Report: Durant declines $31.5M option with Warriors
Golden State Warriors star forward Kevin Durant has declined a $31.5 million option for next season and will become an unrestricted NBA free agent, ESPN reported Wednesday. Durant, the 2017 and 2018 NBA Finals Most Valuable Player and 2014 NBA MVP, ruptured his right Achilles tendon in the second quarter of game five of the NBA Finals earlier this month and underwent surgery to repair the injury.
The 30-year-old forward and his business manager Rich Kleiman are in New York evaluating free agency options, according to the report. The NBA's free agency period begins Sunday.
Durant has been in New York since traveling there to have surgery for the ruptured right Achilles tendon he suffered in Game 5 of the NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors.
Multiple reports have said the Brooklyn Nets are targeting Durant and Boston point guard Kyrie Irving, who is expected to opt out of his contract with the Celtics.
Even though Durant is expected to miss the entire 2019-20 season, the Nets, New York Knicks and Warriors all reportedly have expressed interest in signing him to a max contract.
A 10-time All-Star, two-time NBA Finals MVP and four-time scoring champion, Durant averaged 26.0 points, 6.4 rebounds and 5.9 assists in 78 games in 2018-19.