The Golden State Warriors are going to be in an interesting pickle next offseason when. That’s because Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson will hit free agency in 2019. Recently, Durant has taken two one-year deals to remain with the Warriors. And in the process, they’ve won back-to-back championships. But a player of his caliber deserves a max contract like other superstars have. And if the Warriors won’t pay, then there are many other teams that will.
After this season, Durant is only focusing on one thing.
“I am thinking about the money I’m going to get,” Durant told The Athletic’s Marcus Thompson. “I never got a [massive] deal. I’ve just seen a bunch of dudes around the league making so much money — and I’m happy for them.”
There’s a reason he wants his. KD is one of the best players in the league. He’s arguably a top-five NBA player, and he knows it.
“But I know I deserve that, too. That’s the only thing I’m probably thinking about, to be honest.”
Durant joined the Warriors in 2016, signing a two-year contract for $54.3 million which included a player option. Following that deal, he opted out and re-signed with a two-year deal worth $53 million — one which saved the Warriors $10 million — allowing them to keep Andre Iguodala and backup point guard Shaun Livingston.
His current two-year deal is worth $61.5 million, but will pay him $30 million this season — making him the 11th highest-paid player in the league. After this season, though, he can be offered a super-max deal worth $221 million over five years by Golden State. And they’re the only team with a full bid on his rights next summer. Recently, Stephen Curry signed a super-max deal worth $201 million.
Meanwhile, Durant is averaging 25.9 points, 7.5 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 1.6 blocks while shooting 52.7 percent from the field in 136 games for the Warriors.
So, do you think Durant is deserving of a super-max contract?