Kevin Durant set to decline 2019 player option with the Warriors

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Another NBA Finals victory would be the second of Durant's career and second since he's played for Golden State.

The reigning NBA Finals MVP won his first title with Warriors past year.

The reigning Finals MVP Kevin Durant has chose to decline his player option for the 2018-19 season and become an unrestricted free agent this summer. The discount allowed the team to re-sign Shaun Livingston and Andre Iguodala, something general manager Bob Myers appreciated.

Durant, however, will reportedly opt out of that deal this offseason and restructure his deal with Golden State, according to ESPN's Chris Haynes. Haynes reports that Durant's plan includes agreeing to a new, restructured deal with Golden State, although it is still up in the air whether Durant will take a short-term deal that gives him the flexibility to control his future or if he'll take a longer deal that keeps him with the Warriors. "Well, the last two years, it made sense to do the one-year deal". Drew Shiller of NBC Sports Bay Area reported Wednesday that ESPN's Zach Lowe said on Lowe's podcast that some coaches and GMs expressed that they would rather face the Warriors in the first round than the Jazz or the Oklahoma City Thunder. Durant could then opt out after the 2018-19 season and sign a five-year, $219 million contract.

Golden State will enter the first round with newly-signed Quinn Cook as the starting point guard, and while he possesses a lot of the Curry attributes in the perimeter - it simply isn't the same to stick a good shooter at point guard and sticking the most lethal marksman of today's game. In 68 games, he is averaging 26.4 points, 6.8 rebounds, and 5.4 assists per game.

With Curry out, it's up to Kevin Durant to play like a superstar.

Durant infamously joined the Warriors from Western Conference rivals Oklahoma City Thunder in the summer of 2016 as he helped Stephen Curry and company perform a clean sweep into the finals of the National Basketball Association playoffs a year ago with a 12-0 postseason record.

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