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Kevin Durant intends to sign a new contract with the Warriors quickly

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The Finals MVP will enter free agency, but he isn’t going anywhere.

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We’ve known for quite a while that Kevin Durant will return to the Golden State Warriors. Still, every reminder is a good reminder.

Free agency is right around the corner - things get started on July 1. And before that date, potential free agents with options need to decide what to do. For Durant, the one-plus-one contract he signed in the summer of 2017 means that he has a player option for the upcoming season.

If Durant opts in, he will be on a one-year contract worth $26.3 million. If he does nothing, he will become a free agent, and can sign any contract that he wishes. According to reports, Durant has informed the team that he will not opt into the contract, and will thus enter free agency. Once there, he intends to sign a new contract with the Warriors in the early stages of the free agent craziness.

It will certainly be interesting to see what contract the two sides agree on. The team has made it very clear that they will pay Durant whatever he wants, while Durant has openly spoken about possibly taking a discount, to make it easier to retain players like Klay Thompson and Draymond Green.

Either way, Durant will be back in the Bay next season. That’s not breaking news, but it’s certainly good news.