The Golden State Warriors suffered a historical collapse in the 2016 NBA Finals as the Cleveland Cavaliers won Game 7 and the championship. According to the latest NBA rumors, Warriors owner Joe Lacob revealed that they are going to be aggressive this summer which points to signing Kevin Durant.
The Warriors were up in the NBA Finals, 3-1 but a combination of LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, Draymond Green’s suspension, fatigue, Stephen Curry’s cold shooting and carelessness, and many other reasons contributed to Golden State’s downfall.
After the heartbreaking loss, Warriors owner Joe Lacob was asked by ESPN’s Marc Stein on his way out of Oracle Arena about what is next for his team. “All I can say is I will be very aggressive,” Lacob told Stein.
According to Dieter Kurtenbach, the Warriors are expected to go after Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder. Durant is set to become an unrestricted free agent and he’s been linked with Golden State since last season.
The Warriors are still the favorites to win the 2017 NBA title, per ESPN, but they have some decisions to make this summer. Harrison Barnes and Festus Ezeli, both restricted free agents, played poorly in the final three games.
If Golden State wants to sign Durant, they will have to let Barnes walk and not match any contract offers. But if they ever re-sign the 24-year-old, he will be the highest-paid player on the Warriors and it will cause problems in the locker room.
Durant’s goal is to win an NBA championship and his best chance to accomplish it is to join the Warriors. However, that same goal is attainable if he stays the Thunder but they need to get past Golden State to do so.
They were on the brink of eliminating the Warriors and the experience they learned from their 2016 Western Conference Finals collapse is valuable. Nonetheless, Durant will take a good hard look at all of his options this summer.
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