Why Kevin Durant re-signed with the Warriors for $7 million less than his max

Durant’s $25 million salary in Year 1 helped Golden State ownership avoid a hefty luxury tax bill.

Kevin Durant agreed to re-sign with the Golden State Warriors on a two-year deal worth $53 million. It was a move that followed Stephen Curry’s five-year, $201 million supermax contract to solidify a powerhouse Warriors dynasty for years to come.

But the deal with the Warriors conceivably cost Durant almost $7 million in salary for next season. Instead of taking a max contract starting at...

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