Dan Feldman

Celtics owner: I believe Celtics, not Thunder, were runner-up to Warriors for Kevin Durant

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Kevin Durant chose the Warriors over the Thunder.

Or did he choose the Warriors over the Celtics?

Celtics co-owner Wyc Grousbeck, via CSN New England:

I know we were close. I’ve got to say — this is just for me. This is not me trying to convince anybody else of anything or that. But just as I walk around by myself thinking, I think we were in the final two teams. I’m not even sure he was going back to OKC. Maybe so.

Durant certainly seemed intrigued by the Celtics, reportedly giving them a road map to becoming even more desirable. Boston luring Al Horford couldn’t have hurt.

But I dunno. Though he has insight into Durant’s process, Grousbeck obviously isn’t an objective source. He has incentive to boost perception of the Celtics — to sell fans and future free agents.

Maybe Durant will someday reveal more about his thinking during free agency. Right now, as much as he says he’s OK with the backlash, it’d be too hurtful to tell Oklahoma City that the Thunder didn’t even come in second.

That creates space for Grousbeck to share a narrative, true or not, that fits his agenda.

Report: Warriors re-signing Ian Clark

OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 02:  Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors jokingly poses for a photo taken by Ian Clark #21 in the second half of Game 1 of the 2016 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on June 2, 2016 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Kevin Durant, Zaza Pachulia, David West — the Warriors have drawn an abundance of outside talent.

Now, they’re retaining one of their own.

Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports:

Golden State could offer only a minimum contract after renouncing Clark to clear room for Durant. That’s good value for the 25-year-old, who potentially could have gotten slightly more elsewhere.

Clark is a good 3-point shooter who played 8.8 minutes per game 66 games, starting once, last season. With Brandon Rush‘s exit contributing to the Warriors’ depleted depth, Clark could join their regular rotation next season as a shooting specialist off the bench.

Of course, Golden State will still eye an upgrade for that role.

LeBron James tweets about Philando Castile, Alton Sterling, Dallas police offers

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 26:  LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers looks on during the game against the New York Knicks during their game at Madison Square Garden on March 26, 2016 in New York City.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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LeBron James, no stranger to social activism, tweeted about the latest killings that have rocked the country:

Solution are more difficult to find, but LeBron is doing something: Using his platform to bring attention to Philando Castile, Alton Sterling and Dallas police offers.

Stephen Curry’s wife, Ayesha, regrets calling NBA ‘rigged’

OAKLAND, CA - MARCH 26:  Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors and his wife Ayesha attend the Andre Ward fight against Sullivan Barrera in their IBF Light Heavyweight bout at ORACLE Arena on March 26, 2016 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Ayesha Curry says she “didn’t think about the ramifications” when she called the NBA rigged on Twitter after husband Stephen Curry‘s Golden State Warriors lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 6 of the NBA finals.

Curry tells People magazine she regrets the ways she voiced how hurt she was and didn’t mean to offend anyone. She says what she wrote isn’t what she thinks about what her husband does for a living.

Stephen Curry tells the magazine he knows where his wife was coming from and adds that he’s advised her to ignore what people say, because “you’re not going to win any battles on Twitter.”

Ayesha Curry is a popular social media personality with 3.7 million followers on Instagram and 637,000 on Twitter.

Report: Thunder players bothered by Kevin Durant’s relationship with Draymond Green during season

OAKLAND, CA - MAY 30:  Kevin Durant #35 of the Oklahoma City Thunder hugs Draymond Green #23 of the Golden State Warriors after losing 96-88 in Game Seven of the Western Conference Finals during the 2016 NBA Playoffs at ORACLE Arena on May 30, 2016 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Kevin Durant reportedly grew unhappy with Russell Westbrook‘s playing style, contributing to Durant leaving the Thunder for the Warriors.

The frustration might have cut both ways.

Golden State players, led by Draymond Green, recruited Durant all season. That got awkward when Oklahoma City faced the Warriors in the Western Conference finals, especially when Green repeatedly kicked Steven Adams in the groin.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, as transcribed by Ryan Phillips of The Big Lead:

“I know Russell (Westbrook) was bothered by — and some other teammates were too — of, like, there was some knowledge there that Draymond (Green) was in contact with Kevin (Durant) all season long and they’re in a playoff series and I know there was some conversation around the Thunder team of ‘Hey man, this guy kicked Steven Adams in the nuts twice in this series and what are you doing hanging out with this guy? What’s the relationship? We’re trying to beat these guys.’”

I believe Durant was committed to helping the Thunder beat the Warriors in the playoffs. Durant obviously knew free agency was ahead, but he played hard and well throughout the series — though, like his teammates, his production slipped as Oklahoma City dropped the final three games.

But I understand his teammates’ concerns. They can’t get inside Durant’s mind and know his intentions. A cozy relationship with Green can easily be misconstrued — or properly construed! — as a distraction.

Durant opened the door for the questions.

That might have been the best of bad options. It’s unfair to ask Durant to shun a friend because his coworkers object. But the particular issue is how Durant and Green interacted during the conference finals. Many friends have faced each other in the playoffs, and they typically distance themselves during that period.

If Durant kept Green at arm’s length during the conference finals, Durant’s former teammates — while having the right to be upset — probably couldn’t ask for more. If Durant and Green were still outwardly chummy, Westbrook and co. have a more legitimate objection.