NBA notebook: Durant opts out, to stay with Warriors

Kevin Durant is opting out of the two-year, $51 million deal he signed with Golden State last summer but has no intention of leaving the Warriors. ESPN reported Tuesday that Durant informed the Warriors of his decision.By opting out, Durant could sign a four-year max contract for about $158 million.Ownership has already committed to making a pact Durant approves of for next season and beyond, and in the euphoria of claiming another NBA title, Warriors general manager Bob Myers made inference to a blank check offer from the Warriors.”Sometimes you don’t negotiate,” Myers said. “I’d love to have him for 10 years. Kevin Durant, look what he did for us last year, he did us a great service (taking less than a max offer). He’s earned the right to sign whatever deal he wants.”–Magic Johnson is confident he and the Los Angeles Lakers will lure big-name free agents to join the team, but he also isn’t putting all of his eggs in this summer’s basket.When asked by reporters if it will be a failure if the Lakers don’t sign a star like LeBron James or Paul George next month, Johnson responded, “No, because I told you this is [about] two summers.”

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