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Durant's future with the Warriors: 'I’m just in it for the long haul'

Durant's future with the Warriors: 'I’m just in it for the long haul'

With the salary cap rising , Kevin Durant is expected to opt out of the second-year of his two-year contract with Golden State and become a free agent again this summer.

But don't plan on him signing with another team.

“I’m liking it here,” Durant told Sam Amick of USA Today Sports at the Warriors' groundbreaking ceremony. “I’m liking everything that’s going on. I know what my contract says, but I didn’t plan on coming here for just a year. I’m in it right now, and I’m also just focusing on day by day.

“I know it’s cliché, and you hear that all the time, but I’m seriously just not thinking about it because I’m like – I’m just in it for the long haul.”

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Warriors owner and CEO Joe Lacob is not concerned about losing Durant.

He also fully anticipates re-signing free-agent-to-be Stephen Curry.

“I have no angst whatsoever," Lacob told Amick. "I totally am positive (that) I think those guys are going to sign. They’re both free agents. They have a right to do whatever they want. They’ve earned it, and I respect that.

"If they don’t sign with us for some reason, then shame on me and us. I take responsibility for that. But I don’t see that happening.”

Draymond Green not concerned with moves made by Lakers, Rockets, others

Draymond Green not concerned with moves made by Lakers, Rockets, others

OAKLAND -- Basketball fan that he is, Draymond Green took note of the hyperactive summer that changed the landscape in the NBA’s Western Conference and sees it as another season in which it provides wind beneath the Warriors.

“I approach it the same way: If we play our best game, our best brand of basketball that we can play, we’ll win,” Green said Monday at the team’s Media Day.

While the Warriors made a big move, signing center DeMarcus Cousins to a one-year contract, challengers around the conference were far more hyperactive in pursuit of the two-time defending champs.

“I watch all the moves,” Green said. “I think some teams have improved. Obviously, the Lakers look like they’re going to improve. And several other teams.”

The Lakers are dramatically different in the wake of acquiring LeBron James, along with a cast of additional veterans to blend with a promising young core.

The Rockets added Carmelo Anthony and young power forward Marquese Chriss -- but lost Trevor Ariza and Luc Mbah a Moute.

The Thunder, which moved Anthony to the Hawks in exchange for firebrand guard Dennis Schroeder and forward Mike Muscala, also added Nerlens Noel.

The Spurs, moving Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green while adding DeMar DeRozan and Marco Belinelli, have altered their look.

“At the end of the day, a lot of people are counting the Spurs out,” Green said. “They’re going to be good. They’re always good. So it’s going to be teams that are really good."

Green added that his focus is on the Warriors being the best that they can be, “knowing that if we are, it really don’t matter what anyone else does.”

Andre Iguodala offers honest opinion on his Hall of Fame candidacy

Andre Iguodala offers honest opinion on his Hall of Fame candidacy

OAKLAND -- Andre Iguodala is a lousy campaigner. Or maybe he’s a brilliant campaigner. He can be a diabolical study either way.
 
But when asked Monday at Warriors Media Day if he thought of himself as a potential Basketball Hall of Famer, he smiled for a moment, then got serious and gave the answer so few athletes would.
 
“I don’t.”
 
Now he might have been honest, or he might have been letting the seed plant itself and be tended to by other cultivators, but he didn’t back off the answer.
 
“I know some guys who belong that aren’t there, some guys who are in there but aren’t better than guys who aren’t,” he said. “But me, I don’t.
 
“That’s not part of my motivation. You have to let things happen organically. You know what you put in to it. You try to sow some good seeds, and you hope you can reap the benefits of it.”
 
Iguodala’s case would be a fascinating one, in that his most memorable work was not his best statistically.

The trick to understanding the Hall of Fame always has been that it isn’t easy to understand. A small room of selectors would have to be willing to bend their definitions of what a Hall of Famer looks like, but with that as wild card, Iguodala’s chances definitely are enhanced by one thing more than any other.
 
He’s not one of the people in the room.