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Lakers To Play At Warriors On Christmas Day

Aug 7, 2018 8:23 PM

The Golden State Warriors will host LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers on Christmas Day.

The Warriors have played James on Christmas Day when he was with the Cleveland Cavaliers on every Christmas Day since 2016.

The Philadelphia 76ers will play the Boston Celtics on Christmas Day as well, along with the Milwaukee Bucks at the New York Knicks. Tim MacMahon reports the Houston Rockets will host the Oklahoma City Thunder, while Chris Haynes reports the Utah Jazz will host the Portland Trail Blazers.

The NBA will announce the remainder of their national television schedule on Wednesday.

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Warriors To Play Kings In Seattle On Oct. 5

Aug 7, 2018 10:07 AM

The Golden State Warriors will play the Sacramento Kings on Oct. 5 at KeyArena in Seattle.

The preseason game will be the NBA's first return to Seattle since the Sonics left for Oklahoma City in 2008.

Kevin Durant played his rookie season in Seattle with the Sonics.

“That would be amazing, hopefully that goes through,” Durant said in February of returning to Seattle for a preseason game, when the exhibition was in its planning stages. “I mean, the fans of Seattle definitely deserve basketball, and that would be amazing. So, I’m looking forward to that.”

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Kevin Durant: I'm Now The Real Me, I Was Phony In OKC

Aug 2, 2018 5:19 PM

Kevin Durant reportedly revealed to Chris Broussard that he was a phony when he was with the Oklahoma City Thunder and that he is now able to be more himself.

"He's a conflicted guy. There's a part of him that's religious. He has ministers come visit him and hang out with him during the season. Then there's a big part of him that's doing things that don't match up with his faith.

"He was engaged a few years ago. His fiancee broke up with him, she said he stopped living like a Christian. And I've talked to him about that. He's conficted in that regard with who he is in terms of that.

"And then on the court ... the guy we saw in Oklahoma City was not cursing all the time, was not being as aggressive in terms of arguing and maybe fighting with guys or getting technicals...

"Durant texted me and said 'the guy you see now is the real me. The guy in Oklahoma City was the phony -- I was just trying to please everybody and do what I thought everybody wanted me to do.'

"I'm gonna take him at his word."

Chris Broussard/Fox Sports (via Drew Shiller)

Tags: Kevin Durant, Golden State Warriors, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA

Details Emerges Of Altercation Between Tristan Thompson, Draymond Green At L.A. Party

Aug 1, 2018 9:58 AM

Draymond Green and Tristan Thompson got into an altercation at an ESPYs after-party in Los Angeles.

Green and Thompson got into a minor scuffle in the final moments of Game 1 of the 2018 Finals.

Thompson pointed towards the exit to invite Green to meet him outside.

“I can’t meet him outside (of an NBA game) because I’ll still get fined,” Green told reporters after Game 1. “But I can meet him in the streets any day. … In the summers, you can meet anybody. But all that meet me outside, meet me at the bus, I ain’t going for that. But if he want to see me somewhere else, that’s fine. Any time.”

After Game 4, Thompson was rebuffed by Green when he attempted to shake his hand.

“We ain’t cut from the same cloth,” Green said.

Green and Thompson were guests of LeBron James at Delilah in west Hollywood.

According to sources, Thompson attacked Green out of nowhere.

“It was a sucker punch,” said one source who attended the party. “But, to be honest, it wasn’t really a punch. It was more like a shove.”

Another source described it as a face mush while other reports described it as a legit punch.

The two were quickly separated with James and Kevin Durant among the ones to intervene.

The party continued with Green and Thompson co-existing without incident.

“Man, that wasn’t no fight,” one source said. “It was much ado about nothing.” 

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Tags: Draymond Green, Tristan Thompson, Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors, NBA

Warriors Likely To Decline Fourth-Year Option On Damian Jones

Jul 30, 2018 9:27 AM

The Golden State Warriors are likely to decline their fourth-year option for the 19-20 season on Damian Jones.

Jones was the 30th overall pick in 2016 out of Vanderbilt.

Jones has primarily played in the G League.

The Warriors similarly declined the fourth-year option on Kevon Looney last season.

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Patrick McCaw Expected To Remain With Warriors On $1.74M Qualifying Offer

Jul 30, 2018 9:23 AM

Patrick McCaw remains a restricted free agent but he is expected to re-sign with the Golden State Warriors on his $1.74 million qualifying offer.

McCaw was a second round pick out of UNLV in 2016.

McCaw suffered a bad back injury in March.

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Kevin Durant: One-Plus-One Was Perfect To Keep Things Open For Me

Jul 27, 2018 10:05 AM

Kevin Durant signed a two-year, $61.5 million max contract with the Golden State Warriors this offseason and can become a free agent again in 2019.

The decision leaves his financial and team options open.

“I just want to take it a day at a time, and I don’t want to look at my future now,” Durant told Yahoo Sports. “The [one-plus-one] was the perfect thing for me to do, to keep things open for me — financially and what I want to do. It’s just one of those things.”

Durant joined the Warriors in 2016.

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Kevin Durant Claims Media Trying To Make Him Look 'Sensitive'

Jul 26, 2018 8:35 PM

Kevin Durant says the media and aggregators have often made him look like "the sensitive one" just because he often says how he feels.

Durant was responding to questions from the media about his exchange with CJ McCollum on Twitter.

"Oh yeah," Durant, speaking after USA Basketball practice, said when asked if he is tired of people telling him to be quiet. "I mean, it is just to the point that I know what you're upset at. Just say it instead of make excuses. Know what I'm saying? I got too many texts or I talk too much on Instagram or I talk too much on Twitter or I don't know how to talk to my teammates, or I am angry or insecure or sensitive. Tell me what the real problem is.

"Because every time I say something, I go about my business, and when I say something, House of Highlights and Bleacher Report [mash] it all up and y'all run with it, and as soon as I say something back, I'm the sensitive one. I mean, I know y'all trying to make me look crazy and discredit me and strip me of my credibility. But I see what you doing. But I'm going to still keep standing."

On Wednesday, McCollum, replying to a tweet from a Barstool Sports host about Durant, called Durant's decision "soft" but added, "I respect it," likening it to getting jumped with your brothers by a gang and then leaving your brothers for that same gang.

Durant responded by tweeting, "U think that low of me CJ? I just did your f---in podcast. Snakes in the grass boy I tell ya."

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Ed Davis Also Received Interest From Blazers, Warriors, 76ers, Thunder

Jul 26, 2018 9:50 AM

Ed Davis received interest from the Golden State Warriors, Philadelphia 76ers, Oklahoma City Thunder and Portland Trail Blazers before agreeing to a one-year, $4.4 million deal with the Brooklyn Nets.

“The main thing is they definitely came out aggressive when July 1 hit, so I definitely wanted to go to where I was wanted, so that had a lot to do with it,” Davis said on a conference call. “Then, I talked to Allen (Crabbe) and Jeremy (Lin) a little bit about the coaching staff and things like that and how the organization was run, and it was nothing but great things. Then, I think this team has potential definitely. We can try to make this push into the playoffs this year, and it’s going to be a challenge, but that’s one of the reasons why I’m here.”

Michael Scotto/The Athletic

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Warriors Agree To One-Year Deal With Danuel House

Jul 25, 2018 4:56 PM

Danuel House has agreed to sign a one-year deal with the Golden State Warriors.

House played 23 games last season with the Phoenix Suns.

The Warriors entered the offseason prioritizing getting younger on the wings.

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Joe Lacob: We're Still Really Hungry, That's What People Should Be Worried About
Joe Lacob believes the Warriors are simply taking advantage of the NBA's market inefficiencies.

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Lacob, Guber Used 'Exploding Offer, Secret Meeting With Cohan To Purchase Warriors
Joe Lacob and Peter Guber were competing against Larry Ellison for the Warriors in 2010.

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Warriors Believe They'll Find Way To Afford $300M In Salaries, Luxury Tax In 19-20
The Warriors will open their new area in San Francisco in 19-20.

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Pistons Hire Analytics Guru Sammy Gelfand Away From Warriors
Sammy Gelfand was Steve Kerr's go-to guy for statistical research.

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David Kelly Has Become Critical Part Of Warriors As Resident Cap Guru
David Kelly serves as the lead lawyer of the Warriors where he has responsibilities on both the basketball and business side.

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Warriors Sign Damion Lee To Two-Way Contract
Damion Lee played most of the 17-18 season for the Santa Cruz Warriors.

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Zaza Pachulia Agrees To One-Year, $2.4M Deal With Pistons
Zaza Pachulia spent the past two seasons with the Warriors.

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Steve Kerr: DeMarcus Cousins Gives Warriors A Whole 'Nother Dimension
Steve Kerr spoke about what he expects DeMarcus Cousins to add to the Warriors from a stylistic point of view.

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Warriors Internally Rejected Idea Of Signing Dwight Howard
The Warriors were clear that they preferred DeMarcus Cousins' personality over Dwight Howard.

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Kevon Looney Agrees To Re-Sign With Warriors
The Warriors declined to pick up Kevon Looney's fourth-year option last October.

Chris Haynes/ESPN

DeMarcus Cousins Agrees To Sign One-Year, $5.3M Deal With Warriors
DeMarcus Cousins has agreed to sign with the Warriors.

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JaVale McGee Reaches One-Year Agreement With Lakers
JaVale McGee spent the past two seasons with the Warriors.

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JaVale McGee Receiving Interest From Warriors, Lakers, Pelicans, Thunder
JaVale McGee spent the past two seasons with the Warriors.

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Cavs, Warriors, Thunder, Wizards Pay Luxury Tax For 18-19
The Cavaliers paid the most at $50.7 million, followed by the Warriors at $32.3 million, the Thunder at $25.4 million and the Wizards at $7 million.

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Kevin Durant Agrees To One-Plus-One, $61.5M Contract With Warriors
Kevin Durant will have a player option in Year 2 of the deal.

Marc Stein/New York Times

Kevin Durant Likely To Take One-Plus-One Deal With Warriors Worth Less In 18-19
Kevin Durant maintains flexibility by taking a shorter contract, but it will have a smaller starting salary of $30 million instead of $35.4 million.

Anthony Slater/The Athletic

Warriors Insist They're Not Interested In Dwight Howard
Dwight Howard is expected to reach a buyout with the Nets.

Marc Stein/New York Times

Warriors Will Pursue DeAndre Jordan
DeAndre Jordan signed an offer sheet with the Warriors in 2011.

Marc Stein/New York Times

Steve Kerr, Warriors Close To Deal On Extension
Steve Kerr will become one of the highest paid coaches in the NBA.

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Jamal Crawford, Warriors Have Mutual Interest
The Warriors are unlikely to offer Jamal Crawford more than the veteran's minimum.

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