Next step: Iguodala. If he and Myers can nail down the salary numbers and length, and if Durant’s deal means the Warriors can maintain Iguodala’s Bird Rights, then this is basically a done deal. In fact, an NBA source indicated recently that the only real open question now is the amount of years.
The key mathematical part of this for the Warriors is Durant, who could seek the max of about $36 million for 2017-2018. But the Warriors don’t have his Bird Rights, so they’d have to shed a lot of money to create the cap space to fit such a salary, and that would include the renouncing of Iguodala and Shaun Livingston.
But if Durant is willing to take strictly a 20-percent raise from this season’s salary of $26.5 million up to $31.8 million, the Warriors would not have to fit him into cap space and then could use Bird Rights to re-sign Iguodala and Livingston above and beyond the cap. “Haven’t even thought about it that much,” Durant said on the podcast. “But I don’t plan on going anywhere else.”
Iguodala's a free agent after this season but he's deeply connected to the Bay Area. "For me, I'm in a beautiful place, my family loves it here, we all enjoy it. So for me to just take it day by day. And let it happen how it was supposed to happen," he said.
Midway through the second quarter of Thursday night’s rout of Orlando, Draymond Green saw a wide-open Iguodala streaming toward the rim. Green picked up his dribble midcourt and found Iguodala for a spectacular alley-oop. It was the type of acrobatic dunk that raised an important question: How many more years does Iguodala have left before he focuses exclusively on his off-the-court endeavors? “Ten,” said Iguodala, who will be a free agent this summer. “I’ll just lie like that to get leverage” in contract negotiations.
But Durant could nix that issue by taking a starting salary of $31.8 million — a 20 percent increase from this season, but about $4 million less than his projected max. That would allow the Warriors to sign him under his non-Bird rights, freeing them to go over the cap to retain Shaun Livingston and Andre Iguodala. At Saturday’s All-Star availability in New Orleans, Durant was asked if that’s something he would consider. “We’ll figure that out when the time comes,” Durant said.
“I don’t feel the need to go tell Shaun and Andre: ‘Yo, go take less money, money isn’t everything,’” Green said during his media scrum Friday at All-Star weekend. “I don’t feel the need to say that, nor will I say that. You can’t tell a guy what money he should make or what’s important to him or his pocket. I don’t count anyone else’s pocket. “Will we recruit them and want them back? Hell yeah. We’ll do everything we can to get them back. But I’m not going to tell them, ‘Hey, man, you should stay here for a little less money.’”
Because Durant would need to be signed with cap space, the large cap holds of both Shaun Livingston ($10.9 million) and Andre Iguodala ($16.7 million) would need to be renounced. Curry’s $18 million free-agent cap hold will now be replaced with a likely $36 million salary. The remainder of the roster would be filled using the room mid-level exception and minimum players, meaning the total committed salaries for next season will likely be $135 million. Golden State will likely be in the luxury tax with a $21.5 million penalty. A. Under contract Kevin Durant $36,050,000. Stephen Curry $36,050,000. Klay Thompson $17,826,150. Draymond Green $16,400,000.
Adrian Wojnarowski: The feeling around (Andre Iguodala) is, hey, there's going to be so many teams with space this summer and will have interest in him, they don't need him to be traded... and he wants to win another title. He doesn't want to go somewhere else now.
December 1, 2020 | 10:01 pm EST Update
Andrew Greif: Joakim Noah has been waived by the Clippers with the expectation that he’ll be retiring from the NBA, league sources confirm to @Brad Turner and me. His contract was set to guarantee on Dec. 22. Brief Clips tenure, but a long NBA career.
New Warriors swingman Kelly Oubre Jr. already got himself a ring. Well … at least his now-fiancé does. The soon-to-be 25-year-old Oubre, who recently was acquired by Golden State, announced his engagement to Shylyn in a really adorable video on Instagram.
During a recent appearance on the Knuckleheads podcast with Quentin Richardson & Darius Miles, Kemp recalled a meeting with Bird that has stuck with him to this day. “We were playing the Boston Celtics, so the great Larry Bird. I’m from Indiana and Larry’s from Indiana,” Kemp said. “I knew about the history of Larry but I didn’t realize how he really got down. Larry gave me 50 [points] in three quarters. And he talked to me the whole entire game. He asked me at the jump ball, ‘You’re the one that broke all my records in high school right?’ and I said ‘Yeah, that’s me.’ and he said ‘I’ve got something for you tonight.'”
December 1, 2020 | 9:35 pm EST Update
Adrian Wojnarowski: Clippers are waiving center Joakim Noah — and his agent, Bill Duffy of @BDA Sports, tells ESPN that Noah is “likely headed toward retirement.” One of his era’s most ferocious competitors, Noah played 13 seasons, made two All-Star games and was a 3-time All-Defensive team choice.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Bill Duffy on Noah: “What an illustrious career for Joakim, starting with two national titles at the University of Florida, to becoming an NBA Defensive Player of the Year and ultimately evolving into one of the most passionate, spirited players to ever come through our sport. It’s been my honor to represent Joakim through his journey.”
Eric Walden: Rudy Gobert, on his extension talks: “My goal is to win a championship here, that’s been my goal since I got here, and it still is. … Negotiation talk, that’s why I have an agent. I’ll let him take care of that.”
Eric Walden: Rudy Gobert, on the inability to go big-big last season: “We could feel that sometimes, we lacked a little bit of size. Derrick is a very good defender. … We felt the drop, and we missed his presence. Having Derrick Favors back is fixing a lot of problems.”