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Kevin Durant '100 percent undecided' on free agency plans, agent says

Kevin Durant '100 percent undecided' on free agency plans, agent says

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Kevin Durant's future is up in the air on two fronts.

First, it's unclear at this point when the Warriors forward will return to game action because of a strained right calf.

Secondly, nobody knows which NBA team he will play for next season.

Apparently, KD doesn't even know yet.

On Tuesday evening, Durant's agent and manager, Rich Kleiman, was asked the following question at The Wall Street Journal's "Future of Everything Festival" in New York:

"This has not been decided? There is no hidden handshake agreement with the New York Knicks?"

"No, no, no. That is 100 percent undecided and I'm waiting on Kevin," Kleiman said. "That's the truth. There's a feeling that this thing is like war games and everybody is playing chess years out. 

"But when somebody gets to the level of basketball that he's at, you can't juggle focus like that. He's not scripting his future while he's playing the way he plays, or practices the way he practices.

"It's frustrating at times. I get it (though). I do get it. The soap opera of it all ... he really doesn't know and I really don't know."

On Monday night, the Warriors advanced to the NBA Finals for the fifth straight season by sweeping the Portland Trail Blazers. 

Will we see the reigning two-time NBA Finals MVP -- who hasn't played since Game 5 of Golden State's second-round series against the Rockets -- suit up on basketball's biggest stage?

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"I don't know," Kleiman said. "I hope so. But again, when you have an injury that's real -- and it's a real injury -- he's gotta be Kevin Durant. He's got about the highest pain threshold of someone I know, so when he misses time, it means the injury is real. 

"I hope that we can see him next week or two weeks from now."

The Warriors are expected to provide an official update on KD's status this Thursday.

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Warriors' Klay Thompson will return 'late next season,' father Mychal says

Warriors' Klay Thompson will return 'late next season,' father Mychal says

There is not yet an official timeline for Klay Thompson’s return to the Warriors lineup, but his father provided a pretty good update the other day.

Mychal Thompson, who accompanied Klay out of Oracle Arena after the shooting guard sustained a torn ACL in his left knee in Game 6 of The Finals, indicated his son may be able to resume moderate basketball activities by the end of the calendar year.

“He’s walking normally and he’s very optimistic and enthusiastic about getting back late next season,” Thompson said on the NBC Sports Bay Area Warriors Insider podcast.

“Once he gets back up to the bay and is around the team and he’s working out . . . he probably won’t be on the court doing fullcourt drills until late December or January. So, he’s got quite a ways to go. The main thing is to stay dedicated and diligent in your rehab and just continue to work hard and keep that motivation to get back on the court with his teammates.”

Thompson sustained the injury on June 13 and underwent surgery on July 2. With a typical recovery period falling anytime between six months and nine months, his father’s projection is within range.

Mychal even offered a comparison: Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine, who had surgery in February 2017. LaVine five months later (in July) announced himself ahead of schedule. Four months later, he was throwing down windmill dunks in full-contact practices.

When LaVine did not return until January, it was speculated that he could have come back sooner if the Bulls weren’t committed to tanking.

There is no questioning that LaVine aced his recovery.

“Modern medicine has advanced so much since 10, 15, 20 years ago,” Mychal Thompson said. “Guys come back from this injury and are normal. You can look at a bunch of players in the league now who have suffered that injury and have come back because they’ve dedicated themselves to their rehab. And they come back as if nothing ever happened.

“Doctors are so good now. Modern medicine is so good at repairing these athletes. That’s the way I talked to Klay. You’re going to be fine. Look at Zach LaVine. He had the same injury and is as bouncy as ever because guys like that work hard to come back. (Klay) will come back stronger than ever.”

Thompson’s injury led some to wonder if the Warriors might reduce the proposed max contract offer once he became a free agent. They didn’t. Thompson last month signed a five-year pact worth $190 million.

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“We never worried about that, because (Warriors CEO) Joe Lacob and management have been so loyal to their core players and what they have meant to that franchise,” Mychal Thompson said. “And with this injury, every doctor assured Klay and the Warriors that he was going to come back as good as ever.”

The Warriors would happily accept that and remain hopeful that Thompson will be able to return to game action sometime in February or March.

Why Bob Myers believes Warriors' title run felt like 'running five marathons'

Why Bob Myers believes Warriors' title run felt like 'running five marathons'

It's hard to blame the man.

After five consecutive runs to the NBA Finals, just about every member of the Warriors' organization was drained. General manager Bob Myers recently joined The Athletic’s Tim Kawakami on his podcast, and went in-depth on the toll these seasons have taken.

“Thinking back to my state of mind, there's things I know. I was tired, I know that. Just the five years, I don't know how that plays with the audience and listeners and how to convey that appropriately, but internally, for those that work here, that was, we felt that.

“And not having time each offseason, leading right into the draft, leading right into free agency, I look at it as running five marathons back-to-back-to-back. And the fifth one, you're just like 'Can we cross the line?'”

Myers also constantly dealt with questions regarding the 2019 free agency period throughout the tail end of the season.

“I didn't have that kind of certainty that you intimated as far as did I know if Kevin was gonna go or stay. It was more of, 'There's a lot of work to do and a lot of unknowns’.”

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KD’s departure put a bow on what was one of the most dominant three-year runs by a team in NBA history. Although the team salvaged All-Star D’Angelo Russell in the Durant sign-and-trade, the Dubs still enter 2020 with a litany of questions.

“I don't think it was a fear of what was upcoming, it was just more of, there's a lot of uncertainty.”