Kerr praises Durant pay cut

Claudine Rigal
Juillet 11, 2017

On Monday, Warriors head coach Steve Kerr had high praise for Durant, saying that what Durant's done contract-wise reminded him of San Antonio Spurs great Tim Duncan.

"I knew he was going to give up enough money to allow us to keep Andre (Iguodala) and Shaun (Livingston)". 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. Whether that's fair or not, I don't know.

"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", Kerr said. 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".

Whether you believe taking only $53 million is a sacrifice is up for debate, but coach Steve Kerr was impressed with his willingness to leave almost $10 million on the table to re-up with the team.

That feat was achieved in no small part to Finals MVP Kevin Durant literally taking one for the team and accepting a $9.5million pay cut.

Duncan, who retired after the 2015-16 season, took some reduced salaries throughout his 19-year National Basketball Association career but still made more than $238 million with the Spurs, according to Spotrac, a website that tracks contracts. Waiters played with the Thunder until the conclusion of their 2015-16 season, at which point both players headed in different directions: Durant to play for the Golden State Warriors and Waiters to play for the Heat.

Durant, 28, could have earned as much as $36 million per season had he signed a max deal this season. Kevin Durant falls somewhere between those extremes.

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