Kevin Durant to opt out of his contract

In his piece detailing Iguodala’s future, Charania wrote, “As the Golden State Warriors work to re-sign four core members of their championship team, the franchise is expected to receive the stiffest competition in free agency for Andre Iguodala, the 2015 NBA Finals MVP”.

The 28-year-old former Oklahoma City Thunder forward wants to win, repeatedly, in the Bay Area and it seems he is willing to delay a long-term deal in search of more championships. If he opts out of the last year of his contract and accepts a new one-year deal and a $3.5 million pay cut, the Warriors will be able to exceed their salary cap to re-sign Iguodala and Livingston.

Golden State will prioritize re-signing Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant, who will become the highest-paid players in the franchise’s history this offseason.

Andre Iguodala will hit the free-agent market on July 1, and according to Shams Charania of The Vertical, the 13-year National Basketball Association veteran is willing to speak with teams coming in with a big offer. This past season, Golden State was a buzzsaw that ran roughshod through opponents from the start of the season all the way through Game 5 of the 2017 NBA Finals.

Warriors guard Steph Curry also will become a free agent, but he is expected to sign a “super” max five-year, $205 million deal. However, they may have to sweeten the deal, if others do come in with more money and years with their offer.

Of all the free agency news for the Warriors, this is likely the smallest of news despite involving the biggest of names. He also served as the president of basketball operations for the Memphis Grizzlies from 2002-2007, the team making its first three playoff appearances during West’s tenure. Overall, he has been to the NBA Finals eight times over his career.