Kevin Durant set to decline 2019 player option with the Warriors

The Warriors and Spurs met last May in the Western Conference Finals, with the Warriors sweeping the series in four games. Granted, the Warriors were not always putting forth their best players in the final games, but it's part of a disturbing trend for Kerr's team - the Warriors dropped to ninth in the National Basketball Association in defensive efficiency this season, and were 14th after the All-Star break.

The Golden State Warriors' front office and Kevin Durant sent a message to the league last summer: we're in this thing for the long haul.

Kevin Durant had previously turned down a player option for the Golden State Warriors.

According to Chris Haynes of ESPN.com, the four-time scoring champion plans on declining his player option for the 2018-19 campaign in favor of a new deal with the Golden State Warriors.

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However negotiations pan out, expect the roots Durant has planted in the Bay Area to continue spreading and the Warriors to remain among the NBA's elite teams. Last offseason, the NBA Finals MVP signed a discounted two-year, $51 million deal that came with an opt-out clause. I'm sure here soon I'll want to sign a long-term deal just to feel stable.

Pictured: Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors during the first half of the National Basketball Association game against the Phoenix Suns at Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, Arizona, April 8, 2018. Durant would make $26.3 million if he opted in, and Haynes noted that figure was low "for a player of his caliber".

He can agree to a three-year deal with a player option after the second season. "But I'm enjoying every moment of it, so I'm not trying to look too far down the line", Durant said.

Durant, 29, is averaging 26.4 points, 6.8 rebounds, and 5.4 assists per game. 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.

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