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NBA rumors: Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving planned vacation pre-Achilles tear

NBA rumors: Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving planned vacation pre-Achilles tear

Today is a day that ends in "y" so that means a new piece of information involving Warriors superstar Kevin Durant's pending free agency has come to light.

Frank Isola of The Athletic has the details:

Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, according to a league source, were planning a vacation at the end of the season; a quick getaway to spend quality time together and map out their respective futures.

Those plans – as well as the entire 2019-20 NBA season, really – changed dramatically when Durant’s Achilles ruptured in Game 5 of the NBA Finals. 

First, KD and Kyrie are close friends, and it's completely normal for friends to vacation together.

Second, this doesn't mean they were going to end up agreeing to sign with the same team this summer.

Recent reports have indicated that Kyrie is very much planning on joining the Nets and that he is trying to get the two-time NBA Finals MVP to go with him.

But on Wednesday night, Brian Lewis of The New York Post reported that Brooklyn is having an internal debate about whether to sign Kyrie if Durant doesn't want to play for the Nets.

You would think that information like this would only surface if the Nets believed KD was going elsewhere. Otherwise, why would it leak out?

The Warriors reportedly are planning to offer the 10-time All-Star a max deal worth about $220 million over five seasons. But they might not be the team that pays him the majority of that money.

As ESPN's Brian Windhorst said Thursday morning on "Get Up!":

"The Durant situation is still in flux. One of the things that is being discussed right now is that the Golden State Warriors would offer Kevin Durant a five-year contract -- $57 million more than he could get signing elsewhere -- let him rehab, and then work with him to be traded, potentially to New York, potentially to somewhere else.

"It would be there a way to sort of take care of him monetarily after what he just went through and also protect the franchise to get some assets."

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Windhorst did not say that this is what KD has asked of the Warriors. This could just be something that Golden State offers Durant if he tells them that he is going to sign with another franchise.

The situation is very fluid and this all might be old news by the time you're reading this.

Perhaps you should just go on a vacation for three weeks and then see where the dust settles...

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Mychal Thompson hilariously calls out Bomani Jones for Steph Curry take

Mychal Thompson hilariously calls out Bomani Jones for Steph Curry take

Bomani Jones does not believe Steph Curry is a bonafide superstar.

Mychal Thompson -- Klay Thompson's dad -- offered his thoughts on the matter Tuesday afternoon.

What's an "astromer" you ask? Not important. You get Mychal's point, and we certainly agree with him.

This whole topic started two weeks ago when Jones made a controversial statement on his podcast.

"This is my metric for (NBA) superstar -- do you have a chance to win a championship just because we got you?" he said. "We'll work the rest out, but if the first thing you tell me is that this guy plays for us, then we got a chance to do this ... 

"I feel like even with a healthy Stephen Curry, you gotta put some fairly specific things around him."

[RUNNIN' PLAYS PODCAST: Listen to the latest episode]

This argument is very flawed, because every single superstar in NBA history has needed a strong supporting cast -- with role players who possess certain skillsets -- to have a "chance" at winning the title.

Steph simply has changed the way we look at potential championship rosters because in 2015 and 2016 he started doing things the league had never seen before.

On Monday afternoon, Jones pivoted to a different narrative to support his rationale for Steph's place in the NBA hierarchy.

"He's in that weird space on superstar. I am notoriously strict on who I call a superstar," Jones said on 95.7 The Game. "This doesn't have anything to do with Steph Curry. I'll name only three or four people in the league at a time as being superstars. I did JJ Redick's podcast and he made the point that if Steph doesn't get locked up by Kevin Love (in Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals), am I saying the thing about him and his ability to get his own shot? Maybe.

"The more damning thing that happened in 2016, is the fact that when it was time to win a championship, the (Cleveland Cavaliers) were running ball screen, ball screen, ball screen until they got a 1-on-1 matchup with Steph Curry. And I don't know if there's ever been a player as good as Steph Curry where that would happen.

"And that's something that when we start thinking about who superstars have historically been -- larger players who can do everything, or be incredibly dominant centers ... in the eyes of many, (Steph) has a demerit on defense that is normally disqualifying for being legitimately seen as a great player -- even though he's a better defensive player than people give him credit for being."

[RELATED: Why Kerr shot down Bill Simmons' question about Giannis]

Ultimately, Jones is entitled to his opinion. And it doesn't sound like he is going to change his mind.

We just respectfully disagree.

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Painful for Warriors' Steve Kerr, Draymond Green not being in NBA bubble

Painful for Warriors' Steve Kerr, Draymond Green not being in NBA bubble

When the NBA suspended the season because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Warriors (15-50) boasted the worst record in the league.

For awhile, it seemed like there was a chance they would participate in the restarted season. But in the end, they were one of eight teams not included in the Orlando bubble.

"Obviously we were having a really rough season. It's been a grind this year," Golden State coach Steve Kerr said Wednesday on "The Bill Simmons Podcast." "So when the Orlando thing happened, I don't think a lot of us were that disappointed to not be invited -- especially Steph (Curry), Draymond (Green), Klay (Thompson). The guys needed a rest. They just needed to get away.

"But now that it's going -- I talked to Draymond about it -- Draymond and I kind of both feel the same way, which is we kind of want to be there. We're missing out. These games look fun. The NBA is doing a great job. The games are competitive. The players look great.

"To not be there actually is kind of painful."

[RUNNIN' PLAYS PODCAST: Listen to the latest episode]

It's not a surprise to hear this because Kerr and Draymond (along with Steph and Klay) are extremely competitive. They miss being involved in games that matter.

Yes, the entire franchise needed a breather after making five straight trips to the NBA Finals. And the 2019-20 season definitely could end up being a blessing in disguise.

But clearly some of the most important members of the organization are recharged, and champing at the bit to get back on the court.

[RELATED: Why Kerr shot down Bill Simmons' question about Giannis]

Don't forget what general manager Bob Myers said back in mid-July.

"I think it'll be hard for our guys to watch this thing go," the two-time NBA Executive of the Year explained. "I think it's easier now because the playoffs haven't started, and the Orlando thing is just still getting off the ground.

"But as competitors -- when you're used to being in the playoffs and you're not part of that party -- you feel that. Our guys will feel that. I think they'll watch some of the playoffs and it will motivate them."

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