Kevin Durant Reportedly to Re-Sign with Warriors After Team's Free-Agency Moves

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistJune 28, 2017

Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant speaks at a news conference after Game 5 of basketball's NBA Finals between the Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers in Oakland, Calif., Monday, June 12, 2017. The Warriors won 129-120 to win the NBA championship. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
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Kevin Durant plans to let the Golden State Warriors make the "bulk" of their offseason moves before he re-signs with the defending champions "later in July," league sources told ESPN.com's Marc Stein on Wednesday. 

Stein added the "expectation in Warriors circles, sources say, is that Durant won't formally come to terms on his new deal until 'later in the month.'"

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That news comes after ESPN.com's Chris Haynes reported June 19 that Durant will decline his player option with the Warriors and become an unrestricted free agent with plans to re-sign for "less than the max he's eligible for as a 10-year veteran."

If Durant takes that step, he will give the Warriors additional financial flexibility to re-sign Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston as they attempt to keep their championship core intact. 

According to Haynes, at least seven teams—including the San Antonio Spurs, Los Angeles Clippers and Philadelphia 76ers—have some level of interest in signing Iguodala. 

However, Durant taking less than the 10-year max would allow the Warriors to exercise Iguodala's Bird Rights—which allow a team to exceed the cap apron to sign their own free agents—and offer him a deal "far more comparable to what he'd see on the open market," per Haynes. 

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