LAS VEGAS —- Lower than every week has passed by, and Warriors fans and media varieties still have hassle wrestling with one question.
Why would Kevin Durant depart the Warriors for the Brooklyn Nets? Why would he depart a group the place he gained two NBA titles and two Finals MVP’s? Why would he depart a staff that has Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green? Why would he depart a group that would pay him $221 million via five years? Durant has not spoken publicly about his causes. All alongside, although, Durant left clues. He has a robust friendship with Kyrie Irving. Durant remained bothered that some diminished his accomplishments with the Warriors due to the All-Star expertise around him. Perhaps there have been a couple of things concerning the Warriors that bothered him, too.
Both means, Warriors fans need to know the reply to that question, what’s next for the Dubs and far more. Therefore, the Warriors’ mailbag. Earlier than I answer these questions, here’s a number of gadgets that may maintain you up to date on Warriors’ free agency and summer time league. I detailed Klay Thompson’s hope to be a “Warrior for life” after signing a max cope with the Dubs. I explained the Warriors’ rationale behind buying D’Angelo Russell in a sign-and-trade from Brooklyn and dealing Andre Iguodala in a cost-cutting transfer to Memphis. I caught up with Jordan Bell on becoming a member of the Timberwolves in hopes for a much bigger position.
As for Summer time League? I captured the Warriors’ thoughts on abruptly having such a younger roster. I spoke with Jacob Evans about his disappointing rookie season and his vow to keep away from sophomore stoop. Damian Jones also broke down what it’s going to take to play properly in a contract yr (limiting fouls is perhaps one among them).
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Will KD re-sign with the @warriors after his current 4 yr cope with Brooklyn expires? 🙄
— ScottinMarin (@ScottinMarin) July 3, 2019
Even when Durant’s “Alaska Airlines” billboard continues to be hanging up outdoors Oakland International Airport, that doesn’t imply he has all of the sudden gone chilly turkey and can change his thoughts like DeAndre Jordan once did with the Mavs. As an alternative, I presume it takes some time for Oakland officials get issues carried out. In all seriousness, there’s no approach Durant would return to the Warriors. He completed what he needed to accomplish there by profitable a number of NBA titles. Now he’s onto a much bigger problem to show he can win elsewhere with teammates he feels he connects with better.
Hey mark query do you assume if warriors can do it once more do they signal KD?
— Rafferty Depp (@DeppRafferty) July four, 2019
Yes, I feel the Warriors haven’t any regrets profitable two NBA titles up to now three years with KD. They’d do this transfer 10 occasions out of 10 for obvious causes.
Since KD left, will the warriors enjoying like Rockets this season (capturing 3s all the best way)?
— Firman Winardi (@FirmanWinardi) July four, 2019
That may be a good question. I might see that taking place because there shall be fewer isolation sets with out KD they usually have added D’Angelo Russell as another Three-point shooter. It is going to be fascinating to see to what extent Steve Kerr balances his principal beliefs (ball movement, quality over amount of 3’s) and new philosophies (extra Three’s, pick-and-rolls) to cater to his personnel.
why retire KD’s #, but not Iggy’s?
Has GS fired the physician responsible for clearing KD to play and telling him possibilities have been slim he might injure his achilles?
— Pete Fernandez Sr. (@jc4moi) July four, 2019
That is all semantics. The Warriors haven’t introduced any plans about Iguodala but because he’s nonetheless beneath contract and the NBA moratorium doesn’t end till Saturday. In the meantime, Durant was not beneath contract. The Warriors will certainly retire Iguodala’s quantity sooner or later as properly. As for the physician, no, the Warriors are usually not firing Rick Celebrini. All events signed off on Durant returning, together with the Warriors’ front office, teaching employees, training employees, Durant, his enterprise supervisor Rich Kleiman, and Durant’s own outdoors docs.
There’s been a lot written about how moody KD was this previous yr. How do you assume his departure will impression the vibe within the locker room?
— TL (@Tanno24) July 4, 2019
The Warriors’ locker room will possible be looser next yr, and I don’t mean that as any disrespect toward Durant. The countless hypothesis surrounding KD’s future and the strain to win one other NBA title made the environment feel extra like a workmanlike surroundings. Typically it turned tense, too. This yr, the Warriors have fewer expectations and a youthful roster. That being stated, the Warriors would a lot relatively have a tense surroundings if it helps them win games.
Is Kevin Durant probably the most sensitive NBA player you’ve come across in your career? How would you explain the dynamics between Durant and head coach Steve Kerr?
— Gridiron View (@GridironView) July 3, 2019
It’s not truthful for me to say who’s probably the most sensitive NBA player I’ve coated in my profession. However Durant is definitely not it. KD’s relationship with the media various relying on that particular individual and how truthful he thought that individual wrote or talked concerning the staff. As for me, it was all principally good and really genuine. Any time there have been any points, they have been shortly hashed out. In any other case, Durant was typically gracious enough to offer me his time to ask him questions as he does with other individuals, too.
As for Durant’s dynamic with Steve Kerr, it seemed awkward at occasions. Durant typically would disagree with Kerr over their evaluation of a sure recreation. Durant would typically roll his eyes on the thought of the importance of “playing with joy.” Sometimes, there was a push-pull between Kerr’s ball movement system and letting Durant do his thing. That being stated, these have been all beneath-the-surface incidents. Durant and his teammates sacrificed properly sufficient to win two NBA titles. The Warriors probably would have gained a 3rd had Durant not torn his right Achilles tendon. And whatever X’s and O’s misgivings Durant had about Kerr, they typically had a mutual respect toward each other.
If Klay dont get injure, what occurs?
— Luis M Lagrange (@lagrange08) July four, 2019
If Klay does not injure his left ACL in his knee, I feel the Warriors win the NBA Finals. They certainly would have gained in Recreation 6. In Recreation 7? All bets are off. Positive, the Raptors might have benefited from having homecourt towards a Warriors staff with out KD. However I feel the Warriors’ confidence, depth and expertise can be too much for the Raptors to overcome.
What does Steph Curry should do to win MVP?
— Rohan Sethi (@rohansethi26) July four, 2019
% of steph profitable his 3rd MVP next season?
— themack2trey (@killamack2trey) July 3, 2019
Nothing aside from averaging 30.1 points while capturing 50.4 % from the sector and 45.4 % from Three as he did in 2015-16. In all seriousness, I doubt that Steph wins MVP next season. And that isn’t a knock on Steph at all. I consider Curry will play certainly one of his greatest seasons at his most healthiest. However the Warriors are usually not going to extend him as the Rockets do with James Harden or how Oklahoma Metropolis does with Russell Westbrook. Since MVP votes typically fall towards narratives, I might see Kawhi Leonard, Giannis Antetokounmpo receiving extra votes than Steph.
Do you assume Curry will play PG or SG with Russell on the floor?
— Shoe Box Thoughts (@shoeboxthoughts) July 4, 2019
I might see each Curry and Russell modifying their games to maximise one another’s strengths and making each participant really feel snug with having ball-handling duties. However Curry can be the one enjoying extra of the point-guard position. When you’ve gotten someone of Steph’s caliber, it’s on the other player to make adjustments.
Any rumors of Myers having a deal to unload DLO on the trade deadline already?
— Dave Kong (@davekong35) July Three, 2019
The Warriors acquired Russell primarily so they might deal him for future belongings. The Warriors are nonetheless intrigued with Russell as a player. But when Dec. 15 hits, the Warriors will look to see what gamers and/or draft picks they might get for Russell. The Warriors aren’t “tanking” next season. They nonetheless really feel they will make the playoffs. But they’re making an attempt to gear up for an enormous offseason next summer time.
Has D Lo commented yet on the trade? Do they have a presser scheduled or is bummed about being a short lived warrior( if he is simply an asset)?
— Nico Lazano (@lazano_nico) July 3, 2019
Russell has not yet commented on the trade, although most players don’t until the moratorium ends on July 6. It is attainable Russell will speak if he’s in Las Vegas for Summer time League. But the Warriors even have tentative plans to have a press convention for Russell after Summer time League play ends.
Who might be sensible suitors for DLo after December 15? What could possibly be coming back to the warriors for him?
— Kevin You (@kevin_you_1) July Three, 2019
I’d pin the Lakers and Minnesota Timberwolves because the most probably suitors. These teams had robust curiosity in Russell during free agency. There’s a good probability they may afterward as properly. The Lakers won’t be as , though, if Kawhi Leonard joins. If not, although, the Lakers may see Russell as the final piece they should spherical out their championship roster. Contemplate the Timberwolves interested. Karl-Anthony Towns remains good associates with Russell, and that partnership would do wonders for that franchise. The Warriors might land a mixture of an All-Star player, a handful of position players and/or draft picks in return. All are pretty good belongings to gather.
will Draymond get a max extension supply?
— woman determined (@justsavvyher) July 4, 2019
Draymond will get a suggestion. I doubt he accepts it, although. He will make more cash as an unrestricted free agent, especially if he wins Defensive Player of the Yr.
You assume Draymond is staying with the workforce long run?
— ً (@AFROKOBE_) July 3, 2019
Sure, I see Draymond enjoying his entire profession with the Warriors. The Warriors hope to proceed constructing their workforce round Steph, Klay and Draymond for years to return. I consider Draymond has the same sentiments.
Why’d the Ws need to pay such a excessive worth to unload AI? Memphis now thinks it could possibly get belongings for him. Was there no other staff with a commerce exception large enough to take the contract? Both method, appears like Ws obtained fleeced.
— Al Czervik (@bushwoodgc) July 4, 2019
It stunned me the Warriors acquired Russell in a sign-and-trade and traded Iguodala because of the high-risk, high-reward. But I don’t consider the Warriors acquired “fleeced.” They acquired a $17.2 million trade exception that they will use in a deal inside the next yr. That may certainly help them land a reasonably good participant.
Is there a chance they will get Andre Back?
— Money (@RealLifeEnt) July four, 2019
There is a probability, but I highly doubt that taking place. The Grizzlies must trade Iguodala to a group that may then negotiate a buyout. I anticipate the interested suitors, though, might be groups that need to make a championship run. Subsequently, they might not be open towards negotiating a buyout.
What do the Dubs see in GRIII? Stats don’t look spectacular for a 5-year vet. I do know they’re stuck with minimum contracts, however I assumed there have been more possible wings obtainable.
— budh (@hausens) July four, 2019
They see him as someone who is regular, experienced and may defend decently. To your point, though, they need far more wing depth. Which may not be one thing they tackle until the main into the commerce deadline.
With Andre and KD not with the group, who’s the first player on the roster to get a look as starter at SF? Or is that player not on the group as of yet?
— Eloy Ontiveros (@eloyont) July four, 2019
1) Which is Stating SF , GR III or Zo?
2) DJ is sporting #25 in summer time league, next season too?
Why does he change put on quantity?
— caco34nba💛💙 (@caco34nba) July four, 2019
- That is up within the air, but I might see GRIII getting the nod due to his experience.
- DJ stated his younger brothers, Darian and Darryl, additionally wore that number.
Are the Warriors gonna trade Livingston for a youthful asset or belongings?
— AJ.Varsity.Legend.24 (@DastarLegend19) July 3, 2019
If they commerce Shaun, what is going to it’s for? Salary aid or a participant around the similar value? Is it even attainable to get someone value Shaun’s contract contemplating their onerous cap state of affairs?
— adriel (@odd_riel) July four, 2019
Will Dubs have to give up another asset to dump Livingston? I assume they will’t bundle him with additional cash than his salary is for?
— budh (@hausens) July four, 2019
The Warriors will look to commerce Livingston, first, to see if they will obtain any respectable position participant or a draft decide in return. If it will get to the point that the Warriors have to offer a draft decide to sweeten the deal, I feel the Warriors are better simply buying him out and holding that roster spot open. That method, the Warriors have extra flexibility in a potential mid-season trade.
Why DeMarcus cousins isn’t coming again to the soldiers? Warriors don’t need him?
— Dubs4life (@Pattyana21Patty) July 3, 2019
The Warriors have been unlikely to keep Cousins anyway. But his future ended as soon because the Warriors acquired Russell as a result of they have been then topic to a caphold. The Warriors additionally thought-about it a much bigger precedence to re-sign Kevon Looney, who’s dependable as a task participant at each the four and 5.
Any probability the Warriors sign DeMarcus Cousins to the veteran’s minimal?
— Jackson (@Jackson06218285) July four, 2019
I doubt that, not with the Warriors simply buying Willie Cauley-Stein. The market appears to have dried up for Cousins. However as soon as Leonard decides his future, I think Cousins and other notable free brokers will find a touchdown spot.
Can we anticipate Looney to shoot more 3s this yr and if not, why not? Was wonderful at midrange final yr and excellent from 3 in school (42% on 53 makes an attempt). Undoubtedly has the power. Just needs the arrogance and green mild. Would make him 2x more helpful.
— Al Czervik (@bushwoodgc) July 3, 2019
I might see Looney increasing his recreation considerably, especially given all the roster turnover. But I feel the Warriors will all the time need to tilt on the aspect of leaning on Looney for issues that he does persistently nicely versus forcing him into things he doesn’t. That being stated, I’m positive Looney will spend loads of time this summer time engaged on his outdoors shot so he has it as a device. Then he’ll quickly find out to what extent can he truly rely on that in a recreation.
How long will the Warriors attempt to develop Damian Jones?
— Smitty Wer₿Ξnjagermanjensen (@LHKETH) July Three, 2019
Mark, my question is this: who the hell is coaching Jones of the way to play like an enormous man? After Three years, this dude must be additional along
— ntd69 (@NTD1208) July four, 2019
Warriors assistant coaches Ron Adams and Jarron Collins have labored with Jones probably the most. I get your frustrations about him. There are many issues he wants to enhance. However you also need to needless to say Jones missed half of final season after tearing his left pectoral muscle damage. Then, the Warriors believed they might absolutely see what Jones’ improvement would seem like. As an alternative, DJ is actually beginning over and making an attempt to get his timing down.
Should you needed to regrade the Warriors offseason last yr from drafting Evansv to the Cousin debacle, what grade does it get? F-? F- -? Is there such thing as a G??
— Austin Sternlicht (@The_Sternlicht) July 4, 2019
I feel there’s lots of qualifiers that have to be thought-about right here. One, No. 28 picks are all the time unpredictable and also you need various seasons to see how that performs out. I wouldn’t name the Cousins’ experiment a debacle. They acquired him to boost their middle place, while presuming four healthy All-Stars in their prime would stay wholesome. Obviously that didn’t occur with the Durant and Klay injuries. Wanting again, the Warriors doubtless would’ve accomplished extra in free company to shore up their wing depth. But you also have to remember things might’ve gone so much worse without Cousins after additionally dropping Jones to an damage and Bell preventing inconsistency.
Hey Mark, first time caller.
How will missing the playoffs influence the locker room?
How overrated is Steve Kerr as a coach?
I’ll grasp up and pay attention.
— Frank M (@FrankTalkLA) July Three, 2019
If Curry and Green are principally wholesome, the Warriors will make the playoffs. If not, I feel they’ll hold the bigger image in mind about creating their younger gamers and making a splash in the offseason next yr. Kerr is just not overrated. Yes, it helps that he had a lot talent round him. But Kerr deserves credit score for having all of these stars buy into their roles and create a team-oriented tradition.
How do u really feel our rookie class seemed in the first three games of summer time league?
— Meko (@Imjusthatguy12) July Three, 2019
I was impressed with Eric Paschall’s steadiness, while Jacob Poole and Alan Smailagic will doubtless be long-term tasks. That being stated, it’s summer time league. The video games don’t imply much. And I don’t pay close consideration to them anyway since I’m using that time to talk to individuals and work on tales.
Smily jogs my memory of a younger Jokic
— Alex Tsui (@alextsui68) July four, 2019
Smiley seems extra athletic, though. I like his confidence and his athleticism. His fundamentals are raw, however it seems clear he will ultimately have an entire recreation.
Why a 2-way contract for Ky Bowman? vs. Malachi or another wing? or ready til camp? I assume they thought they needed to supply him that to get him, however that uses up a slot. If they soured on Prepare dinner due to his measurement, why guess on one other brief guard?
— budh (@hausens) July 4, 2019
will Ky Bowman (at the very least in a two approach contract) make the ultimate roster?
— Jim (48-40) (@HamptonsfiveSZN) July four, 2019
I feel Bowman will make the ultimate roster as a two-way player. Your assumptions are right that they needed to supply that to get him. However it’s not like obtainable two-way gamers can be a lot better. They did not necessarily “sour” on Quinn Prepare dinner. Their plans simply changed after acquiring Russell.
Who’s getting the last spot on the roster? I’m concerned concerning the depth.
— Flames🔥 of Castamere (@Oaklanthology) July 4, 2019
I’m questioning about that, too. I feel Stanley Johnson can be a terrific pickup. He’s a cheap wing that seems taken with becoming a member of the Warriors.
Any probability the soldiers add a player to switch Jimmer of their summer time league squad?
— Eugene Ahn (@csuf4ever) July 4, 2019
The Warriors don’t plan so as to add one other participant. They’ll just improve enjoying time for everyone else. In a means, that may assist the Warriors evaluate their options for who to invite to coaching camp.
Is the half owner allowed back in the constructing?
— Fredi The PizzaMan💯™️ (@FrediThePizzaMn) July 3, 2019
No, the NBA punished Warriors investor Mark Stevens with a $500,000 effective and a one-year ban from team-related actions. He’s expected to promote his shares before his ban expires.
How common is it that beat writers root for the staff they cover
— Anna Su (@riceysu) July Three, 2019
No beat writers root for that at all. They root to make deadline and to write down good tales. It clearly is useful to cover a workforce that folks care about, but writers don’t get consumed with results the best way teams and their followers do.
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