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National Basketball Association playoffs 2018: Predictions, picks for Warriors vs. Spurs first-round series

National Basketball Association playoffs 2018: Predictions, picks for Warriors vs. Spurs first-round series

According to ESPN's Chris Haynes, the 29-year-old will be turning down a salary of $26.2 million so that he can restructure his deal with the Bay Area side as he previously did last year.

It shook out with the Spurs landing the No. 7 seed, setting up a rematch of last year's Western Conference Finals - Warriors-Spurs - in the first round. They haven't: Even with teammate Stephen Curry laboring through injuries that have limited him to 51 games, the Warriors still coasted to the NBA's third-best record.

Kevin Durant will become a free agent this summer, but he's reportedly not going anywhere.

Durant, who won the 2014 NBA MVP with the Oklahoma City Thunder, signed with Golden State in July 2016. Since there are no real incentives for Durant or for his team to take such a drastic reduction in pay this time around, it is therefore justified that Durant opt-out to seek for a better contract this time around.

The Spurs lost at New Orleans in Wednesday's regular season finale and will now open the 2018 National Basketball Association playoffs on the road against the defending National Basketball Association champion Golden State Warriors. The discount allowed the team to re-sign Shaun Livingston and Andre Iguodala, something general manager Bob Myers appreciated.

Volkswagen Says Considering Board 'Changes', May Name New CEO
Predecessor Martin Winterkorn fell victim to the company's scandal over cars rigged to cheat on diesel emissions tests. After-tax profit rose to 11.6 billion euros ($14.3 billion) past year , on sales of 230.6 billion euros.

Durant told The Athletic in March that the contract was something that worked with him at the time.

Durant finished the regular season with the Warriors on Tuesday night after a heavy 119-79 loss to the Utah Jazz. I'm sure here soon I'll want to sign a long-term deal just to feel stable. "But I'm enjoying every moment of it, so I'm not trying to look too far down the line", Durant said.

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

With Curry out, it's up to Kevin Durant to play like a superstar. In 68 games, he is averaging 26.4 points, 6.8 rebounds, and 5.4 assists per game.

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