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NBA rumors: Warriors 'bracing for seismic change' this offseason

NBA rumors: Warriors 'bracing for seismic change' this offseason

The Warriors' focus right now has to be on the dangerous opponent in front of them, and their pursuit of a third straight NBA championship.

The focus should be on doing something few franchises accomplish because it could be a historic moment. It also could be the last time things look this for the Warriors.

Everyone knows about the cloud hanging over the Warriors. That Kevin Durant, who can opt out of his contract and become a free agent this summer, likely will leave the Bay for New York or Los Angeles to start the next chapter of his legacy.

That, and the impending free agency of Klay Thompson, apparently have the Warriors preparing for what could be a franchise-altering offseason, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.  

"Internally in Golden State, there's a sense of let's try to put aside what's coming in July. We have a chance to do something very rare in sports, to three-peat," Wojnarowski said Monday on "Get Up!" "Let's try to keep our focus there and win the title, then let July play out the way it's going to. But I think the Warriors are bracing for possibly seismic change within that organization."

Losing Durant would be a huge blow to the Warriors, of that there is little question. The two-time NBA Finals MVP will leave a massive hole whenever he leaves, one that's impossible to fill with just one player.

Even though Durant's departure is expected, the Dubs still should be able to re-sign Thompson. All signs point to the sharpshooting guard signing on the dotted line July 1, should the Warriors offer him a max contract. Let's not forget, the Warriors still have two-time NBA MVP Steph Curry and three-time All-Star Draymond Green, so it's not like Durant's exit would take the Warriors from title favorites to cellar dwellers.

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It would, however, considerably level the NBA playing field. Durant arguably is the best player in the NBA, and his talent takes the Warriors to a level that no team can match. And, should the Warriors try and save some money on Thompson's new contract, they risk losing two of their core four and sending the team back to the middle of the pack in the Western Conference.

With the Warriors holding a 2-1 series lead over the Houston Rockets in the Western Conference semifinals, the two-time defending NBA champions' eyes are fixed solely on another Larry O'Brien Trophy.

But the specter of what awaits this summer clearly has crept into the back of some people's minds.

Steph Curry's one-word answer when asked if Warriors will make playoffs

Steph Curry's one-word answer when asked if Warriors will make playoffs

Kevin Durant. Andre Iguodala. DeMarcus Cousins. Shaun Livingston. What do they have in common?

None of them play for the Warriors anymore.

Klay Thompson is expected to miss a large portion of the season as he recovers from a torn left ACL. Combine all of this with the fact the Western Conference is insanely loaded, and you got people who believe the Dubs will either struggle to make the playoffs or miss the postseason altogether.

Steph Curry played in the American Century Championship celebrity golf tournament in Lake Tahoe over the weekend, and had the following interaction with Marcus Thompson of The Athletic:

The break in the action on the 16th hole was coming to an end. Curry’s turn was near, leaving time for one final question.

Are the Warriors making the playoffs?

He was almost through the word “facts” when he realized it was a question and not a statement. Suddenly, his calm expression disappeared. His face scrunched and his voice elevated above a whisper, adding a shriek for emphasis.

“What?!” he said, playfully agitated by the sheer audacity of the question. “What?!”

The Warriors have reached the playoffs seven straight years. They've appeared in five consecutive NBA Finals, winning three titles.

Curry is a two-time MVP and is on the short list of best players in the NBA. Draymond Green is incredible and always will be underrated.

Golden State added 23-year old D'Angelo Russell, who averaged 21.1 points and 7.0 assists last season en route to making his first All-Star Game.

[RELATEDWarriors didn't sign Russell just to trade him, Myers says]

Head coach Steve Kerr and general manager Bob Myers still are onboard. 

Be careful doubting the Dubs.

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NBA2K20 ratings: Warriors' Steph Curry, Klay Thompson ranked in top 15

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NBA2K20 ratings: Warriors' Steph Curry, Klay Thompson ranked in top 15

Who is the best player in the NBA?

If you asked five different people, you might get five different answers. But where's the fun in that?

Enter the NBA2K video game series. 

The ratings for the top 20 players in the new NBA2K20 game were unveiled Monday, and while it's hard to argue with the players that were included, there's naturally plenty of controversy regarding their respective rankings.

For instance, Warriors fans might feel like Steph Curry belongs in the top five. NBA2K20 disagrees. 

Curry came in as the No. 6 ranked players in NBA2K20 with an overall rating of 95, just behind Houston's James Harden and Brooklyn's Kevin Durant (both 96 overall). 

Rounding out the top three: reigning league MVP Giannis Antetokounpo (96 overall), reigning Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard (97 overall), and finally, the Lakers' LeBron James (97 overall).

Just like his fellow backcourt mate, one could make the case Golden State's Klay Thompson is underrated as well. With an overall rating of 89, Thompson comes in at No. 14 in the player rankings.

While you can quibble with the Splash Brothers' overall rankings, you can't when it comes to their specialized skill sets. Out of all the players in NBA2K20, Curry and Thompson are ranked as the two best 3-point shooters, respectively. Curry has the maximum 3-point shooting rating possible (99), while Thompson isn't far behind at 97. 

Now, the most pressing NBA2K20 ratings question remaining: Where the heck is Draymond Green?