Durant defuses situation with Draymond: 'Wasn’t an argument at all'

Durant defuses situation with Draymond: 'Wasn’t an argument at all'

OAKLAND -- Don’t get it twisted, says Kevin Durant. The reaction on social media far exceeded any actual drama between he and Warriors teammate Draymond Green.

The animated discussion late Friday night between Durant and Green, which began trending late in a 128-119 loss to Memphis, was much less a sign of dissension than a matter of men clearing the air in public.

Green was, according to Durant, spreading truth in his typically demonstrative way.

“He’s an emotional guy,” Durant said Saturday after video review and practice. “It wasn’t an argument at all. It wasn’t a disagreement. I felt like Draymond was emotional and something was bothering him, and he came and talked to me. He always can talk to me. I didn’t take it personally that he was using loud tones. That’s just how he is.

“But it wasn’t a disagreement, or it wasn’t a fight. It was more so he was voicing on how he felt the game should’ve been going. And I agreed with him. I agreed with him, and I had his back and I just told him to move on to the next play.

“It’s a long year, man. That stuff is going to happen.”

The Warriors were leading the Grizzlies 111-109, with 20.6 seconds remaining, when Green confronted Durant after a timeout. The previous possession ended with Durant, isolated against lumbering Memphis big man Zach Randolph, taking and missing a 3-pointer from the top of the key.

That’s not what the situation called for, according to Green and others. The pick-and-roll had been successful most of the night, and it was there between Stephen Curry and Durant.

When Durant went away from it, Green not only explained that he shouldn’t have but also why he shouldn’t have.

“That was on me,” Durant said. “I felt I had a matchup that I liked.

“I should’ve let Steph set the screen for me and go from there. But it’s a learning experience. We’ll get better from it. We move on. No hard feelings, none of that stuff. We move on.”

Warriors coach Steve Kerr also downplayed the confrontation that generated a firestorm on social media.

“It’s just good communication from two teammates who are passionate and trying to figure something out together,” he said. “Kevin didn’t take it personally. I thought Draymond handled it really well. We had a good film session, a good meeting today, where guys talked about different things. It’s all part of the process.”

Durant expressed an appreciation for Green’s willingness to deal with things immediately and emphatically, rather than letting them fester and become an actual issue.

“That’s a good thing, especially coming from an All-Star, a guy that is a huge part of the organization and a part of the franchise,” Durant said. “That’s what you need. You need that. You need someone to just be real and just let us know that, ‘Look, we’re still getting better. We’re not where we want to be. We’ve made some mistakes.’

“But at the same time, he’s still encouraging and still positive and still have his teammates’ back. It’s definitely good.”

Warriors stay ready, strike gold amid the 2017 NBA Draft scramble

Warriors stay ready, strike gold amid the 2017 NBA Draft scramble

OAKLAND -- Considering their status as reigning champs without a pick, members of the Warriors personnel department could have turned out the lights and left team headquarters to watch the NBA Draft from a nearby tavern.

They instead stayed in business mode Thursday night, observing the draft-night chaos up close, waiting for the right moment and the right player.

And for the second consecutive year, the Warriors paid a team for its 38th overall draft pick, sending a reported $3.5 million to the Chicago Bulls in exchange for the rights to Oregon big man Jordan Bell, the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year.

“Everybody we talked to had a lot of good things to say about him,” president/general manager Bob Myers said. “He’s one of the few guys we looked at and really wanted to see if we could get. I actually was not optimistic we would be able to get him. But somehow it came to fruition.”

Myers added that the Warriors, along with many mock drafts, projected Bell as a first-round pick.

Bell led the Pac-12 in field-goal percentage (63.6) while shooting almost exclusively in the paint. The 6-foot-9 center/forward was sixth among Pac-12 rebounders at 8.8 per game and 13th in steals at 1.3 per game.

The Long Beach Poly High product possesses a wingspan a fraction shy of 7-feet and bears, by some accounts, a resemblance to Draymond Green inasmuch as he is a defense-first player with a deep reservoir of energy.

It’s a comparison that Bell, asked about it, embraces.

“Draymond, because people always say I’m undersized,” Bell told Basketball Insiders last month. “He’s one of those players you can’t really say what position he is, but he’s a force on defense.”

Moreover, Myers cited Green as one of the players best suited to mentor Bell.

“Draymond is a good one,” the GM said. “He’s not afraid to tell players what he thinks. He’s going to be a good teacher.”

Bell in three seasons became the Ducks’ all-time leader in blocks. He blocked eight shots in a Midwest Regional win over Kansas that sent Oregon to the Final Four. He became during the NCAA Tournament the first player since Hakeem Olajuwon (in 1985) to snag at least 12 rebounds in five consecutive tournament games.

“Defending is one of my best attributes,” Bell told Basketball Insiders. “Being able to switch 1-through-5. Play small ball. Blocking shots. Timing. Decision-making on offense.”

These are the characteristics that prompted the Warriors to put a red-letter “B” next to Bell’s name on their draft board -- even though his offensive skills are unrefined.

“We love his ability to defend,” Myers said. “He could probably defend most positions, and in the NBA that’s huge. To be able to switch pick-and-rolls, rebound, block shots, finish, there are a lot of boxes he checks.

“ . . . We just like the way he plays basketball. We’ll find a place for him.”

The Warriors also are closing in on a deal for one of Bell’s Oregon teammates. Forward Chris Boucher is expected to sign a two-way contract with the team.

“That’s something we’re trying to move toward,” Myers said of Boucher, who is rehabilitating an ACL surgery.

“But we like players that win. We like players that can play. I don’t care what school they are or what their background is, or what position. Winners. That’s what we’re trying to do, is win. If we end up getting that done, that’s another player that was on a very good team.”

Report: Warriors agree to two-way NBA contract with Oregon F Boucher

Report: Warriors agree to two-way NBA contract with Oregon F Boucher

The Warriors bought Oregon's Jordan Bell in the second round of the 2017 NBA Draft. And, they reportedly agreed with another Duck.

Golden State is signing Oregon forward Chris Boucher to a two-way NBA contract after the senior went undrafted, according to Shams Charina of The Vertical.

Boucher, at 6-foot-10 and 200 pounds, averaged 11.8 points and 6.1 rebounds in 31 games for Oregon this past season. He also averaged 2.5 blocks per game and shot 35 percent from beyond the arc. 

Boucher suffered a torn ACL in the Pac-12 semifinals against Cal. 

NBA rosters will grow to 17 players with two-way contracts between the G-League and players will make a guarantee of at least $75,000. Players who sign two-ways contracts can make up to $275,000 depending on how long they are on an NBA roster.