Kevin Durant will become an unrestricted free agent.
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Durant will decline his $31.5 million player option with Golden State, and hit the free agent market.
Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant has declined his $31.5M player option and will become an unrestricted free agent, league sources tell ESPN. Durant and his business manager Rich Kleiman are in New York, evaluating free agency options. So far, process has stayed private.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 26, 2019
KD will likely miss the majority, if not entirety, of next season. After injuring his calf against the Rockets in the semifinals, Durant tore his achilles in Game 5 of the NBA Finals against the Raptors, his first game back. Many have questioned how well the Warriors medical staff treated and/or diagnosed his injury.
Declining the player option may indicate that Durant, 30, will be headed elsewhere in free agency. The Knicks, Nets and Clippers are believed to be the frontrunners to sign Durant if he leaves the Warriors.
Durant will likely earn a max contract despite his injury. Playing 78 games last season, the two-time Finals MVP averaged 26 points, six rebounds and six assists.
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