By Perry Green, AFRO Sports Editor, firstname.lastname@example.org
When reigning NBA Finals MVP Kevin Durant signed his contract extension with the Golden State Warriors this summer, he negotiated a deal that would give him a player option for the 2019-2020 season, meaning he would essentially become a free agent following this coming season.
The deal left Warriors fans worried if Durant maybe considering leaving the Bay Area, but it also has Washington Wizards fans hopeful about the possibility of Durant returning to his hometown in the DMV.
Kevin Durant’s options are open for the 2019 NBA season. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
Durant told reporters September 24 the reason he signed such a short deal was simply to keep his options open.
“It was one of those things where you’re just confident in your skills, and you just kind of want to take it year by year,” said Durant at the Warriors Media Day, according to reports. “To keep my options open, it was the best thing for me. I could have easily signed a long-term , but I just wanted to take it season-by-season and see where it takes me.”
Keeping options open could have multiple meanings for Durant. It could mean allowing Durant to maximize the amount of money he would be eligible to make on a future deal – Durant would qualify for a super max contract with the Warriors in 2019. Or, it could mean Durant having the option to move on to a new team, should he desire a different challenge.
NBA writer and radio talk host Brandon Robinson recently reported Durant is looking to join LeBron James on the L.A. Lakers next summer to create the greatest duo in NBA history. It would be the perfect way to move on from Golden State should the team go on to become the first to win three consecutive championships since the Lakers of the early 2000s.
But what if Durant instead chose to go home, and help lead the Wizards to their first NBA title since the Washington Bullets won it all 1978.
Durant told the Washington Post in 2017 that he “didn’t want to play at home.
“I’m trying to build a second part of my life as a man living in a different part of the country, just trying to do different things,” Durant said. “I did everything I was supposed to do in the D.C.-Maryland-Virginia area, I felt.”
But Durant hasn’t quite done everything at home – he hasn’t delivered his hometown a championship. He can change that, though, next summer.