NBA rumors: Sense among Warriors is Kevin Durant leaves in free agency

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NBA rumors: Sense among Warriors is Kevin Durant leaves in free agency

Will he? Won't he? Will we continue dissecting it regardless? 

The Warriors reportedly believe the answer to one of those questions is yes. ESPN's Ramona Shelburne said on "The Jump" on Wednesday that she thinks "there's a sense that he's going to leave Golden State."

"I think you feel that within the Warriors organization," Shelburne said (H/T Bleacher Report). "That's why this whole run feels like they're all just trying to savor it, right? They're trying to savor what this is and just how special it is. But I don't know. Kevin Durant is an emotional guy -- and I say that with respect ... he's passionate."

Shelburne's comments came a day after Rich Kleiman, Durant's agent and business partner, said that Durant "really doesn't know and I really don't know" how his potential free agency will play out. Earlier this month, Shelburne's ESPN colleague Adrian Wojnarowski said the Warriors "are bracing for possibly seismic change" this summer given Durant and Klay Thompson's impending free agency. 

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Durant will almost certainly opt out of his current contract this summer. The New York Times' Marc Stein wrote earlier Wednesday "that the Los Angeles Clippers have emerged as an equally dangerous threat to the [New York] Knicks to sign Durant away from Golden State." The Knicks have long been floated as Durant's preferred destination, and we're still over a month away from the official start of the free-agency moratorium on June 30. 

In other words, the answer to the third question at the start of this blog is also yes. 

NBA rumors: Clippers equal free-agent threat to Knicks for Kevin Durant

NBA rumors: Clippers equal free-agent threat to Knicks for Kevin Durant

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Another day, another Kevin Durant free-agency story.

This one comes from Marc Stein of The New York Times:

Within the last month, very smart and plugged-in people I have consulted say that the Los Angeles Clippers have emerged as an equally dangerous threat to the Knicks to sign Durant away from Golden State. And I believe it.

But as Stein also writes:

Problem is, at various points during the season, I have heard trusted insiders state with conviction that Durant is already planning to join the Knicks … and then that he is likely to consider the Nets as well … and now that he is eyeing the Clippers just as intently as New York.

Sounds about right when you consider there have been approximately 327,845 different KD stories written this season.

On Monday night, the Warriors superstar's agent/manager, Rich Kleiman, said that Durant is "100 percent undecided" when it comes to his future plans.

"I'm waiting on Kevin," Kleiman said at The Wall Street Journal's "Future of Everything Festival" in New York. "That's the truth ... he really doesn't know and I really don't know."

It's safe to assume that certain scenarios have been discussed, but it makes sense if KD hasn't made a final decision.

Remember, although he knew he wanted to sign with the Warriors back in 2016, he said he wouldn't have come to Golden State had the Dubs beat the Cavs in the NBA Finals.

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This is why he wants to wait as long as possible to see how everything shakes out.

For now, Durant's strained right calf and his availability for the NBA Finals is much more important than what happens in July.

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Patrick Beverley says Clippers gave Warriors best challenge in playoffs

Patrick Beverley says Clippers gave Warriors best challenge in playoffs

Programming note: Watch the NBA Finals pregame edition of Warriors Outsiders on Thursday, May 30 at 4:00 p.m., streaming live on the MyTeams app.

Los Angeles Clippers guard Patrick Beverley is a confident person.

Beverley doesn't back down from anybody and he speaks his mind freely.

On Tuesday morning, he made the following declaration on Twitter:

Sorry Mr. Beverley, but we respectfully disagree.

Here were the results of the Warriors-Clippers first-round NBA playoff series:
Game 1 = Warriors 121, Clippers 104
Game 2 = Clippers 135, Warriors 131 (Golden State led by 31 points with about 7:30 left in the third quarter)
Game 3 = Warriors 132, Clippers 105
Game 4 = Warriors 113, Clippers 105
Game 5 = Clippers 129, Warriors 101
Game 6 = Warriors 129, Clippers 110

The Dubs' average margin of victory was nearly 18 points.

In the second round, the Rockets beat the Warriors twice and every game was decided by six points or less.

Although Golden State swept Portland in the Western Conference finals, the Blazers had the following leads:
Game 2 = 17 points early in the third quarter
Game 3 = 18 points late in the second quarter
Game 4 = 17 points with less than two minutes left in the third quarter

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While you could make the argument that the Clippers gave a better challenge than the Blazers, the Rockets clearly were the most formidable foe.

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