Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant will agree to a two-year, $53 million deal — according to league sources.
Durant, who is an unrestricted free agent, will possess a player option on the second year, sources say.
Durant would likely opt out again in the summer of 2018, according to sources.
The 2017 NBA Finals MVP will be taking somewhere in the vicinity of a $9 million pay cut, given that he could have secured a max of $34 million per year. He will make $25.9 million this season, less than he made in 2016-17 ($26.5 million).
This gives the Warriors every resource possible to recruit and retain talent. Durant declined his 2017-18 player option to become a free agent for the sole purpose of allowing the Warriors to retain the Bird rights to Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston.
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