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Kevin Durant knew precisely what he was doing when he re-signed with the Golden State Warriors this summer time for lower than the max, taking an almost $10-million paycut so the group might hold different key members throughout free company.

“Nicely, I am a sensible man and I need to hold this factor going and taking a look at Andre (Iguodala) and Shaun (Livingston) and Steph (Curry) – all of them ought to take advantage of cash that they will make and get what they deserve,” Durant informed The Athletic’s Anthony Slater. “As a result of they have been all underpaid and I knew sooner or later they’d need to get what they deserve. So I simply took a step again and let the chips fall the place they could.

“Then I took it in my arms. I needed to maintain the group collectively and I assumed it was going to assist the possession convey all the blokes again. And on prime of that, it is my cash. It is my determination. I can do what the hell I would like with it.”

The reigning NBA Finals MVP was criticized to the moon and again for his preliminary choice to hitch the powerhouse Warriors a yr in the past, departing an Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder squad that held a three-1 collection lead over Golden State within the 2016 Western Convention finals earlier than dropping in seven video games. Regardless that he is making a private sacrifice – albeit a slight one – to profit teammates, Durant nonetheless finds himself getting blasted for his actions, although he is turning into more and more numb to the hate.

“They solely (criticized) it as a result of it is the Warriors and it is me they usually like to hate something we do proper now,” he added. “Numerous gamers have (taken paycuts). It wasn’t that I needed the reward. I’ve discovered from Tim Duncan and Dirk Nowitzki and the way it has helped them through the years and I assumed, in the event that they did it, why cannot I? Why should not I sacrifice? Individuals needed the cash to interrupt us up and I did not need that to occur.

“Yeah, like I stated, I am a grown man on this league and I am on the level of my life and profession the place I can dictate what I need to do with my future. So me and my enterprise companion (Wealthy Kleiman) talked about it and once we introduced it (supply) to them (Warriors administration) we knew they’d be excited as a result of it’s going to undoubtedly assist the entire group.”

Durant’s discounted deal can pay him $fifty three million over the subsequent two years, with a participant choice in 2018-19 – nicely in need of the $31 million yearly he might have earned.