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Bob Myers Was Lakers' Original Top Choice To Become GM

Feb 21, 2017 4:04 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers' original top target to become their next general manager was Bob Myers, who recently signed an extension with the Golden State Warriors.

The Lakers are pivoting to Rob Pelinka as their top candidate. Pelinka has strong ties to the Lakers due to his years representing Kobe Bryant and Derek Fisher.

Neil Olshey is another candidate though he's under contract with the Portland Trail Blazers.

Lakers assistant general manager Ryan West has a strong relationship and history with Pelinka, and would likely be considered a significant part of a new front-office regime.

Pelinka would have to divest from his business as an agent in order to become the Lakers' GM.

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Tags: Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

James Harden: Durant, Westbrook 'Have To Figure It Out Themselves'

Feb 19, 2017 8:24 PM

Four years before Kevin Durant left the Oklahoma City Thunder via free agency, James Harden was traded by the team to the Houston Rockets.

Harden has remained close with both Durant and Russell Westbrook, who have had a famously icy rivalry in the months since Durant signed with the Warriors.

“They’re two grown men,” Harden said. “They have to figure it out themselves.”

Durant was asked how he's dealt with potential distractions.

“Sometimes it’s tough,” he said. “But when you just block it out, it’s kind of easy. Don’t look at stuff and don’t pay attention. Stuff that you guys think is important, I don’t think it’s important at all. When you look at it that way, it’s pretty easy to me.”

Scott Cacciola/New York Times

Tags: James Harden, Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA

Kevin Durant Non-Committal On Taking Less Money To Give Warriors More Flexibility

Feb 18, 2017 8:25 PM

Kevin Durant is expected to become a free agent this offseason and his new max deal is projected to start at $36 million.

Since the Golden State Warriors don't have full Bird rights on Durant, they would have to use cap space to re-sign Durant.

Durant could instead re-sign with the Warriors with a starting salary of $31.8 million, which is a 20 percent increase from this season and $4 million less than his projected max. The lower salary allows the Warriors to sign Durant under his non-Bird rights and they could then go over the cap to retain Shaun Livingston and Andre Iguodala, who will also be free agents.

Durant was asked if that’s something he would consider.

“We’ll figure that out when the time comes,” Durant said.

On Friday, Draymond Green told reporters that he’d always be willing to take less money to ensure a good situation remains intact, saying that money “can sabotage winning.” 

“I don’t feel the need to go tell Shaun and Andre: ‘Yo, go take less money, money isn’t everything,’” Green said. “I don’t feel the need to say that, nor will I say that. You can’t tell what guy what money he should make or what’s important to him or his pocket. I don’t count anyone else’s pocket. Will we recruit them and want them back? Hell yeah. We’ll do everything we can to get them back. But I’m not going to tell them, ‘Hey, man, you should stay here for a little less money. You don’t need that money.’ That’s not me.”

Stephen Curry will also be a free agent but the Warriors have the luxury of his small cap hold and full Bird rights.


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Tags: Kevin Durant, Shaun Livingston, Andre Iguodala, Golden State Warriors, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

LeBron James: I Don't Have A Rivalry With Stephen Curry

Feb 18, 2017 4:58 PM

LeBron James doesn't view Stephen Curry as a rival despite their matchups in two straight Finals and their status with each winning multiple MVPs.

"I don't have a rivalry with Steph Curry," James said after Saturday's All-Star practice session. "There's no way you can say, 'Let's talk about rivalries,' and you say, 'Bird and Magic. Carolina, Duke. Ohio State, Michigan,' and then say 'LeBron and Steph.'

"It's disrespectful to those other three that I just named that you would even try to put us in the class with that. We haven't had enough battles, and who's to say we will have future battles. We'll see, but to put us in a category with [them], it's impossible. You can't do it."

James even feels there's not a team rivalry between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors.

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Tags: LeBron James, Stephen Curry, Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors, NBA

Draymond Green: Dolan Has 'Slave Master Mentality' In Treatment Of Oakley

Feb 15, 2017 2:57 PM

Draymond Green spoke out against James Dolan and the New York Knicks' treatment of Charles Oakley last week in which he was ejected from Madison Square Garden.

“The man is a legend. Treat him as such,” Green said. “First off. This is Charles Oakley. Why is he buying a ticket?”

Oakley and Dolan met with Adam Silver on Monday, leading the Knicks to lift their ban upon him from MSG.

“You doing it for me, It’s all good,” Green said. “You doing it against me … you speaking out against my organization, it’s not good anymore? That’s a slave mentality. A slave master mentality. That’s ridiculous. It was all fine and dandy when he was laying people out, taking fines and all this stuff for your organization. But now all of a sudden when he says something that he feels, it’s a problem.”

Marcus Thompson II/San Jose Mercury News

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LeBron, Durant, Curry, Harden, Westbrook Comprise NBA's Top-5 In Total Earnings

Feb 15, 2017 1:27 PM

LeBron James is the highest-paid player in the NBA in terms of total earnings for the third straight year at $88 million. James has earned more than $600 million since turning pro in 2003. James’ salary this season is $31 million after re-signing with the Cavs this summer for three years and $99.9 million, while he'll make $55 million in off-court earnings.

James added endorsement deals with Intel and Verizon over the last year, while parting ways with Samsung and Tencent. The new partners join Nike, Coca-Cola (Sprite), Beats Electronics and Kia Motor in James’ endorsement stable with James “lifetime” Nike deal potentially worth $1 billion, according to his business manager Maverick Carter.

Kevin Durant will make the second most money this season with earnings of $62.5 million, followed by Stephen Curry at $47.1 million. Curry’s $12.1 million salary ranks No. 83 in the NBA but he will make $35 million off the court.

Rounding out the top five highest-paid NBA players are James Harden ($46.5 million) and Russell Westbrook ($41.5 million).

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Tags: LeBron James, Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, James Harden, Russell Westbrook, Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA CBA

Klay Thompson Changes Agencies From BDA To Wasserman

Feb 13, 2017 12:35 PM

Klay Thompson has changed agents with Wasserman representing him both on and off the court.

Greg Lawrence is Thompson’s lead agent at Wasserman.

Thompson was formerly represented by BDA Sports.

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Briante Weber To Sign 2nd 10-Day Contract With Warriors

Feb 13, 2017 11:31 AM

The Golden State Warriors will sign Briante Weber to a second 10-day contract.

Weber received interest from four teams about signing him in the interim.

Weber has played in 11 total minutes over three games since joining the Warriors from the D-League.

Chris Haynes/ESPN

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Warriors-Thunder Draws Highest Non-Christmas Rating Since 2013

Feb 12, 2017 6:30 PM

Kevin Durant's return to face the Oklahoma City Thunder for the first time as a member of the Golden State Warriors drew the highest rating for any non-Christmas NBA regular season game since 2013.

The broadcast peaked with a 4.7 from 11-11:15 p.m. ET. It averaged a 19.5 rating in the Oklahoma City market, which is the best rating for a regular-season NBA game on ABC or ESPN since 2012 in the market.

Additionally, the broadcast delivered a 14.3 in the San Francisco-Oakland market, making it the second-highest rated game of the season on ABC or ESPN (second to Christmas).

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Warriors Triple Security For Kevin Durant's Return To Oklahoma City

Feb 11, 2017 12:59 PM

With Kevin Durant returning to Oklahoma City Thunder for the first time since leaving the franchise to sign with the Golden State Warriors, he and his business manager, Rich Kleiman, are taking preventive safety measures.

A heightened armed security team has been procured, tripling the normal amount of security personnel the Warriors typically travel with.

Kleiman will sit next to Durant's mother during the game.

A group of security officials will be strictly assigned to ensure they are supervised and protected throughout the game.

Because of his tight travel window in Oklahoma City, Kleiman will make the rounds on Durant's behalf at the various foundations and organizations the superstar continues to support.

Durant recently reached out to Rich Paul, the agent for LeBron James, to understand the hostile treatment he might receive once he takes the court.

Paul stressed to Durant the importance of hiring additional security staff, keeping his emotions in check, monitoring his family's whereabouts, moving precisely in the arena and not reacting to insults. Paul also reminded him to show his appreciation to the city and organization and reminded him that as long as he's happy with his decision, he doesn't owe anybody anything.

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Russell Westbrook: Durant Did A Lot For OKC, Crowd Reaction Up To Them
After the Thunder played their final game before the first return of Kevin Durant with the Warriors, Russell Westbrook was asked what type of atmosphere he's expecting.

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Stephen Curry Disagrees With Under Armour CEO On Trump
Stephen Curry thought he was sure where Kevin Plank stood based on his track record, which made his praise for Trump surprising.

Marcus Thompson/San Jose Mercury News

Draymond Green Purposely Engaged Kevin Durant In Verbal Spat
After Kevin Durant became enraged, Draymond Green began winking and smiling at some of his teammates and coaching staff.

Chris Haynes/ESPN

Kevin Durant Realized Westbrook Storyline 'Fake Drama'
Kevin Durant admitted he's "been thinking" about his return to Oklahoma City this Saturday "for the last month" and just wants "to experience it [and] see how I feel once that moment comes."


Jerry West Intrigued By Potential Return To Lakers
The current deal of Jerry West with the Warriors expires this July and there have been no serious talks about an extension.

Tim Kawakami/San Jose Mercury News

Warriors Raising Ticket Prices 15-25 Percent
The best courtside seats will rise from $625 to $715, or $30,745 for the season, excluding the playoffs.

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Steve Kerr Fined $25,000 By NBA
Steve Kerr has been fined $25,000 by the NBA for verbal abuse of game officials and failing to leave the court in a timely manner.

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Isaiah Thomas, Stephen Curry Named Players Of The Week
Isaiah Thomas and Stephen Curry have been named the NBA's Players of the Week.

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Stephen Curry Plans To Play In 2019 World Cup, 2020 Olympics
Stephen Curry played for United States in 2010 and 2014.

Warriors Sign Briante Weber To 10-Day Contrat
Briante Weber is averaging 16.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, 7.4 assists (fourth in the D-League) and 3.26 steals (first) in 36.8 minutes.

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Warriors Waive Anderson Varejao To Sign Briante Weber To 10-Day Deal
Briante Weber was the NBA Development League's Player of the Month for January.

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Isaiah Thomas, Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant Named NBA's Players Of The Month
Isaiah Thomas has been named the Eastern Conference Player of the Month for January while Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry share the award for the Western Conference.

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Klay Thompson To Defend 3-Point Contest Title
Klay Thompson is hitting the 3-ball at a 40-percent clip, and his 143 triples places him fifth among the top distance makers.

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Scott Brooks, Steve Kerr Named Coaches Of The Month For January
Scott Brooks and Steve Kerr have been named the NBA's Coaches of the Month for January.

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Stephen Jackson Occasionally Smoked Marijuana Before Games
Stephen Jackson said Don Nelson knew that he smoked marijuana.


Durant Encouraged Curry To Get Back To Being Himself In Series Of Chats
Kevin Durant conveyed the message to Stephen Curry that he should get back to being himself and Durant would adapt.

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David West Out At Least Two Weeks With Fractured Left Thumb
David West is the primary backup for the Golden State Warriors at center behind Zaza Pachulia.

Connor Letourneau/San Francisco Chronicle

Kevin Durant: I Didn't Plan On Coming To Warriors For Just A Year
The Warriors will contend with the free agencies of both Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry this offseason.

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Russell Westbrook Promises Revenge Upon Zaza Pachulia
Zaza Pachulia was handed a flagrant foul 1 for the play, following a review by the officials.

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Kevin Durant Reflects On Time With Westbrook, Harden
Kevin Durant reflected back this week on how special the Thunder were earlier in his career playing beside fellow MVP candidates Russell Westbrook and James Harden.

Anthony Slater/San Jose Mercury News