11-time NBA All Star Kevin Durant is planning to sign a four-year, $198 million maximum contract extension with the Brooklyn Nets, his longtime business manager Rich Kleiman told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. Following the end of the 2019 season, Durant signed with the Nets.
Durant missed the entire 2019/20 season with the Nets because of the Achilles injury he suffered during the NBA FInals against the Toronto Raptors. Durant returned to the court this past season and he was absolutely brilliant.
Durant averaged 26.9 points, 7.1 rebounds and 5.6 assists during the regular season but his stats went up during the playoffs. During the playoffs, Durant averaged 34.3 points, 9.3 rebounds and 4.4 assists.
Durant lead Team USA to gold medal
On Saturday, Durant scored a game-high 29 points to lead Team USA past France in the Tokyo Olympics final.
Durant was determined not to let Team USA lose to France for the second time in Tokyo. Durant accomplished his goal as Team USA edged out France 87-82 to win gold medal. "This is one of those special journeys," Durant said, per ESPN.
"When you're a part of a team that's evolving by the second, it's amazing to see. Each game we continued to grow. I'm grateful we all committed to it, we stuck with it and we finished it off." Team USA head coach Gregg Popovich was full of praise for Durant after the Tokyo Olympics final.
"KD is not special because he's so talented. The way he works on his game is more impressive," Popovich said. "The relationship he builds with teammates, the respect he garners, the joy he has in playing, it's like osmosis.
It goes into all the players." Draymond Green, who played with Durant for a couple of seasons, also dropped a praise on the Nets star. "Kevin Durant is exactly who we thought he was," said Green, who won two titles with him in Golden State as well as the 2016 Olympic gold.
"He's one of the greatest players to ever play this game. One of the most special guys you've ever seen lace their shoes up and take a basketball court." USA Basketball executive director Jerry Colangelo also spoke positively of Durant.
"He is a very special guy. He loves the game. He loves USA basketball," Colangelo said. "He's got that kind of character." Durant will now be determined to win it all with the Nets next season.