Money_ wrote:He's not leaving, he loves it here. He wants that statue.
You offer Kevin Durant anything he wants to stay. Low balling him doesn't help the team in any way.
You cannot turnaround the few million you shave off an offer and redirect to a new player.
If he rehabs as fast as Kobe did, he'll be back by March/April 2020
The Warriors will have very few options for improving the team, if Kevin Durant leaves.
Basically the team we've been seeing over the past month.
Well, the team we're seeing over the past month is in the Finals. Most franchises would take that in a heartbeat. I think a big part of why most would offer KD a max is sentiment, whether guilt or appreciation, and I don't think it's a good reason. Sure, the W's are over the cap next year, without much to work with, but the following year Iguodala comes off the books, decisions will have to be made on Draymond and, besides Steph and Klay, the entire roster will have to be revamped. I wouldn't tie up $45-50M for the following 4 yrs in an unknown quantity, which is what a 32-35 year old Durant is right now.
One implication of the injury I don't see mentioned, is that it possibly makes a sign-and-trade more plausible. A team like the Clippers could keep their cap space to sign Kawhi, for instance, enticing him with the promise of Durant the next year. Durant might agree to it for the chance to team up with Kawhi. A deal could be centered around Gallinari to the W's, possibly with Williams which would open more space for the Clips. Still a longshot, but IMO, more likely than before.
If they keep Draymond at anywhere around $30 million or more, that would still be $100 million for the big 3 in 2020-21. Presumably KD would be able to play that season.
So Iggy's 16 million comes off the books. If they're paying $100 million to 3 players not even counting KD, does it really matter if they're also paying KD at that point? Sure difference in luxury taxes but not in cap flexibility, I would think.
Even in a best case scenario, Draymond and Klay each only get about $25 million each that season. Curry should still be up around $40 million I believe, in the third year of his super max deal?
So it would still be $90 million for 3 players, meaning what $30 million for the rest of the roster if the cap is $120 million that season? Which seems to be an optimistic figure.
Whether KD is on the books or not, that doesn't seem to be a lot of room to add some better role players.