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Warriors pay tribute to Oakland, Kevin Durant with Game 6 towels, shirts

Warriors pay tribute to Oakland, Kevin Durant with Game 6 towels, shirts

Game 6 of the NBA Finals is here, which means the last Warriors game at Oracle Arena will take place on Thursday.

After that, no matter the outcome, Oracle will be just a building that holds countless memories. Some great memories. 

One of those last thoughts will include a small dedication to Kevin Durant, as a special rally towel will be given to fans that will honor both him and the town the Warriors have played in all of these years.

The same message appears on the Warriors' warm-up shirts as well.

This towel and shirts were made for Oakland, and just as importantly, they were made for KD. 

Durant will miss the rest of The Finals after he announced on Instagram he underwent successful surgery to repair a ruptured right Achilles tendon.

"My road back starts now," he wrote.

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This may seem like something small, but when those thousands of fans are twisting those towels over their heads at the game and the Warriors players are warming up in the shirts, it'll show just how much of an impact it can have.

And you better believe each and every one of them will have Durant on their mind.

Joe Lacob discusses how coronavirus could impact Warriors' spending

Joe Lacob discusses how coronavirus could impact Warriors' spending

Last season -- when discussing the possibility of the Warriors re-signing free-agents-to-be Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson -- owner Joe Lacob was crystal clear.

"We can do whatever we want (financially)."

That might not be the case anymore.

The Warriors -- like pretty much everybody else in the world -- are dealing with the financial ramifications of the coronavirus pandemic.

So will the NBA's indefinite suspension limit what the Warriors do with the checkbook in the offseason?

"We're looking at all of those questions and the possible answers. But I don't really have a good sense yet because I really have no idea how this is gonna shake out," Lacob told Tim Kawakami of The Athletic on Thursday morning. "We don't know what the salary cap is gonna be, we don't know what the luxury tax is gonna be.

"We don't really know what we can plan on at this point. We just have to look at a lot of different scenarios. That's what we're doing right now. It could make a huge difference, it might make no difference."

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At this point, Kawakami said: "Knowing you and your aggression -- I'm assuming it would take a lot for you to say, 'Well, let's back off this season.' Especially given Steph and Draymond and Klay. Is that your mindset still -- 'we're still gonna be going for it, that's who we are, that's the Warriors?"

"I would agree with that supposition on your end just now that we realize those guys -- with their ages -- we're in a certain window of opportunity," Lacob acknowledged. "And we would certainly like to take advantage. And that was our plan -- and still until further notice -- is our plan for next year and the next few years.

"However, a lot of things could change. And we're gonna have to adjust -- just like every other team -- to whatever the new situation is in the NBA. It's so up in the air right now. I just don't know."

One of the reasons the Warriors traded Willie Cauley-Stein, Alec Burks, Glenn Robinson III, D'Angelo Russell, Omari Spellman and Jacob Evans before the deadline was to duck below the luxury tax line. By doing so, they won't face the repeater tax this season or in 2020-21.

In theory, that would minimize the financial pain of factoring in Draymond Green's contract extension, the salary for a top-five draft pick, using the taxpayer mid-level exception and acquiring a veteran by using at least part of the $17.2 million traded player exception.

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As Lacob said, the franchise intends to stick to its plan of pulling the financial levers required to get back to championship contention.

Stay tuned.

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Joe Lacob acknowledges Warriors could trade down in 2020 NBA Draft

Joe Lacob acknowledges Warriors could trade down in 2020 NBA Draft

We don't know when the 2020 NBA Draft will take place.

We do know that the Warriors will have a very high pick, plus two more selections in the second round.

Golden State owner Joe Lacob was a guest on "The TK Show" podcast with Tim Kawakami of The Athletic, and talked about the importance of the draft.

"We've never spent more time -- as a group -- on the draft as we have this year," Lacob said. "Obviously, we have a lot more time to do it. I have watched video probably of all the top players. I've watched interviews, I've watched high school highlights, AAU highlights.

"We had a Zoom call the other day where I think we had 17 people on that call talking about the draft and how we're approaching it and what the next steps are. We've got no excuse in terms of not having enough time.

"Of course the bad part about all of this is we're not able to interview or get people to come in for workouts or watch the NCAA Tournament. It's gonna be interesting. I think there's enough information out there -- and enough work being put in on our side -- that we'll be able to make a good decision."

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There are many variables in play when it comes to making said decision.

"We're gonna look at all scenarios," Lacob explained. "Honestly. I'm not gonna hide this -- we're gonna look at drafting someone at our position. Maybe we trade down -- that's a possiblity. I'm not saying it's preferred or not preferred. I'm just saying it's something we have to look at it. 

"We're gonna look at all options."

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The reality is that the Warriors won't be able to narrow things down until the NBA Draft Lottery is held and they know their position.

If the lottery is unkind and they fall to No. 5 or even lower, one would assume that eliminates the possibility of trading down.

Again, we will know more once those ping-pong balls are put to work.

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