Los Angeles (AFP)
Two-time NBA Finals MVP Kevin Durant is set to sign a four-year, $ 198 million contract extension with the Brooklyn Nets, his manager said on Friday.
Rich Kleiman has said the Nets star will turn down a player option for the 2022-23 season, while adding four more years to his contract, which will get him through the 2025-26 season.
The 11-time NBA All-Star is at the Tokyo Olympics, leading the US National Team in the gold medal game against France.
The 33-year-old forward won two NBA titles with the Golden State Warriors in 2017 and 2018.
Durant left Golden State after the 2018-19 season and missed the entire 2019-20 campaign with a ruptured Achilles tendon suffered in the 2019 NBA Finals against Toronto.
He eventually joined the Nets and played alongside fellow All-Stars James Harden and Kyrie Irving last season, leading Brooklyn to the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Milwaukee Bucks.
The Nets lost the top seven streak 4-3 despite Durant scoring 48 points in Game 7.
While missing regular season games with a string of injuries, Durant averaged 26.9 points and 7.1 rebounds in 35 games.
The extension, to which he becomes eligible after Saturday, is expected to allow Durant to surpass $ 500 million in NBA career earnings.
Also in the NBA contract news, Kawhi Leonard is set to re-sign with the Los Angeles Clippers, although details are still being finalized, Yahoo Sports reported.
Leonard initially turned down his option, worth $ 36 million, for next season, but it was widely expected that he would try to negotiate a new deal to stay with the Clippers.
Los Angeles is home to the two-time NBA Finals MVP (2014, 2019) who grew up just east of town in Riverside.
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