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» Fri Aug 07, 2015 4:41 pm
Still have yet to see anything that would suggest we'd be favorites over OKC or Washington... I think it's a two team race for Durant and we're not in it.
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» Mon Aug 17, 2015 10:23 pm
To be honest, would rather just beat Durant than have him.
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» Thu Jan 28, 2016 2:19 am
Looking at the team right now, I don't want Durant, getting him might actually make the team worse, as strange as it is saying that. This team could have the best record in regular season history and if they do that, as well as winning the championship, especially in dominant fashion, there would be no reason to change anything.

Getting Durant would be a huge temptation though.

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» Thu Jan 28, 2016 9:09 am
Dan Lebatard talked about it yesterday. It will get more news as it gets closer.
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» Thu Jan 28, 2016 4:02 pm
migya wrote:Looking at the team right now, I don't want Durant, getting him might actually make the team worse, as strange as it is saying that. This team could have the best record in regular season history and if they do that, as well as winning the championship, especially in dominant fashion, there would be no reason to change anything.

Getting Durant would be a huge temptation though.



Hard to get worse with Durant. Here's the thing. I know it makes sense to not change anything if you are successful. But like Kawakawmi said about Lacob, you always want to get better. You always have other teams chasing you. Just in case anything happens, you need insurance. If you don't get Durant, what if San Antonio or Cleveland does?
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» Thu Jan 28, 2016 5:00 pm
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migya wrote:Looking at the team right now, I don't want Durant, getting him might actually make the team worse, as strange as it is saying that. This team could have the best record in regular season history and if they do that, as well as winning the championship, especially in dominant fashion, there would be no reason to change anything.

Getting Durant would be a huge temptation though.



Hard to get worse with Durant. Here's the thing. I know it makes sense to not change anything if you are successful. But like Kawakawmi said about Lacob, you always want to get better. You always have other teams chasing you. Just in case anything happens, you need insurance. If you don't get Durant, what if San Antonio or Cleveland does?



They can't afford to get him, that's the key, at least as far as I can see those two teams won't have the salary cap space to sign him. They could trade for him but I think he doesn't even consider them a destination. The Warriors could trade for him but it'd take Barnes and something like Iguodala and/or Livingston and after the season the team is having that is a big change that might not improve things. Every great team has a star or two and role players, each player doing their part with their skill set to help the team win. Durant could actually take away offensively from other players, especially Curry and Klay.
» Sat Jan 30, 2016 6:36 pm
klay and andre for Durant!

line up November

curry
barnes
Durant
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bogut
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» Sun Jan 31, 2016 2:07 am
CHRIS MULLIN wrote:klay and andre for Durant!

line up November

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bogut



Barnes is not a 2 guard though
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» Sun Jan 31, 2016 5:24 am
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CHRIS MULLIN wrote:klay and andre for Durant!

line up November

curry
barnes
Durant
green
bogut



Barnes is not a 2 guard though

Plus, in all likelihood, Klay would be giving up far too much since it's ultimately KD's decision. I don't mind trading HB with bird rights and/or someone like Iggy or Bogut for some exemptions plus picks, but it'd be up to the Thunder to probably piece some of that together to get something for losing their best player. Despite the cap going up, teams won't want to go too crazy until the next CBA 2 seasons from now. Even if we could make it work straight up (and we could), Curry and KD will still be asked to take some pay cuts, and if we're giving up some valuable vets at bargain prices or expiring deals, selling be looking for help to pay for those new contracts.

So to you KD out there, who don't wanna be on a team where the point guard's...all up in the games, being selfish, putting up empty stats, bits that don't hustle or exceeded, let alone destroy expectations, not winning rings...then come to Death Row Golden State! :Suge Knight Voice:
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» Sun Jan 31, 2016 5:36 pm
I agree with the peanut gallery. Klay Thompson is an unlikely trade target for OKC since Durant will be a free agent and the Thunder will have next to no leverage at all in any deal he signs here.
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» Tue Feb 02, 2016 12:28 am
IMO, our official big 3 now cannot be touched. The chemistry is too good and we need that special continuity. Splash Bros plus Green is special. Would you trade Barnes for Durant straight up though? I couldn't imagine how that would make us worse. A group that consist of Curry, Klay, Durant, and Green cannot be beaten.
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http://sports.yahoo.com/news/sources--warriors-serious-threat-to-sign-kevin-durant-182559375.html



Sources: Warriors serious threat to sign Kevin Durant


The Golden State Warriors’ plan of pursuit predates their 2015 championship run, a bold plot to declare the futility of resistance. It isn’t only that the NBA champions are determined to recruit Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant. The truth is that they’re the most intriguing destination to him. If Durant leaves the Thunder, the Warriors are the significant frontrunners to sign him, league sources told The Vertical.

The Warriors already have everything and yet they’re threatening to take more now. Steph Curry. Klay Thompson. Draymond Green. Committed ownership. Bob Myers, the executive of the year. Steve Kerr, a championship coach. Yes, Golden State has everything, including the ability to create the salary-cap space and a belief that Durant’s persona could fit seamlessly – even onto a potential two-time defending champion.

Make no mistake: Durant isn’t close to gone in Oklahoma City – no decision, no leaning, sources said – but the real threats on the summer market are beginning to reveal themselves. Durant is determined to win – to be an immediate championship contender at 27 years old – and that keeps bringing him back to the Warriors should he make the decision to leave Oklahoma City.

Outside of a Thunder championship closing down the process before July 1, there’s a strong expectation that Durant will hit the road, tour campuses and become a recruit again.

The big free agents, they’re forever living one of two things in the months leading into summer: searching for reasons to stay, or searching for reasons to leave. Durant has always been looking for reasons to stay. He adores the Oklahoma City community and holds a fondness for the franchise, but Durant is chasing championships, chasing a legacy.

This limits his choices, leaving the Los Angeles Lakers with little, if any, chance.

The Warriors will never speak of Durant’s name on the record – that’s league tampering, of course – but they know of whom you’re referring when you ask about the Warriors’ appeal to a superstar free agent. Even now, Durant represents something of the Warriors’ private bravado.

Think we’re unbeatable now?

Just wait.

“We’re all about winning,” Draymond Green told The Vertical. “One thing guys on this team don’t care about is who is getting the shots, or who is scoring. Guys definitely want to play here, play with us. We’re smiling. We’re having fun. You can tell that. I definitely think it’s become one of those places where guys will want to play.”

Perhaps no Warriors player would sacrifice so much on a personal level, yet Green is unflinching in his support of signing Durant, league sources told The Vertical. He’s expected to be a tenacious recruiter of Durant for the Warriors’ contingent. There are several moves the Warriors can make to maneuver the roster to clear a maximum salary slot for Durant. To have the chance to incorporate a superstar in full sprint onto the NBA’s best team, well, it’s practically unprecedented.

Here’s something else, too: Durant is forever searching for spiritual people in his life. It is a common thread of those who’ve found ways into Durant’s circle. It makes Steph Curry the most dangerous recruiter in the world on several levels: His prodigious talent, peaceful soul and grounded life.

“We obviously have a very appealing and attractive team and organization,” Golden State owner Joe Lacob told The Vertical.

“… We have a team – and a team concept,” Lacob said. “We’re proud of that. Proud of the way the coaching staff coaches that way, the players play that way. And our leader, Steph, epitomizes that. I do think that they all just want to win. That’s our mantra for the whole organization. I think anybody could feel comfortable coming onto this team.”

The Warriors have a billion-dollar arena on the horizon in downtown San Francisco, expensive seats and suites to fill, a monster of a local television deal to feed. Golden State’s core is young, and Durant’s disposition fits the Warriors’ culture. He has won his scoring titles. He needs a legacy and believes fully that has to include multiple titles. He doesn’t want to wait for a new team to form around him, which is why it will still be hard to lure him from the Thunder.

The Durant circle has closed considerably. His business manager, Charlie Bell, and agent, Rich Kleiman, are the primary non-family confidants. The free-agency process never starts on July 1; planning and preparation are always in the works months and months prior to the summer.

Outside of those well-known suitors – Washington, Houston and Miami – there’s another California team determined to make a bid for Durant, league sources tell The Vertical: The Los Angeles Clippers. If the opportunity comes to move Blake Griffin and replace him with Durant, the Clippers won’t hesitate, sources said.

Teams are calling on Griffin trades now, but Clippers president and coach Doc Rivers seems determined to play the year out with Griffin and see how far the team advances in the playoffs. Eventually, the Clippers will determine how intrigued Durant might be in becoming a Big Three with Chris Paul and DeAndre Jordan.

The Thunder would resist a sign-and-trade deal until the very end – until they were sure Durant was leaving them – but Griffin, an Oklahoma native, could be a fascinating part of that scenario.

For now, Durant is all in with these Thunder, hell-bent on breaking through in the Western Conference. No one ever doubts that with him. Yet Kevin Durant is human, and the slow, sure march to July 1 is real, it’s on his mind and the Golden State Warriors could be a problem for everyone.

All-Star Weekend is coming in Toronto, and Durant will get the chance to test out Steph Curry and Draymond Green as teammates. The recruiting has started, a delicate dance when the Thunder could turn out to be standing in the Warriors’ way come the playoffs. Nevertheless, this is NBA free agency, and make no mistake: For the defending NBA champions, the plan of pursuit for Kevin Durant has long been in motion.

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Interesting article and it is true that the team has such good chemistry and Durant doesn't seem to be a dominant personality or cry baby. He would fit in great and the team would amazingly likely be even better.
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» Wed Feb 03, 2016 10:48 pm
Another good article about how the team could create salary to get Durant.


http://sports.yahoo.com/news/how-the-warriors-can-afford-to-sign-kevin-durant-043710075.html




How the Warriors can afford to sign Kevin Durant


It might sound far-fetched, but it’s possible for the NBA’s best team to sign one of the league’s top free agents this offseason.

The Golden State Warriors are a serious threat to land Kevin Durant as a free agent this summer, even with the price tag of an annual $25 million max contract.

A casual fan may think there is no way talent-rich Golden State could land K.D., but here is The Vertical’s step-by-step guide to how the Warriors could make that happen.

Step 1: Retain the Big Three
Golden State can keep All-Stars Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green. All 3 players have a combined guarantee salary of $44 million.

Step 2: Guarantee Shaun Livingston’s contract
The versatile Livingston’s $5.7 million contract becomes guaranteed on June 30. Only $3 million is currently guaranteed.

Step 3: Keep the youth
Kevon Looney, 19, has a huge upside and great value because he is on a rookie contract for $1.2 million next season. Golden State also has its own first-round pick, projected at No. 30. Once the Warriors make this selection in June, there will be a cap hold of $973,000. The Warriors could also follow the San Antonio Spurs’ approach and take an international player and leave him in Europe. The cap hold would then be released if Golden State goes this route. Keep in mind that Golden State cannot trade its 2016 first-round pick.

Step 4: Hold on to Festus Ezeli
If Warriors management feels that Ezeli can stay healthy in the long run, then he is a keeper. The 26-year-old is having a career year but missed the 2013-14 season and parts of last season with various injuries, and he is currently sidelined with a knee injury. Ezeli has a $5 million salary cap hold but could see his salary double on the open market.

Step 5: Trade Andre Iguodala
Obtaining the 32-year-old Iguodala in the final season of an $11.1 million contract would be a bargain for a team looking for a wing this summer. The small forward market will be thin in July with 10 teams in need having cap room.

Step 6: Exercise stretch provision on Andrew Bogut
The best-case scenario would be to find a trade partner for Andrew Bogut. The 31-year-old will be going into his final year of his contract with a cap hit of $11 million. If Golden State cannot trade him, the Warriors would be allowed to stretch his contract over three seasons. Stretching Bogut’s deal means there would be $3.6 million counting against the salary cap.

Note: There is a scenario that includes the steps mentioned in which Golden State can elect to retain Andrew Bogut but renounce Festus Ezeli. The Warriors would have close to $23 million in cap space if they did so.

Step 7: Exercise stretch provision on Jason Thompson
Jason Thompson has $2.6 million in guaranteed salary and needs to be waived by June 26 before his entire $6.8 million contract is guaranteed. Waiving Thompson and stretching his $2.6 million salary over three seasons would see the Warriors incur a cap hit of $883,000.

Step 8: Withdraw the qualifying offer and renounce Harrison Barnes
Out of all the steps, this is the one that is the toughest to swallow. Since being drafted in the first round in 2012, Harrison Barnes has gotten better each year. Finding a team in a sign-and-trade scenario would not benefit Barnes financially or with the length of his contract. Renouncing him would free the Warriors of his $9.6 million cap hold. This is the biggest sacrifice Golden State would have to make.

Step 9: Renounce free-agent cap holds
Electing to renounce the cap holds on Mareesse Speights, Leandro Barbosa, Brandon Rush, James McAdoo, Ian Clark, Jermaine O’Neal and Ognen Kuzmic would free up $17 million in cap space. The players renounced could only sign for the minimum or midlevel room if Golden State elected to bring them back.

Although the process seems complicated, ask yourself: Would you trade Harrison Barnes, Andre Iguodala and Andrew Bogut for the chance to land Kevin Durant?

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Interesting to see the scenarios above and they are viable. I still think the best way to get Durant is to sign and trade Barnes and trade him and either Iguodala or Livingston and Speights or Jason Thompson for a resigned Durant.

I think Bogut is and must be kept and so should Ezeli, who I think will get close if not max contract from some team, as he has shown he has been very good this season. Even Durant at max salary, which will be about 27 million with the new higher salary cap, is attainable via trade by sending Barnes at 16-17 million, Livingston at about 5 million that he is on and Jason Thompson at about 7 million that he is on.

I'm not well versed on the salary system, especially the cap holds as mentioned above but it is simply, as far as I can see, just the amount of salary that the team has signed on or not, whether it is over the salary cap or not and whether it is over the luxury tax line or not. I have read over the last few months in a few articles that the salary cap for next season will be between 90 - 100 million, luxury tax about ten million over whatever the salary cap ends up being. That means that either signing Durant outright or doing a sign and trade for him with the above players I mentioned is definitely possible.
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» Thu Feb 04, 2016 3:35 am
Ray Woodson says if Lacob can scorch the Earth he will

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