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Durant's Agent Focused On Whether Klay Thompson Would Be Willing To Sacrifice Shots

Jul 26, 2016 11:50 AM

Kevin Durant's agent, Rich Kleiman, particularly questioned whether Klay Thompson was on board with him joining the Golden State Warriors.

“(Kleiman said) ‘You’re a potential top 10 player,’ and just (asked) how the chemistry would be with Kevin,” Thompson recalled. “I don’t remember (his) exact words, but just how the chemistry would be with Kevin coming along and if I was willing to sacrifice touches or exposure or all that. I thought my presence there just showed him. Obviously, him hearing it coming from my mouth helped a lot.

“I thought (Kleiman) was a lawyer. I was like, ‘Man, he’s the ultimate devil’s advocate right now, and you’ve got to respect it.’ It was really cool.”

Thompson hadn't seriously considered the possibility of Durant joining the Warriors until just days before the start of free agency.

“Oh yeah, (his mentality) is completely the same (as it was two years ago),” Thompson said. “If you asked (former players) who put up great numbers in this league and never even got to play in the conference finals or the NBA Finals, I’m sure they’d tell you they’d trade it all to be on a great team. I’m not worried about it.

“I think I showed how much I’m willing to make a sacrifice by just going to see Kevin and trying to pitch to him how badly we (wanted) him. That right there should speak volumes.”

Durant was in on signing with the Warriors once it was clear they were all willing to sacrifice.

“(What he’ll lose individually) doesn’t come to my mind,” Thompson insisted. “I just want to be efficient with what I do (next season), whether it’s averaging 10 points, 15 points, 20 points (per game). I just want to go out there and be effective. People have been asking me this question all the time, and I just try to point them to Manu Ginobili’s career.

“The guy, look at the sacrifices he made man. He’s been one of the best two-guards in the league for so long, and he’s got the respect of everybody in the NBA because he’s a winner. He’s obviously a multiple All-Star.”

Thompson is getting to know Durant better this summer as part of the United States' Olympic team.

“It’s growing still,” Thompson said of the relationship. “I mean we’re just getting to know each other. I’m still in awe of the guy. I’m still kind of starstruck when I’m around him, like ‘Man, that’s Kevin Durant, you know? He’s on our team. That’s crazy.’ You get to know him more. He’s such a grounded individual. He’s such a normal guy. He just loves basketball. He’s actually a well-rounded person. He likes to talk about everything, whether it’s movies, photography, travel. He’s easy to talk to, and it’s great to have a teammate like that.”

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Tags: Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant, Golden State Warriors, NBA

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Russell Westbrook 'Angry, Hurt' By Kevin Durant's Departure

Jul 26, 2016 11:44 AM

Since Kevin Durant announced he would sign with the Golden State Warriors, he hasn't spoken with Russell Westbrook.

Westbrook is reportedly "both angry and hurt not only by Durant's decision to leave but also because Durant didn't even call to tell him personally."

Westbrook thought Durant was going to re-sign with the Oklahoma City Thunder and found out his decision online as did everyone else.

Westbrook can become a free agent in 2017.

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Kevin Durant Was Looking For New Home In OKC One Week Before Free Agency

Jul 25, 2016 7:31 PM

Kevin Durant was in a suburb of Oklahoma City called Nichols Hills just one week before the start of free agency reportedly "seriously looking to buy a multi-million dollar home."

The Oklahoma City Thunder were surprised by Durant's decision to leave the franchise to sign with the Golden State Warriors as every indication led them to believe he would re-sign.

Durant reportedly "assured people he was coming back."

Durant announced his decision to sign with the Warriors on July 4th.

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Draymond Green Agrees To Plea Deal On Assault Case

Jul 22, 2016 12:16 PM

Draymond Green has agreed to a plea deal in the case in which he was charged with misdemeanor assault and battery.

Green was arrested July 10 on a misdemeanor assault and battery charge and was taken to the East Lansing jail, where he had a blood-alcohol level of 0.10 percent, police said.

 

Jermaine Edmondson told police that he had been "choked" the previous night by two men who were with the NBA player at a bar, and Green punched him when he tried to talk to him on that Sunday. An officer described it as a "slap."

The plea deal reduces the charge to a civil infraction, which carries a penalty of a $500 fine and $60 in jail restitution. 

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Harrison Barnes Braced For Warriors' Exit After Years Of Trade Rumors

Jul 21, 2016 11:57 AM

Harrison Barnes had a few years to brace for his departure from the Golden State Warriors as he was involved in trade rumors in 2013 for Dwight Howard, in 2014 for Kevin Love and then from 2015 until July of 2016, it was well-known Kevin Durant would be pursued in free agency.

"Dwight trade rumors. Kevin Love trade rumors. Kevin Durant ... oh, that one happened," said Barnes. "There's been a few instances where you consider what might happen. I was just more so glad to be there as long as I was."

Barnes was the No. 7 overall pick in 2012 and disappointed a lot of Warriors' fans but he still was good enough to receive a max contract in free agency from the Dallas Mavericks.

"It's been a chaotic summer," Barnes said. "I haven't really had time to process too much. We lost in the Finals. I'm going to Dallas. I'm here on the Olympic team. Even being here hasn't sunk in yet. It's been a whirlwind. I'm just trying to take it all in."

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Kevin Durant Cites 'Shoe War' As Factor In Withdrawing From 2014 World Cup

Jul 21, 2016 11:48 AM

Kevin Durant's decision to pull out of the 2014 FIBA World Cup following the injury to Paul George received scrutiny. 

Durant said he was distracted even after arriving for training camp and he "felt weird" after returning to Los Angeles following George's injury.

“I was tired. I felt like I wasn’t 100 percent in. And I can’t be here if I wasn’t 100 percent in. Coach K understood that. He showed me some grace and allowed me to continue playing USA Basketball and I’m very grateful for it,” Durant said. “It was hard, because I love Coach K and Mr. Colangelo, and USA Basketball so much and I didn’t want to disappoint them or let them down, but I felt like I needed time away and have time to rest. There was a lot going on that summer as well. I had the shoe war going on [between Nike and Under Armour], so, mentally, I was like everywhere.”

Durant signed a new deal with Nike worth $285 million over 10 years a few weeks later.

Durant will play for the United States in the 2016 Olympics.

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Westbrook's Own Free Agency Wasn't Discussed During Durant Meeting

Jul 20, 2016 11:12 AM

The 2017 free agency of Russell Westbrook didn't come up when Kevin Durant met with him and Nick Collison for dinner before the start of the offseason.

“No, we didn't talk about (Westbrook’s free agency future),” said Durant. “I mean we didn't really talk about anything at all. I wish him nothing but the best, man.”

Durant insists Westbrook wasn't a factor in his decision to leave the Thunder.

“Nah, it wasn't (a factor in him leaving),” Durant said. “I mean obviously (that alleged subplot is) coming out now (that) I'm gone, all these reports are going to come out. I can't really control it, but I just made a decision based on where I wanted to go, man. It was as simple as that. We can think about all the reasons and the factors and what factored in, but it was simple. That's where I wanted to play basketball.”

When asked if he had spoken to Westbrook recently after their initial discussion in which Durant shared the news, he said, “No, not really. Not really. Not in depth. But I'm sure that will happen at some point.”

The Oklahoma City Thunder are currently deciding how they should approach Westbrook's final season before he becomes a free agent.

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Kevin Durant Didn't Leave His Bed For Two Days After His Decision

Jul 20, 2016 11:07 AM

Kevin Durant has grown more comfortable with his decision to leave the Oklahoma City Thunder for the Golden State Warriors.

Durant is currently preparing for the Olympics with his Team USA teammates.

“The two days after I didn’t leave my bed because if I walk outside somebody might try to hit me with their car,” Durant said. “I just stayed in and tried to process it all. I wanted to be around family and positive support. It felt different, obviously.

“I had been somewhere for so long and made a change no one saw coming and didn’t think I would do. Of course I didn’t know how it would be received afterward. But at some point I said, ‘Life goes on, and I can’t hide forever,’ so I had to face it.”

Carmelo Anthony senses Durant is happy with his decision.

“Just from talking to him and being around him, he’s happy, he’s at peace with that decision, and everybody else should be at peace with that decision. If he’s at peace, everybody else should be at peace,” said Anthony.

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Kevin Durant Believes Lakers Were 'Couple Years Away' From Where He Wanted To Be

Jul 19, 2016 8:18 PM

Kevin Durant explained his decision not to meet with the Los Angeles Lakers in free agency.

“Nothing against the Lakers, but I already had my mind set on who I wanted to talk to,” Durant said. “I really respect their team. I just thought they were a couple years away from where I wanted to be.”

Durant met with the Warriors, Thunder, Celtics, Heat, Spurs and Clippers.

The Lakers are trying to rebuild around D'Angelo Russell, Brandon Ingram, Jordan Clarkson and Julius Randle.

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Anderson Varejao Won't Accept Cavs' Championship Ring

Jul 18, 2016 11:46 AM

Anderson Varejao is eligible to receive a championship ring from the Cleveland Cavaliers since he began the season with the team.

Varejao finished the season with the Golden State Warriors and played against the Cavaliers in The Finals.

Varejao plans on not accepting the ring if offered.

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Zaza Pachulia Was Discussing Two-Year, $20M Deal With Wizards Before Taking Warriors' Offer
The Wizards were non-committal to the deal and Zaza Pachulia ended up on a one-year, $3 million deal with the Warriors.

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Former NBA Great Nate Thurmond Dies At 74
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Warriors Seeking NBA's Highest Fee For Jersey Sponsorship
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Warriors Close To Deal With Anderson Varejao
Anderson Varejao gives the Warriors veteran depth at center.

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Mark Cuban Believes Warriors With Durant Will Drive Interest In NBA
Mark Cuban declined to comment on potential changes to the CBA, other than saying that "a lot of research" will be necessary before any changes are proposed.

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Warriors Gave Andrew Bogut Choice Between Mavs, Rockets
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Draymond Green Arrested For Assault In Michigan
Draymond Green was arrested for assault on Sunday in East Lansing, Michigan.

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James Michael McAdoo Agrees To Minimum Deal With Warriors
James Michael McAdoo played sparingly for the Warriors behind Draymond Green last season.

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Steve Nash Played Key Role In Easing Durant's Concerns About Fit With Warriors
Several members of the Warriors said they're not sure if they would have signed Kevin Durant without Steve Nash's contributions.

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Marreese Speights Agrees To One-Year Deal With Clippers
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Ian Clark, Warriors Agrees To One-Year Deal
Ian Clark has agreed to a guaranteed one-year deal to remain with the Warriors.

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Joe Lacob Explains How 'Light-Years' Comment Was Made To New York Times
Joe Lacob's son, Kirk Lacob, has a high ranking position with the Warriors and has compared his father to the Draymond Green of the front office.

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Warriors Grossed Nearly $125M In Postseason Gate Reciepts
Golden State will collect around $30 million in profit from the postseason alone.

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Kevin Durant Doesn't Want To Go Through Free Agency Process Again
Kevin Durant described his phone call to tell the Thunder he was leaving as the hardest thing he's ever done.

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Kevin Durant: I've Got A Short Amount Of Time Left To Play Basketball
Kevin Durant underwent three surgeries on his foot during the 14-15 season in which his entire career was in jeopardy.

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Dewayne Dedmon, Spurs Agree Upon Two-Year, $6M Deal
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Leandro Barbosa, Suns Agree To Two-Year, $8M Deal
Leandro Barbosa began his NBA career with the Suns.

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Kevin Durant To Officially Sign Two-Year, $54.3M Deal With Warriors On Thursday
Kevin Durant will sign a two-year contract at $54.3 million with a Player Option for Year 2, which is his full max.

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Brandon Rush, Wolves Agree To One-Year, $3.5M Deal
Brandon Rush has agreed to sign a one-year, $3.5 million deal with the Timberwolves.

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Durant Texted Reporter Wanting To Be Asked At Podium About Criticism From Skip Bayless
Kevin Durant would read frequently read Tweets at his locker after games and one during the playoffs from Bayless particularly "irked him."

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