Warriors to face Spurs in first round of 2018 playoffs

Warriors to face Spurs in first round of 2018 playoffs

Kevin Durant had previously turned down a player option for the Golden State Warriors. The Warriors shelled out cash for Durant, but not as much as one would expect-he accepted a two-year, $51.25 million deal, though he clearly could have garnered a max contract elsewhere. Heck, he took a $1.5 million pay cut from the season before, which is something you don't see too often from a star player in his prime. That statement represents the "what" about Durant's future plans, and Haynes' report begins to answer the "how?" "It has yet to be decided what contractual route Durant will take, sources say, but there are no real incentives - for himself or for the team - to take such a drastic reduction in pay this time around".

However, he will refuse his $26.2 million option so he can restructure a new contract with Golden State.

The contract included a player opt-out provision after the 2017-18 season, and it appears Durant will exercise his option.

More news: School bus involved in traffic incident

A two-year deal with a $30-million salary for 2018-19 and a player option worth $31.5 million for 2019-20.

The Spurs lost the regular season series to Golden State 3-1, and were swept by the Warriors in last year's Western Conference Finals.

Golden State will enter the first round with newly-signed Quinn Cook as the starting point guard, and while he possesses a lot of the Curry attributes in the perimeter - it simply isn't the same to stick a good shooter at point guard and sticking the most lethal marksman of today's game. He quietly put together a season every bit as stellar as previous year, averaging 26.4 points, 6.8 rebounds and 5.4 assists, while making 51.6 percent from the field and 41.9 percent from the 3-point line (he shot 88.9 percent from the foul line, leaving him five free throws short of the coveted 50-40-90 threshold). Meanwhile, Durant, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green were all also felled by multi-game and/or multi-week ailments in March, while others like Patrick McCaw and Andre Iguodala have yet to play in April thanks to injuries of their own.

Related Articles

  • MotoGP: Marquez: 'Track conditions' cause of Rossi clash

    MotoGP: Marquez: 'Track conditions' cause of Rossi clash

    The start was then briefly held up further by Marquez's issues, but the buffer allowed Miller to keep the lead on the opening lap. Marquez blamed tricky weather conditions and his attempt to regain lost time due to a marshal's penalty call for the clash.
    Virginia woman accused of cutting man's head off

    Virginia woman accused of cutting man's head off

    Va. - A West Virginia woman has been charged with second-degree murder after she allegedly cut off a man's head. Police said that she could not name her alleged attacker and that she became irate before she was apprehended.

    Israel commits 28 violations against journalists in March

    He was covering protests to the east of Khan Younis in the south of Gaza when he was hit, according to the health ministry. It is hardly the first time that the Trump administration has demonstrated its callous disregard for Palestinian lives.
  • Hamilton urges better communication after Bahrain

    Hamilton urges better communication after Bahrain "no man's land"

    Who was wrong, or was it just a racing incident? "I studied the data a bit and saw we had a 150hp increase, which is a bit odd". Days after referring to Max Verstappen as a "dickhead", Lewis Hamilton claims that the youngster is letting his team down.
    Zuckerberg meets with lawmakers ahead of congressional testimony into Cambridge Analytica scandal

    Zuckerberg meets with lawmakers ahead of congressional testimony into Cambridge Analytica scandal

    Associated Press reporters around the world have been surveying users, none of whom have reported seeing anything from Facebook . In spite of all this, there have been calls for Zuckerberg to step down as Facebook boss.
    Immigrant explains why caravan of people are moving north through Mexico

    Immigrant explains why caravan of people are moving north through Mexico

    This included people who applied for special humanitarian visas or simply cross Mexico and request asylum at the USA border. She said they hope to find better paying jobs there and aren't planning to try to cross into the U.S.
  • Champions League: No-one expected painful Barcelona defeat, says distraught Andres Iniesta

    Champions League: No-one expected painful Barcelona defeat, says distraught Andres Iniesta

    The conclusion to draw is that at this time of year either Barcelona win and go through to win the tournament - one, the treble in 2014/15 or they go out at the quarter-final stage limply.
    Woman sues Michigan State, says 3 basketball players raped her in 2015

    Woman sues Michigan State, says 3 basketball players raped her in 2015

    The MSU counseling staff told her she could file a police report or deal with the aftermath of the rape on her own. Days after the rape she went to the MSU Counseling Center and reported the incident to a university counselor.
    Slaven Bilic slams two players during Chelsea vs West Ham

    Slaven Bilic slams two players during Chelsea vs West Ham

    Chelsea went into this game unbeaten in their last 11 home Premier League games against West Ham since a 2-3 defeat in 2002. Guy Mowbray: "There'll be a sombre mood before kick-off, as Stamford Bridge mourns the passing of a favourite son".
  • Oklahoma teachers rally at capitol as walkout enters 7th day

    Oklahoma teachers rally at capitol as walkout enters 7th day

    Some teachers walked 15 miles Monday to get to Oklahoma City. "You'll be lucky if we have a job for you next year, '" Baez said. Some of Oklahoma's largest school districts have already canceled classes on Monday in anticipation of continued protests.
    China's president vows to cut vehicle import tariffs

    China's president vows to cut vehicle import tariffs

    On April 4, China retaliated by expanding its list, saying it will place a 25% tariff on US soybeans, beef and 100 other products. Rather than waiting weeks for the US tariffs to be implemented, Trump backed a plan by Lighthizer to seek the enhanced tariffs.
    Can you watch Davis Cup on TV or online?

    Can you watch Davis Cup on TV or online?

    The victor of the Valencia quarter-final will face either defending champions France or Italy for a place in the final. It was also the 24th consecutive match Nadal has won in the Davis Cup .