When Kevin Durant decided to opt out of his contract before the start of the NBA free agency period, he did so not because he wanted another “Summer of KD,” but rather to renegotiate a longer term deal at a bit cheaper rate in order to help the Warriors retain other key players.
In the first few days of free agency, the Warriors have done just that, agreeing to deals with Stephen Curry, Shaun Livingston, David West, and most recently, Andre Iguodala. It seemed that there was a pretty good chance that Iguodala might leave the Bay Area, but in the end the in order to keep him around.
As it turns out, they were able to do so because Durant is reportedly planning to take even more of a pay cut than everyone expected. Marcus Tompson first reported that KD was thought to be taking even less than the 20 percent raise that was expected.
Chris Haynes of ESPN then got the exact number, reporting that Durant has agreed to a two-year, $53 million deal, with the second year being a player option.