Jared Dudley

Jared Dudley explains why Kevin Durant shouldn't be surprised by media

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Jared Dudley explains why Kevin Durant shouldn't be surprised by media

Kevin Durant racked up 23 points (on just 13 shots), nine assists, eight rebounds and three steals in Wednesday night's Warriors rout of the Spurs. He did not commit a single turnover.

But nobody will remember how KD performed on the court because of what happened during his postgame press conference.

The reigning two-time NBA Finals MVP unloaded on the media (specifically Ethan Strauss of The Athletic) for all of the speculation about his pending free agency.

When Mark Medina of the Bay Area News Group tweeted a video snippet of Durant's comments, Twitter user @BryanFonsecaNY quote tweeted: "I wonder, does @JaredDudley619 have some perspective on this?"

The veteran Brooklyn Nets forward saw the message and offered his thoughts.

Dudley is correct in saying Durant hasn't committed long term to Golden State. He signed another "1+1" contract in July to keep his options open this summer, and he hasn't said anything publicly to make people believe he wants to play for the Warriors beyond this season.

The reality is Durant doesn't owe anybody anything at this point because he has every right to leave for another franchise if that's what he decides to do. He wants to play this season out, try to win a third consecutive NBA championship, assess where his mind and heart are at, and then make a decision on his future. He deserves that plan of action.

But on the flip side, NBA free agency doesn't truly begin on July 1, as teams constantly plot and look to the future months and even years in advance. And as Dudley said, there are teams (not "everybody") that have made the necessary moves to put themselves in position to land Durant.

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We live in a 24-hour news cycle, and social media has changed everything. Various media members are doing their jobs by collecting intel and reporting on what they gather. As a result, the NBA is as popular as it's ever been, and the league is in an incredible place financially.

Discussing Durant's future and/or what might happen in July is just a part of the deal at this point. And for better or worse, it doesn't seem like the noise will stop anytime soon.

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

Jared Dudley: Kevin Durant 'changed the whole outlook of the league'

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Jared Dudley: Kevin Durant 'changed the whole outlook of the league'

Jared Dudley is one of the best personalities in the NBA.

He is very active on social media and is a frequent guest on various podcasts.

On Tuesday, he spoke with ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

"Kevin Durant's decision (to join the Warriors) changed the whole outlook of the league," Dudley declared. "GMs and owners are really thinking, 'Do we really have a fighting chance to go after this?' Because they're (the Warriors) in their prime now. 

"Are we gonna wait until they lose one of these guys or two of these guys to this luxury tax where they can't pay 'em? If Draymond leaves, or if Klay leaves, where 'Hey, let's go after them when they're 29 or 30."

Klay is under contract for two more years -- $17.8 million this season and just under $19 million in 2018-19 -- before he is scheduled for unrestricted free agency.

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"I hope to be here my whole career," Klay said last month.

Draymond won't become a free agent until the summer of 2020.

As of now, the Warriors' luxury tax bill for the 2017-18 season is expected to be around $30 million. 

And the luxury tax payments will continue in subsequent years.

But last year, Golden State reportedly finished with the second highest net income -- $91.9 million.

And the privately-financed Chase Center will open for the 2019-20 season...

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

Suns forward: Durant joining Warriors made him easier to guard

Suns forward: Durant joining Warriors made him easier to guard

Jared Dudley and Kevin Durant were part of the same 2007 Draft Class.

Ever since then, Durant has been the toughest player for Dudley to guard.

The 10-year veteran acknowledged that defending Durant during the 2014 Western Conference Semifinals was his hardest assignment while speaking on The Ryen Russillo Show on ESPN Radio on Thursday.

"My worst time was going against Durant in the playoffs when I played for the Clippers and he was on OKC, and that was my matchup. And him coming down on the transition, and I'm thinking 'I know he can shoot the ball here and I can't touch him.' I just remember him crossing over and he takes one step from half court and dunks it. He's such a tough matchup because in the NBA, you can really get physical with guys, especially stars. So he shoots 90 (percent) from free throw, he can shoot the ball from three, so for me, he's always been my toughest matchup," Dudley said.

Dudley also discussed how it has become easier to defend Durant since he left Oklahoma City for Golden State.

"It actually made it easier, somewhat, him going to the Warriors because they have Klay (Thompson) and Steph (Curry) and he doesn't have that killer instinct, but overall, it's impossible," Dudley concluded.