With both Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston entering unrestricted free agency this summer, Golden State had to handle business. But that business could have been held up had Durant decided not to take a pay cut.
The absolute max the Warriors could have offered Durant would have started at a $34.5 million salary next season. But Golden State needed to have that much money in cap space to sign him, which would have inhibited the team’s ability to re-sign Iguodala and Livingston.
Instead, his max this season was his Non-Bird max of $31.8 million. From that amount, he took a $6.8 million cut and commanded a $25 million Year 1 salary.
That pay cut allowed Golden State to give Livingston three years at $24 million and shovel up $48 million over three years for Iguodala, keeping the integral reserves for a championship run intact.
More Chronicles of Kyrie stuff: Zach Lowe’s deep-dive on the options and pitfalls out there on the trade market. The ESPN crew’s tick-tock of how Kyrie came to this place. Chris Herring’s analysis of Kyrie’s best role. What Kyrie’s request says about LeBron. Kevin Love has the best no-comment on this ordeal. Kevin O’Connor looks at the chain reaction of impacts.
Lost in the aftermath of the Chronicles of Kyrie: John Wall signed a designated player extension that should keep him in D.C. through 2023. Huge win for Cheap Kings Jerseys the Wizards.
Pau Gasol’s deal with the Spurs is basically two years, $32 million with a little more guaranteed in a third year. I don’t get it. Why did the Spurs convince Pau to opt out if they were just going to give him the same amount of money but tack on an extra year? This hurts San Antonio’s ability to Cheap Jordan Jerseys compete for top free agents in 2018. Is this the rare misstep from Buford and Popovich?