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Kevin Durant
Kevin Durant
Position: F
Born: 09/29/88
Height: 6-9 / 2.06
Weight:225 lbs. / 102.1 kg.
Salary: $26,540,100
One wrinkle in the current proposed deal, according to sources familiar with it: Cap holds attached to free agents coming off rookie contracts could jump to 250 and 300 percent of their prior salaries, up from 200 and 250 percent, to prevent teams from arranging wink-wink deals as San Antonio and Detroit did with Kawhi Leonard and Andre Drummond, respectively: “Hang in free agency as a cheapo cap hold, and we’ll sign everyone else first.” That extra few million matters for teams scrounging max cap space. As of now, cap holds attached to players with more experience would stay the same, per league sources. That could change, of course. But the status quo would be huge for Golden State, which is counting on Stephen Curry’s under-market cap hold — $18 million, way below his $30-million-plus max salary — to fit Kevin Durant, Andre Iguodala, and Shaun Livingston.
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LeBron James and the reigning NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers have to be respected. But to add one of the top three players in the league to a team that blew a 3-1 NBA Finals lead with two-time NBA MVP Stephen Curry and two other All-Stars in Klay Thompson and Draymond Green, not to mention 2015 Finals MVP Andre Iguodala, is gluttonous. A championship trophy should be expected. Immense pressure is warranted. Just hours before the Warriors’ season opener, one NBA scout strongly stated his adoration for Durant’s new club. “It’s a f—— joke,” the NBA scout said.
“The Warriors are too damn good. I saw them play four times. They are unbeatable. I saw one preseason game when Klay was off and KD and Steph just easily took over the slack. They’re just too good offensively. One of the best offensive teams we will ever see,” he said. Better than Magic Johnson and the “Showtime” Los Angeles Lakers? “Yes, better than ‘Showtime,’ ” the scout said. “They have more shooters than that Lakers team did.”
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The two had bonded in Kalamian’s six seasons as an assistant with the Oklahoma City Thunder. The two have stayed in touch in the year since Kalamian made the move to Toronto, and since Durant made his bold move to the Golden State Warriors this summer. The content of Durant’s text did surprise the coach that day, though. “Your two guys are the best. I’m jealous of their relationship, the way they get along with each other and the way they play together. The way they enjoy each other, it’s great,” Kalamian said of that text on Monday, as the Raptors finished up their practice. Durant, all the way from the Olympics in Rio, was in awe of the friendship that Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan had on display with the U.S. men’s basketball team. “I think it’s kind of what he wants,” Kalamian continued. “He wants that bond with someone . . . and I think he’s going to find that. “Early on in OKC, we had that.”
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Both players are among the NBA’s most talented, but that bond that Durant is after had been gone for some time. It disappeared at the start of the 2012-13 season when the Thunder traded James Harden to Houston. “We had that (bond) really with James Harden. He was a connector of everyone. He brought Westbrook, Durant and (Serge) Ibaka and they all kind of connected, they all came together,” Kalamian said. “James is a big reason and when he left I think Kevin said . . . that trade was the beginning of the end for him and now there wasn’t that connection as much. “Kevin and Russell, they respect the heck out of each other, no question about it. They played well together, they work well together, they communicate, but I think the connection was lost a little bit for whatever reason.”