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Warriors to Pay Kevin Durant 'Whatever He Wants'

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The Dubs look like an emerging dynasty after capping off the greatest four-year stretch in National Basketball Association history, and barring a next, next chapter for Kevin Durant this summer, they're probably going to be looking at the greatest five-year stretch in National Basketball Association history about 12 months from now.

The 6-foot-9 forward is so long that he doesn't necessarily need elite athleticism to be a great scorer.

So, it's easy to imagine Durant playing in the league well into his late 30s. He has scored 2,000 or more points in every season in which he played at least 70 games.

When he does leave the game, Durant says he plans to keep his options open.

Golden State Warriors general manager Bob Myers revealed quite a lot about the NBA's salary structure after quickly assuring reporters that Kevin Durant can get "whatever he wants" with his next contract.

"This game, your craft, you have to continue studying it", Durant said. "No matter how much you enjoy it, nobody wants to be in school that long".

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"I don't know if anything would really blow your mind but it was a hard season and there were lots of moments where it became more hard", Kerr said. "Thirty-five, that's just a number in my mind".

It is not clear, however, if Durant will sign a one-year deal as he did in the 2016 offseason, or if he will seek a multi-year deal. If he went down that path, it could end up being his last contract.

So then, was this just some light-hearted chirping from Myers to Durant, or an indication that the Dubs may actually be thinking of just letting the former MVP and four-time scoring champ walk away?

A year ago, when Green wore a "quickie" shirt at the parade, in reference to Quicken Loans Arena and the Warriors' five-game victory over the Cavs in the 2017 NBA Finals, James responded on Instagram with another meme - "that's what she said".

Durant has said the same to business partner Rich Kleiman, though he said he would "believe it when it happens".

You can read the full Q&A here.

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