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Report: Durant to meet Warriors Friday in The Hamptons

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Report: Durant to meet Warriors Friday in The Hamptons

UPDATE (10am PDT on Wednesday) -- Kevin Durant will meet with the Thunder on Thursday in Oklahoma City before free agency opens, according to multiple reports.

The Warriors will then reportedly meet with Durant on Friday in The Hamptons.

The Spurs will visit with Durant on Saturday, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.

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Shortly after free agency begins, the Warriors will reportedly meet with Kevin Durant in The Hamptons.

The meeting between the two sides will take place Friday afternoon, according to The Undefeated's Marc J. Spears.

Earlier on Tuesday, The Vertical reported that all meetings between Durant and prospective teams will take place Friday and Saturday The Hamptons in Long Island, New York.

Durant will reportedly also meet with the Thunder, Spurs, Celtics, Heat and Clippers.

Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony is reportedly trying to recruit Durant to New York.

Bringing Durant to Oakland would require serious financial moves, all of which the Warriors are willing to make. The luxury tax would not frighten Warriors CEO Joe Lacob, for he’s already paying it.

Durant was in Austin, Tex. last Monday for the release of his latest shoe. He told reporters his decision, whether he stays with the only NBA team he’s ever known or departs, would be based not on market-size or profile.

“I’m worried about basketball,” he said. “That’s what it is for me. It’s a basketball decision.”

Once free agency begins, the Warriors reportedly plan to get Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, among other key figures, on a plane to an undisclosed location to meet with Durant, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.

Durant, 27, has spent his whole nine-year career with one franchise. Durant spent his rookie year in Seattle after being drafted No. 2 overall in the 2007 NBA Draft by the SuperSonics. After the franchise moved to Oklahoma City, his last eight seasons have been with the Thunder.

He has made seven straight NBA All-Star teams and was named the 2013-14 NBA MVP. As one of the top scoring threats in all of basketball, Durant has led the NBA in scoring four times.

For his career, Durant is averaging 27.4 points, which leads the NBA among all active players, and 7.0 rebounds per game.

In the Western Conference Finals, Durant averaged 30.0 points and 8.0 rebounds per game as the Thunder fell to the Warriors.

NBA rumors: Warriors alarmed Kevin Durant lacked joy after second title

NBA rumors: Warriors alarmed Kevin Durant lacked joy after second title

In three seasons with the Warriors, Kevin Durant won two championships and two NBA Finals MVPs.

If he didn't get hurt, it could have been 3-for-3 in both departments.

On June 30, KD announced that he was going to sign with the Brooklyn Nets in free agency. On Monday, Golden State general manager Bob Myers said he doesn't think there's anything the Warriors could have done differently to keep the 10-time All-Star with the franchise.

ESPN's Brian Windhorst agrees, and offered the following context Monday on The Jump:

"I think even if he doesn't get hurt, even if they win the title, I think there's a good chance he was leaving. You never know for sure. The thing about the Warriors, they were very alarmed after winning two titles that Durant didn't seem to have the joy.

"We knew he suffered the downsides of what it meant to come to the Warriors. When he took and raised that Bill Russell trophy twice -- and didn't have the joy -- they were worried last summer.

"Normally you would think, 'Oh my gosh, this guy just won two titles and two MVPs -- this guy is locked up with us for life.' And they were worried about it way back then, and as the season went along it only made it even worse."

Let's provide even more context.

In late March 2018 -- about nine months after the Dubs won the title -- KD revealed the following story on The Bill Simmons Podcast:

"People tell us we're superstars, and we really aren't ... after we won the championship, I had Taco Bell and it ran through me just like it would a normal person. I'm like, 'Oh sh--. I thought I had a golden stomach (joking). I thought I was immune to everything, but no.

"That's the perception of it all -- we're just immortal. We're normal fu**ing people who are really good at what we do. But at the end of the day, we go to sleep just like everybody else. We really put on our pants just like everybody else ... it made me realize that I am not king anything because we won a championship." 

A couple months later -- after the Dubs won back-to-back championships -- ESPN's Zach Lowe wrote the following:

Both [Steve] Kerr and [Steve] Nash saw the drifting start over the summer, after Durant realized his first championship would not complete his life -- or silence every critic. He didn't work as often with Nash, or as productively, as planned.

"He didn't have a great summer," Nash says. "He was searching for what it all meant. He thought a championship would change everything, and found out it doesn't. He was not fulfilled. He didn't work out as much as he normally does."

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For a multitude of reasons -- some of which have come to light -- KD felt like it was time to leave Golden State.

You can only hope he finds what he's looking for.

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Ex-Warriors exec Jerry West explains why Clippers are best organization

Ex-Warriors exec Jerry West explains why Clippers are best organization

Jerry West joined the Warriors as an Executive Board member in May 2011, and his time with the franchise came to an end after the Dubs won the title in June 2017.

He immediately joined the Clippers' front office, and during his introductory press conference in LA he said he did not want to leave Golden State and that he thought he would never work anywhere else again.

The Hall of Famer was a guest on The Dan Patrick Show on Monday, and made some interesting comments:

"One of the things I enjoy about being here -- and obviously this is gonna be my final stop in my basketball life -- is [Clippers owner] Steve Ballmer has really put together an unbelievably terrific organization. He has spared no expense.

"It's a really fun place to be. It's not ego-driven at all. He's got an awful lot of basketball people over there and I'm just happy to be such a small part of it.

"He's willing to spend on players, he's willing to spend on personnel within the front office. I've never been around any organization that's better than this one that's for sure."

Wow. Strong words from The Logo.

Shortly after West -- who reportedly is making between $4 and $5 million annually -- joined the Clippers, The Athletic's Sam Amick (who was with USA Today Sports at the time) said the following on The Ringer NBA Show Podcast:

"They didn't want to pay him as much as the Clippers did. It got a little messy at the end. They all tried to keep it under wraps a little bit. Jerry's been a little bit outspoken.

"This Warriors thing -- that was a painful ending ... he wanted to be back with the Warriors. I was definitely told that he was extremely disappointed with how that ended."

You can do the math.

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Finally, West doesn't want any credit for the Clippers landing Kawhi Leonard and Paul George.

"Oh no. Not at all. I should get very little at all," he said. "I've gotten far too much credit in my life ... I just had a voice. Our front office is really terrific.

"They were really on top of this thing the whole way."

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