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Sport Steve Kerr: Kevin Durant’s contract a ‘remarkable gesture’

18:57  11 july  2017
18:57  11 july  2017 Source:   msn.com

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Kevin Durant joins the Warriors last season and helps Golden State win a 2nd title under Steve Kerr . "I didn't know he was going to go beyond that. A remarkable gesture it reminded me a little bit of Tim Duncan and his time with the Spurs."

Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr praised superstar Kevin Durant on Monday for taking a pay cut to help keep the championship-winning team together. A remarkable gesture . Durant can opt out next season and then sign a max contract now that Golden State has managed to keep

Warriors head coach Steve Kerr praised Kevin Durant over the decision to take a a pay cut.© Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports Warriors head coach Steve Kerr praised Kevin Durant over the decision to take a a pay cut.

Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr praised Kevin Durant for accepting a significant pay cut by signing a two-year $53 million deal, calling the decision a “remarkable gesture.”

Durant could have demanded upwards of $36 million per year on a max deal. Given that Stephen Curry previously signed a five-year, $201 million deal with the Warriors, Durant requesting that kind of contract would have crippled the Warriors organization. Not only that, it also allowed the Warriors to increase its offer to Andre Iguodala, who later agreed to a three-year, $48 million contract, not to mention the freedom to make other advantageous moves.

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Warriors coach Steve Kerr seems extremely grateful for Kevin Durant ' s willingness to take less than a maximum contract to help keep Golden State's title-winning core together. Speaking to the Bay Area News Group on Monday, Kerr called Durant ' s two-year, million deal a " remarkable gesture .".

Steve Kerr knew Kevin Durant would take a pay cut to keep the Warriors' core together. But the amount stunned the coach, too. I didn’t know he was going to go beyond that. A remarkable gesture .

And Kerr rightfully has praised Durant for the decision to take less money not only to keep the team together, but to actually improve the roster. Kerr even compared Durant to another unselfish superstar who once demonstrated great loyalty to his organization.

“I told him it reminded me a little bit of Tim Duncan and his time with the Spurs,” Kerr said, via a Bay Area News Group report. “He made max money and then at key times in his career he took a little less so they could add a player here and there. The way the league works, the way the CBA works, it really kind of is up to the star player at key times to take a little haircut here and there. Whether that’s fair or not, I don’t know.

“But I do know that Tim knew it was dramatically helping his own career and KD understands the same thing. In the end, he’s going to make a fortune in his career. Already has and he hopefully is going to win more titles and that’s what he cares about.”

Suffice to say, it’s not like Durant hasn’t amassed a considerable amount of wealth already in his career and will continue to do so. Further, Durant will earn approximately $25 million in the first year of his new deal, which is nothing to sneeze at, either. It’s just that leaving what could have been $9.5 million on the table was, as Kerr put it, a “remarkable gesture,” indeed.

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