Kevin Durant Responds After Taking Less Money in New Contract
Kevin Durant took a huge pay cut this past summer when he re-signed with the Golden State Warriors.
While it’s easy to see the good intentions in the move and the desire to keep winning, Durant being the big fish in free agency meant his contract directly impacts the contract of every single player that entered free agency as well those who will enter it next offseason. Durant was the measuring stick and he did not cash in.
“Well, I’m a smart guy and I want to keep this thing going and looking at Andre (Iguodala) and Shaun Livingston and Steph (Curry) — they all should make the most money that they can make and get what they deserve,” said Durant in his first interview since re-signing with the Warriors. “Because they were all underpaid and I knew at some point they’d want to get what they deserve. So I just took a step back and let the chips fall where they may. Then I took it in my hands. I wanted to keep the team together and I thought it was going to help the ownership bring all the guys back. And on top of that, it’s my money. It’s my decision. I can do what the hell I want with it.”
In response to the criticism he has been receiving, this was what Durant had to say:
“They only (criticized) it because it’s the Warriors and it’s me and they love to hate anything we do right now. A lot of players have (taken pay-cuts). It wasn’t that I wanted the praise. I’ve learned from Tim Duncan and Dirk Nowitzki and how it has helped them over the years and I thought, if they did it, why can’t I? Why shouldn’t I sacrifice? People wanted the money to break us up and I didn’t want that to happen.”
To take it a step forward, Durant even went as far as admitting that it was he who presented the number to the Warriors’ front office.
“Yeah, like I said, I’m a grown man in this league and I’m at the point of my life and career where I’m able to dictate what I want to do with my future. So me and my business partner (Rich Kleiman) talked about it and when we brought it to them we knew they’d be excited because it’ll definitely help the whole group.”
Love it or hate it, Durant is here to win and clearly, that is the only thing on his mind.