Durant, Warriors agree to short-term deal

Golden State Warriors Draymond Green and Kevin Durant talk during the third quarter of Game 2 of the NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Oracle Arena in Oakland Calif. on Sunday

Steve Kerr and the Golden State Warriors are reportedly finalizing a contract extension that will make him one of the highest paid coaches in the National Basketball Association.

Durant chose to be flexible on his deal in order to allow Golden State to sign more bench help. But that doesn't mean Durant is looking for the long-term deal many will seek in the free agent market.

It's a little unusual that Durant would want a short-term deal, though. Perhaps that's the case with Durant and the Warriors. Stephen Curry is on board. Perhaps KD is flummoxed by Klay Thompson's temperament, sense of humor, and cult hero status.

Green and Durant are already lobbying.

He could still go to the NBA Finals, of course. Maybe Durant just isn't sure yet.

A year after sacrificing almost $10 million in salary to help the Warriors fill out their roster, Durant will help the Warriors save in another way.

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Oh, and at the same time the news of Paul's massive contract was coming to the forefront, the Rockets lost Trevor Ariza to Phoenix, who signed the 3-and-D wing to a one-year, $15 million deal. George told a party in Oklahoma City that he's staying with the Thunder, after agreeing to terms on what is a $137 million, four-year deal that comes with an option for the final season.

He is still able to create his own shot, but the Warriors don't really need that skill with four other All-Stars on the team. As the New York Times' Marc Stein says, Durant will be paid $30.5 million next season. The best he could do this summer is a deal to secure his contract through 2021-22.

Golden State also signed general manager Bob Myers to a contract extension last summer. For his part, couldn't Paul have taken a discount as Durant did for Golden State to keep a title-contending team together?

The 1+1 structure of the contract gives the Warriors savings for the upcoming season. He's not locking in a pay cut, just taking one for now. But, Kevin Durant, look at what he did a year ago for us.

That largesse allowed the Warriors to retain key role players Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston, who were free agents. Remember that Durant began his career with the Seattle SuperSonics and somewhat frequently mentions the Emerald City wistfully. The 33-year-old had previously said he wanted to finish his career in OH, and although he's leaving again, Cavs fans are more forgiving after he ended the city's 52-year sport title drought in 2016.

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