Durant and the Warriors agreed to terms on a two-year, $61.5 million contract Sunday, Shams Charania of Yahoo reports. As expected, Durant will be back with Golden State on what's essentially a one-year deal that enables him to become a free agent again next summer. While he missed 14 games due to injury, Durant had another Hall-of-Fame-caliber season in 2017-18, averaging 26.4 points, 6.8 rebounds, 5.4 assists and 1.8 blocks while shooting 41.9 percent from three, the second-best mark of his career.
Durant had 20 points (7-17 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 6-6 FT), 12 rebounds, 10 assists, three blocks and one steal in 37 minutes during Friday's 108-85 victory over Cleveland in Game Four of the NBA Finals. Durant put a bow on his stellar finals performance, recording his first career playoff triple-double en route to his second consecutive NBA Finals MVP award. He becomes just the sixth player to achieve the feat and basically secured the trophy with his Game Three heroics. He is certain to be back in Golden State next season as they push for a rare three-peat and he will remain one of the most elite players in fantasy barring any major injuries.
Durant indicated Thursday that he intends to re-sign with the Warriors this offseason, ESPN's Rachel Nichols reports. Durant has a $26.2 million player option for next season, which he'll seemingly be turning down to garner a longer deal with more guaranteed money. Considering Durant and the Warriors are on the verge of their second consecutive championship, with Durant a strong candidate for a second Finals MVP, this news doesn't come as a shock. That said, the possibility was always on the table for KD to explore other options if he felt like he wanted a new challenge. With Golden State, he's averaged 25.7 points, 7.5 rebounds, 5.1 assists and 2.6 combined blocks/steals while shooting 52.5 percent from the field and 40.0 percent from deep. Regardless of where he plays, he's essentially a lock for top-10, if not top-5, fantasy production.
Durant exploded for 43 points (15-23 FG, 6-9 3Pt, 7-7 FT), 13 rebounds, seven assists and one steal across 43 minutes during Golden State's 110-102 win over the Cavaliers in Game 3 of the NBA Finals on Wednesday. With Stephen Curry enduring his worst shooting night of the postseason by far, Durant stepped up and generated enough production for both of them. The perennial All-Star was locked in with his shot throughout the night on his way to a career-high playoff scoring total, and his 33-footer with 49.8 seconds remaining extended the Warriors' lead to 106-100, effectively putting a dagger in the heart of the Cavaliers on the night. Now sporting series averages of 31.7 points, 10.3 rebounds, 6.7 assists and 1.7 blocks, Durant will look to once again play a prominent role in securing another championship for Golden State during Friday's Game 4.
Durant supplied 26 points (10-14 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 4-4 FT), nine rebounds, seven assists and two blocks across 38 minutes during Golden State's 122-103 win over the Cavaliers in Game 2 of the NBA Finals on Sunday. After shooting just 8-for-22 in Thursday's Game 1, Durant could barely miss Sunday. The multi-time All-Star was effective on the defensive end as well, frequently making life difficult for LeBron James, who went 12:06 of game time without a made basket at one point. Durant now has a pair of 26-point efforts to open the series, and a near-perfect showing from the free-throw line (13-for-14) thus far has helped round out his lines quite nicely. He'll look to continue his stellar play when the Warriors attempt to take a commanding 3-0 series lead in Wednesday's Game 3.
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