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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Warriors owner no longer as confident about re-signing Kevin Durant

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Golden State Warriors owner Joe Lacob no longer sounds as confident about signing Kevin Durant as he did a few short weeks ago.

Lacob was asked after his Warriors lost 114-110 to the Toronto Raptors in Game 6 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night to end the series how hopeful he was about re-signing Durant. According to The New York Times’ Marc Stein, Lacob said “we’ll find out.”

This may not seem like much, but the important context is Lacob’s previous answer to the question.

Back on May 21, The Athletic’s Tim Kawakami published an article in which Lacob said he was confident about the Warriors re-signing BOTH Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant.

That’s a big change in feeling from Lacob.

Of course, a lot has changed in the circumstances. Durant played in Game 5 of the series and tried to return from his calf injury with his Warriors down 3-1. He tore his Achilles tendon in the second quarter, which seemed to be proof that the Warriors erred in some way with the handling of his return, such as not putting him on a minutes restriction. Plus you had Lacob declaring before the series that Durant would return for the Finals, which may have put additional pressure on the two-time Finals MVP to return before he was ready.

Perhaps all that will way on Durant’s decision, and Lacob may know it.

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