By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant had successful surgery on his torn Achilles on Wednesday. He announced the news on his official Instagram account.
Durant was injured on Monday when he injured his Achilles in Game 5 against the Toronto Raptors in the NBA Finals. He knew immediately he was injured.
Video showed after he went down that something popped in the back of his leg. Durant was seen leaving the arena in a boot and crutches.
With his torn Achilles, the soon-to-be free agent — who is expected to opt-out of his player option at the end of the month — could potentially miss the 2019-20 season due to this injury. This is expected to be a one-year injury.
Despite being hurt, teams are already saying they will pursue Durant in free agency. The Top 2 player in the league is a game-changer, as he could sway the dominance to the team he signs with.
His injury could potentially lead to him re-signing with the Warriors. However, the Los Angeles Clippers, Brooklyn Nets, and the New York Knicks will all try to pry him away from the Warriors.
He has a $31.5 million option for next season. Once he opts-out, he could potentially get anywhere north of $40 million per season.
The Warriors do have one super max slot to sign Durant if they choose to do so. Golden State has Stephen Curry signed to the other super max deal.
Teams are only allowed two super max deals.