- June 9, 2018
- Posted by: ZK Goh
- Category: News
Two years in California, two titles. Kevin Durant is a champion again after his Golden State Warriors swept the Cleveland Cavaliers 4–0 to win the NBA Finals.
The 29-year-old contributed 115 points in the Finals, winning the Bill Russell Most Valuable Player Award for the second season running.
It was the Warriors’ third championship win in four years, cementing their ‘dynasty’ status.
But what’s next for Washington D.C. native Durant?
After the 2016–17 season, his first as a Warrior, the forward signed a new contract with the team worth around $52 million dollars over two years.
The catch: in exchange for a pay cut of $10 million, the second year of that contract would be a player option year.
That freed up money for the Warriors to sign other players, while giving Durant the flexibility to choose where he would play in 2019.
He reportedly chose not to exercise his option.
That makes him a free agent going into this summer.
But he’s not going anywhere, if reports are to be believed.
He’s expected to negotiate a restructured contract with the team.
“I’m planning on staying with the Warriors, and we’ll figure the rest out,” ESPN quotes him as saying.
Fans in Oakland may well get a few more of Durant’s best years out of him.
Tokyo 2020 calling for Kevin Durant?
Kevin Durant is also a two-time Olympic champion.
He top-scored for Team USA at London 2012 with a record 156 points.
He repeated the feat four years later at Rio 2016, scoring 155 points to help the U.S. defend their title.
Durant will be 32 when the Tokyo 2020 tournament takes place.
Alongside ten of his Rio teammates and six who played in London, Durant is part of the national team pool until 2020.
There are no international tournaments taking place this year. But the 35 men in the pool will meet in Las Vegas from 25–27 July for a mini-camp.
It will be a chance for Durant to stake his claim for a spot on the final 12-man teams for the 2019 FIBA World Cup and 2020 Olympic Games.
Introducing the 2018-20 USA Basketball Men's National Team pool:
1⃣7⃣ Olympic gold medalists
3⃣0⃣ returning members of the USA Men's National Team pool
3⃣5⃣ athletes in all
— USA Basketball (@usabasketball) April 6, 2018