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NBA free agency 2019: Warriors have decisions to make on nine players

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NBA free agency 2019: Warriors have decisions to make on nine players

The Warriors find themselves in a unique position entering free agency. 

Their top two targets -- Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson -- are expected to miss most, if not all of the 2019-20 season with career-altering injuries. 

If both re-sign, the Warriors will be looking at a payroll of nearly $380 million -- including luxury tax payments -- which cripples their ability to add talent when free agency opens June 30 at 3 p.m. PT.

To get you ready for the summer festivities, click here for breakdowns on how each of Golden State's free agents will approach this summer. 

Warriors' Steph Curry plans to play for Team USA in 2020 Olympic Games

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Warriors' Steph Curry plans to play for Team USA in 2020 Olympic Games

The year 2020 is going to be different for the USA, and I'm not just talking about the upcoming presidential election.

As you're aware, every A- and B-level star elected not to play for coach Gregg Popovich and Team USA this summer (no offense, Donovan Mitchell). As a result, the Americans sputtered to a seventh-place finish in the 2019 FIBA World Cup. But don't expect the big names to take the same approach to the 2020 Olympic Games.

Steph Curry, for one, is ready to get buckets on the international stage.

"That is the plan, for sure," Curry told ESPN's Rachel Nichols on if he plans to play in Tokyo next summer. "You know, obviously knock on wood, you don't want any injuries or things like that to interfere.

"Definitely wanna go," Curry said. "I've never been on the Olympic team. I've been on two World Cup championship gold-medal teams. But the Olympics is the experience that I want. And next year will hopefully be it."

The seventh-place finish was Team USA's worst international showing since its Bronze Medal in the disaster that was the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. The Americans have won three straight gold medals since then, buoyed by teams led by Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Kevin Durant and coach Mike Krzyzewski . With Curry's commitment to the 2020 games, expect other marquee names to line up behind him to lead the Red, White and Blue to another gold medal.

"We're still the best," Curry said. "If we get the guys that are supposed to be there, in terms of, you know, representing us in the Olympic stage and the commitment's been there, and I think it'll be there next year."

Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard also said he plans to play in 2020.

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With Team USA's latest redemption tour underway, Curry will be tasked with being one of the leaders in getting Team USA's back to its rightful place atop the international basketball world.

That's bad news for the rest of the world. 

Steph Curry respnds to Kevin Durant's belief Warriors didn't accept him

Steph Curry respnds to Kevin Durant's belief Warriors didn't accept him

Over the past three seasons, Steph Curry, Kevin Durant and the Warriors enjoyed an unprecedented run of success.

The Warriors won two NBA titles and were injuries to Durant and Klay Thompson away from threepeating. The Dubs went 16-1in the 2017 NBA playoffs and there was no ceiling to what they could accomplish with a core of Durant, Curry, Thompson and Draymond Green.

But Durant chose to take his talents to Brooklyn this summer, signing with the Nets to play alongside his friend Kyrie Irving and hopefully lead a team that truly was his.

Durant later explained his decision to the Wall Street Journal, noting he never felt accepted as a member of the Warriors. Curry, Thompson and Green all are homegrown talents and he never felt he had the same cache as those three and Andre Iguodala.

For Curry, who counts Durant as one of his good friends, that was difficult to hear.

"I mean, that's tough," Curry told ESPN's Rachel Nichols about Durant's comments. "There's so many narratives that go on, especially when you're at the top of the league. No matter how, you know, the full transition happens to Brooklyn, him separating himself from the Warriors -- that's gonna happen. I think he knows, you know, what we were about as teammates, what we were about as friends on and off the court. And again, nobody is gonna take away the accomplishments we had. But at the end of the day, whatever he, you know, needed to do to make that decision and however he wants to explain that -- that's just what's gonna happen."

As for Durant's decision to leave, Curry holds no ill will toward the two-time NBA Finals MVP.

"At the end of the day, we live in an age where choice at the forefront, and K, you know, made a decision for himself and you can't argue that," Curry said. "I wish we could still play with K. He's an unbelievable talent, unbelievable person. We accomplished a lot together. But -- you know, things have changed a little bit. So you obviously wish him the best, obviously with his recovery first and foremost and things on and off the court. But we're gonna have to battle down the road. So this should be a fun, new experience on that front, too."

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Durant ruptured his Achilles in Game 5 of the NBA Finals and likely will miss the upcoming season. Warriors owner Joe Lacob already has stated he plans to retire Durant's No. 35 to honor the accomplishments and historic nature of the era of Warriors basketball.

Whenever KD makes his return to the Bay, he's sure to get a rousing ovation from the fans and some love from Curry, who always accepted him as co-star of the one of the most impressive runs in NBA history.