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Warriors GM Bob Myers, coach Steve Kerr unsure of Kevin Durant's future

Warriors GM Bob Myers, coach Steve Kerr unsure of Kevin Durant's future

The last image we could have of Kevin Durant in a Warriors jersey is him holding the back of his ruptured right Achilles tendon on the floor of Scotiabank Arena instead of celebrating yet another championship. 

Durant can become a free agent on June 30 if he opts out of his $31.5 million player option with the Dubs. The Warriors obviously want to bring back their star forward, despite the fact that he'll miss the 2019-20 season with his injury. 

But Warriors general manager Bob Myers and coach Steve Kerr sounded unsure of Durant's future one day after Golden State's season ended with a Game 6 loss in the NBA Finals against Toronto. 

"I don't know," Myers told reporters Friday when asked about his optimism of re-signing Durant.

Kerr offered a similar tune as well. 

"The injury kind of throws everything for a loop. I have no idea what Kevin is going to do," Kerr said. 

Despite the uncertainty, Golden State's GM and head coach made one thing clear: They want Durant to remain a Warrior. 

"I know that we all want him back," Kerr said. "We think that this is a great situation for him and vice versa, so hopefully we get him back and keep this thing going with the understanding that he's a free agent and we want what's best for him and he's free to make any choice he wants. 

"Hopefully he's back, and we'll give him any advice, any console that he needs, and ultimately he's going to make his own decision. He earned that." 

Myers took it even further when discussing Durant's three years so far with the Warriors. 

"What more can we ask for?" Myers said. "He's been everything to us. He's been everything that we could have ever dreamed. He's been an awesome member of this organization." 

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Through three seasons with the Warriors, Durant has been named All-NBA all three times, he's won two championships and was named Finals MVP in back-to-back years. ESPN's Brian Windhorst reported Friday that the Warriors still intend to offer Durant a max contract this offseason worth around $221 million over five years.

If Durant's time as a Warrior has come to an end, however, he'll go down as an all-time great who checked off every box he could for Golden State.

Warriors player profile: Eric Paschall can bring consistency in rookie season

Warriors player profile: Eric Paschall can bring consistency in rookie season

Editor's note: The Warriors' roster looks completely different than it did at this time last year. Golden State enters a new era at Chase Center with an injured Klay Thompson and without dynasty mainstays Kevin Durant, Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston. As the Warriors' offseason goes on, we'll do a profile on every player on the revamped roster. Tuesday's addition is Eric Paschall

The Golden State Warriors selected Villanova combo forward Eric Paschall with the 41st pick and the expectation is that he can contribute right away.

After the Warriors' summer of change, he'll look to prove Golden State's hopes true.

Here's everything you need to know about the second-round pick:

Contract

3 years/$4,198,912

Last season

Paschall is coming off his best collegiate season, averaging 16.5 points and six rebounds, finishing his senior year leading Villanova to the second round of the NCAA tournament while earning a First-Team All-Big East selection.

However, with Mikal Bridges, Omari Spellman, Donte DiVincenzo and Jalen Brunson leaving for the NBA following the 2017-18 season, Paschal saw his shooting numbers dwindle with more offensive responsibility. During the 2017-18 season, Paschall -- with his 6-foot-8, 250-pound frame -- was counted on to guard multiple positions defensively en route to helping lead the Wildcats to a national title.

Outlook

The Warriors drafted Paschall in search of a quality that's eluded their previous picks not named Kevon Looney over the years: consistency.

Paschall averaged double figures in three of his four years at Villanova. While he won't be asked to take on a scoring burden, he's shown signs of promise.

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Lauded for his shooting, Paschall impressed during the California Classic, shooting 61 percent from the field, including an 18-point, 6-of-8 performance in a loss to the Lakers. Golden State remains high on Paschall, even though he's a second-round draft pick, citing his toughness, IQ and defensive prowess have brought comparisons to Draymond Green.

If Pascal can even bring a third of Green's value, he'll see more than enough playing time next season.

NBA rumors: Clippers tried to trade for James Harden, Bradley Beal

NBA rumors: Clippers tried to trade for James Harden, Bradley Beal

With the Warriors entering a new phase of their franchise following their NBA Finals loss to the Toronto Raptors and the departure of Kevin Durant, the Los Angeles Clippers saw an opening in the Western Conference.

Kawhi Leonard was the key to taking the Clippers from plucky role-player fueled underdogs to legitimate NBA champions, and Clips owner Steve Ballmer and Co. did what was necessary to ensure they secured the star. In the end, the Clippers got their man, convincing Leonard to sign with them while simultaneously orchestrating a trade for Thunder superstar Paul George. 

It was a power move that shook the NBA to its core. Adding Leonard and George gives the Clippers a pair of elite two-way wings, but George apparently wasn't their first choice for Leonard's co-star.

Before the Clippers called the Thunder about George, LAC inquired about the availability of James Harden and Bradley Beal, The Athletic's Sam Amick and Jovan Buha reported Tuesday, citing league sources. 

Neither the Rockets or the Wizards were willing to discuss trading their star, so the Clippers moved on to the Thunder and landed George for a package of Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Danilo Gallinari and a boatload of draft picks.

The Rockets then pounced on the suddenly rebuilding Thunder, trading Chris Paul, two draft picks and two pick swaps to OKC for Russell Westbrook, getting Harden an in-his-prime star to lead the Rockets' charge to supplant the Warriors atop the Western Conference. 

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A pairing of Leonard and Harden or Leonard and Beal would have been deadly, but neither packs the 1-2 punch that Leonard and George do on both ends of the floor. As such, the Clippers now enter next season as the favorites to win the NBA title, with the Rockets and Los Angeles Lakers right on their heels.

As for the Warriors, they hope Steph Curry, Draymond Green and D'Angelo Russell can keep them afloat until Klay Thompson returns from his torn ACL.