The Golden State Warriors are the defending National Basketball Association champions, and returned every major contributor from a team that went 16-1 in the postseason a year ago. Agreeing to such terms allowed the team to retain forward Andre Iguodala and backup point guard Shaun Livingston.
Durant will turn 30 before the start of the 2018-19 campaign, but he continues to play at an MVP-caliber level during his second year in Golden State. Without Curry, the Warriors are the second best team in the National Basketball Association at worst. But after going 7-10 in their last 17 games and suffering the embarrassing loss to Utah, some have begun to question whether the Warriors will in fact be able to flip the switch, and even if they can, whether it will be enough. Should they advance, they'll play the victor of the Portland Trail Blazers-New Orleans Pelicans series.
However, he will refuse his $26.2 million option so he can restructure a new contract with Golden State.
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Curry does so much for the Warriors that Golden State will take him at 50 percent healthy, but against San Antonio and either Portland or New Orleans, the possibility of the Warriors rushing Curry back is mitigated.
The Warriors effectively conceded the top seed in the West and home-court advantage to the Rockets last month. He has added a defensive element to his game this year making him one of, if not the best two-way player in the National Basketball Association.