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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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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 in the modern age of non-stop speculation driving the news cycle, there’s been nary a peep about Kevin Durant‘s impending free agency.

The silence speaks to the certainty of Durant’s decision. He’s sticking with the Golden State Warriors and he’s not entertaining anything else.

“I’m not even thinking about that. I’m here. I’m here. I ain’t even thought about it,” Durant told Anthony Slater of The Athletic.

When asked outright by Slater if he 100 percent intends to remain with Golden State, Durant answered, “Yeah.”

The 29-year-old signed two one-plus-one deals since joining the Warriors in 2016. Given the uproar that was raised by his decision, and given that he’s on the reigning champions, there’s no urge whatsoever to change locales yet again when he becomes a free agent this summer.

The only question then comes down to how much he wants to make. He can earn the full supermax if he stays on for another year, or he could take a slight discount and sign this summer after potentially opting out. Leaving money on the table could help the Warriors retain Klay Thompson and Draymond Green when they’re in line for their next contracts.

But again, Durant isn’t worried about it. Having already earned nearly $136 million from his NBA salary on top of a reported $300-million deal with Nike, he and his family are set for life.

“The money is not important to me. I’ve made so much over my career. But I do know that I want to be here, I love playing here,” Durant said.

Kevin Durant thinks college basketball players and their families are motivated by the wrong thing, and the NBA could be to blame.

When asked about the recruiting scandal rocking the NCAA, the Golden State Warriors superstar went on a rant about why he believes NBA player earnings should be kept under wraps.

“First off, they gotta stop publicizing how much money we make as NBA players because it’s driving these parents and kids crazy. Crazy,” Durant said on ESPN.

“So now they’re saying such and such is making $200 million on a five-year deal, what you think these parents talking about? They’re not even worried about the game no more, it’s like, ‘Oh yeah, you need to go make that.’ Whereas back in the day, I didn’t know what none of these dudes were making.

I just wanted to be them. I just wanted to be like them on the basketball court. So that’s one thing in my opinion – obviously it’s not gonna happen – but I think that’s one of the reasons why you’re going crazy around here with the cash.”

An FBI report purported that many programs provided illegal benefits to high-profile college basketball players – both past and present – and their families.

Durant, 29, was raised by a single mother under challenging conditions and spent one year at Texas before entering the 2007 NBA Draft, when he was selected No. 2 overall. Though he wasn’t named in the report, he said he would’ve skipped college if he could have because he needed money. That wasn’t possible because the NBA implemented a rule in 2006 that prohibits players from entering the league directly out of high school.

The 2014 MVP is averaging 25.9 points, 6.8 rebounds, 5.5 assists, and 1.9 blocks this season for the defending champs on a discounted $25-million deal. He has a $26-million player option for 2018-19.

Many other members of the NBA have spoken out about NCAA corruption, including LeBron JamesCarmelo Anthony, Stan Van Gundy, and Durant’s coach Steve Kerr, who said NCAA players should be able to profit off their likeness.

Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant has designs on life far beyond the game of basketball.

Durant committed $10 million toward the construction and operation of a local chapter of College Track, which helps send underprivileged students to college, according to Thomas Heath of The Washington Post.

The school is being built in his hometown of Prince George’s County, and is slated to open later this year. College Track will offer tutoring and financial aid to students over a 10-year period.

“We didn’t have the resources to get our minds thinking about the next level,” Durant said. “I want to do my part, whatever it is. If College Track students want to be the next Steve Jobs or the next influencer or the next tastemakers, they can get there. …

“Coming back to the neighborhood and showing them the experiences you went through, coming back and showing them what you’ve seen. You start the upward cycle.”