Kevin Durant to opt out, redo deal with Warriors

Tyler Owen
April 13, 2018

Perhaps most impressively, he's protecting the rim for Golden State and averaging 1.8 blocks per game.

The reigning NBA Finals MVP won his first title with Warriors a year ago.

Curry played just 51 games this season as he dealt with the MCL sprain and ankle setbacks.

"I was talking with several coaches and execs from teams in the West morass - from 3 to 9 - the fear factor for the Warriors without Curry does not exist", Lowe said. But after going 7-10 in their last 17 games and suffering the embarrassing loss to Utah, some have begun to question whether the Warriors will in fact be able to flip the switch, and even if they can, whether it will be enough.

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"It has yet to be decided what contractual route Durant will take, sources say, but there are no real incentives - for himself or for the team - to take such a drastic reduction in pay this time around". Durant now is playing under the team-friendly two-year, $51 million contract he signed last offseason but he'll reportedly decline the 2018-19 player option his deal contains and pursue an agreement that better reflects his status as one of the sport's premier players. While Durant is as close to un-guardable as there is in the league, and Klay Thompson can keep a defense honest with his shooting range, without the threat of Curry pulling up from 30 feet and dragging opponents away from the basket, the threat of the Warriors changes.

The playoff seedings went down to the wire this season, only the top two seeds - Houston at No. 1 and Golden State at No. 2 - in the Western Conference secure. The Warriors' combination of talent, experience, and coaching won't allow them to play in the playoffs the way they have over the previous month.

Steve Kerr said Curry will be re-evaluated Saturday, but the head coach doesn't anticipate the guard will play at all in the first-round series, per Anthony Slater of The Athletic.

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