The Golden State Warriors are willing to pay Kevin Durant any amount he desires, general manager Bob Myers said (via Jason Owens of Yahoo Sports):
“Whatever he wants, Meyers said. “Sometimes you don’t negotiate. I’d love to have him for 10 years. Kevin Durant, look what he did for us last year. He did us a great service. He’s earned the right to sign whatever deal he wants. I just want him to sign a deal.
“But I want him to be happy and want him to know that we want him as long as he wants to be here. He’s earned that, to kind of lay out the terms.”
Durant will likely opt out and sign a large deal with the Warriors, one that could be worth $160 million over four years. Durant, who turns 30 years old in September, said Monday that he could see himself retiring at the age of 35. Thus, this next contract could be one of the last for Durant.
If Durant doesn’t take a pay cut (he isn’t expected to), the Warriors could see encounter some financial difficulty. Draymond Green is reportedly targeting a supermax contract worth $226 million over five years with the Warriors next summer. He would be eligible for that contract should he win MVP or Defensive Player of the Year, or be named to an All-NBA Team. MVP is unlikely, but Defensive Player of the Year and All-NBA are both very feasible goals for Green, who is arguably basketball’s best defensive player.