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The Golden State Warriors are already extremely deep into the posh tax, and that is with NBA Finals Most Invaluable Participant Kevin Durant taking a pay minimize so the group might maintain key members of its roster.
Durant determined to stay within the Bay Space on a two-yr deal value solely $fifty three million – nicely under the $36 million per yr he might have earned on a max deal. That degree of sacrifice hasn’t gone unnoticed by Warriors head coach Steve Kerr, who in contrast Durant’s dedication to that of one among Kerr’s former teammates within the Lone Star State.
“I knew he was going to surrender sufficient cash to permit us to maintain Andre (Iguodala) and Shaun (Livingston). I didn’t know he was going to transcend that,” the coach advised The Mercury Information’ Anthony Slater on Monday. “A exceptional gesture.
“I advised him it jogged my memory slightly little bit of Tim Duncan and his time with the (San Antonio) Spurs. He made max cash after which at key occasions in his profession he took rather less so they might add a participant right here and there. The best way the league works, the best way the CBA works, it actually sort of is as much as the star participant at key occasions to take slightly haircut right here and there.”
Bearing in mind Durant’s deal, re-signing Iguodala and Livingston, coming to phrases with Nick Younger and Omri Casspi, and Stephen Curry’s 5-yr tremendous-max contract, the Warriors have spent roughly $335 million since free company started July 1. The tax threshold is about at $119.three million for 2017-18, with Golden State hovering round $136 million in wage.
Durant’s nonetheless considerably helped issues, and factoring in all the cash he is made up to now – $one hundred thirty five.2 million in wage, not together with the revenue he is generated by way of endorsements and different avenues – taking $10 million much less doubtless will not harm his checking account a lot.
“Whether or not that is truthful or not, I do not know,” stated Kerr about elite skills biting the bullet financially in an effort to help their respective groups. “However I do know that Tim (Duncan) knew it was dramatically serving to his personal profession and KD understands the identical factor. In the long run, he will make a fortune in his profession. Already has and he hopefully goes to win extra titles and that is what he cares about.”