Rumors and speculations are now swirling around the Golden State Warriors regarding their offseason plan for soon-to-be free agent Harrison Barnes and Oklahoma City Thunder small forward Kevin Durant.
The Golden State Warriors are currently battling in the NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers to win their second consecutive championship title. In the middle of this, rumors still persist about the Warriors targeting Kevin Durant in the upcoming free agency.
With the Golden State Warriors’ current achievements, do they really need Kevin Durant for their team? Warriors center Andrew Bogut broke his silence regarding the rumors.
“Guys have definitely asked questions,” center Andrew Bogut told NBA.com. “We’re not immune to it. We’ve seen it. We’ve seen the rumors, heard the rumors, all that kind of stuff. Different guys at different times have been scratching their head and thinking, ‘Why?’ The only way we can dispel all that stuff is maybe we’ve got to win five straight. Who knows? It’s one of those things we can’t really control, but we can control trying to make them make a tough decision.”
Warriors small forward Harrison Barnes will become a restricted free agent on July 1. There are speculations that if he will be demanding a maximum salary, the Golden State Warriors would rather choose to sign Kevin Durant since they are both in the small forward position.
“It’s out of my control,” Barnes said. “People say, ‘Do you want to be here in Golden State?’ A lot of it is, look, I love Golden State. I’d love to be here. But there’s also some other factors that factor into that, you know what I’m saying?”
Harrison Barnes expressed his desire to re-sign and play with the Warriors next season but said that he cannot do anything once the management decides not to re-sign him. Andrew Bogut said the same thing and added that he understands that this is a business.
While Kevin Durant is expected to re-sign with the Thunder, he will surely think twice if a championship-calibre team would offer him a maximum contract and play for them next season.
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