“This game, your craft, you have to continue studying it,” said Durant. “No matter how much you enjoy it, nobody wants to be in school that long. I know I don’t. At some point, you have to be ready to graduate. Thirty-five, that’s just a number in my mind.”
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After the NBA Finals that ended in the blink of an eye, it’s time for the real drama to begin, the NBA Offseason. The main storyline will be The Summer Of LeBron, Part III, but a secondary story will be what happens with Kevin Durant. Durant is going to resign with the Warriors, but the drama lies within the size of the contract. How long will it be for and how much money will he command?
Durant has been following the LeBron model. Take shorter deals with early opt outs in order to capitalize on the salary cap increase and give the team more money to sign other players to compete for championships. Let’s be honest. Money is not the primary concern for Durant and LeBron right now. It’s championships. That being said, Durant is smart and knows when he can sign the super max for the most money. If Durant signs another two year deal with an opt after the first year, he would be eligible to sign a five-year, $219 million contract after the 2018-19 season, which would be the biggest deal ever if Kawhi doesn’t sign his super max with the Spurs.
If that scenario plays out, Klay and Draymond would be the odd men out. Steph just got paid. Durant is going to get paid either this year or next year. Klay’s pay day is after the 2018-2019 season and Draymond’s pay day is the year after that. All of these guys have hinted at wanting to keep the dynasty in tact for years to come, but that would involve taking discounted contracts. Are they willing to do that? The front office is already trying to get ahead of the issue by trying to extend the contracts of Klay and Draymond. Pay them now and it will save money in the long run. However, Klay and Draymond would be leaving potential max money on the table. Once again, are they willing to do that?
The Warriors dynasty should last at least one more year. After that, the real fun begins.