Golden State Warriors general manager Bob Myers knows a good thing when he sees it.
He has a good thing.
Myers told reporters that negotiations won’t be an issue from the team’s standpoint when it comes to anticipated contract talks this summer with back-to-back reigning NBA Finals MVP Kevin Durant.
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“Whatever he wants, Meyers said. “Sometimes you don’t negotiate. I’d love to have him for 10 years. Kevin Durant, look what he did for us last year. He did us a great service. He’s earned the right to sign whatever deal he wants. I just want him to sign a deal.
“But I want him to be happy and want him to know that we want him as long as he wants to be here. He’s earned that, to kind of lay out the terms.”
Durant expected to opt out, seek max deal
Durant is expected to opt out of his current deal with the Warriors and is eligible to sign for up to four years and $160 million. He signed a “one-plus-one” deal last summer which provided an option on the upcoming season and paid him $25 million last season. Had he signed a long-term max deal, he would have made $34.5 million last year, amounting to a $9.5 million discount.
Durant was obviously worth the max on the open market and chose to take the discount so the Warriors could keep their core intact under the NBA’s salary cap and avoid an extensive NBA tax burden.
He will not take a discount this time around, and Myers rightfully is just fine with that. Durant told USA Today last week that he anticipates staying with Golden State, so it sounds like the league will have to contend with the core of these juggernaut Warriors for at least another season.
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