Durant's new deal will likely leave them scrambling to fill some reserve holes with cheap veterans, and they could use savvy wing players with big game experience as they seek a fourth title in five years next season. Even with him, though, Golden State needed a Game 7 comeback just to defeat the Houston Rockets on the road and reach the Finals this year, but the beat-down of Cleveland seemed to reinforce the notion for some that the National Basketball Association has lost its competitive balance.
"I just don't think that will happen", Durant said.
Since he famously took roughly $10 million less than he could have in order to keep the team's core in tact last summer, he might want to capitalize by signing the four-year deal with approximately $160 million that the Warriors can offer him. "No one wants to be, but we expect to be". West could retire and the Warriors could let the rest walk, or a few might come back for another year on a minimum-value contract.
In recent comments, Durant said he feels like a ideal fit - not only on his team, but also in the Bay Area in general.
"There wasn't anything emotionally that was bothering us, it was more we gotta figure this out strategically and I think we did".
"For sure this was the toughest of the four, mainly because of the cumulative effect of doing this four years in a row, getting to the Finals four years in a row, it's just hard".
"Certain challenges, some were apparent, some not", Myers said. Draymond's got two more.
"You never really get exactly what you want", Myers said. "I know they're going to view it as a flawless career no matter what".