Durant plans to opt out, re-sign with Warriors

Things are good in Oakland, and they'll remain good for a very long time. unless Golden State gets in its own way.

Golden State Warriors players and staff pose with the Larry O'Brien Trophy after defeating the Cleveland Cavaliers in game five of the 2017 NBA Finals at Oracle Arena. In the Warriors' first two games against Portland, he totaled 45 points on 17-for-19 shooting. "They've been incredible from Day One, so I just want to tell them thanks for all the love".

Since the Golden State Warriors made the acquisition of Kevin Durant last summer, they have received the brunt of the criticism for unfairly putting a powerhouse team that has dominated the league. Defeat tastes bitter, but last year's Finals loss must have given the Warriors many a nightmare to live with. This season he accomplished just what he set out to do by winning a championship. They selected their players well, trained them and then brought Kevin Durant from outside, who was a free agent and had every right in the world to sign with the team he wanted, "he explained". He averaged 27 points, 6.7 assists and 5.8 rebounds for his career. And in the season after that, it will be Durant's turn for a super max that reports said will pay slightly higher than what Curry will get.

Golden State is already facing a numbers crunch. Draymond Green was No. 35 in 2012. The team also has innovative management and a strong player-development infrastructure to help Curry, Thompson and others reach peak levels.

The impending deal is not unique with Durant as the Warriors have a similar arrangement with Curry, who last season only collected $12.1 million that earned him the label as the most underpaid player in the National Basketball Association. The same Durant, who was severely criticised for bolting for the Warriors in the off season. The 28-year-old former Oklahoma City Thunder forward wants to win, repeatedly, in the Bay Area and it seems he is willing to delay a long-term deal in search of more championships.

The Blazers are hoping to get better this Thursday, when they are slated to make three picks in the first round of the draft - No. 15, No. 20 and No. 26.

Really, to see these Warriors win it all was the flawless curtain call to a memorable 2016-17 National Basketball Association season.

  • Julie Sanders