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    Makes me puke but I did say it was the best basketball decision for him. OTH, it's only a two year deal.

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    I said this would be the team he jumps ship to although I thought he'd do the 1 and 1 with OKC. What it does appear he's doing is leaving the door open for a return to OKC, which is cool. A punk move but I ain't mad at him Lebron started this trash back in 2010. Now it's time to taste his own medicine.

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    Punk move indeed...

    1) OKC had GSW against the ropes... The only reason why Thunder lost was bc Durant choked at home in Game 6... So, what does KD do? He runs away from a challenge.

    2) 6 years ago, KD trashed LJ for running to MIA... Lol... Easy to trash another until you're forced to walk in their shoes.

    3) yes. OKC nasty on offense. Might win 78 games. But, this move doesn't solve GSW's flaw... No interior game. Everything based on threes and perimeter shooting. Actually, GSW will get worse bc they now will deal Bogot. Come playoffs, when refs eat the whistle... GSW in trouble. No more Barnes and no Bogot.

    4) These 2 year deals with a player option have to stop. Next CBA must get rid of these. Simple should be... If you sign such a deal, and opt out after first year... You cannot sign a max deal the next year. Do something bc these deals don't feel right to me.

    5) I got no problem with KD. I think it's good for the sport. He may be a hypocritical wimp... But players have every right to go where they want to go.

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    I don't see them being able to sign Westbrook next year without KD there.

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    Wow, just wow. Durant winning a championship in GS will literally be meaningless to his personal reputation in my eyes, but he clearly doesn't care about fan perception with this decision.

    The OKC fanbase deserves better than this, but this is the nature of the NBA now. Likely they lose Westbrook next offseason now.

    Boston clearly felt like they had a strong shot here, but who knows how close they really got. Not sure where they turn their attention to now as the addition of Horford alone will not be enough to get in the same tier as Cleveland.

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    GSW will probably sign Curry & KD to max deals... Will have 4 max players... It's unfortunate that the current financials facade betrayed OKC... Thunder were forced to dump Harden bc they couldn't afford to pay 3 max guys under old cap...

    Harden, KD, Westbrook probably win it allast year.

    Still, I think this move had more to do with environment (Oakland), style of play (unselfish), and relationships than it was just above chasing a title.
    Sure... That helped... As did GSW losing in the Finals... But he probably knew Westbrook was leaving next year and he was probably preferred GSW style over selfish RW.

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    The question now is...
    Would BOS make a bold move and trade the farm for Westbrook... Roll the dice they can keep him?

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    Jerry West makes a phone call and snags KD. Phil? Well... He's not the logo.

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    Originally Posted by mafra
    Jerry West makes a phone call and snags KD. Phil? Well... He's not the logo.
    I think it's a little easier to make a call and snag a big fish when you are calling on behalf of a 73 win team with the league MVP who won a championship 2 seasons and got to game 7 in the finals this year. I think maybe I could have made that call and just made fart sounds at Durant for 10 minutes and still had a chance at getting him to sign with GS.

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    I know... It was in jest. Plus, Durant won't get trashed if they lose...
    NY media too much for Lebron & Durant, who are afraid of being perceived as being "losers"...

    Say what you want about the man... But Melo welcomed that challenge... Ave the weight of expectations placed on him, under the media spotlight, and do it by himself... He's a delusional fool... But totally different than his peers

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    Originally Posted by mafra
    GSW will probably sign Curry & KD to max deals... Will have 4 max players... It's unfortunate that the current financials facade betrayed OKC... Thunder were forced to dump Harden bc they couldn't afford to pay 3 max guys under old cap...

    Harden, KD, Westbrook probably win it allast year.

    Still, I think this move had more to do with environment (Oakland), style of play (unselfish), and relationships than it was just above chasing a title.
    Sure... That helped... As did GSW losing in the Finals... But he probably knew Westbrook was leaving next year and he was probably preferred GSW style over selfish RW.
    Good points, OKC probably didn't help their cause by demonstrating that they think basketball is a business by firing Brooks, trading Ibaka, letting go of Harden and Jackson. Well they found out that 2 could play that game when KD made his decision today.

    I do think winning a chip is the main reason KD did this and why he signed such a short 2 yr deal, 2nd year his option. Can't say he's wrong that joining the Warriors was his best chance to win a chip, joining a team that won 73 games w/o him and who people will undoubtedly ask the question is this the greatest team ever assembled.

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    Let's not even go there... They may be the greatest perimeter scoring team in NBA history but that's it. Kareem, Wilt, Walton, Hakeem, Shaq, Duncan would eat this team alive...

    Those bigs would average 50 ppg....

    Again, as we saw in the Finals, GSW cannot score in the paint not can they protect the rim.... They would have no answer for a HOF cover post, who would be fed the ball constantly.

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    Originally Posted by tiger0330
    I don't see them being able to sign Westbrook next year without KD there.
    Maybe that's the plan: They trade Westbrook away for something and once KD returns there will be a pointgruard with some basketball IQ around.
    "Those who believe in telekinetics, raise my hand."
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    Can't beat em...how does the rest of they saying go?

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    Originally Posted by mafra
    GSW will probably sign Curry & KD to max deals... Will have 4 max players... It's unfortunate that the current financials facade betrayed OKC... Thunder were forced to dump Harden bc they couldn't afford to pay 3 max guys under old cap...

    Harden, KD, Westbrook probably win it allast year.


    Still, I think this move had more to do with environment (Oakland), style of play (unselfish), and relationships than it was just above chasing a title.
    Sure... That helped... As did GSW losing in the Finals... But he probably knew Westbrook was leaving next year and he was probably preferred GSW style over selfish RW.

    Doubt it because Harden's game doesn't mesh well with Westbrook and KD(keep in mind he came off the bench a lot) and he doesn't play defense. The talent level isn't what wins it, it's the kind of talent you have and if they work well together. It most likely wouldn't have worked.

    The economics worked against OKC somewhat but it's not like OKC didn't spend since letting go of Harden...really that's all they've done.

    On the flip side if we weren't to blame Lebron for this the other culprit isn't the NBA economy it's the fact Curry didn't play like a Superstar not 1 game and the fact star players in general have this mentality to cape for each other teaming up together.

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