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Warriors’ Kevin Durant says he hasn't yet made free-agency decision

Warriors’ Kevin Durant says he hasn't yet made free-agency decision

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Today is April 15.

(Have you paid your taxes yet?)

NBA free agency doesn't officially open until 9:01 p.m. PT on Sunday, June 30. And until that time, Kevin Durant isn't going to make a decision about his future.

The reigning two-time Finals MVP repeatedly told Marc Spears of The Undefeated that he’s simply focused on trying to win a third consecutive NBA championship.

“Yo, just watch the game," Durant said after the Warriors' 121-104 Game 1 win over the Clippers. "Just focus on the game and stop nitpicking, because it is a beautiful game going on out there.

"What can I do right now? I can’t sign a paper. I got to do the most important thing, and that is play. And that is what we should be focusing on.”

Durant registered 23 points, four rebounds, three assists, three blocks and one steal Saturday. With 4:41 left in the game, he picked up his second technical and was ejected.

In the playoffs, you get suspended for a game if you receive a seventh technical.

It makes perfect sense for Durant to still be unclear about where he’ll play next season. Although KD signed with the Warriors in July 2016, he since has said that he wouldn't have joined the Dubs if they had won the title that season.

Is it possible that he’s leaning in a specific direction? Of course. But he wants to see how the playoffs go and let the dust settle before figuring out his next move.

“If I already made a decision, it would take away from the team, what we’re fighting for," Durant told The Undefeated. "Every play would be overshadowed by it. It is not necessary for me to make a decision right now. It would be bad to do that. It would take the focus off of what is important. I would never want to put my teammates in a messed-up position. I want to forget about it.

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“But it is still putting everybody in messed-up positions where everybody wants to know all the time, everybody is speculating and everybody is trying to get in my head and what I think about it.”

Ain't that the truth.

The good news is that we’re now just two and a half months away from getting answers.

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Brian Shaw analyzes D'Angelo Russell's fit with Steph Curry, Warriors

Brian Shaw analyzes D'Angelo Russell's fit with Steph Curry, Warriors

Some in the basketball world have their doubts about the Steph Curry-D'Angelo Russell pairing in the Warriors' backcourt.

Brian Shaw -- who now is a Warriors Pregame/Postgame Live analyst at NBC Sports Bay Area -- is not one of those people.

"I think they're gonna complement each other well because D'Angelo is so good in the pick-and-roll game that it's gonna allow Steph to play a lot off the ball," the former NBA player and coach said Tuesday on the NBA Preview Show.

"But when he (Curry) is in pick-and-roll situations, they're gonna have to pick their poison ... if they commit the defense to the paint, it's gonna allow for D'Angelo Russell to knock down open perimeter shots."

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Watch the video above to see examples of the Curry-Russell synergy.

Warriors Steve Kerr clarifies comments on Klay Thompson

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Warriors Steve Kerr clarifies comments on Klay Thompson

SAN FRANCISCO -- Less than 48 hours after Steve Kerr declared Warriors guard Klay Thompson was 'unlikely' to return this season, the coach clarified his comments, blaming the current media landscape for how his explanation was received. 

"My comment was very matter of fact," Kerr said following practice Tuesday afternoon. ACL [injuries] generally they take nine to 12 months. Nine months takes us right until the end of the season."

It's really not news, it's more reality," Kerr added. "We'll leave the door open and we'll see what happens at the end of the year. But Klay is doing great." 

Kerr's latest comments on Thompson, who tore his ACL in June come following an exclusive interview with NBC Sports Bay Area Tuesday, when he called Thompson's return 'unlikely,' citing the team's recovery timeline of nine to 12 months.  Following Tuesday's practice, Kerr blamed the current media landscape for taking his comments out of context.

"I forgot with modern media that 'unlikely' is going to become -- on the ticker -- 'out for the year' and all that stuff," Kerr said. "Probably my mistake for opening my month. Not the first time I've gotten myself in trouble for doing that but its an ACL so if you just do your research on the history of ACLs. He had surgery July 2nd, get a calculator, do the math." 

Following his injury, Thompson, who had surgery July 2, and has said he hopes to play after the NBA All-Star break in February.  Entering training camp, both Kerr and Warriors general manager Bob Myers expressed hope Thompson could return this season. On Tuesday, Kerr communicated the same sentiment. 

"I probably opened up a can of worms yesterday with that comment ... but it's really not news," Kerr said. "It's more reality. We'll leave the door open and we'll see what happens at the end of the year, but Klay's doing great."

Thompson's injury comes during a unique time in Golden State. Five months ago, the team came under scrutiny for how it handled Kevin Durant's leg injury. On Tuesday, Kerr was asked if his initial comments on Thompson was an attempt to get ahead of further questioning on the injury. 

"I think in general these days it's more difficult to get out ahead of the messaging on any issue," Kerr said. "And so you have to be careful, and like I said I probably made a mistake yesterday, but we're just handling it as we would handle any injury and he's doing great. Like we said in training camp, we'll have an update at the All-Star break."

Thompson has been visible around the team in recent weeks. Following Sunday's practice, he stood along the baseline as players wrapped up individual workouts. On Tuesday, he put up practice shots with guard D'Angelo Russell and rookie Jordan Poole. For a player that's never missed more than nine games in a season, Kerr says Thompson is still adjusting to his new circumstances. 

"Klay's bored more than anything," Kerr said. "He wants to play, he loves basketball so much. So the good thing is he's starting to shoot out here, he's starting to do more things but we've had internal discussions with several of them in recent weeks and we understand the circumstances."