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Why Kevin Durant left Jalen Rose's $10K buy-in fantasy football league

Why Kevin Durant left Jalen Rose's $10K buy-in fantasy football league

Former NBA player and current ESPN analyst Jalen Rose might have the wildest fantasy football league there is. 

The star-studded league features the likes of Warriors forward Draymond Green and LeBron James' business partner Maverick Carter. Green's former Golden State teammate Kevin Durant used to be in the league, too. 

"Initially KD was in our league. He got upset and left the league," Rose said Tuesday on ESPN's "Get Up." "I'm tellin' you, he did." 

James also was in the league before he finished in last place two years ago and quit. 

Wait, so you're saying KD and LeBron left after things didn't quite go their way? The jokes write themselves. Let's just leave it at that. 

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This league comes with a hefty cost, too. 

"It cost $10,000 to play in the league," Rose revealed. "This is like a real serious thing." 

It better be with that kind of buy-in. Care to share the wealth, Jalen?

Why Jalen Rose calls Draymond Green 'brilliant' signing $100M extension

Why Jalen Rose calls Draymond Green 'brilliant' signing $100M extension

Draymond Green could have been an unrestricted free agent after the 2019-2020 NBA season. The star forward didn't wait until then to cash in, though. 

Green signed a four-year, $100 million extension with the Warriors on Saturday. He'll now make $118 million over the next five years. 

Former player and current ESPN analyst Jalen Rose believes Green, a fellow Michigan native, made the right decision by signing with the Warriors this offseason. 

"Now he gets a chance to cement his legacy for a team that's gonna retire his jersey, a team that he's probably gonna have a statue along with the guys he got a chance to play with," Rose said Monday morning on ESPN's "Get Up." 

"A brilliant decision by Draymond." 

Ultimately, Rose says Green showed self-awareness by signing the deal. 

"For a guy that's going into his eighth year, that has already won championships with the Golden State Warriors, averaged seven points this year and didn't make the All-Star team, he's the perfect example in the NBA of mastering your role," Rose said. "And Draymond Green has done that." 

Would Green be a $100 million player if he wasn't on the Warriors? It's hard to say. His numbers -- 7.4 points, 7.3 rebounds and 6.9 assists per game last season -- certainly aren't worth such a hefty contract. But Draymond, who has been voted to the All-Defensive team five times, is a perfect fit for coach Steve Kerr's scheme -- especially on a roster full of sharpshooters such as Steph Curry and Klay Thompson. 

Fit can be everything, and Rose brought up examples such as Dwight Howard leaving the Orlando Magic, Carmelo Anthony leaving the Denver Nuggets and Deron Williams leaving the Utah Jazz as what could have happened had Draymond decided to head elsewhere down the line. 

"If you leave the Golden State Warriors, you don't know what you're getting into," Rose said.

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For now, and the foreseeable future, Green will continue to be the heartbeat of Golden State.

Why Jalen Rose believes Warriors will make NBA playoffs next season

Why Jalen Rose believes Warriors will make NBA playoffs next season

The Warriors have reached the playoffs seven straight seasons, which is the longest streak in franchise history.

And according to ESPN analyst Jalen Rose, the Dubs will make it eight consecutive appearances next season.

"They'll be in the seven seed," Rose said Wednesday morning on ESPN's morning show, Get Up. "Steph Curry probably won't play all 82 games for obvious reasons. Draymond Green is gonna be terrific this year in a contract season.

"Klay Thompson isn't playing. D'Angelo Russell is gonna supplement them very well on the offensive side. But defensively, he and Steph in the backcourt are gonna struggle against the best guards in the Western Conference."

Marcus Thompson of The Athletic recently asked Curry about "load management," and the two-time NBA MVP issued a very strong response:

“Hell nah. We’ve got a great opportunity to build something special with some hungry guys looking to prove themselves. At the end of the day, I’ve never been the type to show up with any other mindset than to do what you do — hoop."

As for Draymond -- it might not be a contract year for him after all, as he is eligible for an extension and reportedly is open to signing a new deal.

Klay is expected to return at some point, but probably not until after the All-Star break.

Russell averaged 21.1 points and 7.0 assists last season, and could be even better with improved talent around him.

The Warriors absolutely have a bunch of question marks and it's going to be fascinating to see how it all unfolds.

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In case you are curious, here is how Rose ranked the seeds in the West:

  1. Rockets
  2. Nuggets
  3. Clippers
  4. Blazers
  5. Lakers
  6. Jazz
  7. Warriors
  8. Spurs

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