Golden State GM Myers addresses Warriors free agents

Golden State GM Myers addresses Warriors free agents

They are favored to win it all, and maybe they will. Perhaps, as some speculate, they will flame out in the postseason.

Either way, watching the rebooted Warriors often leads to a nagging question:

Is this a one-and-done roster?

Not if general manager Bob Myers is able to work some summer magic.

“We’ve got 10 free agents; there are a lot of balls to juggle in the offseason,” Myers said Friday on the Warriors Insider Podcast. “That’s good, though, because I think we’ve developed a culture where players want to stay.”

Kevin Durant arrived last summer and can opt out this summer, though indications are he wants to stay. Though other free agents include Ian Clark, JaVale McGee, Zaza Pachulia and David West, Myers specifically addressed three core veterans: Stephen Curry, Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston.

After initially joking that he was “not sure” about the desire to re-sign Curry, Myers delivered the predictable answer: “For the record: We would love to have Steph Curry, going forward. Hopefully, he feels the same way. I think he does.”

Curry has consistently stated his desire to remain with the Warriors. Barring a shocking and catastrophic turn of events, that’s going to get done.

Iguodala and Livingston, however, are a bit trickier. Though both are key members of the team, neither is a starter. And both will be entering their 14th season.

“We’d love to keep them, and I’ve told them that,” Myers said. “We’d like to try to make it work. We have to approach it with what’s in our control, and that’s trying to find a way to keep them on the team. They’re not just really good players; they’re unbelievable people. So we’ll do everything we can.”

Myers conceded, too, that the unique skills possessed by Iguodala and Livingston make them difficult to replace. Even though the salary cap will rise slightly, along with the luxury-tax line, there are no guarantees.

“But you’re going to try,” Myers said. “But, conversely, there are times -- not with those guys -- but other times you’re looking at your roster, in any sport, and you go, ‘Yeah, we’ll probably let that guy go.’ That’s not the case at all.”

Perhaps foreseeing the summer -- or recalling the pursuit of Durant last summer -- Myers shifted into something that sounded like a recruiting pitch that could apply to players currently on the roster or those who might be on the market.

“They love playing for Steve,” he said. “We try to treat them fairly. We try to treat them as well as we can and provide them with all the resources to win and stay healthy and the environment of being in the Bay Area, and all the things outside of basketball that, shockingly, people may not realize players care about that are outside of the walls of the gym.

“This community, the diversity, the opportunity, the entrepreneurship, it’s a great place to sell to a player. But they really want to win. And I think we’ve shown we can win. So, hopefully, that gives us at least a good shot at keeping guys and then acquiring guys.”

Bob Myers explains why he's encouraged by Durant's rehab process

Bob Myers explains why he's encouraged by Durant's rehab process

It's been just over two weeks since Kevin Durant sustained a Grade 2 MCL sprain and tibial bone bruise in his left knee.

On Tuesday, he was on the practice floor putting up set shots.

"He's getting there," Warriors GM Bob Myers said on 95.7 The Game on Wednesday. "You watch what he could do two weeks ago, a week ago, and what he can do now. Did a little spot shooting ... but you don't really know until you push hard off it, you cut, you sprint, you jump. The best thing about it is this -- when it's been decided by doctors that surgery is not required, your body heals.

"When you have a surgery, that's where you get into the gray area of how long it's gonna take to come back. It's all guesswork. But when you don't need surgery, for the most part our bodies are wonderful with just healing. That's what I'm encouraged by."

Durant is averaging 25.3 points, 8.2 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 1.6 blocks per game, while shooting just under 54 percent from the field and 38 percent from deep.

The Warriors are 3-5 since Durant's injury, and would be 2-6 if they didn't come back from a 16-point deficit to Philly on Tuesday.

It's possible that Durant returns to game action before the end of the regular season.

"He's going to heal, he's gonna be back as good as he was before," Myers declared. "When? I wish I could tell you, man ... as far as the timeline, I don't know when he's coming back."

Kevin Durant walking with no knee brace after Warriors practice

Kevin Durant walking with no knee brace after Warriors practice

OAKLAND -- Kevin Durant was up and walking at the Warriors facility Monday morning, his sprained left knee supported by a light wrap rather than the bulky brace he had been seen wearing the previous 10 days.

This is progress, it seems.

“He didn’t take part in anything with practice; he was with the training staff,” coach Steve Kerr said. “But he’s progressing, getting on the bike and that kind of stuff.

“He told me he’s feeling really good.”

Durant sustained a Grade 2 sprain to his medial collateral ligament (MCL) and tibial bone bruise in the first quarter of the Feb. 28 game at Washington.

He is scheduled to undergo reevaluation at the end of the month, with the Warriors hoping he can return before the playoffs begin April 15.