Kevin Durant signed a four-year contract with the Warriors in free agency.
Yes, you read that right.
He then was shipped to Brooklyn in the sign-and-trade that brought D'Angelo Russell to the Dubs.
Details matter! And speaking of details -- the two-time NBA Finals MVP most likely will become a free agent again in the summer of 2022, not 2023.
Why? Because KD's deal contains a player option in Year 4.
Jeff Siegel of Early Bird Rights has the details:
Some official contract numbers, per sources:
Kevin Durant's max deal on the sign-and-trade to Brooklyn contains $4.3M in likely bonuses. No word yet on how those bonuses can be earned...if they're individual statistical bonuses, then he won't earn them this year with the injury.— Jeff Siegel (@jgsiegel) July 8, 2019
Durant also has a player option in Year 4 and a full 15% trade kicker.
DeAndre Jordan's salary starts at 9.9M, goes up 5%, dips back down to 9.9M, then dips slightly to get him the rest of his 40M over four years.
Nets cap sheet: https://t.co/faS6T5U9pT— Jeff Siegel (@jgsiegel) July 8, 2019
In addition, shortly after Durant announced he would sign with Brooklyn, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the 10-time All-Star's deal was not a full max:
Free agents Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving are taking less than the max to allow DeAndre Jordan to get the $10M annual salary with Brooklyn, league sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 1, 2019
But when you factor in the "likely bonuses," the former Warrior should end up getting max money.
After winning his first title with the Dubs, Durant agreed to a contract that paid him $25 million in 2017-18 when he could have made just under $34.7 million.
After going back-to-back, he agreed to a contract that paid him $30 million in 2018-19 when he could have made $35.3 million.
Lastly, this certainly is interesting:
"The people I'm talking to say that in 6 and a half months Kevin Durant will be ready to play at full capacity. The people I trust who work with the best athletes in the world, that's what they've told me: KD will be ready." - @criscarter80 pic.twitter.com/dg3jjbaYxL— First Things First (@FTFonFS1) July 10, 2019
Get well, Kevin.