Speaking to Anthony Slater of The Athletic, Durant had this to say about his decision:
“Well, I’m a smart guy and I want to keep this thing going and looking at Andre [Iguodala] and Shaun (Livingston) and Steph (Curry) — they all should make the most money that they can make and get what they deserve. Because they were all underpaid and I knew at some point they’d want to get what they deserve. So I just took a step back and let the chips fall where they may. Then I took it in my hands. I wanted to keep the team together and I thought it was going to help the ownership bring all the guys back. And on top of that, it’s my money. It’s my decision. I can do what the hell I want with it.”
Slater reported on July 3, after Durant agreed to his new deal, that his $25 million salary for the 2017-18 season is $6.8 million less than expected and $9.5 million less than the maximum.
Albert Nahmad of Heat Hoops reported Durant’s decision saved the Warriors approximately $25 million in salary and luxury-tax money.
The Warriors had a busy offseason, as general manager Bob Myers negotiated a five-year supermax deal with Stephen Curry and three-year extensions with Iguodala and Livingston.
Durant’s two-year deal includes an opt-out after the 2017-18 season that will allow him to work out a long-term max extension with the Warriors next summer.
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