Kevin Durant is staying in Brooklyn.
The superteam is keeping its Superman, with arguably the best player in the world signing a four-year, $198 million extension to stay with the Nets through 2026.
Durant announced the move on Boardroom, his own media platform. He’ll decline his 2022-23 player option, and the extension will kick in after the upcoming season.
Ineligible for a five-year deal in 2022 because of the league’s over-38 rule, Durant’s average annual salary will be the second-highest of any of the four major U.S. leagues, behind only Stephen Curry’s four-year, $215 million pact with the Warriors.
The extension will keep the 32-year-old Durant in Brooklyn essentially through the rest of his career. And it’s the linchpin for the Nets re-signing their entire Big 3 — Durant, James Harden and Kyrie Irving — something general manager Sean Marks has openly stated is the team’s primary off-season goal, even at the potential cost of a half-billion dollars.