Durant to Opt Out, Rework Deal with Warriors in Offseason

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But just as important as the Warriors landing a (presumably) Kawhi Leonard-free San Antonio in the first round was the fact that the Jazz and Thunder both found themselves on the other side of the bracket from Golden State on Wednesday.

Apparently, this sentiment has extended to some coaches and general managers of teams the Warriors might face in the Western Conference playoffs. "The fear factor for the Warriors without Curry does not exist". The Warriors' combination of talent, experience, and coaching won't allow them to play in the playoffs the way they have over the previous month.

Tickets for Games 3 and 4 at the AT&T Center are now on sale. Should they advance, they'll play the victor of the Portland Trail Blazers-New Orleans Pelicans series.

And while neither Portland or New Orleans is a pushover, neither team has the firepower to make a push a seven-game series with Golden State to the limit (and that's without Curry).

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The Golden State Warriors have looked sloppier than usual in recent months thanks to a rash of injuries and general malaise, and now the rest of the National Basketball Association may see them as more vulnerable than ever.

And the danger is that this year, there might be teams good enough to make the Warriors pay for not being 100%. Before this season began, many thought the Warriors winning the championship was all but ensured. "But I'm enjoying every moment of it, so I'm not trying to look too far down the line".

"A nine-time All-Star and the reigning NBA Finals MVP, Durant will be turning down a salary of $26.2 million, a figure well below that for a player of his caliber, in order to restructure a new deal with the Warriors, sources said", Haynes reports.

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