Warriors to face Spurs in first round of 2018 playoffs

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However, he will refuse his $26.2 million option so he can restructure a new contract with Golden State.

The Warriors and Spurs met last May in the Western Conference Finals, with the Warriors sweeping the series in four games.

Through the trials and tribulations of the regular season, Warriors players and head coach Steve Kerr have maintained that the Warriors' issues with complacency and boredom should be significantly allayed once they reach the playoffs and begin to play truly meaningful games.

Kevin Durant is heading to free agency, but he won't exactly be on the open market.

Golden State were heavy favorites to win the 2018 title after their five-game Finals drubbing of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Spurs lost at New Orleans in Wednesday's regular season finale and will now open the 2018 National Basketball Association playoffs on the road against the defending National Basketball Association champion Golden State Warriors.

The flexible contract Durant signed back in 2016 was mainly so the Warriors could resign vital bench pieces such as Shaun Livingston and Andre Iguodala, but also gave KD the opportunity to end it early in case of a change of heart or simply wanting more money.

Kevin Durant signed a discounted two-year, $51 million deal with the Warriors last offseason that included an opt-out clause.

. "There are people who will say, 'I would rather play the Warriors right now in the first round than the Thunder or the Jazz.' Right now".

"Financially, obviously, what I wanted to do a year ago, it made sense", Durant told the Athletic in March.

"I just feel like there was so much movement in our lineups", said the former MVP, according to Anthony Slater of The Athetic. "But I'm enjoying every moment of it, so I'm not trying to look too far down the line".

Because of this, Durant signed a two-year contract worth $53 million, with a player option for the third year. Durant could earn $35 million next season.

Durant, 29, is averaging 26.4 points, 6.8 rebounds, and 5.4 assists per game.



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