Kevin Durant is still expected to demand a massive long-term contract this off-season, even if he tore his Achilles and will miss the entire season next year. His backup plan, which is considered a last resort, is to opt-in with the Warriors.
If KD does opt-in, the Warriors will have to pay him $31.5 million next season and he won’t step foot on the court. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski went on “Get Up” on Wednesday morning to break it all down.
If I’m KD and I get the unfortunate news that my Achilles is torn, I’m opting in and making the Warriors pay me $31.5 million to rehab. Then I’m hitting free agency.
It was Golden State’s medical team that botched this and they should have to pay up for doing so.