Durant wants to re-sign with Dubs: 'I don't plan on going anywhere else'
Kevin Durant has no intentions to host another nauseating round of free agency pitch meetings with desperate suitors in the Hamptons.
Durant is set to become a free agent once again this summer, but this decision will be fairly simple: He will remain with the Golden State Warriors.
"I haven't even thought about it that much but I don't plan on going anywhere else," Durant said on the Warriors Plus Minus podcast.
The Warriors have been wildly successful in their first season as the supervillains of the league.
They weren't able to replicate their 73-win performance from last season, but the ridiculously stacked Warriors remain the league's most visible franchise and are heavy favorites to win their second title in three seasons.
The only possible reason for Durant to even consider leaving is the issue of money.
Durant, Stephen Curry, Andre Iguodala, and Shaun Livingston could all become unrestricted free agents this summer. Keeping all four at something near their market value would easily rocket the Warriors into the luxury tax.
The issue is further complicated by Durant's lack of Bird rights. The Warriors can exceed the salary cap to retain longtime stalwarts in Curry, Igudoala, and Livingston, but the newcomer in Durant would most likely need to be signed using cap space provided that he receives a raise over his current salary. This scenario will most likely require for the four players to sacrifice for one another.
Durant sees the entire situation being resolved in the summer, where the Warriors' key free agents can make a collective decision.
"Obviously you want to keep this group together, you want to see how far we can go. I'm sure once the season is over with we can figure out that stuff, everybody, and I'm sure it will all work out for the best."
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