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CLEVELAND, OH - JUNE 10:  James Michael McAdoo #20 of the Golden State Warriors and Kyrie Irving #2 of the Cleveland Cavaliers reach for the ball during the first half in Game 4 of the 2016 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on June 10, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. 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 Larry W. Smith - Pool/Getty Images)
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Report: Warriors re-sign James Michael McAdoo

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The Warriors are keeping some of the band together.

After breaking up its roster to sign Kevin Durant, Golden State is re-signing a couple players.

First, Ian Clark.

Now, James Michael McAdoo.

Marc J. Spears of ESPN:

Golden State renounced McAdoo to sign Durant, so this is a minimum deal.

The Warriors like the 23-year-old McAdoo. They even gave him key minutes in Games 4 and 5 of the Finals.

He’s an athletic power forward with some raw skills, but he hasn’t put them all together yet. Golden State will get a chance to keep developing him.

Thunder’s Mitch McGary suspended five games for violating NBA’s drug policy

DALLAS, TX - MARCH 16:  Mitch McGary #33 of the Oklahoma City Thunder at American Airlines Center on March 16, 2015 in Dallas, Texas.  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 Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

A drug violation sent Mitch McGary to the NBA.

Another one will prevent him from beginning next season with the Thunder.

NBA release:

The NBA announced today that Mitch McGary of the Oklahoma City Thunder has been suspended without pay for five games for violating the terms of the NBA/NBPA Anti-Drug Program.  McGary’s suspension will begin with the next NBA regular season game that he is eligible and physically able to play.

A third marijuana violation would trigger a five-game suspension.

The NBA shouldn’t test and punish players for using marijuana, which is legal in multiple states and similar enough to alcohol that the hypocrisy of drug laws are glaring. Perhaps, the players union will take that up in Collective Bargaining Agreement negotiations.

But, in the meantime, McGary failed to follow his own advice.

Report: Thunder not putting Russell Westbrook in trade talks in short term

OAKLAND, CA - MAY 30:  Russell Westbrook #0 of the Oklahoma City Thunder walks off the court after being defeated 96-88 by the Golden State Warriors 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 Robert Reiners/Getty Images)
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Now that Kevin Durant has signed with the Warriors, what will the Thunder do with Russell Westbrook?

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports on The Herd:

I know this: They will not, in the short term here, be putting him out in trade talks.

Thunder general manager Sam Presti said he planned to take a few days after Durant’s exit to evaluate his options. Perhaps, that’s why Westbrook isn’t being shopped. Maybe Presti is just trying to create leverage and drive up offers.

Or maybe Oklahoma City actually plans to keep Westbrook, who will become an unrestricted free agent next summer.

The Thunder’s biggest selling point was always going to be competing for championships, but with Durant gone, that’s out the window. The ability to offer Westbrook more money probably won’t be enough to re-sign him.

I’d offer Westbrook a renegotiation and extension. In the likely event he turns that down, I’d trade him for the best package I could get before the season.

Westbrook’s expiring contract will give him say in the process. Teams will be reluctant to give up much unless he pledges to re-sign. But there should be more than enough Westbrook-approved teams that can also build a worthy trade package.

If Oklahoma City waits until the season begins, it will only lose leverage. A full season of Westbrook and the inside track to re-signing him is more valuable than a partial season of Westbrook and the inside track to re-signing him. Westbrook can put some teams over the top toward their goals, and they’ll prefer to have him all year.

Westbrook probably can’t lead the Thunder, who’ve won 10 playoff series in the past six years, to a satisfying season. They’re just too accustomed to greater accomplishments.

I believe Westbrook is committed to helping Oklahoma City as long as he’s there. I’m sure he’s embracing taking full control of this team this season.

But if the Thunder equate that with him desiring to re-sign, they’re making a mistake. Better to get what they can for him now before it’s too late.

Carmelo Anthony calls on athletes to take political action, stop worrying about endorsements

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 11:  Co-founder of Melo7 Tech Partners Carmelo Anthony speaks onstage during TechCrunch Disrupt NY 2016 at Brooklyn Cruise Terminal on May 11, 2016 in New York City.  (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for TechCrunch)
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LeBron James tweeted to raise awareness and call for peace after the tragic deaths of Philando Castile, Alton Sterling and Dallas police offers.

Carmelo Anthony wants LeBron and other athletes to go further.

Anthony on his personal website:

First off let me start off by saying ” All Praise Due To The Most High.” Secondly, I’m all about rallying, protesting, fighting for OUR people. Look I’ll even lead the charge, By Any Means Necessary. We have to be smart about what we are doing though. We need to steer our anger in the right direction. The system is Broken. Point blank period. It has been this way forever. Martin Luther King marched. Malcolm X rebelled. Muhammad Ali literally fought for US. Our anger should be towards the system. If the system doesn’t change we will continue to turn on the TVs and see the same thing. We have to put the pressure on the people in charge in order to get this thing we call JUSTICE right. A march doesn’t work. We tried that. I’ve tried that. A couple social media post/tweet doesn’t work. We’ve all tried that. That didn’t work. Shooting 11 cops and killing 5 WILL NOT work. While I don’t have a solution, and I’m pretty sure a lot of people don’t have a solution, we need to come together more than anything at this time. We need each other. These politicians have to step up and fight for change. I’m calling for all my fellow ATHLETES to step up and take charge. Go to your local officials, leaders, congressman, assemblymen/assemblywoman and demand change. There’s NO more sitting back and being afraid of tackling and addressing political issues anymore. Those days are long gone. We have to step up and take charge. We can’t worry about what endorsements we gonna lose or whose going to look at us crazy. I need your voices to be heard. We can demand change. We just have to be willing to. THE TIME IS NOW. IM all in. Take Charge. Take Action. DEMAND CHANGE. Peace7 #StayMe7o

Kevin Durant on repeating free agency due to 1+1 contract: ‘I don’t want to go through that again’

OAKLAND, CA - JULY 07:  Kevin Durant speaks to the media during the press conference where he was introduced as a member of the Golden State Warriors after they signed him as a free agent on July 7, 2016 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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The Warriors have Kevin Durant.

For one year.

Durant signed a two-year contract with a player option, likely sending him into 2017 free agency.

Tim Kawakami of Talking Points:

Q: You signed a 1 + 1. Obviously things can change, but are you committed to this team no matter what?

-DURANT: Yeah, I plan on being here. I plan… I don’t want to go through that again. I plan on being here. I’m committed.

I believe Durant intends to re-sign with the Warriors. But a lot can happen in the next year. Though the contract was probably primarily about maximizing earnings, its structure opens the possibility of an early exit.

There’s no reason to fret about that now, but Durant’s deal still creates complications.

Durant will make $27,734,405 in 2017-18 if he opts in. His max salary on a new contract projects to be $33.5 million. The most Golden State can pay him without using cap space is $31,848,120.

The Warriors should have no problem giving Durant and Stephen Curry max deals next summer. But the exact cap line could determine whether there’s enough money left for Andre Iguodala.

Of course, this is based on a system that could change if either the owners or players opt out of the current Collective Bargaining Agreement. Durant’s deal just adds to the uncertainty facing the Warriors.

But as long as he stays committed to re-signing, they’ll figure out the rest.