Kevin Durant to sign two-year deal with Golden State Warriors

Draymond Green, Kevin Durant pushing for Warriors to sign Jamal Crawford [report]

The Athletic's Marcus Thompson is reporting that Green and Durant are pitching hard for the veteran bench scorer.

It's a little odd that Durant would want a short-term deal, though.

A person familiar with the situation says that Kevin Durant will sign a two-year contract to remain with the Golden State Warriors, with the caveat that the deal will have an option and allow him to return to free agency next summer.

By taking this kind of deal, Durant would give the Warriors a little more breathing room in the short term to sign free agents over the summer. That means his discount last season still matters, as a 20-percent bump from $25 million puts him at exactly $30 million, a full $5,654,150 less for this season than he could have received using Early Bird rights.

The Warriors swept the Cavaliers to earn the National Basketball Association title last season, their third championship in four years.




Meanwhile, James created a frenzy on Saturday without saying a word. Haynes had reported Durant planned to opt out of the final year of his deal in order to finalize a contract with more lucrative terms.

The Lakers have always been mentioned as a top destination for James, and they have more salary cap space this summer than any team in the National Basketball Association.

Philadelphia has been one of the teams often mentioned as a club that would pursue James this summer, and that still may be the case.

Jabari Parker, the former No. 2 overall pick, is one of the more intriguing names in free agency this year, though he is a restricted free agent.

The Lakers could potentially construct a superteam of LeBron, Kawhi and Paul George - but according to ESPN's Stephen A. Smith, LeBron is already planning for a future partnership with Golden State's Kevin Durant.

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