Report: Durant Declines $31.5 Million Option With Warriors, Will Hit Free Agency

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June 26, 2019 - 12:06 pm
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Kevin Durant will officially become a free agent Sunday.

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The Warriors' superstar forward has declined his $31.5 million option to remain in Golden State next season, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported Wednesday.

The move could prove to be the first step toward bringing the 10-time All-Star to either the Knicks or Nets. Durant and his agent, Rich Kleiman, were in New York on Wednesday evaluating his free agency options, Wojnarowski reported.

Durant, of course, won't be healthy for quite some time. Earlier this month, he underwent surgery on the ruptured right Achilles tendon he suffered in Game 5 of the NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors. 

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Durant, 30, is expected to miss most, if not all, of next season. But that does not appear to be scaring off teams who have dreams of him leading them to glory beginning in the 2020-21 season. 

The Knicks and Nets are both reportedly willing to offer Durant a max contract of four years, $164 million. Kyrie Irving, who is also set to his free agency after declining his option with the Celtics, has been linked to the Nets in multiple reports in recent weeks and has been said to be recruiting Durant to follow him to Brooklyn.

According to odds provided by Caesers, the Nets were the betting favorites to land Durant as of Monday. The Warriors were second, and the Knicks were third.

The second overall pick in the 2007 draft by the Seattle SuperSonics, Durant has averaged 27.0 points, 7.1 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game over his 12-year career. After nine years with the Sonics/Oklahoma City Thunder, he signed as a free agent with the Warriors in 2016, winning two championships and two NBA Finals MVPs in Golden State.

This past season, the 6-foot-9 Durant averaged 26.0 points, 6.4 rebounds and 5.9 assists.