Warriors president says there is no guarantee that Kevin Durant will stay beyond this season

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The NBA world is still abuzz after Kevin Durant spectacularly turned his back on the Oklahoma City Thunder and decided to head for the Oakland and the Golden State Warriors this summer.

The 2014 MVP shocked the world with his decision to align with the very side that knocked him out of the postseason and he signed the one-year deal with a player option for a second year that many expected he would in OKC.

However, according to Warriors president Rick Welts in an interview with CBS Sports Radio, there is absolutely no guarantee that the 27-year-old will return to the Dubs next season if they fail to secure the Larry O'Brien trophy.

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"There's no commitment from Kevin," Welts said. "He signed a one-year contract with a player option. So I think the hope and expectation is there's a business reason for doing that more than there is a basketball reason for doing that.

"We've got to be a place that is as good as he thought it was when he selected the Warriors over the other options that he had. I think we're going through a really interesting time in our league. We're all trying to figure out what the new world is going to look like."

Whilst it's plausible that Durantula has cut a deal like this for basketball reasons, it's far more likely to be about money.

He'll be eligible for a higher percentage of the salary cap in 2017 after he completes his 10th NBA season, and he'll be able to sign the five-year max-deal then that only Oklahoma City could have given him this summer, and for not as much.

If he wins the title he may believe his work is done and seek another opportunity. If he doesn't, he may look for a better situation that can. The Warriors have to consider how they are going to accommodate four players on max-contracts down the road as well, so KD may well be making headlines next summer too.

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