The Golden State Warriors are the favorites to win the 2017 NBA championship after adding signing former MVP Kevin Durant to a two-year deal. However, the latest NBA rumors imply that the Warriors might have some difficulty in re-signing Durant next summer if he opts out of his deal.
KD changed the shift of power in the NBA when he decided to join Golden State after nine years with the Oklahoma City Thunder. He signed a two-year, $54.3 million contract with a player option after the first year.
Many believe that Kevin Durant will surely re-sign with the Warriors no matter what but some NBA rumors suggest that might not be the case. According to Dan Feldman of NBC Sports, there are several factors that can affect KD’s return to the Bay Area in the summer of 2017.
Feldman pointed out that the Warriors winning the title this season is not a sure thing. The scrutiny that Durant will get from people certainly affects his options. However, it is mentioned that a revised Collective Bargaining Agreement could pose a big problem.
“In a new CBA, anything is possible. Maybe the cap is lower than expected. Maybe Non-Bird Rights, which the Warriors will hold on Durant, give less of an advantage to the incumbent team. Maybe Curry’s cap hold will be larger than expected,” Feldman noted.
“29 other owners have incentive to break up Golden State and create more parity. If worse comes to worst, Durant could consider opting in,” he added.
It should be noted that these are just NBA rumors and should be taken with a grain of salt. However, there will be a lot of pressure on Kevin Durant and the Warriors this season with winning the NBA title as the only positive outcome.
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