When Kevin Durant re-signed with the Warriors, he took an almost $10 million dollar pay cut. The max salary he could have signed for was $34,682,550 for the year, but when he signed on the dotted line his contract was for only $25,000,000.
Durant said he took a pay cut to help the Warriors sign some of the veterans like Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston but even after they were signed there was still money left over.
This summer he has already confirmed that he will be re-signing with the Warriors and he could be set to make about $35 million dollars again this summer. He has said he is willing to take a pay cut again this summer, but he doesn’t think it will be for as much as last year.
“Money has never been the sole reason why I made any decision,”
Durant told Marcus Thompson and Tim Kawakami of Warriors Plus/Minus .
“I just try to make a good basketball decision. And I’m sure, hopefully, the organization does right by me, as well. That stuff always has to align. But, for the most part, I try just to let my play do the talking and handle all that stuff. And we’ll talk about the details later.”
“But that’s not setting a good precedent for me if I’m like, “Man, I’m taking 10.” Now, they’re going to start taking advantage of me. You know what I’m saying? I know it’s a business, too. So, I’ve got a business to handle as well. We’ll see what happens, but I don’t see myself taking that big of a cut”
It will be interesting to see what Durant ends up signing for this summer with the Warriors, but it doesn’t sound like he’s going to be so nice to the team this summer.