Golden State Warriors WiretapJune 2016 Golden State Warriors Wiretap

Kevin Durant's Meeting With Thunder 'Further Solidified His Belief' He'll Re-Sign

Jun 30, 2016 11:35 PM

Kevin Durant met with the Oklahoma City Thunder for several hours on Thursday ahead of the start of free agency.

"The meeting further solidified his belief" that Durant will re-sign with the Thunder, according to Wojnarowski.

Durant is going into the meetings with rival teams with an open mind.

"Golden State has the best chance amongst the five (rival) teams," said Wojnarowski.

Durant is also intrigued by the Los Angeles Clippers. Durant loves the city of Los Angeles and is good friends with Chris Paul, while the presence of Steve Ballmer is also considered an ancillary benefit.

Durant is expected to make his decision by the end of July 4th.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Tags: Kevin Durant, Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Clippers, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Warriors Could Pivot To Pau Gasol If Unable To Sign Durant

Jun 30, 2016 10:59 PM

If the Golden State Warriors are unable to sign Kevin Durant, they could pivot towards Pau Gasol.

Gasol took less money to sign with the Chicago Bulls in 2014 and isn't as interested in taking a significant discount this time in free agency.

But Gasol could be motivated by the market and the chance to play for a contender.

The Warriors may consider moving on from Andrew Bogut this summer.

The Portland Trail Blazers, Minnesota Timberwolves, New York Knicks and San Antonio Spurs are also interested in Gasol.

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Tags: Pau Gasol, Golden State Warriors, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Warriors To Pitch Kevin Durant On Possibilities Of Super Death Lineup

Jun 30, 2016 5:33 PM

The Golden State Warriors will meet with Kevin Durant on Friday morning in the Hamptons.

Joe Lacob, Bob Myers, Steve Kerr, Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green will attend the meeting with Durant.

The Warriors will pitch Durant on a Super Death Lineup of Curry, Thompson, Durant, Green, Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston.

Durant will have input on filling out the rest of the Warriors' roster. The Warriors hope they will be able to sign a center to join this core.

The Warriors have had great success with a lineup featuring Curry, Thompson, Iguodala and Green with Harrison Barnes at small forward.

Marcus Thompson/San Jose Mercury News

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Longtime Friend: Kevin Durant's Decision '90 Percent Made'

Jun 30, 2016 3:40 PM

Kevin Durant is widely expected to re-sign with the Oklahoma City Thunder for at least one more season.

Durant will meet with the Oklahoma City Thunder, Miami Heat, Golden State Warriors, Boston Celtics and San Antonio Spurs.

“His decision is 90 percent made. It would take an amazing sales pitch to change it,” said one of Durant’s longtime friends.

Another Durant colleague said, “It’s going to take some sweet-talking to get him to pass up all the money he can get by staying in OKC.”

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Tags: Kevin Durant, Boston Celtics, Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Clippers, Miami Heat, San Antonio Spurs, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Cavs, Rockets, Heat, Warriors, Spurs Interested In Timofey Mozgov

Jun 30, 2016 1:10 PM

The Cleveland Cavaliers, Houston Rockets, Miami Heat, Golden State Warriors and San Antonio Spurs are among the teams interested in signing Mozgov.

Mozgov had an excellent 14-15 season after coming over to the Cavaliers in a trade from the Denver Nuggets, but he struggled to get all the way healthy in 15-16 after offseason knee surgery.

The Cavs primarily used Tristan Thompson, Kevin Love and Channing Frye at the center spot in the playoffs.

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Tags: Timofey Mozgov, Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets, Miami Heat, San Antonio Spurs, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Warriors Frustrated By Andrew Bogut, Could Look For Trade

Jun 29, 2016 6:09 PM

The Golden State Warriors have grown frustrated with Andrew Bogut and is the player they would like to move if they are able to agree upon terms with Kevin Durant.

The Warriors drafted Damian Jones, a center out of Vanderbilt, which was a pointed message to Festus Ezeli ahead of his restricted free agency and also has an indication of how they feel about Bogut.

Steve Kerr is committed to having a versatile lineup with the ability to play both big and small, but they've grown frustrated by Bogut's unreliability. 

The Warriors apparently were displeased with much of Bogut’s postseason work prior to the injury he suffered in The Finals.

The Warriors would likely choose Ezeli over Bogut as the player they would prefer to keep.

Bogut is entering the final season of his contract with a base salary of $11.03 million.

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Tags: Andrew Bogut, Golden State Warriors, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Warriors' Players Have Been Recruiting Kevin Durant All Season

Jun 29, 2016 1:33 PM

The Golden State Warriors' front office has long been planning to pursue Kevin Durant and several of their players reached out to him throughout the season.

"Here's the thing that's interesting about Golden State: their players have been recruiting Kevin Durant all year," said Wojnarowski. "It goes back to earlier in the season when the Thunder were struggling. I don't know that Golden State saw them as a peer or as a threat. They weren't playing great. They were in that mid-range in the west.

"Kevin Durant was hearing from guys on the Warriors about 'hey, you can help take the pressure off Steph Curry. We need you.'

"This was when they were running off win after win after win. They had him on their mind. It appealed to him.

"It's text messages, it's a lot of that. But the communication with some of the players of Golden State and Kevin, that's not just starting now."

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

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Lakers Interested In Harrison Barnes, Hassan Whiteside, Al Horford

Jun 28, 2016 8:15 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers' top priority in free agency is Kevin Durant but they are also interested in Harrison Barnes, Hassan Whiteside and Al Horford.

The Lakers have enough cap space to sign multiple max contract players.

Los Angeles also hired Luke Walton as head coach and they feel he and their young players make for an attractive situation to prospective free agents as they try to turnaround after multiple seasons of a rebuild.

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Tags: Harrison Barnes, Hassan Whiteside, Al Horford, Atlanta Hawks, Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Warriors Interested In Pau Gasol, Joakim Noah, David West, Timofey Mozgov

Jun 28, 2016 6:07 PM

If the Golden State Warriors are unable to sign Kevin Durant in free agency, their plan is to retain Harrison Barnes and try to sign a proven big man as well.

Pau Gasol, Joakim Noah, David West and Timofey Mozgov are all possible targets for the Warriors.

Golden State would also like to retain Festus Ezeli.

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Tags: Timofey Mozgov, Joakim Noah, Pau Gasol, David West, Golden State Warriors, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Warriors Won't Release Shaun Livingston

Jun 28, 2016 6:02 PM

The Golden State Warriors will keep Shaun Livingston on their books for next season.

The Warriors could have saved $2.7 million by releasing Livingston before July 1st, but his $5.7 million is now fully guaranteed. 

"I would love to be back with Warriors next year and feel there is something special cultivating with the organization," Livingston said via text message. "The time spent there has allowed me the platform to see the ingredients of winning and the importance of culture.

"With KD, the ball is in his court and it should be. He's earned this right and he has to make the best decision for him and his family."

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76ers Have Serious Interest In Signing Harrison Barnes
Harrison Barnes will be a restricted free agent, giving the Warriors matching rights.

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Warriors Offer Top Assistant Job To Mike Brown
The Warriors need a new top assistant after the departure of Luke Walton and have offered the position to Mike Brown.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Lakers, Warriors, Heat, Knicks, Magic, Clippers Interested In DeMar DeRozan
DeMar DeRozan would prefer to re-sign with the Raptors in free agency, but he'll have a number of other opportunities available should they be unable to quickly agree upon a contract.

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Some Teams View Kevin Durant Meetings As Chance To Lay 2017 Groundwork
Kevin Durant is expected to ultimately re-sign with the Thunder on a one-plus-one contract and become a free agent again in 2017.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical (via Adam Kaufman/CBS Sports)

Celtics, Clippers, Heat, Warriors, Spurs, Thunder Get Meetings With Kevin Durant
Kevin Durant is expected to take the meetings in New York but teams are still awaiting a decision on the final location.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Harrison Barnes Accepts USA Invite For Olympics
Harrison Barnes joins Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony, Paul George and Draymond Green at forward.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Warriors Believe Kevin Durant Odds 'Enhanced Significantly' Losing To Cavs In Finals
The Warriors will meet with Kevin Durant at the start of free agency.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Thunder, Warriors, Spurs Granted Meetings With Kevin Durant
Kevin Durant will meet with at least three teams when free agency begins on July 1.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Golden State Would Like To Sign Small Forward Into Core As Plan B
Nicolas Batum is likely a better fit than Harrison Barnes but his maximum salary will begin at $28 million compared to $23.5 million.

Marcus Thompson/San Jose Mercury News

Warriors Interested In Al Horford, Joakim Noah, Hassan Whiteside
The Warriors believe they can't thrive without a center who attacks the rim and scores inside.

Marcus Thompson/San Jose Mercury News

Warriors Buy 38th Pick From Bucks For $2.4 Million, Select Pat McCaw
The Warriors used the selection to pick Pat McCaw out of UNLV.

Shams Charania, Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Durant Likes Warriors' Silicon Valley Connections, 'Sees Advantages Beyond Basketball'
Kevin Durant likes the Warriors' "deep connections to Silicon Valley" and "sees advantages beyond basketball."

Adam Lauridsen/San Jose Mercury News

Kevin Durant To Take Free Agency Meetings In Los Angeles
Kevin Durant has decided to hear free agent proposals in Los Angeles where he owns a home in the offseason.

Frank Isola/New York Daily News

Joe Lacob: We Drove Idea Of Small Ball, We're On To The Next Idea
Joe Lacob said the Warriors lead trends and then look for the next, which is similar to Silicon Valley businesses.

Jennifer Elias/Silicon Valley Business Journal

Dunc'd On: Warriors, Cavs Offseasons, News
After losing in the NBA Finals, what will the Golden State Warriors do this offseason? Then (38:00), the Cleveland Cavaliers' offseason.

RealGM Staff Report

Warriors' Top Target In Offseason Remains Kevin Durant
The most likely scenario is for Kevin Durant to sign a one-plus-one contract with the Thunder to return to free agency in 2017.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Warriors Have Interest In Dirk Nowitzki
Dirk Nowitzki turned 38 this month and has said he would be weary of staying with the Mavericks in a rebuilding process.

Tim Kawakami/San Jose Mercury News

Cavaliers Win 2016 NBA Finals
The Cavaliers won Game 7 by a final of 93-89 with Kyrie Irving hitting a go-ahead three-pointer against Stephen Curry with 0:53 remaining in the game.

RealGM Staff Report

Crawford, Callahan, McCutchen Assigned To Work Game 7
Danny Crawford, Mike Callahan and Monty McCutchen are the three referees assigned to work Game 7 of The Finals.

RealGM Staff Report

Stephen Curry: I Need To Play My Best Game Of Year, If Not My Career
Stephen Curry is averaging 23.5 points on 17.5 shots per game in the series, but he has more turnovers than assists.

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