Kevin Durant Wants to Re-Sign with Warriors, Doesn't Want to Be Anywhere Else

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistApril 14, 2017

Golden State Warriors' Kevin Durant (35) during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers Wednesday, April 12, 2017, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
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While Kevin Durant has the option to become a free agent once again this summer, he said he hasn't entertained the notion.

"I haven't even thought about it that much, but I don't plan on going anywhere else," Durant told Warriors Plus/Minus with Marcus Thompson and Tim Kawakami on Thursday.

In July, Durant signed a two-year deal with the Golden State Warriors with a player option for the 2017-18 season. That option is worth $27.7 million, but with the salary cap projected to top out at $101 million next year, per The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski, there will be more money to be made once free agency opens July 1. 

For the Warriors, things could get a little tricky. 

While re-signing Durant and impending unrestricted free agent Stephen Curry are no-brainer moves, the Warriors will have to decide if they want to shell out the cash necessary to keep Shaun Livingston and Andre Iguodala—each of whom are primed to hit the open market. 

Should the Warriors decide to keep all of those players, they would likely be making some generous luxury tax payments. 

However, Durant didn't sound too concerned about the team's core losing key pieces as the summer approaches. 

"Obviously you want to keep this group together, you want to see how far we can go," he said. "I'm sure once the season is over with we can figure out that stuff, everybody, and I'm sure it will all work out for the best."

The 28-year-old didn't make a lot of friends with his decision to join a team that had won 73 games the year prior. However, he noted he enjoys the fans in Oakland, San Francisco and "anywhere in between."

"It's been great," Durant said. "You get love everywhere you go."

Considering he met with multiple teams the last time he was a free agent, Durant perhaps isn't in a rush to repeat the situation.

Though he missed time with a knee injury this season, the eight-time All-Star averaged 25.1 points per game and shot a career-high 53.7 percent from the field.


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