Report: Durant informs Warriors he’s opting out

Kevin Durant is opting out of his contract with the Golden State Warriors.Durant signed a two-year, $51 million deal last summer. The deal includes an opt-out clause for the 2018-19 season, which he reportedly intends to exercise in order to negotiate a new deal with the Warriors. ESPN reported Tuesday that Durant informed the Warriors of his decision.However, Durant has said he plans to return to Golden State, and ownership has already committed to making a pact Durant approves of for next season and beyond.In the euphoria of claiming another NBA title, Warriors general manager Bob Myers made inference to a blank check offer from the Warriors.”Sometimes you don’t negotiate,” Myers said. “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 (taking less than a max offer). He’s earned the right to sign whatever deal he wants.”I just want him to sign a deal. But 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. He can do whatever he wants. That shouldn’t be a long negotiation. Our goal, to be honest, is to try to keep the whole thing together, so that’s the pieces of the puzzle we’ve got to try to figure out.”

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