Spurs to open playoffs at Warriors after loss in regular season finale

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Spurs to open playoffs at Warriors after loss in regular season finale

Kevin Durant will enter the free-agent market this offseason but likely won't be available for long.

Haynes reports that KD opted to turn down the $26.2 million salary in order to restructure a new deal with the Warriors that will ultimately pay him even more money.

The Spurs lost the regular season series to Golden State 3-1, and were swept by the Warriors in last year's Western Conference Finals. The Finals MVP did it to help Golden State.

The Spurs will be facing the Golden State Warriors in the first round of the playoffs this season after falling to seventh in the wild west, and with Steph Curry most likely sitting out the entire first round with a knee injury, many think the Spurs have a chance against the defending champs.

Last summer Durant signed a two-year, $51 million deal, which was about $10 million less than what his max contract would have been.

"[Durant's] gesture of taking less gave us the ability to be very aggressive in pursuing Shaun and Andre". "I can pretty much unequivocally say, without it, we're not looking at the team we have right now". That said, Durant has no intentions of leaving the Bay Area.

If Durant wants a long-term deal, he could look at a four-year, $158 million contract, speculates NBC's ProBasketballTalk.

"Financially, obviously, what I wanted to do past year, it made sense", Durant told the Athletic in March. "That's a bridge too far for me, but anyway..."

The Toronto Raptors earned the top seed in the East this season after posting a 59-23 record. He quietly put together a season every bit as stellar as previous year, averaging 26.4 points, 6.8 rebounds and 5.4 assists, while making 51.6 percent from the field and 41.9 percent from the 3-point line (he shot 88.9 percent from the foul line, leaving him five free throws short of the coveted 50-40-90 threshold).

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