It's been two seasons since Kevin Durant defected to the enemy and signed with the Golden State Warriors in the summer of 2016, and during those two years, Kevin Durant has experienced the most team success of his career.
Winning two Finals MVP's to go along with two championships in 2017 and 2o18, there's no question that KD is in a great position with the Warriors. But the fairytale could be coming to an end after this season.
Speaking at Golden State's media day on Monday, Durant explained his decision to sign a one-and-one deal with the Warriors this past free agency, which gives him the option to leave Golden State after this season.
"It was one of those things where you're just confident in your skills, and you just kind of want to take it year by year," he said at the team's Media Day. "To keep my options open, it was the best thing for me.
"I could have easily signed a long-term, but I just wanted to take it season-by-season and see where it takes me."
The Warriors front office know the mindset KD is in, and will be trying as hard as possible to keep him throughout the season, according to Warriors CEO Joe Lacob, who said they will be "re-recruiting" Durant throughout the season and offseason.
GM Bob Myers shared the same sentiment.
"For any player -- and having had that history as an agent -- what players want, in my experience, is they want to get paid fairly. They want to win and they want to like going to work, just like all of us. We want to be successful, make fair money and have fun. That's our job, to create an environment for our players. And I think we do a pretty good job of that."
When Durant hits free agency next offseason, he'll be in store for a big payday if he stays with the Warriors, eligible to sign for a supermax worth $220 million.