There was never a doubt that Kevin Durant would re-sign with the back-to-back NBA champions, but there were questions as to how long his deal might be.
On July 1, the first day of free agency, the nine-time NBA All-Star intends to sign a one-and-one deal to remain with the Golden State Warriors, league sources told ESPN.
The second year will contain a player option, sources say.
The contract is for $30 million for next year and $31.5 million for the option year, according to ESPN’s Bobby Marks.
The $5 million savings this year offsets the $5.3 million midlevel tax if Golden State elects to use it. Durant would save the Warriors $20 million in projected luxury-tax costs.
Durant, 30, the winner of the past two Finals MVP awards, insures that the Hamptons Five of Durant, Stephen Curry, Draymond Green, Klay Thompson and Andre Iguodala will be in Warriors’ uniforms for at least one more season.
Golden State has won three championships in four years and is aimed and well-equipped to secure more.
To enter free agency, the 7-foot small forward declined his 2018-19 player option worth $26.2 million. It…