Andre Iguodala wants out, but Kevin Durant not letting him go

Lynette Rowe
June 20, 2017

Kevin Durant is reportedly planning to turn down his player option with the Golden State Warriors for the 2017-2018 season and become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, but he will still sign and stay on with the team with whom he won his first-ever National Basketball Association championship. He has made it clear repeatedly that he plans to remain with the Warriors for a while.

Durant turns down a $28 million option for the upcoming season.

The announcement by the two budding tech investors comes as Iguodala and Curry teamed up last week to lead the Warriors to its second National Basketball Association title in three years.

In Golden State's run to the title, Durant led the Warriors with a player efficiency rating of 27.5 in 15 playoff games. By KD taking less than the max, Golden State will be in a much better position to re-sign Andre Iguodala, who's also set to hit free agency on July 1. With a core that includes Durant, Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green, it's hard to see anyone dethroning Golden State in the immediate future.

On Monday, ESPN's Chris Haynes officially reported that Durant will be opting out of his current deal and signing yet another one-year deal just a shade below the max.

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Iguodala is one of several potential free agents on the Warriors roster.

That's very bad news for anyone who thought the Warriors might pose less of a threat in the new National Basketball Association season.

Free agency does not begin until July 1st, when teams can start contacting players to gauge interest, however, they can start renegotiating with the players now on their roster. Among teams around the league, there's a belief that the value this summer for a two-way wing such as Iguodala could reach $20 million annually.

Durant left the Oklahoma City Thunder to join the Warriors for a chance at multiple championships. That is the case with Kevin Durant.

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