Kevin Durant: Imagining the value of his next contract

UNDERSTANDING THE ‘V’ IN MVP — A local NBA salary cap expert projects Kevin Durant’s next contract could be in the neighborhood of $143.75 million over five years.
by Berry Tramel and Jon Hamm Published: May 13, 2014
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“Durant's salary in 2015-16 is $20,158,622. So at a minimum, his max salary in 2016 would be 105 percent of that, or $21,166,533. Could be more than that if the league keeps raking in money.

“Another variable: the national TV contracts. The big TV contracts expire in 2016. Speculation has the new contracts increasing by at least 50 percent, if not doubling. There could be a significant increase in both the salary cap and max salaries that summer. Durant's max salary could be quite a bit more.”

The Thunder can pay Durant more than can other franchises, “but it's not as impressive as you might think,” Hamm wrote. “The first-year max salary would be the same for him whether he re-signed with OKC or elsewhere. OKC will be able to offer a couple of things that other teams can't: a five-year contract (as opposed to four by another team) and 7.5 percent annual increases off the base salary (as opposed to 4.5 percent by other teams).

“Hypothetical example: let's say Durant's max salary is $25 million. OKC's offer would include annual raises of $1.875 million. Other teams could only offer $1.125 million annual raises. So OKC's offer would be five years, $143.75 million. Other teams could offer four years and $106.75 million.

“The rub is that if you look at both offers based on the first four years, the difference is not that significant (OKC's offer is better by only $4.5 million over four years). The fifth year is nice for security (some players place a lot of value on length of contract), but KD's going to eventually get that fifth year either way, so it's not a great advantage.”

By Berry Tramel

by Berry Tramel
Columnist
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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by Jon Hamm
NewsOK Contributor
I am a long-time follower of NBA basketball. While I love the sport, it's the behind-the-scenes activity that fascinates me most. For over 20 years I have studied how the NBA's Collective Bargaining Agreement impacts the final product. I was...
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