Game 5 of the NBA Finals was quite bittersweet for the Golden State Warrior. Although they did win away from home, Kevin Durant’s Achilles tendon tear put a damper on the win. Now, we know that the Warriors star will be out for the whole of next season. And when he does come back, who knows what shape he will be in.
Durant’s injury presents a unique situation
Despite his injury, Durant is still expected to receive a max deal. At this stage, however, it is unclear who will give him that deal. The Warriors remain interested in retaining their star man. However, according to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, if Durant makes it clear that he wishes to leave, the Warriors may be open to a unique solution.
Windhorst reports, before the NBA Draft on SportscCenter, the Warriors are open to 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 prefers 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- $57 more to be exact.
A Unique solution for a unique situation
It is important to emphasize that it is unclear whether Durant is interested in such a move at the moment. The whole situation is unique, as Durant will enter Free Agency almost immediately after his big surgery.
This combination of star player and severe injury and the involvement of the free agency deadline makes this situation rather unique. And it would be quite fitting if the Warriors could agree to a special arrangement for this special problem.