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Kevin Durant (GS)

Kevin Durant (GS)

Kevin Durant has agreed to re-sign to a two-year, $53 million contract with the Warriors, Chris Haynes of ESPN.com reports.

Impact

Durant will make just $25 million during the the first year of the deal, which is significantly less than the max contract that he could have received. That should allow the Warriors to sign all of their key free agents, meaning nearly the entire rotation from the 2016-17 NBA Championship team will be back intact for their title defense. Durant also has a player option for the second year of the deal, so he'll potentially be able to re-up for more money next season. Durant should be a key component both offensively and defensively for the Warriors during the upcoming campaign, which should make him one of the top overall fantasy options.

Kevin Durant will decline his $27.7 million player option for the 2017-18 season, but is fully expected to re-sign with the Warriors, Chris Haynes of ESPN.com reports.

Impact

Durant is planning to take a little less than a max deal in re-signing to the Warriors, with the hope that they'll be able to bring back some of their key role players elsewhere, which appears to include Andre Iguodala as the biggest priority. Already indicating that he wants to be with Golden State long term, Durant isn't in danger of heading elsewhere and should continue to be considered a key player in heading the Warriors championship defense during the upcoming campaign. The 2017 NBA Finals MVP averaged 25.1 points, 8.3 rebounds, 4.8 assists, 1.1 steals, 1.6 blocks and 1.9 three-pointers across 33.4 minutes during his first season with the Warriors.

Kevin Durant provided 39 points (14-20 FG, 5-8 3Pt, 6-6 FT), seven rebounds, five assists and one steal over 40 minutes during Monday's 129-120 win over the Cavaliers in Game 5 of the NBA Finals.

Impact

Fittingly, Durant's efforts spearheaded the Warriors' series-clinching win, validating his momentous offseason signing in the most spectacular way possible. The All-Star forward drained buckets from wherever he pleased and put a bow on what was an outstanding series. Durant shot an impressive 55.6 percent over the five games, making 14 shots in both Game 1 and Game 5 while also notching 13 successful attempts in Game 2. He scored no less than 31 points in any game, and Monday's point total served as his postseason high. Durant wrapped up a remarkable first season in Golden State with averages of 25.1 points, 8.3 rebounds, 4.8 assists, 1.6 blocks and 1.1 steals across 33.4 minutes and will naturally be an intergral part of the team's defense of their championship next season.

Kevin Durant contributed 35 points (9-22 FG, 2-9 3Pt, 15-16 FT), four rebounds, four assists and two blocks across 39 minutes in a 137-116 Game 4 loss to the Cavaliers.

Impact

With his fourth straight 30-point game, Durant has helmed the multi-faceted Warriors attack all series, but with both Stephen Curry (14 points) and Klay Thompson (13 points) turning in subpar efforts and the Cavaliers drilling a FInals-record 24 three-pointers, it wasn't enough for Golden State to secure a series sweep. The Warriors should get better play from their supporting cast as the series heads back to Oakland for Game 5, and if Durant is able to maintain the level of play he's provided for the first four games, he'll have a great chance at securing his first NBA title and a likely FInals MVP award.

Kevin Durant scored 33 points (13-22 FT, 4-8 3Pt, 3-3 FT) while adding 13 rebounds, six assists, five blocks and three steals across 41 minutes in Sunday's 132-113 win over the Cavaliers.

Impact

Durant was outstanding in Game 1, but he took it to another level in this one, leading his team in points, rebounds, steals and blocks while finishing second in assists. He continues to get the job done on the offensive end, but his ability to dominate on defense as well is a new dimension to his game – one that has made him the early front runner for NBA Finals MVP. Durant is averaging 35.5 points, 11 rebounds, seven assists, 3.5 treys and 2.5 blocks per game in the series, with excellent shooting numbers to boot, and he will look to take his dominance on the road for Game 3.

Kevin Durant supplied 38 points (14-26 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 7-8 FT), eight rebounds and eight assists over 38 minutes during Thursday's 113-91 win over the Cavaliers in Game 1 of the NBA finals.

Impact

The All-Star forward dominated from start to finish, draining buckets from all over the court and also managing to frequently set up teammates for scoring opportunities. Durant's scoring total equaled a postseason best that he'd established in Game 3 of the semifinals versus the Jazz, while his eight assists were a playoff high. The 28-year-old also continued to be highly effective from long range, as he's now drained at least 50 percent of his three-point attempts in five of his last seven postseason contests. If Durant can continue dominating across the stat sheet as he did Thursday, the Cavs' chances of a repeat undoubtedly grow that much dimmer.

Kevin Durant totaled 33 points (11-19 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 8-10 FT), 10 rebounds, four assists, two steals and one block across 38 minutes during a 120-108 win over the Spurs on Saturday.

Impact

Durant was easily the team's top scorer as he also posted a double-double in the Game 3 win. The 33 points marked his third-best scoring total of these playoffs. In his last five games, Durant has alternated between 30-point efforts and below 20-point efforts, so if that trend continues, he will have a quieter Game 4.

Kevin Durant delivered 34 points (11-21 FG, 2-8 3Pt, 10-12 FT), five rebounds, four assists, four blocks, and one steal in 39 minutes during Sunday's 113-111 win over the Spurs in Game 1.

Impact

Durant was incredibly efficient, and he got the job done on both ends. His block numbers are still slightly down over the course of these playoffs (1.3 per game) versus the regular season (1.6 per), but this was perhaps his most well-rounded game of the postseason. Durant has now scored 30 points or more in three of his seven playoff appearances with the Warriors. If Kawhi Leonard (ankle) is forced to sit out or is at all limited going forward, Durant could stay hot against the Spurs.

Kevin Durant totaled 38 points (15-26 FG, 4-8 3Pt, 4-4 FT), 13 rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block across 39 minutes during a 102-91 win over the Jazz on Saturday.

Impact

Durant had his best game of these playoffs as he went for a game-high 38 points and double-doubled for the second consecutive outing. The four three-pointers made doubled his previous high total of two during these playoffs. With several other players struggling from the field on Saturday, Durant made up for it as he was efficient in attempting his highest number of field goal attempts since Jan. 29.

Kevin Durant posted 25 points (6-13 FG, 0-4 3Pt, 13-15 FT), 11 rebounds, seven assists, one steal and one block over 36 minutes during Thursday's 115-104 victory over the Jazz in Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals.

Impact

After a solid but modest (by his standards) Game 1 effort, Durant looked like himself while spearheading the Game 2 victory. He remained aggressive throughout the contest, leading to his most visits to the charity stripe since way back on Jan. 6 against the Grizzlies. The effort was also the All-Star forward's second double-double of the postseason, with the first having come in Game 1 of the first round against the Trail Blazers. With a robust 36-minute workload under his belt, Durant looks to be fully over his calf issues and ready to contribute at his usual levels going forward.

Kevin Durant totaled 17 points (7-17 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 2-2 FT), five rebounds, five assists and one steal across 31 minutes during a 106-94 win over the Jazz on Tuesday.

Impact

Durant saw his workload increased as expected in his second game back from the calf injury that sidelined him for two games. His workload was close to his normal regular season workload, and the team didn't need to extend his minutes with the game never really in doubt. He posted a solid all-around line as each starter reached double figures. Durant's efficiency was below normal, but he will likely improve on that in the rest of the series.