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What shocked Mariners' Sam Tuivailala about Kevin Durant's Achilles injury

What shocked Mariners' Sam Tuivailala about Kevin Durant's Achilles injury

It's a sight Warriors fans will never forget. It's the last image they have of Kevin Durant in a Warriors uniform.

Durant being helped off the court in Toronto after tearing his right Achilles in Game 5 of the NBA Finals.

On one side was Warriors director of sports medicine and performance Rick Celebrini. On the other side was former Warriors forward Andre Iguodala.

Somehow, Durant was able to put weight on his injured right leg. He didn't need to be carried off the court.

That part blows the mind of Seattle Mariners pitcher Sam Tuivailala, who just returned from an Achilles rupture of his own.

“I saw the play and I was just shocked he was able to walk on it after,” Tuivailala told Jeff Faraudo for The Seattle Times. “When I saw that I didn’t think it was an Achilles because I couldn’t put any type of weight on it. I hope he has a safe and smooth recovery like I did.”

Durant underwent surgery to repair his Achilles shortly after suffering the injury. Now a member of the Brooklyn Nets, he has a long rehab ahead of him before he can get back on a basketball court.

“I quickly found out it was not a fun rehab,” Tuivailala told Faraudo.

[RELATED: Why Durant picked the Nets]

Tuivailala, a San Mateo native, missed 11 months after rupturing his Achilles last August 8 in Texas. On Tuesday, the 26-year-old made his return to a big league mound against the A's. He pitched one inning and allowed three hits and two earned runs.

Warriors bizarrely only NBA team with no pending 2020 free agents

Warriors bizarrely only NBA team with no pending 2020 free agents

To say the Warriors had a rough season in 2019-20 is an understatement. The team ended the season with a 15-50 record, and stars Steph Curry and Klay Thompson missed almost the entire season with injuries.

They do, however, find themselves alone in one very unique category when it comes to the current roster.

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Thirteen players under contract, all of them extending into next season. But the Warriors didn't begin the season that way. This was the Golden State roster when training camp opened in September of 2019.

From the current roster, Curry, Thompson, Draymond Green and Kevon Looney all entered the 2019-20 season with multiple years remaining on their contracts.

Jordan Poole, Alen Smailagic and Eric Paschall were 2019 NBA Draft picks and received standard rookie contracts with multiple seasons of team control.

Andrew Wiggins had three years and almost $100 million remaining on his contract when the Warriors acquired him at the NBA trade deadline.

[RELATED: Ranking Warriors' five best free-agent signings since 2000]

Ky Bowman signed a multi-year extension with Golden State in February, sources told NBC Sports Bay Area's Monte Poole. Bowman originally started as a two-way player for the Warriors and spent time with the Santa Cruz Warriors in the G League as well.

On the same day Bowman's contract was converted to a standard NBA deal, big man Marquese Chriss also signed a reported multiyear extension with the Warriors. Chriss had been a two-player for a few weeks after being released to make way for Damion Lee, who himself was converted from a two-way player to a full-time member of Golden State's roster.

Local product Juan Toscano-Anderson began the season in Santa Cruz with the Warriors' G League team, playing 31 games there this season before being signed to the Warriors' roster in February on a multi-year deal.

Finally, Mychal Mulder impressed Golden State's front office enough during his 10-day contract that the Warriors inked him to a multi-year deal in an announcement on March 10, just a few days before the league's coronavirus suspension.

Trades could open up roster spots for Myers and the organization, but free agency won’t be much of an issue this offseason, as all 13 of the players on the active roster are locked up for next season.

NBA free agency: KD among Warriors' five best signings since 2000

NBA free agency: KD among Warriors' five best signings since 2000

It's been four years since the Warriors broke NBA Twitter with the news that Kevin Durant was signing with the team as a free agent.

The 2014 NBA MVP just had been eliminated from the previous postseason by Golden State while playing with the Oklahoma City Thunder, in a thrilling series.

Durant won two NBA Finals MVPs and was vital in bringing two titles back to the Bay Area. This signing got us thinking, who are the best free-agent signings the team has made over the franchise's history?

We kept it specific to the last 20 years, so you won't be seeing Rick Barry or Sarunas Marciulionis among the five selected. We also eliminate sign-and-trades from the equation, as these aren't the same as standard free-agent contracts. So icons like Andre Iguodala and David Lee also don't make the cut for this list.

So who will be included?

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