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The Golden State Warriors officially re-signed Kevin Durant, the team announced Saturday.

The nine-time All-Star reportedly inked a two-year deal worth $61.5 million with a player option for the second year. It’s similar to the “one-plus-one” deals that he signed the past two offseasons with the Warriors. He has opted out of his player option both times.

Durant won back-to-back championships with Golden State, taking home Finals MVP honors both times.

The 29-year-old averaged 26.4 points, 6.8 boards, and 5.4 assists in 68 games last season. He improved on that in the postseason, averaging 29 points and 7.8 boards in 21 playoff appearances.

The Warriors have continued to make drastic upgrades to their roster, officially adding star center DeMarcus Cousins despite already having four All-Star-caliber talents under contract.

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Steve Kerr is about to be rewarded for helping bring the Bay Area a third NBA championship in four years.

The Golden State Warriors head coach is reportedly finalizing a contract extension with the franchise, league sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

The extension will make Kerr one of the highest-paid coaches in the Association. He just completed the fourth season of his five-year, $25-million deal signed in 2014, with his new extension at least doubling his $5-million-per-year average, league sources told NBC Sports’ Monte Pool.

“I’m going to need it because I just bought a house in San Francisco and I’m going to have to coach for another 20 years to afford that house,” said Kerr of his potential extension after the Warriors swept the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2018 Finals, according to The Athletic’s Anthony Slater.

Gregg Popovich of the San Antonio Spurs currently has the highest annual pay among NBA head coaches at $11 million, followed by the Los Angeles Clippers‘ Doc Rivers at $10 million.

Golden State has gone 265-65 (.808) during the regular season under Kerr’s guidance, with a 63-20 record in the postseason.

The 52-year-old has taken leaves of absence while dealing with headaches and dizziness, health-related issues stemming from multiple back surgeries. Kerr has previously indicated he’d only continue coaching if his body permitted, which is why he was hesitant to sign an extension at the earliest opportunity.

The Golden State Warriors will need to spend deep into the luxury tax in the coming years to retain their championship core.

Fortunately, the back-to-back champions should have plenty in the bank after making The Finals in each of the last four seasons.

In this year alone, the Warriors took in approximately $130 million across 11 home playoff games, up from $95 million in last year’s playoffs, according to Tim Kawakami of The Athletic.

The Warriors will also be moving into a new arena in downtown San Francisco in 2019, which will give them another boost in revenue. Golden State became the first NBA franchise to collect membership fees, which should roughly rake in another $300 million, according to Kawakami.

Golden State has more than $103 million on its books next season before accounting for a new contract for Kevin Durant, and perhaps an extension for Klay Thompson, on top of filling out its rotation.

The Golden State Warriors have won three of the last four NBA championships, and there is no end to their dominance in sight, as long as paying their stars doesn’t become an issue.

Kevin DurantKlay Thompson, and Draymond Green are all due a massive pay rise sooner rather than later, but Warriors owner Joe Lacob doesn’t seem to think that’s a problem.

“All good things cost a lot,” Lacob said, according to ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne. “We’re going to try to sign Klay and Draymond to extensions this summer. They’ve earned the right to do whatever they want; maybe they want to wait until free agency. I can’t control that. But we’ll do whatever we can to keep them.

“We’ve proven that if we think we’re competing for a championship, we’ll be in the luxury tax. No one wants to be, but we expect to be. All I can tell you is we’re going to sit down and do our planning on how we’re going to improve the team for the future and setting ourselves up in the future. And it could go a number of different ways.”

Durant already accepted a near $10-million pay cut last season to ensure Andre Iguodala stays on board. There’s little doubt he’ll be back with the Warriors next season, but it’s hard to imagine the back-to-back finals MVP continuing to take less money to ease the luxury bill for ownership.

Thompson is ready to stick with the Warriors, but his father, Mychal, has suggested his son won’t be signing an extension this summer with an opportunity to make significantly more money in 2019. If the sharpshooter elects to forgo an extension of approximately $102 million over four years, he could potentially sign up to a five-year, $219-million deal.

Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett said Thursday he’d never make a move like Kevin Durant did to win a championship.

“You hopped onto a 73-9 team and he took the easy way out, in my mind,” Garrett said of the former Oklahoma City Thunder and current Golden State Warriors star to Ken Carman and Anthony Lima of 92.3 “The Fan.”

“It’s different when LeBron left. He went to (Miami to join) Wade and Bosh, but it wasn’t something that was already guaranteed, something you already knew was going to have immediate success. (James) had to jell and work things into place.”

Garrett’s opinion might be skewed by the fact that he plays in Cleveland, but his comments were scathing, nonetheless.

“If I were him, I would’ve never made a move like that in the first place,” he added. “Me, I’m too competitive to try and ride on somebody’s coattails to get a W. But for him, you might as well stay at the spot you’re at now. There’s no point in leaving since you’ve already taken that moniker where he’s been called the snake and cupcake and all that. You might as well stay and just keep on winning.”

Garrett, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 draft, was part of a Browns squad last year that went 0-16. He posted seven sacks in his rookie campaign.

Golden State. Golden still.

Stephen Curry scored 37 points, NBA Finals MVP Kevin Durant added 20 and a triple-double and the Warriors stamped themselves a dynasty after winning their second straight title and third in four years Friday night, 108-85 over the Cleveland Cavaliers to complete a sweep and perhaps drive LeBron James from his home again to chase championships.

Overcoming obstacles all season long, the Warriors were not going to be denied and won the fourth straight finals matchup against Cleveland with ease.

”This is so hard to do and doing it three out of four years is incredible,” guard Klay Thompson said.

It was the first sweep in the NBA Finals since 2007, when James was dismissed by a powerful San Antonio team in his first one. His eighth straight appearance didn’t go well either, and now there’s uncertainty where the superstar will play next.

James finished with 23 points and spent the final minutes on the bench, contemplating what went wrong and maybe his next move.

Act IV between the Warriors and Cavs featured a drama-filled and controversial Game 1. But from there on, Durant, Curry, Thompson, Draymond Green and the rest of this California crew showed why they’re the game’s gold standard.

And they may stay that way.

”Can’t get enough of this feeling so we’re going to celebrate it together,” Curry said.

Not wanting to give the Cavs or their fans any hope despite the fact that no team has ever overcome a 3-0 deficit in the NBA playoffs, the Warriors built a nine-point halftime lead when Curry ignored a closeout by James and dropped a 3-pointer.

Then the league’s best team tightened the screws on Cleveland in the third quarter, outscoring the Cavs 25-13 and prompting Golden State fans to begin those drawn-out ”War-eee-orrss” chants that provide a perfect musical accompaniment to their 3-point barrages.

By the start of the fourth quarter, the only question was whether Curry would win his first NBA Finals MVP or if it would go to Durant for the second year in a row.

And again, it was Durant, who added 12 rebounds and 10 assists – more satisfaction and validation for a player who couldn’t beat the Warriors so he joined them.

After surviving a rougher-than-usual regular season and beating top-seeded Houston in Game 7 on the road in the Western Conference finals, the Warriors withstood an overtime scare in Game 1 and joined an elite group of teams to win multiple championships in a four-year span.

Only Bill Russell’s Boston Celtics, the ”Showtime” Lakers and the Los Angeles squad led by Kobe and Shaq, and Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls have been as dominant in such a short period of time.

Even front-office executives are feeling viewer fatigue ahead of a fourth straight meeting between the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers.

Warriors owner Joe Lacob, for one, would have preferred to see a different opponent than the familiar rival in the NBA Finals.

“Sort of tired of Cleveland, to be honest,” Lacob told Anthony Slater of The Athletic. “But having said that, LeBron James is an immense challenge, an incredible player. It’ll be fun.”

Cleveland coming back from a 3-1 series deficit in 2016 has been the only blemish on an otherwise dominant dynasty in Golden State. As in the last three meetings, the Warriors are overwhelming favorites, as they were given 1-10 odds in Vegas to repeat as champs. However, nothing can be assumed with James playing at his absolute peak.