By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Golden State Warriors suffered a devastating blow on Monday night when Kevin Durant suffered a torn Achilles injury. He tried to give it a go until this devastating injury against the Toronto Raptors in Game 5 of the NBA Finals.
Durant is just weeks away from free agency. He was going to be the marquee free agent on the market.
There was belief that he would leave the Warriors after three seasons with the team. The talk was that he would sign with the New York Knicks or the Brooklyn Nets or the Los Angeles Clippers.
Now, facing a one-year injury, one of the most devastating injuries in sports, Durant and his representatives are facing uncertainty. You would have to suspect that Durant would likely opt-in to his deal for the 2019-20 season.
This would give him security as he recovers. In addition, this injury changed the NBA, as one of the Top 2 players in the league will be out — and this could impact his career moving forward, as well.
Durant has until the end of June to opt-in to the final year of his contract. He is scheduled to make $31.5 million to next season if he opts in.
Teams may be reluctant to spend $40 million or more per season on a player, who doesn’t play one season. That’s why this helps the Warriors, who has had Durant for the past three years.
With the Warriors already having one super max in Stephen Curry, they have one super max left. Durant could get a super max from the Warriors if the two sides agree to a new long-term deal.
Bob Myers said that people could blame him for Durant’s injury. The Warriors GM has some huge decisions to make in the weeks ahead.
One advantage that the Warriors have — as Myers also has to strike a new deal with Klay Thompson — he can exceed the cap, as long as Golden State’s owners want to pay the luxury tax.