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Insights from Kevin Durant's Oracle Arena debut with Team USA

Thompson might be affected most by KD signing, says he's happy

usatoday.com — It was one thing when Klay Thompson swore he was happy just hooping in Stephen Curry's shadow two years ago. Inside a Westin conference room in Madrid, Spain, in the midst of a FIBA World Cup experience that would elevate his profile that has kept skyrocketing since, the then-24-year-old Golden State Warriors shooting guard who could be a franchise centerpiece for most NBA teams explained how sacrifice comes easy when nothing matters more to you than winning and fun.

Kevin Durant opens up about free agency, criticism, Russell Westbrook

caller.com — By Sam Amick, USA TODAY Sports LAS VEGAS - Two weeks later, we still didn't have many answers about Kevin Durant's decision to leave Oklahoma City behind and form the NBA's latest super team with the Golden State Warriors.

Kevin Durant opens up about free agency, criticism, Russell Westbrook

usatoday.com — LAS VEGAS - Two weeks later, we still didn't have many answers about Kevin Durant's decision to leave Oklahoma City behind and form the NBA's latest super team with the Golden State Warriors. His introductory news conference in Oakland on July 7 was the kind of controlled spectacle that makes it tough for reporters to dig too deep with the front-and-center subject.

James Harden, Houston Rockets agree to $118 million contract renegotiation

usatoday.com — The Houston Rockets remade their roster this summer, adding free agents like Ryan Anderson and Eric Gordon who should help them keep up in the Western Conference race. But James Harden, by way of a contract renegotiation that the team announced on Saturday, will remain their centerpiece player.

James Harden signs 4-year contract extension with Rockets

khou.com — HOUSTON - HOUSTON (AP) - James Harden has signed a four-year, $118 million contract extension with the Houston Rockets. He was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent after the 2017-18 season. The move Saturday comes after a frustrating season for the Rockets, who were ousted by Golden State in the first round of the playoffs.

Kevin Durant: Chemistry, culture were huge factors in choosing Warriors

usatoday.com — OAKLAND - Six days before, inside that rented mansion in the Hamptons where the NBA landscape was forever changed, the notion of Kevin Durant joining the Golden State Warriors was nothing more than a virtual reality.

How Durant Made League-Altering Move

www1.realclearsports.com — Kevin Durant didn't go anywhere. The basketball brand you knew, the guy who built everything from the ground up for the Thunder in an Oklahoma City community that he once called

How Golden State convinced Kevin Durant to leave Thunder

thestar.com — The Jerry West phone call really made a difference. "The Logo," as the NBA legend/Warriors executive board member/part owner is informally known, had a phone conversation that lasted approximately 30 minutes with Durant on Saturday. The Warriors had asked Durant if he wanted to talk to West, and he obliged.

Q&A: Thunder GM Sam Presti discusses Kevin Durant's exit

usatoday.com — The Oklahoma City Thunder rolled snake eyes. Try as you might to explain the free agency shocker that was Kevin Durant agreeing to sign with the Golden State Warriors, the truth of the matter is that it was a perfect (Thunder) storm of bad luck.
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Jul 29, 2016

@JCAmick @AminESPN I can't vouch for every Amick, Amin, but it seems like John has made amends here. Up and up, like Amicks do.

Jul 27, 2016

From last night, Kevin Durant has his unofficial Oracle Arena debut with the Warriors and, yep, it's still weird  http://usat.ly/2akUJkb 

Jul 27, 2016

Yep, Kevin Durant to the Warriors still felt weird on Tuesday night - Oracle Arena love fest and all. Reaction here  http://usat.ly/2akUJkb 

Jul 26, 2016

Kevin Durant as Warrior is getting more real by the minute, via Snapchat (sambobamick) https://t.co/okD7cKRGEJ


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