The Golden State Warriors have won two of the past three NBA championships and soon will face an offseason with up to 10 players headed for free agency.
But Kevin Durant said during exit interviews on Wednesday that he believes sacrifices will be made to keep the bulk of the roster intact.
“It’s a special team, a special group,” Durant said. “It’s a business of basketball, obviously, so nothing is for sure, but here, I feel like we can work that out and everybody will have a chance to do this again next year. It’s easier said than done, obviously, but that’s the goal. We want to keep this thing together and see how we can continue to keep getting better.”
League sources told ESPN earlier this month that Durant, who holds a player option for the 2017-18 season, is willing to take less to help retain the core of the team. By Durant taking about $4 million less than his max next year and waiting to get his long-term extension for at least another season, the Warriors wouldn’t have to renounce the rights of free agents-to-be Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston.
Durant said Wednesday that he recently began to contemplate his next move.
“The last couple of days I’ve thought about it,” he said. “But like I said, we’ll all figure something out. We’ll work something out. Like I said, I want to be here. We just won a championship, man. Let’s see if we can do it again. That’s the thing.
SOURCE: Chris Haynes