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Kevin Durant Wears Hat With Ring On Top Of Cupcake (Photo)

Jun 24, 2017 7:09 PM

Kevin Durant was spotted at JaVale McGee's charity softball game wearing a hat featuring a cupcake with a ring on top of it. When Durant signed with the Warriors on July 4th, 2016, Russell Westbrook posted a photo of cupcakes on Instagram, which was an inside joke he and Durant had with former teammate Kendrick Perkins.

Durant first wore the hat while taping the Bill Simmons Podcast on the day after the Warriors won the 2017 NBA championship.

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Bulls Sell No. 38 Pick To Warriors For $3.5M

Jun 22, 2017 11:31 PM

The Golden State Warriors bought the 38th overall pick from the Chicago Bulls for $3.5 million to select Jordan Bell out of Oregon.

On a day in which Jimmy Butler was traded by the Bulls, the franchise sold a draft pick they acquired in the Luol Deng trade in 2014. The move saved the Bulls more than $20 million in salary and luxury tax at the time.

Golden State bought a pick last year that they used on Patrick McCaw.

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Steve Kerr Wants Warriors To Consider 'Positive Ramifications' Of Visiting White House

Jun 22, 2017 12:25 AM

The Golden State Warriors have yet to receive an invitation to visit Donald Trump at the White House as 2017 NBA champions.

With a group of players and coaches that have been outspoken against the Trump presidency, there has been an expectation that the Warriors wouldn't visit the White House.

"The biggest thing for me is it's about the players. It's about the team," said Kerr. "We haven't met about it yet because we haven't been invited. I want to be sure the players give this a lot of thought."

Kerr said "it could have really positive ramifications if we do go. It's a different way to look at it."

Kerr added that "it could make a statement when there's so much divide."

Ultimately at this point, Kerr realizes the Warriors may not yet receive an invitation.

"I would love to get an invitation to the White House," said Kerr. 

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Pacers Tried To Engage Warriors, Cavaliers In Bidding War For Paul George

Jun 20, 2017 1:38 PM

Kevin Pritchard attempted to create a bidding war for Paul George between the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers as the Indiana Pacers seek a trade for him. Pritchard reportedly suggested to both teams that the other was interested in trading for George.

The Cavaliers would package out Kevin Love with a third team, but the Warriors don't have salary to trade for George outside of Draymond Green or Klay Thompson.

"They're going to drag this out," says an Eastern Conference senior VP. "It's always possible somebody jumps out there and offers a lottery pick and a starter, but there's a better chance that teams sit back and wait to see if they're one piece away. It's a big risk. You give too much for a guy who then walks, it could set you back two, three years."

The Los Angeles Lakers are George's preferred destination but the team currently has no plans to give up any significant assets for him.

 

"If you wait, it puts pressure on George to play well going into the season," said the source.

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Warriors To Avoid Middle Tier Of NBA Contracts To Keep Big 4 Together

Jun 20, 2017 1:20 PM

During Tim Kawakami's conversation on RealGM Radio with Danny Leroux, he spoke about how the Golden State Warriors will attempt to make it work financially while having potentially four players on maximum contracts.

Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant will sign max contracts this summer while Green and Thompson are likely to sign max deals in future seasons if they continue their current trajectory of play.

"Where do teams usually screw up in these long-term contracts? It's for these middling players that they hope are great players and you pay them at middling players," said Kawakami.

"The Warriors have made a clear call that they're going to have four great players. Four players who may not be paid the maximum, though Curry and Durant are going to be, but those are it. Everyone else, we'll see what happens with (Andre) Iguodala and (Shaun) Livingston, those are the two middling players.

"Everything else is replaceable. Everything. Iguodala is less replaceable but as he gets older he will be more and more replaceable in their minds."

Kawakami referenced the types of contracts that teams sign players to and quickly regret such as Timofey Mozgov, Luol Deng and Meyers Leonard.

The free agencies of Iguodala and Livingston will be intriguing to watch as the Warriors attempt to keep their roster together while adhering to that principle. Golden State will likely attempt to offer shorter term deals that expire when Green and Thompson get new deals.

"They've just kind of cleared that out. They're not going to overpay everybody because they have the four guys who are all worth (the) max.

"It's really a clarification. In this league where you're not sure about free agents and how they're going to work.

"I don't know that economic sense has really registered with people yet.

"It's an interesting economic way to set this up where they will be uninvolved in the middle tier of the NBA economics."

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Clippers Paying Jerry West $4M-$5M Per Season, Hope He Helps Land LeBron In 2018

Jun 19, 2017 8:33 PM

Jerry West will be paid between $4 million and $5 million per season by the Los Angeles Clippers.

Steve Ballmer hired West, at least in part, to improve the Clippers' odds of signing LeBron James in 2018.

West previously spent six seasons with the Golden State Warriors.

James and West have built a connection over the years.

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David Kahn Explains Why He Didn't Draft Stephen Curry In 2009

Jun 19, 2017 4:20 PM

The agent for Stephen Curry told the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Chicago draft combine in 2009 that Dell Curry didn't want the team to select him.

“No offense,” said Jeff Austin to David Kahn.

Kahn recounts the story in a piece in Sports Illustrated. Kahn had recently been hired by the Wolves as general manager.

“I really need your help on this,” said Austin.

Kahn said he never received a request like that during his tenure with the Wolves.

Minnesota selected Ricky Rubio and Jonny Flynn with the No. 5 and No. 6 picks. The Wolves were concerned that they could have to deal with two players who didn't have interest in playing for the franchise since Rubio had a complicated buyout in his contract.

Dell Curry shared the story last year.

“We told Minnesota that Steph didn’t want to go there,” said Dell Curry. “We had no idea that they had agreed to a trade. Obviously, they couldn’t put that out. I remember (then-Suns general manager and now Curry’s Golden State coach) Steve Kerr calling me (the following morning) and saying, ‘Don’t go to the press conference. We have a trade that they reneged on.’ I’m like, ‘That’s between you guys. We’re going wherever they tell us. We can’t not go.’"

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Kevin Durant Will Re-Sign With Warriors

Jun 19, 2017 4:12 PM

Kevin Durant will decline his player option for the 17-18 but will re-sign with the Golden State Warriors.

Durant intends to take less than the max he's eligible for in order to improve the Warriors' odds of re-signing Andre Iguodala.

Durant is likely to sign another one-plus-one contract.

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Andre Iguodala To Receive Interest From Jazz, Clippers, Bulls, Wolves, Hawks

Jun 19, 2017 11:58 AM

Andre Iguodala plans to give serious consideration to leaving the Golden State Warriors in free agency.

Teams would have to show Iguodala a vision of moving towards contention.

The Utah Jazz, Los Angeles Clippers, Chicago Bulls, Minnesota Timberwolves and Atlanta Hawks are expected to pursue discussions with Iguodala.

Iguodala could command as much as $20 million annually on the open market.

Golden State’s salary situation will be complicated, even with Durant possibly willing to accept approximately $3.5 million less in salary in a one-year deal to accommodate the re-signing of the team’s core players. 

Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News reported last week Iguodala was expected to re-sign with the Warriors on a contract worth anywhere between $8 million and $12 million per season.

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RealGM Radio: Tim Kawakami On The Warriors

Jun 18, 2017 10:49 PM

Host Danny Leroux (@DannyLeroux) and Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News (@timkawakami) break down the Warriors past, present and future.

They discuss Golden State’s second championship in three years, the moves necessary to build this team, whether it will be possible to keep the core together and how they compare to the Shaq-Kobe Lakers.

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Steve Kerr: Curry's The Person Most Responsible For What We've Built
Steve Kerr has snubbed Stephen Curry twice in the past week, first by declaring that Kevin Durant is the Warriors' best player and then forgetting to mention him during his parade speech on Thursday.

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Andre Iguodala Expected To Re-Sign With Warriors For Up To $12M Per Season

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Draymond To LeBron: You Started The Superteam, Bro!
During the Warriors' title parade, Draymond Green responded to comments by LeBron James about how he had never played on a superteam.

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Kevin Durant: Warriors 'Work Extremely Well Together', Not Superteam
Kevin Durant said the Warriors' selflessness stands out to him.

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Jerry West Leaves Warriors To Join Clippers' Front Office
Jerry West's contract with the Warriors is expiring and sources say a strain had developed with their ownership group.

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Warriors Expected To Decline Possible White House Invitation
Stephen Curry said his preference would be to decline, and four teammates have offered similar decisions publicly.

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Stephen Curry: It Would Mean Everything To Keep Warriors Together
Stephen Curry is expected to sign a five-year, $205 million contract in free agency.

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Kevin Durant Expecting To Work Out Contract To Keep Warriors' Core Together
If Kevin Durant takes about $4 million less than his max next season and waits to sign a long-term deal, the Warriors won't need to use cap space to re-sign Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston.

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Finals TV Ratings In Oklahoma City Were Down Despite Kevin Durant
With Kevin Durant in The Finals as a member of the Warriors, one would have guessed his old fans in Oklahoma City would have tuned in to either root against him or for him.

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Barack Obama Sent Kevin Durant Congratulations Text After Game 5
Barack Obama complimented Kevin Durant's defense in a text to say congratulations on winning his first ring.

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Warriors Will Offer Full Five-Year $205M Max To Stephen Curry
Stephen Curry indicated during the season that he can't see himself playing for another team.

Tim Kawakami/San Jose Mercury News

Klay Thompson 'Loves Being A Part Of Warriors'
Klay Thompson has been the player most frequently mentioned as the one that would be most likely to eventually leave the Warriors.

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Warriors' 15-17 Playoff Winning Percentage Short Of 90s Bulls, 00s Lakers
The Warriors now have a 47-15 record (.758 winning percentage) in the playoffs over the past three seasons.

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Warriors Had Just Two Instances Where They Had To Clear Air During 16-17
Stephen Curry's role within the Warriors' offense and Kevin Durant slowing their late game offense were the only two major issues in 16-17.

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Warriors Have Yet To Make Decision On Visiting White House
The Warriors visited the White House following their title in 2015 when Barack Obama was president.

Jeff Zilgitt/USA Today

Warriors Confident Steve Kerr Will Coach In 17-18
Steve Kerr has now won nine rings with two as a coach following seven as a player.

Chris Haynes/ESPN

Game 5 Draws Highest Rating Since 1998
ABC's coverage of Game 5 drew a 16.0 metered market rating, which is the highest since Game 5 of 1998 and up 13 percent from 2016 and 2015.

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Warriors Trying To Trade Into Draft
The Warriors owe their first rounder this year to the Jazz as part of their salary cap clearing maneuvering for Andre Iguodala.

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Draymond Green: Thanks For 2016 Loss If KD Was Consolation Prize
The Warriors lost in Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals, blowing a 3-1 lead.

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Kevin Durant Replied 'I'm Ready, Let's Do This' To Draymond Green After Game 7
The Thunder were confident of their chances to re-sign Kevin Durant until the Warriors lost in Game 7 to the Cavs.

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