2014 NBA MVP Kevin Durant recently re-signed with the Golden State Warriors this past summer, signing a $61.5 million max deal over the next two years, the final year of that deal being a player option, meaning KD can opt out at the end of this following season if he so desires.
The deal -- dubbed a one-plus one deal -- gives Durant the flexibility both financially and basketball-wise to do whatever he pleases at the end of this upcoming season, either becoming an unrestricted free agent after one year, or signing on with the Warriors for $31.5 million and one more year.
KD realizes that his free agent decision is going to be a major focal point for the Warriors and the NBA as a whole when it comes time for him to make a decision, and unlike 2016, when he initially made the move to Golden State, Durant plans to be 100% honest and transparent during the entire ordeal, via Nick Friedell of ESPN.
“Just be honest, I was honest with my decision, but just like outwardly if people ask me about it, don’t be ashamed to talk about why I decided to move teams and switch teams because it’s not the end of the world. I didn’t do anything against the law, you know what I’m saying? That’s what I thought happened the first time.
“I’m like, ‘Man, there’s so much attention on me because I switched teams.’ I thought I did something wrong, but I knew deep down in my heart that was the perfect decision for me and I know that now I just got to stand on that, outwardly say it, and that will stop the speculation from a lot of people. When they don’t know, when people really don’t know the end, the conclusion or why I did something, they’re going to always speculate and create stories and clicks and that’s only going to make me more upset. So I’d just rather keep it open and transparent with you.”
It seems Durant has perhaps learned from his lesson two years ago, and knows that to avoid making people even angrier with him, he's got to be upfront about what he wants out of the rest of his NBA career.