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Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) hoists the MVP trophy during the Warriors 2017 championship victory parade in downtown Oakland.

According to ESPN's Chris Haynes, Durant plans to decline the player option on his contract with the Golden State Warriors, only to re-sign with the team for less than max value.

Durant, who was the 2017 NBA Finals MVP, is turning down a salary of approximately $28 million, available through the player option, in order to improve the Warriors' chances of re-signing Andre Iguodala, according to ESPN.

Kevin Durant is set to make a new contract deal and stay with the Golden State Warriors, but the new National Basketball Association champions did lose a legendary player on Monday.

Also a direct of result of Durant's adjustment is the increased possibility of "the Warriors to keep together the championship roster that includes Iguodala, Shaun Livingston, Georgian center Zaza Pachulia and reserves", AFP said. Durant is reportedly ready to turn down a $27.7 million player option for the next season and re-sign for at least $4 million, which is totally less than the numbers he previously signed.

Bird rights, named after National Basketball Association legend Larry Bird, allow a team to exceed the league's salary cap without penalty in order to re-sign their own free agents up to a league maximum deal.

It's all but confirmed Durant will re-sign with the Warriors and in the process KD will be instrumental in keeping the GSW core that roared its way to the 2017 National Basketball Association championship at the expense of the Cleveland Cavaliers. He made $12.1 million this past season.

West said his two-year deal to return to Los Angeles came down to being wooed by Clippers owner Steve Ballmer, coach Doc Rivers and executive vice president Lawrence Frank.

Iguodala has immersed himself in the tech scene since joining the Warriors four seasons ago.

  • Julie Sanders