The case of Kevin Durant’s free agency has been one of the most exciting and high profile rumors to follow so far in this NBA off-season. The Golden State Warriors All-Star’s free agency looms over his, and his franchise’s head. The decision is just days away, and recent reports suggest that the team and the player may opt for a ‘unique’ solution that would soothe all parties.
It all goes back to Game 5 in the NBA Finals, which was quite bittersweet for the Golden State Warriors. Although they did win away from home, Kevin Durant’s Achilles tendon tear put a damper on the win. As a result of the injury, the Warriors star will miss the entire 2019-20 NBA season.
A loss of payday for Kevin Durant
Currently, Durant has two options. Either take the $221 million five year contract from the Golden State Warriors or move to the New York Knicks or the Brooklyn Nets and earn a lower, $164 million over four years. However, there will be a loss of that $57 million for Durant should he choose to move elsewhere via free agency.
A unique solution to a unique situation
However, according to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, if Durant is willing and still desires to leave, the Warriors may be open to a unique solution.
The Warriors are considering resigning Kevin Durant for a full, max five-year contract. Durant will be allowed to do his rehab with them. And then, if he wishes to leave, he will be allowed to leave to the team he wishes to play for. Going this route will allow the Warriors a return for Durant instead of getting nothing when he leaves for a free. And Durant himself will be able to land more money- the above-mention $57 million.
Whether Durant and the Warriors opt to go down this path remains to be seen.