Kevin Durant will opt out of contract and restructure deal with Warriors

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In early March, Durant told The Athletic: "It made sense to do the one-year deal".

The Golden State forward intends to decline his player option for next season, then re-sign with the Warriors this summer, ESPN's Chris Haynes reported Tuesday night. Because he turned down more money, the Warriors were able to retain core veterans Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston. Since there are no real incentives for Durant or for his team to take such a drastic reduction in pay this time around, it is therefore justified that Durant opt-out to seek for a better contract this time around.

As Haynes noted, the Warriors are no longer cap-tied this summer, so the former Texas Longhorn is not harming Golden State by asking for what he is really worth.

To do so, the 2017 National Basketball Association champions will have to pay Durant considerably more than over the last two years but they have a number of options at their disposal. There are several options for Durant and the Warriors, including another two-year deal or a four-year max contract valued at around $158 million.

The contract included a player opt-out provision after the 2017-18 season, and it appears Durant will exercise his option. If he wants to leave his options open, giving himself the opportunity to become a free agent again in the near future, he may opt for a two- or three-year deal.

Golden State will enter the first round with newly-signed Quinn Cook as the starting point guard, and while he possesses a lot of the Curry attributes in the perimeter - it simply isn't the same to stick a good shooter at point guard and sticking the most lethal marksman of today's game.

As a result of the Warriors-Jazz game, we now know that the seventh seed in the Western Conference will certainly be either Denver, New Orleans, Minnesota or San Antonio.

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