The Golden State Warriors will be forced to renounce their rights to Shaun Livingston and Andre Iguodala once they give Kevin Durant a maximum contract extension this offseason. According to the latest NBA Rumors, the Phoenix Suns, Atlanta Hawks, and the Minnesota Timberwolves are eyeing to acquire Iguodala in the upcoming free agency.
The Warriors are currently battling against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals 2017. They succeeded to defeat the Cavaliers in Game 1, 113-91, on Thursday night at the Oracle Arena. As of now, the Warriors are focused on avenging an embarrassing loss in the last year’s Finals. However, when free agency hits, they will need to make a tough decision regarding their incoming free agents.
NBA Rumors: Andre Iguodala draws interest from three NBA teams
As most people think, the Warriors will prioritize giving Steph Curry and Kevin Durant max contracts this summer. Curry is eligible to sign a “supermax” contract with the Warriors. This could be a five-year deal worth $205 million. Meanwhile, if Durant opts out, he can sign the maximum possible extension, starting at an estimated $35.4 million per year.
Giving both superstars max contracts will force them to let go some of their incoming free agents like Shaun Livingston and Andre Iguodala. According to Ramona Shelburne of ESPN, Iguodala is expected to receive interest from several NBA teams. These include the Phoenix Suns, Atlanta Hawks, and the Minnesota Timberwolves.
The Suns and the Timberwolves are both eyeing to add a veteran presence on their roster with the hope of contending for the playoffs next season. Meanwhile, the Hawks want to strengthen their chance of dominating the Eastern Conference with the addition of a “LeBron James stopper.”
Kevin Durant taking less money to keep Warriors’ core intact
Unfortunately for the Suns, Hawks, and the Timberwolves, the Warriors aren’t yet giving up on re-signing Andre Iguodala and other incoming free agents. Kevin Durant expressed his desire to help the Warriors to keep their core intact. The 28-year-old small forward is reportedly willing to take less than the max extension he can sign with the Warriors this summer.
Without creating salary cap space, the Warriors can only offer Durant a little less than $32 million per year. He could sign a four-year extension or another two-year deal with a player option in the second year. As of now, Durant is still undecided on how to structure his next contract. However, his decision to take less money will give the Warriors a higher chance of contending for the title in the succeeding years.
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