In this article above, Danny Leroux goes into details about how the Warriors are a legitimate threat/possibility to sign 2016 FA Kevin Durant. All the article basically says is the Warriors have the financial flexibility to make him the max offer, now that they are waiting on the restricted free agencies of Harrison Barnes/Festivus Ezelli to play out. Make zero mistake, Kevin Durant is NOT coming to the Warriors. Here are 3 very blunt reasons why it won't happen that doofus Danny Leroux completely misses.
1. Stephen Curry will get an Extention/New Contract: Uh...Hello? This guy (MVP/Basketball Wizard/Captain of the Championship Team) only will make 11.37million this season and is signed for 2016-2017 at 12million. That's called being GROSSLY under-paid. The Warriors are being cautious with their cap-space now because they will have to pay Curry upwards of 25million/year. If Curry repeats as MVP and/or Champion again, the Warriors will extend/restructure his contract first, ASAP and right away. Kevin Durant who? They can't pay two guys 25 million and also afford Draymond/Klay without dipping into the luxury tax. Which brings me to reason #2...
2. Warriors will NOT pay the Luxury Tax: It's simple to say that the Warriors can simply over-spend in order to get Durant and simply pay the NBA Luxury tax. Not going to happen. NBA teams hate paying the luxury tax because it starts to dip into their own revenue pockets when staying under the cap guarantees revenue. The Warriors also have a very expensive project/arena to pay for coming up down the road in SF. Every dollar spent on players will matter just a little bit more these next few seasons. Look at what happened to the Brooklyn Nets when they went over the cap into the luxury tax. The team has since then IMPLODED. Not only will owners not pay a luxury tax for financial reasons, it also makes your roster extremely top-heavy. You could all of the sudden be stuck with 4-5 massive contracts, 2-3 of which are under-performing. The Cavaliers are the only team that is in the luxury tax, simply because they wanted to keep the team that led them to the 2015' Finals completely intact. Which brings me to reason #3..
3. If it Ain't broken, don't fix it: Why would the Warriors need to bring in Kevin Durant? They are the best team already? Bringing in Durant would complicate an offense that seems to be perfectly functioning without him. Durant takes 20-30 shots per game so those are shots being taken away from Steph, Thompson, Green, Barnes, Iggy etc. Don't get me wrong, you always want a Kevin Durant on your team but why stretch your franchise dollar or complicate/change your game-day approach when you already have a championship caliber team?
By: El Mijo