Warriors president: ‘There’s no commitment’ from Kevin Durant beyond next season
When Kevin Durant decided to leave the Thunder in free agency to join the historically great Warriors, it appeared as though Golden State had assured itself of contending for titles for the foreseeable future.
But Warriors president Rick Welts (in an interview with CBS Sports Radio) was quick to remind us that there’s no guarantee Durant will be playing for Golden State beyond next season.
Technically, of course, this is true. But practically, no one believes it.
Durant signed a one-year deal with a player option for a second season purely for financial reasons. He’ll be eligible for a higher percentage of the salary cap in 2017 after he completes his 10th NBA season, and he’ll be able to sign the five-year deal then that he only could have gotten now by remaining in Oklahoma City.
There’s plenty of history that shows super-teams failing to win NBA titles. But it’s tough to see any single-season scenario that doesn’t have Durant re-upping with the Warriors on a five-year max contract just as soon as the 2016-17 season is finished.