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Myers: 'Unequivocally' there is no Iggy or Livingston without Durant

Myers: 'Unequivocally' there is no Iggy or Livingston without Durant

OAKLAND -- Bob Myers did not drop to his knees and thank Kevin Durant for the financial sacrifice that gave the Warriors the financial flexibility to retain the likes of Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston.

The team’s president/general manager came exceedingly close, though.

“His gesture of taking less gave us the ability to be very aggressive in pursuing Shaun and Andre,” Myers said Friday. “And I can pretty much unequivocally say without it, we’re not looking at the team we have right now.”

Upon opting out of the contract he signed last July -- a move that allowed the Warriors to utilize Bird rights to retain Iguodala and Livingston -- Durant could have demanded and gotten the maximum, roughly $34.8 million, to return to the Warriors next season.

The general belief was that Durant would accept $31.8 million, though league sources had informed NBCSportsBayArea.com that he would be flexible and was willing to go a few million lower than that.

Durant went nearly $6.8 million lower, re-signing for a deal that will pay him $25 million next season.

“(With) Kevin forgoing the max, which he obviously deserves and could’ve gotten from us or any team in the league, that allowed us to attempt to sign Andre and Shaun and not have to renounce them,” Myers said.

“What Kevin did shows who he is, shows what he’s about and it’s clear that that’s winning.”

The expectation is Durant will opt out of his new deal next summer and re-sign a long-term deal starting around $35 million and escalating well above $40 million.

The Warriors entered free agency last week with a projected cap on what they were willing to spend and still exceeded it, according to Myers. Their commitment to bringing back a successful core was greater than their desire to contain payroll.

And that was even with Durant’s assistance.

“To be honest, I would have never thought that Kevin and his business partner, Rich (Kleiman), would give us the opportunity to take less and allow us to be as aggressive,” Myers said. “I didn’t foresee that. But when given that opportunity we said, ‘Wow. Now we can go hard at bringing Shaun and Andre back quickly.”

Steph Curry likes tweet that calls out TV personality

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Steph Curry likes tweet that calls out TV personality

It was a rough couple of days for Kevin Durant.

As the 2017 Finals MVP said himself: "All the jokes – bring ‘em. I deserve it."

One such joke came from Fox Sports 1's Nick Wright:

A couple hours later, an NBA writer chimed in:

At some point thereafter, Steph Curry "liked" this tweet.

This could be Curry simply coming to Durant's defense.

It also could be Curry simply enjoying the fact that Wright is getting called out for wrong claims/predictions.

It could be both.

In case you missed some of Wright's past declarations:

From Jan. 8 through April 8 (39 games), Iguodala averaged 9.6 points, 4.4 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.2 steals, while shooting over 58 percent from the field and over 41 percent from deep.

In Game 5 of the NBA Finals, he scored 20 points in what was his best performance of the playoffs.

At least he admitted it:

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

Warriors announce roster, schedule for 2017 training camp

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Warriors announce roster, schedule for 2017 training camp

The NBA Champion Golden State Warriors will hold their 2017 Training Camp, fueled by Gatorade, at the Rakuten Performance Center—the team’s newly named Practice Facility in Downtown Oakland—beginning Saturday, September 23, the team announced on Thursday. 

The team also announced the signing of free agent guards Antonius Cleveland, Michael Gbinije (ben-ih-jhay) and Alex Hamilton and free agent forward Georges Niang (George KNEE-yang). 

Cleveland, 22, went undrafted in the 2017 NBA Draft after a four-year career at Southeast Missouri State, where he averaged 12.9 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.31 steals and 28.8 minutes in 121 career games. As a senior in 2016-17, he averaged a career-high 16.6 points while hitting career bests of 54.3 percent from the field and 38.4 percent from three-point range.

Gbinije, 25, appeared in nine games with the Detroit Pistons last season, scoring four points in 32 minutes. Originally selected by the Pistons with the 49th overall pick in the second round of the 2016 NBA Draft, Gbinije averaged 12.0 points, and 4.3 rebounds in 35.0 minutes over 16 games with the Grand Rapids Drive of the NBA G League. Gbinije, who spent his freshman season at Duke before playing three seasons at Syracuse University, helped the Orange to a Final Four appearance as a senior in 2015-16 after averaging career marks of 17.5 points and 4.3 assists in 37.9 minutes over 37 games. 

Hamilton, 23, spent the 2016-17 season with Golden State’s G League affiliate, the Santa Cruz Warriors, where he averaged 11.4 points, 4.5 assists and 3.4 rebounds in 23.4 minutes over 43 games. Prior to joining Santa Cruz, Hamilton played collegiately for four seasons at Louisiana Tech, where he averaged 19.9 points, 6.2 assists, 5.7 rebounds and 1.97 steals in 33 games as a senior in 2015-16, earning Conference USA Player of the Year honors.

Niang, 24, appeared in 23 games for the Indiana Pacers in 2016-17, totaling 21 points and 17 rebounds in 93 minutes of action. Originally selected by the Pacers with the 50th overall pick of the 2016 NBA Draft, Niang averaged 19.0 points, 7.2 rebounds and 3.3 assists in 33.0 minutes over six games with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants in the NBA G League last season. Niang played collegiately for four seasons at Iowa State University, where he earned the 2016 Karl Malone Award, given to the nation’s best power forward, after averaging 20.5 points, 6.2 rebounds and 3.3 assists as a senior in 2015-16.

Following seven days of practice, the Warriors will open their preseason schedule at Oracle Arena on Saturday, September 30, against the Denver Nuggets before traveling to China for a pair of preseason games against the Minnesota Timberwolves as part of the NBA Global Games.

The roster:

Stephen Curry
Kevin Durant
Draymond Green
Klay Thompson
Andre Iguodala
Shaun Livingston
Zaza Pachulia
JaVale McGee
David West
Nick Young
Omri Casspi
Patrick McCaw
Damian Jones
Kevon Looney
Jordan Bell
Chris Boucher (two-way contract)
Georges Niang
Antonius Cleveland
Alex Hamilton
Michael Gbinije

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