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Saturday, September 21, 2019

Warriors owner confident they will re-sign Durant, Thompson

Joe Lacob

The future of the Golden State Warriors very much hinges upon what happens this offseason.

Klay Thompson will be a free agent after the season, while Kevin Durant is widely expected to decline his player option and become a free agent. Does either player leave or do they stay with the Warriors to continue the dynasty?

Warriors majority owner Joe Lacob told The Athletic’s Tim Kawakami on Tuesday that they are confident both players will re-sign with the team.

Thompson’s camp has been making noise about him considering other options if the Warriors don’t offer him a max contract. As long as Golden State is willing to pay him — and it sounds like they are — the likelihood of him returning seems very high. Durant is the much bigger question.

There has long been a line of thinking that Durant joined the Warriors to win championships for his legacy and that he would leave once he accomplished that goal. The Knicks have long been considered a potential destination for him, but recently other teams have been mentioned as possibilities.

Our guess is that despite the Warriors’ best efforts to retain him, Durant will probably leave. What team he chooses is the big question.



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