Kevin Durant to decline player option, re-sign with Warriors

Exercising the 2017-18 option would guarantee him almost $28 million in salary, $10 million more than his next highest-paid teammate, Klay Thompson. The Hampton Five, which includes Durant, where the group of five players (Klay Thompson, Andre Iguodala, Draymond Green, and Stephen Curry) that met in the Hampton's during free agency to get Kevin Durant to join the Warriors.

In addition to Iguodala, the Warriors are trying to retain free agents Shaun Livingston, Zaza Pachulia and other bench players.

The report indicates Durant will forgo the chance at a one-year, approximately $28 million max contract in order to help Golden State's chances of re-signing Andre Iguodala.

The 10-year National Basketball Association veteran was scheduled to receive approximately $28 million in salary next season, but he will take about $4 million less than the max contract he is eligible to receive.

Golden State's star is opting out but will be signing a team-friendly deal.

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It took him just a season to add an National Basketball Association title to his thick resume, with the Warriors losing just a single game in the entire playoffs. He especially was strong in the NBA Finals, averaging 35.2 points per game and garnering series MVP honors.

Iguodala has immersed himself in the tech scene since joining the Warriors four seasons ago. "I think they want to establish their own identity in this town and that is what to me is most important - establish their own identity and ability to win at the very highest level".

"Cleveland's loss in the 2017 NBA Finals has led Lakers officials to hear more whispers about James' interest in a final chapter in Los Angeles, where his wife would like to live full time, per sources".

  • Salvatore Jensen