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NBA rumors: Kevin Durant demanded Warriors give Nets first-round pick

NBA rumors: Kevin Durant demanded Warriors give Nets first-round pick

On June 30, Kevin Durant announced that he would sign with the Nets in free agency.

But technically, he ended up signing with the Warriors and then was shipped to Brooklyn in a "sign-and-trade" that brought D'Angelo Russell to the Dubs.

Although the transaction came to fruition, KD wasn't on board from the beginning.

Brian Windhorst of ESPN has the details:

Durant initially balked at being traded for Russell straight up, multiple sources said. He didn't think it was a fair deal, and in this case, the Warriors had to not just satisfy the Nets, but also Durant.

Leverage was applied by the player, and Golden State had to include a first-round pick before Durant would agree to sign off. The Warriors begrudgingly gave it up and did so with a heavy condition: If the pick falls within the top 20 next year, they don't have to send it, and instead will only give Brooklyn a second-round pick ... in six years. It's one of the most unusual pick protections the NBA has seen recently.

One school of thought is that the two-time NBA Finals MVP did the Warriors a favor because he could have said no under any circumstances.

Another is that Durant comes across as being a little petty by refusing to cooperate unless the first-round pick was included.

If the Dubs ultimately send their 2020 first rounder to the Nets it means the 2019-20 season was a success.

[RELATEDNew details emerge regarding Durant's contract with Nets]

It seems that the perfect scenario from a Golden State perspective would be for the pick to fall between 15 and 20, which would mean the Warriors made the playoffs and they get to keep the draft pick.

It will be fascinating to see how it unfolds.

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Warriors, 76ers collaborate to honor Philadelphia native Kobe Bryant

Warriors, 76ers collaborate to honor Philadelphia native Kobe Bryant

Joel Embiid on Tuesday night played while wearing the No. 24 on his jersey instead of his customary 21.

His 76ers teammates wore one of two numbers during pregame warmups. Some wore 24, others wore 8.

The Warriors, every last one of them, wore black. The weight of the moment was etched on the face of rookie guard Jordan Poole.

This was the power and influence of Kobe Bryant, whose death on Sunday is being absorbed ever so slowly by the NBA fraternity and many outside the sport.

Temporarily defying the rules and purpose of competition, the Warriors and 76ers began the game in Philadelphia -- where Kobe was born and attended high school -- by allowing themselves to reflect on something bigger than basketball.

[RELATED: Draymond, Kerr having trouble processing Kobe's death]

They spent the first 35 seconds of the game focused solely on Kobe’s life and death. Embiid won the opening tip, directing the ball to Ben Simmons, who promptly placed it on the floor, where it sat for the next eight seconds. The crowd inside Wells Fargo Arena stood and cheered, after which an eight-second backcourt violation was assessed, the turnover giving the ball to the Warriors.

D’Angelo Russell inbounded to Draymond Green, who followed Simmons’ example by placing the ball on the floor. The Warriors took a 24-second possession violation, giving the ball back to the Sixers.

The first dribble was not taken until 11: 25 remained in the first quarter, the first shot coming 22 seconds later.

This all came after a pregame ceremony to honor Bryant. His Lower Merion High School No. 33 jersey, white with maroon trim, was spotlighted, along with eight more spotlights signifying the other victims that perished in the helicopter crash Sunday in Southern California. The names of all nine, including Kobe’s 13-year-old daughter Gianna, were in lights on the message board.

It was another example of the vibe permeating the NBA since the tragedy.

Warriors vs. 76ers live stream: How to watch NBA game online, on TV

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Warriors vs. 76ers live stream: How to watch NBA game online, on TV

The Warriors and Philadelphia 76ers will play a basketball game Tuesday night at Wells Fargo Arena, but the action on the court likely won’t be at the forefront of the minds of those in attendance.

Tuesday night’s game marks the first NBA game in Philadelphia since the tragic passing of former Los Angeles Lakers star and basketball icon Kobe Bryant in a helicopter crash this past Sunday. Kobe was born in the City of Brotherly Love and starred at nearby Lower Merion High School during his prep career.

Warriors guard Jacob Evans was recalled from the G League on Monday and could take the court for Golden State. 76ers center Joel Embiid is listed as questionable with a hand injury.

[RELATED: Steph posts stirring tributes to Kobe on Twitter, Instagram]

Here’s how you can watch Warriors-76ers on NBC Sports Bay Area:

When: Tuesday, Jan. 28 at 4:00 p.m. PT, pregame begins at 3:00 p.m.
TV channel: NBC Sports Bay Area
Live stream: MyTeams App

Live stream all your Warriors games and get the latest news and analysis on the MyTeams App.