The Golden State Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 1 of the 2016 NBA Finals but there are reports that some members of the team are distracted with the NBA rumors of Kevin Durant to Golden State free agency NBA rumors in their upcoming offseason.
“Guys have definitely asked questions. 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?’,” Andrew Bogut, the starting center for the Warriors, said in an interview with NBA.com.
“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.”
The Australian big man went on to state that he finds the Kevin Durant to Golden State Warriors rumors as “interesting” and understand that it’s part of the business in the league.
“Guys obviously ask questions at certain times. We’ve had two good years. Guys definitely find it interesting. But we understand that it’s a business and you’re not going to be able to stop. If an owner or a GM wants to do something, they’re going to do it,” Bogut added, via the league’s official website.
Bogut has one year left in his Warriors’ contract and will re-join the team next season unless he is traded. But the Warriors have some players with expiring contracts after the season including Harrison Barnes, Marreese Speights, Leandro Barbosa and Festus Ezeli.
If the Warriors sign Durant this summer, they could lose most of their free agents as the OKC superstar will demand a max contract. NBA rumors have linked Durant to various NBA teams incuding the Warriors, Los Angeles Lakers and Washington Wizards, among others.
Meanwhile, the Warriors’ biggest free agent is Barnes and he also commented on his upcoming free agency in the same article.
“It’s out of my control. 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?” Barnes stated.
Will the Warriors and their free agents be playing distracted with all the Kevin Durant to Golden State NBA rumors lately? The bench players did not show it in Game 1 and they need to focus on the Cleveland Cavaliers series in the 2016 NBA Finals if they want to win back-to-back titles.
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