Kevin Durant Is The Real MVP
NBC Sports: Kevin Durant told the Golden State Warriors he was going to save a little money this summer — then he saved them nearly $10 million, taking a pay cut from what he made last season ($1.5 million less) when he could have gotten a raise. It was all in the name of keeping a title team together while letting Stephen Curry, Andre Iguodala, and others get paid.
Durant took some criticism for this, mostly because there are people still bitter he joined the Warriors the year before. Durant could have opted out and gotten a contract starting at $34.7 million a year, but had said from the start he wouldn’t do that, he would save the team some money. It was expected he would take the max 20 percent raise the Warriors could give him off his old contract, which would have been at $31.6 million next season.
Instead, he signed a two-year, $53 million deal and will take a pay cut this year down to $25 million. That cap space allowed the Warriors to keep its core together — Andre Iguodala, Shaun Livingston, and Zaza Pachulia will be back, and the team added players such as Nick Young and Omri Casspi. The Warriors should be improved next season, better than the 67-win, NBA champion they just were.
If someone were to tell me to my face that Kevin Durant wasn’t the best teammate in the league, I would be astounded. The guy is a mega star athlete that carried the Warriors to another championship last season and he is willing to let go of millions of dollars in order to keep his teammates happy. What a guy.
I’d compare him to a young Michael Jordan who won 3 straight championships, then wanted nothing to do with basketball because his one true love was baseball. People forget Michael Jordan was cut from the varsity team in high school. Even though he was a sophomore and could have just tried out for JV. But people forget his life story and that he had to overcome that obstacle. Michael Jordan then decided to be the ultimate teammate and come back to the Bulls to win another 3 championships because the Bulls were nothing without The GOAT. NOTHING.
But really, Kevin Durant is the ultimate teammate. No one in the area of Oklahoma can argue with that statement.