How will Kevin Durant's Achilles injury affect his potential free agency this summer?
Warriors star Kevin Durant is expected to miss the entire 2019-20 season after rupturing his Achilles this week, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.
Durant suffered the injury on Monday night in Game 5 of the NBA Finals and underwent surgery on Wednesday to repair his Achilles. His future remains uncertain over whether he will leave the Warriors in free agency this summer or trigger a $31.5 million player option for next season. Durant could also sign a five-year extension with the team.
The Athletic's Frank Isola reported on Thursday that Golden State planned to pitch Durant on signing a long-term deal before his Achilles injury. According to Isola, the team might still consider that as an option, even if Durant misses next season.
Before his Game 5 appearance, Durant had not played for Golden State since injuring his calf against the Rockets on May 9. He recorded 11 points on Monday night before exiting.