The Warriors have three All-Stars and a former NBA Finals MVP on their roster without Curry in the lineup - there's a ton of talent remaining - but Golden State's end-of-season struggles, highlighted by the team's embarrassing 119-79 loss to the Jazz in the regular-season finale, raises questions.
Kevin Durant will become a free agent this summer, but he's reportedly not going anywhere. He did so to allow the Warriors to retain the likes of forward Andre Iguodala and backup point guard Shaun Livingston while allowing the franchise to add free agents to the roster.
However, as reported by ESPN, the decision to become an unrestricted free agent does not mean Durant will leave Golden State, as the 29-year-old will instead restructure his deal with the reigning National Basketball Association champions.
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Only four teams have ever made the NBA Finals in four straight seasons - the Warriors are looking to be the fifth team to do so and the first team since the 1960 Boston Celtics to claim three titles in that four-year stretch.
"Financially, obviously, what I wanted to do a year ago, it made sense", Durant told the Athletic in March.
Durant has a $26.2 million player option that he is expected to decline to set himself up for a much larger contract for the 2018-19 season and beyond.
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Durant plans to give up a guaranteed $26.2 million for next season, but that figure remains modest for an National Basketball Association superstar. Drew Shiller of NBC Sports Bay Area reported Wednesday that ESPN's Zach Lowe said on Lowe's podcast that some coaches and GMs expressed that they would rather face the Warriors in the first round than the Jazz or the Oklahoma City Thunder. But what is often missing in that conversation is that he has become the best player (not most valuable) on the team.
If Durant wants a long-term deal, he could look at a four-year, $158 million contract, speculates NBC's ProBasketballTalk. He has added a defensive element to his game this year making him one of, if not the best two-way player in the National Basketball Association.
Durant, 29, is averaging 26.4 points, 6.8 rebounds, and 5.4 assists per game.
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