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Kevin Durant unlikely to return to suspended NBA season, agent says

Kevin Durant unlikely to return to suspended NBA season, agent says

Over the past several months, former Warriors superstar Kevin Durant made it very clear that he will miss the entire 2019-20 season.

But with the coronavirus shutdown in effect, might the two-time NBA Finals MVP return to game action if the Brooklyn Nets are taking part in playoff games in late June or beyond?

"Honestly, not very realistic from my standpoint, and not even spoken about," KD's agent, Rich Kleiman, said Monday morning on ESPN's "Golic and Wingo" show. "It feels like it clearly was not something that was in the cards prior to all of this.

"And now, I think -- just like the rest of the world -- it's hard to take anything more than day by day. But again -- I think that Kevin is going to figure out the space that he needs to be in to continue to rehab during this time.

"But even that is hard to answer at this point, with the new kind of rules that were put in place."

Durant tore his right Achilles tendon during Game 5 of the 2019 NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors.

Less than three weeks later, he announced he would be signing with the Nets in free agency.

And speaking of that topic:

Well played, Mr. Kleiman.

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KD is under contract through the 2021-2022 season, and has a $42.8 million player option in 2022-23.

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Warriors close facility after team employee has positive coronavirus test

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Warriors close facility after team employee has positive coronavirus test

The Warriors announced Wednesday night that a team employee who works at the franchise's Oakland facility had tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19). As a result, the facility has been temporarily closed. 

"We have been notified that an employee who works at our Oakland facility has been diagnosed with the novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19," Golden State said in a team statement. "As a result, the Oakland facility will undergo a thorough sanitation immediately and will be temporarily closed. Due to this closure, our virtual summer basketball camps, which have operated with only staff present at the facility (no campers) this summer, will be postponed next week."

This is the first known instance of a positive coronavirus test within the Warriors franchise.

This story will be updated.

Why Warriors' Draymond Green enjoys playing with Steph Curry, Klay Thompson

Why Warriors' Draymond Green enjoys playing with Steph Curry, Klay Thompson

Draymond Green has spent his entire NBA career on the Warriors with Steph Curry and Klay Thompson as teammates. This season, however, he played alongside them far less often than any previous season to date.

Despite having only played four games with Curry and zero with Thompson over the last calendar year, the benefits of playing with the Splash Brothers are still fresh in Green's mind. When ESPN's Jalen Rose suggested people need to "put more respect" on the Splash Brothers' names, Green described how much he enjoys playing with Curry and Thompson.

"It's extremely dope," Green said Wednesday on ESPN's "Jalen & Jacoby." "A, they've been a huge part of changing the game of basketball as a whole. But then when you play with two guys like Steph and Klay ... their selflessness, that's important in building a championship team. It's never all about them.

"For me, as a facilitator, I can't ask for two better guys to play with. Delivering the ball, trying to put the ball on time, on target, but always knowing that if you put the ball in the right place, they can get a shot off.

"Seeing the eruptions that they can go on, it's always fun to play with those guys and the way they can just wreck a defense. They'll have two or three guys chasing them, and it's always fun seeing the guys turning to each other and start bickering because they done messed up the defensive assignment." 

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With the Warriors not included in the NBA's expanded playoff format, it's going to be quite a bit longer until Green, Curry and Thompson take the court together again. But when they do, they should be amply rested, which is a bad sign for the rest of the league.

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