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Warriors not to blame for Achilles injury

[ad_1] Kevin Durant, in his first interview since rupturing his Achilles tendon in Game 5 of the NBA Finals in June, said he does not hold the Golden State Warriors accountable for the injury."Hell, no. How can you blame [the Warriors]? Hell, no," Durant told Yahoo Sports, speaking at a house in Los Angeles. "I heard the Warriors pressured me into getting back. Nobody never said a word to me
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KD said he was sold on Nets system, GM says

[ad_1] Kevin Durant told the Nets he chose to go to Brooklyn in free agency because he loves the way the team plays, general manager Sean Marks said.Marks told WFAN on Tuesday that when he first talked with Durant after the announcement, the former MVP said: "I love the system. I love how you guys play. I see how hard you guys play ... you were never out of games.
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Players, teams use maximum leverage in deals this summer

[ad_1] It is said negotiation is an art, and it's taught that way in business schools, described that way in numerous books and portrayed that way in movies.But over the past month, several of the most high-profile NBA deals didn't feel like they had much art involved. They were more like blunt-force trauma. In retrospect, 2019 could be remembered as the league's summer of leverage.In the span of just a
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Inside the contracts that led to KD, Kyrie deals

[ad_1] The Brooklyn Nets included about $1 million in yearly performance-based incentives in maximum contracts for both Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, a tweak that allowed them to maneuver to fit contracts for DeAndre Jordan and second-round pick Nicolas Claxton into cap space, according to contract data obtained by ESPN.Both deals have player options in their fourth seasons, meaning Durant and Irving can hit free agency again in the summer
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Expectations ‘growing’ for talent-laden Nets

[ad_1] 7:26 PM ETTim BontempsESPN LAS VEGAS -- When Kevin Durant announced on Instagram that he was going to join the Brooklyn Nets at the stroke of free agency, the team's braintrust -- ensconced in the team's gleaming practice facility overlooking New York Harbor -- celebrated one of the league's elite players choosing to join their franchise.Now comes the hard part: making it all work."I think from our standpoint is
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Durant planning to switch to No. 7 with Nets

[ad_1] Kevin Durant will have a new jersey number with the Brooklyn Nets.The star forward announced on social media Sunday that he will switch to No. 7 after previously wearing No. 35 for the first 12 seasons of his NBA career. Durant agreed to a four-year contract worth up to $164 million to play for the Nets after spending the past three seasons with the Golden State Warriors, winning two
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Why the collapse of the Warriors feels so abrupt

[ad_1] Kevin Durant was never supposed to be on the Golden State Warriors. It was an accident: A one-time-only salary-cap spike left a 73-win team with enough space to add perhaps the world's second-best player. The NBA had seen Big 3s before. It had never seen a Big 4 like this.All four stars were still younger than 30 after they won their first title, obliterating the league across a 15-1
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Warriors thank Durant, say they will retire No. 35

[ad_1] The Golden State Warriors issued a statement Monday thanking Kevin Durant and announcing that no player will ever wear No. 35 for the Warriors again.The statement, from Warriors co-chairman and CEO Joe Lacob, said Durant "carried himself with class and dignity both on and off the court."After winning two NBA championships with Golden State, Durant will begin the next chapter of his career in Brooklyn, where he plans to
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Brooklyn-bound — KD, Kyrie announce Nets moves

[ad_1] Free-agent All-NBA star Kevin Durant plans to sign a four-year contract worth up to $164 million to play for the Brooklyn Nets.Durant will join free agents Kyrie Irving and DeAndre Jordan, who also plan to sign with the franchise. Players can officially sign their contracts starting Saturday.Irving will sign for four years in a deal worth up to $141 million, league sources said, while Jordan has agreed to a
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Free-agent frenzy leads to wide-open championship race

[ad_1] You've just witnessed the most intense transactional day in NBA history. Actually, it was more like a quarter of a day.Amid the flurry of Sunday's spending and sign-and-trades, it might've been easy to miss that something potentially terrific happened: The league just got super competitive.Kawhi Leonard holds the favorite chip in his hands and wherever he signs may end up being the title favorite. But no matter what he