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Kevin Durant can opt out of $164m Brooklyn Nets contract in 2022

Thursday 11 July 2019 06:21, UK

Kevin Durant celebrates a basket during the 2019 All-Star Game
Image: Kevin Durant celebrates a basket during the 2019 All-Star Game

Kevin Durant's four-year, $164m contract with the Brooklyn Nets includes a player option for the final year, according to multiple reports.

ESPN reported that the Nets' other big free agent acquisition, point guard Kyrie Irving, also has a final-year player option on his four-year deal worth $142m.

Durant has the option to opt out of his deal after the 2021-22 season, which could give the Nets just two healthy seasons from the 10-time All-Star. He is expected to miss the 2019-20 season with a ruptured Achilles he suffered in Game 5 of the NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors.

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Durant, who turns 31 in September, averaged 26 points, 6.4 rebounds and 5.9 assists in 78 games for the Golden State Warriors last season.

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He has career averages of 27 points, 7.1 rebounds and 4.1 assists in 849 games.

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Other potential free agents in 2022 include LeBron James, Stephen Curry and James Harden.

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