.3 million if he opted in, and Haynes noted that figure was low "for a player of his caliber".

Durant, 29, spent his first nine seasons with the Seattle SuperSonics/Oklahoma City Thunder franchise before signing a free-agent deal with Golden State in July 2016.

The Warriors and Spurs met four times in the regular season, with the Warriors winning the first three games: 112-92 on November 2 at San Antonio, 122-105 on February 10 in Oakland and 11-107 on March 8 in Oakland.

However negotiations pan out, expect the roots Durant has planted in the Bay Area to continue spreading and the Warriors to remain among the NBA's elite teams.