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Danny Green has cause to doubt healthy Kevin Durant alters 2019 Finals

Danny Green has cause to doubt healthy Kevin Durant alters 2019 Finals

Quinn Cook was far more emphatic, but he and former teammate Draymond Green were in agreement. Both believed having a healthy Kevin Durant would've allowed the Warriors to beat the Toronto Raptors in the 2019 NBA Finals.

Danny Green, a member of the title-winning Raptors, isn't so sure.

His reasoning? Green can speak from experience about losing a dominant small forward to injury in a playoff series, as the San Antonio Spurs did against the Warriors during the 2017 playoffs.

"What about the Spurs team where we were up [25 points] and Kawhi gets hurt [in the third quarter?]" Green posed on Tuesday's episode of Complex's "Load Management" podcast. "There's a lot of 'what ifs.' "

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Green and Leonard's Spurs led by as many as 25 points in Game 1 of the 2017 Western Conference finals, leading by 23 after then-Warriors big man Zaza Pachulia sent Leonard to the line for two made free throws. Leonard injured his ankle after landing on Pachulia's foot, missing the remainder of Game 1 and the series.

The Warriors fully erased the 23-point deficit with Leonard sidelined, taking the lead for good with just over four minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. Golden State wouldn't lose a game in the West finals, sweeping San Antonio out of the postseason.

The Spurs already were missing then-point guard Tony Parker in Game 1, and Leonard's absence proved to be too much to overcome. Still, the Warriors wouldn't lose a game until Game 4 of the 2017 NBA Finals, and it took massive performances from LeBron James and Kyrie Irving just to nick a game off Durant's Golden State.

Could the Spurs really have beaten the Warriors, whose combined regular-season and playoff win percentage that year (.838) is topped only by the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls? Green unsurprisingly liked San Antonio's chances.

"We were playing pretty well, man," Green said. "We had a good shot, and if we get Game 1, it changes a lot of guys' attitudes, their body language. You could see it in their body language before [the first] half ended. KD and 'em didn't look happy."

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The Warriors saw firsthand last year that Leonard, the 2019 Finals MVP, doesn't need to be fully healthy in order to dominate. If Leonard's healthy enough to play in 2017, it's fair to assume the Spurs take (at least) one game off the Warriors.

Anything more than that? We'll never know the answer, but that won't stop scorned Spurs fans -- and former players -- from wondering.

Warriors bizarrely only NBA team with no pending 2020 free agents

Warriors bizarrely only NBA team with no pending 2020 free agents

To say the Warriors had a rough season in 2019-20 is an understatement. The team ended the season with a 15-50 record, and stars Steph Curry and Klay Thompson missed almost the entire season with injuries.

They do, however, find themselves alone in one very unique category when it comes to the current roster.

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Thirteen players under contract, all of them extending into next season. But the Warriors didn't begin the season that way. This was the Golden State roster when training camp opened in September of 2019.

From the current roster, Curry, Thompson, Draymond Green and Kevon Looney all entered the 2019-20 season with multiple years remaining on their contracts.

Jordan Poole, Alen Smailagic and Eric Paschall were 2019 NBA Draft picks and received standard rookie contracts with multiple seasons of team control.

Andrew Wiggins had three years and almost $100 million remaining on his contract when the Warriors acquired him at the NBA trade deadline.

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Ky Bowman signed a multi-year extension with Golden State in February, sources told NBC Sports Bay Area's Monte Poole. Bowman originally started as a two-way player for the Warriors and spent time with the Santa Cruz Warriors in the G League as well.

On the same day Bowman's contract was converted to a standard NBA deal, big man Marquese Chriss also signed a reported multiyear extension with the Warriors. Chriss had been a two-player for a few weeks after being released to make way for Damion Lee, who himself was converted from a two-way player to a full-time member of Golden State's roster.

Local product Juan Toscano-Anderson began the season in Santa Cruz with the Warriors' G League team, playing 31 games there this season before being signed to the Warriors' roster in February on a multi-year deal.

Finally, Mychal Mulder impressed Golden State's front office enough during his 10-day contract that the Warriors inked him to a multi-year deal in an announcement on March 10, just a few days before the league's coronavirus suspension.

Trades could open up roster spots for Myers and the organization, but free agency won’t be much of an issue this offseason, as all 13 of the players on the active roster are locked up for next season.

NBA free agency: KD among Warriors' five best signings since 2000

NBA free agency: KD among Warriors' five best signings since 2000

It's been four years since the Warriors broke NBA Twitter with the news that Kevin Durant was signing with the team as a free agent.

The 2014 NBA MVP just had been eliminated from the previous postseason by Golden State while playing with the Oklahoma City Thunder, in a thrilling series.

Durant won two NBA Finals MVPs and was vital in bringing two titles back to the Bay Area. This signing got us thinking, who are the best free-agent signings the team has made over the franchise's history?

We kept it specific to the last 20 years, so you won't be seeing Rick Barry or Sarunas Marciulionis among the five selected. We also eliminate sign-and-trades from the equation, as these aren't the same as standard free-agent contracts. So icons like Andre Iguodala and David Lee also don't make the cut for this list.

So who will be included?

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