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Kevin Durant to sign four-year, $198 million extension with Brooklyn Nets

Newly crowned three-time Olympic gold medallist Durant will sign a fresh max contract to take his career earnings past $500m

Brooklyn Nets' Kevin Durant (7) during the first half of Game 7 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Milwaukee Bucks Saturday, June 19, 2021, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

All-NBA forward and 2014 MVP Kevin Durant plans to sign a four-year, $198 million extension with the Brooklyn Nets when he becomes eligible later this month.

Durant's media company, Boardroom, announced the news on Friday, citing Durant's manager Rich Kleiman.

Durant, who turns 33 next month, is an 11-time All-Star and two-time NBA Finals MVP, when he won titles with the Golden State Warriors in 2017 and 2018. He left the Warriors following the 2018-19 season, which ended in a loss to the Toronto Raptors in the NBA Finals. Durant ruptured his Achilles during the series, causing him to sit out all of 2019-20.

Durant played his first season with the Nets in 2020-21 alongside Kyrie Irving and James Harden, the latter of whom was acquired via trade midseason.

While missing sizeable parts of the regular season with multiple injuries, while also testing positive for COVID-19, Durant played 35 games and averaged 26.9 points, 7.1 rebounds, 5.6 assists and 1.3 blocks per game.

In the 2021 playoffs, Durant recorded 34.3 points per game and dropped 48 in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semi-finals against the Milwaukee Bucks.

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Kevin Durant set a Game 7 record with 48 points, including a buzzer-beater with a second left to send the game to overtime, but it was not enough as the Nets fell short against the Bucks.

Though the Nets lost, it marked the highest-scoring individual performance in a Game 7 in NBA history.

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According to Boardroom, Durant is declining a player option for the 2022-23 season, while adding four more years through the 2025-26 season.

The extension will take Durant past $500 million in career on-court earnings, the website said.

Durant is currently in Japan, having led the U.S. men's basketball team to the gold medal after a 87-82 victory against France. He had a game-high 29 points and six rebounds in the final, continuing his streak of impressive performances in decisive games at the Olympics after scoring 30 during the gold medal matches in Rio 2016 and London 2012.

During the games, Durant has become the highest scoring player in Team USA men's Olympic history and joins Carmelo Anthony as the only players with three gold medals in men's basketball.

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