The uncertainty is over. Kevin Durant is officially a Golden State Warrior.
He signed a one-year contract worth $26.5 million with a player option for a second year at $27.7 million, according to Spotrac.
The superstar was asked Thursday at his introductory press conference if he’s committed to the Warriors despite the short-term deal.
“I plan on being here,” he said. “I don’t want to go through that again. … I’m committed.”
This was news to general manager Bob Myers.
“That’s good to hear,” he said, laughing. “We didn’t force him to tell us anything like that.”
Even though he reeled in the big catch, Myers still has a good deal of work left to do filling out the roster.
He’s added a few ring-chasing veterans, but there are still holes on the roster he’s intent on filling.
“I think we need probably another combo guard, we’re looking at a few wings, maybe another backup big,” he said. “… We don’t have a lot of ammunition to get that done, we’re down to pretty much minimums. We’re not going to be able to outbid anybody, but we hope that people want to be a part of us.”
Next season, the organization won’t have as much salary cap flexibility as it was banking on when it entered free agency this summer. ESPN reported Thursday the NBA’s cap projections for the 2017-18 season would be lower than expected.
“[That won’t be] affecting Durant by the way. He’ll be around,” owner Joe Lacob said. “It’s just less money for us to fill out a team potentially.”