LOS ANGELES — Kevin Durant and the Golden State Warriors have agreed on a two-year contract worth about $53 million in a move that comes two days after they came to terms with superstar Stephen Curry.
Durant, who is an unrestricted free agent, will have a player option on the second year, American sports broadcaster ESPN reported on Monday.
The 28-year-old Durant is expected to have an annual salary of between $25 million and $26 million.
The Warriors came to terms with point guard Curry on a five-year, $201-million contract on Saturday.
Durant left the Oklahoma City Thunder last summer to sign with the Warriors.
He played a key role this season in leading Golden State to its second National Basketball Association championship in three years over the Cleveland Cavaliers.
In this year’s NBA finals, Durant averaged 35.2 points, 8.4 rebounds and 5.4 assists as the Warriors won the series in five games.
LAKERS INK BALL
The struggling Los Angeles Lakers have signed second overall draft pick Lonzo Ball to a multi-million dollar, four-year contract, the NBA team announced on Monday.
No details were released but the deal is expected to be worth about $30 million which is the allowable amount for a No. 2 overall pick under the collective bargaining agreement.
Lakers new team President Magic Johnson described the 19-year-old Ball as the “new face of the franchise” at a news conference last month.
The Lakers are in desperate need of offensive help as they finished with the second worst record in the Western Conference after winning just 26 games last season. They finished 41 games back of the first place Golden State Warriors in the Pacific Division.
Ball averaged 14.6 points, 6.0 rebounds, 7.6 assists per game as a US college player last season. — AFP