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NBA rumors: Two teams have 'backed off' Kevin Durant pursuit due to Achilles

NBA rumors: Two teams have 'backed off' Kevin Durant pursuit due to Achilles

NBA free agency officially will kick off Sunday, and most of the free-agent crop likely will await the decision of one Kevin Durant before choosing their next move.

The Warriors' star forward ruptured his Achilles during Game 5 of Golden State's NBA Finals loss to the Toronto Raptors and will miss all of next season as he rehabs what could be a career-altering injury.

While it has been reported that the injury won't affect Durant's free agency, a couple of would-be suitors reportedly have dialed back their interest following the injury, Bleacher Report's Ric Bucher reported Monday.

"One league executive said the Clippers and Philadelphia 76ers, who were both at one point interested, have backed off their pursuit because they are focused on building off their playoff success this past season," Bucher writes.

Durant's options always have appeared to be between staying with the Warriors or leaving for the bright lights of New York -- whether it be the Knicks or the Brooklyn Nets -- so perhaps this is more of two teams realizing they had zero shot at the two-time NBA Finals MVP, and therefore are best served by moving on to other targets.

[RELATED: Report: KD 'really pissed' at Warriors entering free agency]

With the Clippers and 76ers reportedly out of the picture, that leaves three teams with a realistic shot at landing Durant. Although, if you ask Andre Iguodala, the Knicks and Nets should just give up their dreams of landing the 2014 NBA MVP.

Golden State has a big decision on its hands when it pertains to Durant, and the Warriors reportedly have discussed the possibility of orchestrating a "delayed sign-and-trade" with Durant. The idea is to give Durant the max contract, allow him to rehab and then trade him where he wants to play, which would allow the Dubs to acquire assets for one of the NBA's best players, should he inform them that he wants to leave.

Many free agency dominoes are set to fall this summer, and Durant's decision should be the first one in a wild summer.

Warriors' Steph Curry reveals Wi-Fi name, more in wide-ranging interview

Warriors' Steph Curry reveals Wi-Fi name, more in wide-ranging interview

The game "21 Questions" could make for a less awkward first date -- and not only because your date showed up looking completely different from their photos on the app.

It's also a great way to get to know Steph Curry.

The Warriors' star guard didn't surprise us with too many of his answers during an interview with "House of Highlights" while he was on the Under Armour Basketball Asia Tour.

For starters, his all-time favorite sneakers are the Under Armour Curry 1s. And he would eat pizza for the rest of his life if he could -- with pepperoni, sausage and mushrooms. 

The two-time MVP also let the world know he pays for his own Netflix account (must be nice) and makes sure to brush his teeth as soon as he wakes up.

But ...

When asked which player gets under his skin the most, it seemed like it would probably be a current teammate of his. But, it's actually his brother Seth. Which, now that I think about it, makes sense:

Imagine having Steph be your brother and you want to do everything in your power to try to jinx him ... yeah, good luck with that.

The six-time All-Star keeps it in the family when he says his No. 30 jersey number was inspired by his dad, Dell Curry, who sported the digits across his 10-year NBA career. 

[RELATED: Curry reveals prank Dubs veteran played on him as rookie]

But the most fun and important nugget we found out during the quick interview was what the name of his Wi-Fi was.

"Spicy Curry," he said.

Nice. Very nice.

How Warriors' salary-cap expert played pivotal role in NBA free agency

How Warriors' salary-cap expert played pivotal role in NBA free agency

Few people were busier at the onset of NBA free agency than David Kelly.

Kelly, Golden State's general counsel and vice president of legal basketball affairs, serves as the team's salary-cap expert. Once Kevin Durant informed the Warriors he was going to join the Brooklyn Nets when the free-agency moratorium began on June 30, Kelly had to get to work. 

“Everything has to be in order,” Kelly told The Athletic's Marcus Thompson in a feature published Tuesday. “[Warriors general manager Bob Myers'] big thing is, ‘If you’re telling me this is right, be right. When you say it’s right, be right. I need to know that you’re on top of this.’ So you have to know what you’re doing and when you’re doing it. And it’s true with this stuff even more than a lot of things because the rules, they’re not intuitive. Sometimes you wonder, ‘Why is it that you can’t use this or that?’ It doesn’t necessarily make sense. But if you trip it, that’s a wrap.”

As Thompson outlines, Kelly had to navigate the convoluted maze of the NBA's collective bargaining agreement in order to ensure the Warriors were cap-compliant. It wasn't so simple as signing-and-trading for D'Angelo Russell, re-signing Klay Thompson and Kevon Looney, adding Willie Cauley-Stein and parting ways with veterans Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston. For Kelly, the sequence of moves mattered more than the moves themselves. 

For instance, Kelly told Thompson that the Warriors could not sign second-round picks Alen Smailagić and Eric Paschall until after the Russell sign-and-trade was finished. Since both players ultimately were signed using the mid-level exception in order to retain their Bird Rights, the Warriors couldn't sign them until the Russell deal was official. The Warriors wouldn't have been able to do a sign-and-trade otherwise, which Kelly realized when dotting 'i's' and crossing 't's.'

“That was like, ‘Whoa. Wait a minute. Hold the presses. Slow everything down,’" Kelly told Thompson. "And it’s not like the deal almost blew up. But it’s a moment where, if you aren’t as diligent, that’s what happens. This is how things get screwed up. And there might have been a way to get around it. But we don’t even want to go down that road.”

[RELATED: Will Paschall be an instant contributor for Dubs next season?]

The Warriors "circled Russell as an option months earlier when mapping out the potential scenarios" in free agency, according to Thompson. The transaction that caught NBA fans off guard more than any other on the first day of free agency resulted from long-term planning and quickly came to light in part because of that planning.

But Kelly's diligence allowed it to come to fruition.