Kevin Durant has missed your entire 2019-20 NBA season as he sits out with an Achilles damage, however he was nonetheless in a position to safe a big bonus from the bench.
Durant made a shock announcement within the offseason by signing with the Nets. As a part of that contract, Durant had an incentive that, if the Nets made the playoffs, he would earn a $1 million bonus. Properly, after the Nets’ win over the Kings on Friday, Brooklyn earned itself a spot within the playoffs.
And meaning Durant earned his bonus, as reported by ESPN’s Bobby Marks:
Kevin Durant has earned a $1M bonus with Brooklyn now clinching a playoff spot. The bonus earlier than the season was thought-about doubtless and won’t affect his $40.1M cap hit for 2020-21. https://t.co/lwhsuuIgFR
— Bobby Marks (@BobbyMarks42) August 7, 2020
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Marks famous the bonus “was thought-about doubtless,” however that was earlier than the season began. Because the season went on, it turned more and more unlikely the Nets would make the playoffs, particularly after Kyrie Irving suffered a shoulder damage in February that compelled him to overlook the remainder of the season. Then, forward of the NBA’s restart, a number of Nets gamers dropped out.
Nonetheless, the Nets aren’t going to fret an excessive amount of about lacking $1 million, particularly when it should their high participant. With the added bonus, Durant earned over $38 million this season, regardless of not taking part in in a single sport. The $1 million playoff bonus was the one incentive listed in his contract.
As for Durant’s future, the Nets star will proceed to overlook the remainder of the season. Though he had prolonged rehab time with the NBA’s delayed season, and now with the Nets reaching the playoffs, he made it clear in June he is not going to play.
“My season is over,” Durant mentioned. “I don’t plan on taking part in in any respect. We determined final summer season when it first occurred that I used to be simply going to attend till the next season. I had no plans of taking part in in any respect this season. … It’s simply finest for me to attend. I don’t suppose I am able to play that sort of depth proper now within the subsequent month. It provides me extra time to prepare for subsequent season and the remainder of my profession.”
The Nets have three video games remaining within the seeding schedule of the NBA restart earlier than the playoffs start.