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Kevin Durant makes bet on LeBron James' future with Cavs

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Kevin Durant makes bet on LeBron James' future with Cavs

LeBron James will earn $33,285,709 from the Cavs in 2017-18.

He has a $35,607,969 player option in 2018-19, but it is widely assumed that LeBron will decline it and become a free agent next summer.

Will he stay in Cleveland or will he leave again?

"I personally always say he's staying," Durant said a couple weeks ago on The Bill Simmons Podcast. "I told him this. That's me. I feel like he's gonna end it in Cleveland. That's his crib. That's the crib. He run it.

"I'm sure he's gonna turn that into something mega once he's done."

Simmons believes LeBron will join the Lakers next July and asked Durant what he wants to wager.

"I'll bet Fat Sal's ... combo meal, he's staying in Cleveland," Durant declared.

In case you are wondering -- Fat Sal's makes sandwiches and has five locations (the one in Westwood is delicious).

And about the Nets' 2018 first-round pick Cleveland acquired in the Kyrie Irving deal:

"I think they're gonna trade that pick," Durant said.

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

Report: Iguodala granted Warriors final free-agent meeting to say goodbye

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Report: Iguodala granted Warriors final free-agent meeting to say goodbye

This summer, Andre Iguodala signed a 3-year contract worth $48 million guaranteed.

But he was very close to not returning to the Warriors.

On Wednesday, ESPN's Chris Haynes wrote a feature on Iguodala's free agent process.

One of the biggest takeaways:

"The Warriors were granted a last-minute assembly out of respect. Iguodala had reopened the lines of communication with the Warriors and told Myers that if he still wanted to talk to 'get down here.'

The Warriors had been in the dark for a day and a half and contacted representatives of free-agent small forwards Rudy Gay and Gerald Henderson as a contingency plan. But Myers immediately hopped on a plane from the Bay Area and Kerr was already in Los Angeles, having recently visited with free agent Nick Young. They didn't know it, but Iguodala's objective in sitting down with them was to personally say goodbye, sources with knowledge of the situation told ESPN."

Iguodala was prepared to say goodbye because he did not like the Warriors' initial offer -- a reported $42 million over three years, with only a partial guarantee in Year 3.

When Myers and Kerr met with Iguodala, they reportedly increased the offer to $45 million guaranteed over three years.

But as Haynes writes:

"There was little hope for a resolution at this point. Iguodala wasn't budging from his request to make at least $16 million per year. If the Warriors didn't improve their offer, he was signing with the Rockets, sources said."

So how does the story end?

Bob Myers reportedly called Warriors owner Joe Lacob, who gave final approval to offer Iguodala the $48 million he was seeking.

Done deal...

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

How Warriors fans can watch game this season with Larry O'Brien Trophy

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How Warriors fans can watch game this season with Larry O'Brien Trophy

Once the NBA season starts, every player is out for the same thing -- a chance to raise the Larry O'Brien Trophy at the end of the year.

During the 2017-18 season, Warriors fans can watch a game at Oracle Arena with the prize possession right by their side. All you need is $2,000. 

If you can write the check, the trophy will pay you a visit in a premium suite, plus two bottle of champagne and a gift bag that includes a six-inch replica trophy and a replica championship ring. 

Fans are limited to four experiences with the trophy per game. 

Darren Rovell of ESPN was first to share the details.