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Kevin Durant has shed more light on his NBA career plans.
As his contract with Golden State comes to an end, the All-Star forward has fueled uncertainty with his non-committal approach to free agency. Though some are convinced he will re-sign with the team to keep the Warriors dynasty intact, others believe he will move to another franchise if the contract and situation is right. Durant has given no solid indication about his plans to stay or remain with his team; however, he recently told Chris Haynes that money is a big factor.
"I just want to make sure I get as much money as I can on my next deal so I can stack up my money and figure it out," he said on the Posted Up podcast. "That’s the plan. Play basketball and stack money."
It's worth noting that Durant has reportedly taken major pay cuts to stay with the back-to-back championship team, but it's obvious that he's no longer willing to sacrifice his coin.
Durant went on to say that he wants to "dictate" his environment, and that "nobody" could recruit him.
"You can't give me the bells and whistles. I would rather see what you do on a day-to-day basis," he told Haynes. "That stuff really doesn't impress me.
"Arenas and doing extra s**t just for me? Like, nah. I just want to see if you're a real person, if you are going to hold people accountable every day. Are we all coming to work and enjoying basketball every day? Yeah, that's exactly what I'm getting here," he said referring to Golden State. One team likely paying close attention to Durant's comments is the New York Knicks, who have reportedly emerged has a front runner to land KD's services next year.
So, yes. Money will be a deciding factor in Durant's decision this summer; however, that doesn't mean the Warriors are completely out of the question.