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Durant calls 'bulls---' on LeBron to Warriors rumor

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Durant calls 'bulls---' on LeBron to Warriors rumor

LeBron James is expected to decline his $35.6 million player option and become an unrestricted free agent after the 2017-18 season. 

The four-time MVP would obviously be a coveted prize, but one rumored team connected to LeBron is causing quite the stir. On Thursday, ESPN reported the Warriors could meet with LeBron during free agency if Golden State can create a max salary slot. 

Your thoughts, Kevin Durant? 

"Bulls---," Durant said with a laugh Thursday to reporters at Warriors practice. "Bulls---. In this league, like a couple years ago, me coming here, nobody would have thought that. There's part of me as a basketball player that's like, 'you should just worry about basketball,' but there's another side where we know it's a business as well and a lot of crazy things have happened in the league. 

"In the future it's gonna be even crazier things that are gonna happen." 

The Warriors and Cavaliers have squared off in three straight NBA Finals with Golden State beating James and Cleveland in two out of three. 

Durant has averaged 28.5 points in two Warriors wins over James and the Cavs this season. He won Finals MVP last season, averaging 35.2 points, 8.4 rebounds and 5.4 assists per game against Cleveland. 

Kevin Durant reveals the biggest obstacle to eventually owning an NBA team, 'it's crazy'

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Kevin Durant reveals the biggest obstacle to eventually owning an NBA team, 'it's crazy'

When his playing days are over, Kevin Durant has big aspirations.

He wants to eventually own an NBA team.

"I wish I had the money. It's crazy," Durant told ESPN's Darren Rovell. "Obviously, the financial part is definitely going to be the hardest part. I've been part of two great organizations. I know the game inside and out and I know the players. And I feel like these NBA franchises just change lives. They change cities. I would love to do that.

"All the aspects of owning a team, I would love to be involved in -- from the financial and marketing side to the team-building to the camaraderie to the coaching."

In 2017, Durant took home $60.6 million, making him the fifth highest paid athlete in the world, according to Forbes.

In the coming years, that number is only going to increase as he will eventually sign a max deal with the Warriors.

Additionally, Durant is a "made man" in Silicon Valley, and continues to grow his portfolio.

As Rovell writes:

His investment arm, the Durant Company, claims early-stage investments from $250,000 to $1 million in roughly 30 companies through a network of venture capitalists, including online digital-currency platform Coinbase, spare-change app Acorns, cloud-computing startup Rubrik, drink company WTRMLN WTR, fast-casual pizza chain Pieology, bike-sharing company LimeBike and delivery company Postmates.

What's "crazy" is that a guy with this much money may not have enough money to own a team.

Yeah, the NBA is in a pretty good place financially...

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

George Karl: If Iguodala misses Game 4, 'there's a danger zone there' for the Warriors

George Karl: If Iguodala misses Game 4, 'there's a danger zone there' for the Warriors

Andre Iguodala is listed as doubtful for Game 4.

If he doesn't suit up, what are the Warriors missing?

"A no-nonsense, low maintenance offensive player," former NBA coach George Karl said on KNBR 680 on Monday. "The plus-minus has been unbelievable. He is a winning basketball player ... the winning mentality of Iguodala is a little more of a personality than people think it is.

"There's a danger zone there. I really think Golden State will be mature enough to understand that and come out with the right fight early in the game and not maybe give Houston some confidence by not playing the right way."

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Karl was Iguodala's head coach during the 2012-13 season in Denver.

Iguodala averaged 13.0 points, 5.3 rebounds, 5.4 assists and 1.7 steals that year, while shooting 45 percent from the field.

As you are well aware, Denver (the No. 3 seed) lost to the Warriors in the first round of the playoffs and Iguodala ended up joining Golden State a couple months later.

Karl -- who was named Coach of the Year -- was fired.

The man who was the head coach of the Warriors for two seasons (1986-87 and 1987-88) believes another Larry O'Brien Trophy is likely headed to the Bay Area.

"If Golden State plays even a B-plus game, I think they are going to win the championship," Karl said. "Their biggest enemy is themselves."

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