28-year-old small forward Kevin Durant just finalized a brand new 1+1 deal (player option for the second year) worth $53m, according to ESPN.
While still being a huge amount of money, the deal is worth much less than the max that Durant could have demanded from owners Lacob and Guber. KD left approximately $9.5m on the table for his first guaranteed year ($25m in his contract versus $34.5m). Not only that, but his new guaranteed year is worth less than what he earned in his first year for the Bay Area team!
It looks like Durant took the pay cut willingly, in order to keep the core of his new team together: this way the Warriors front office managed to sign Iguodala and Livingstone to new, more lucrative deals and lock them down for three more years. But Amick has tweeted that apparently Durant was ready to take an even bigger pay cut, had Iguodala left the team, to sign Rudy Gay to the Warriors – truly a team player.