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Report: Amid massive roster changes, Warriors will keep Shaun Livingston in place

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Harrison Barnes? Gone. Andrew Bogut? Gone. Festus Ezeli? Gone. Leandro Barbosa and Marreese Speights? Gone.

The Warriors had to get rid of a lot of the depth that was one of their strengths to make room for Kevin Durant on their roster — which is still the right move, he’s Kevin freakin’ Durant. But there’s a price to pay.

One guy who is not going anywhere? Shaun Livingston. Marc Spears of The Undefeated had the details for ESPN.

The decision to retain Livingston had actually been made prior to Durant’s announcement on The Players’ Tribune on Monday. By remaining on the Warriors’ roster as of June 30, Livingston’s remaining $5.8 million became fully guaranteed for next season. The Warriors informed Livingston about their decision to keep him for next season on Monday morning.

Livingston averaged 6.3 points and 3.0 assists primarily as Stephen Curry‘s backup this past season, his second with the Warriors.

The Warriors essentially had to choose between Livingston and Ezeli at that roster price and they went with Livingston, who played a key role in keeping Curry’s minutes in check. The Warriors prioritized players that would fit with the small ball lineups they will roll out most of the time. They filled in the bigs with a $2.9 million contract for Zaza Pachulia.

It’s good to see Livingston, who has seen the ultimate highs and lows in his NBA career, be so highly thought of. That said, a year from now — when Durant opts out to get a new max deal from the Warriors, plus they need to max out Curry — different decisions may be made.

NBA players react to Kevin Durant heading to Golden State

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The NBA world was turned on its head on the Fourth of July.

Kevin Durant announced he was joining the Warriors, and NBA Twitter exploded. Reactions ran from fans ranged from anger to joy — depending on the fan base — but mostly there was shock. Golden State just assembled the best shooting team in NBA history (they arguably had that already) and the team with 73 wins last season looks like the team to beat for a title now.

NBA players had a lot of those same reactions on Twitter.

Detroit’s Michael Gbinije out of summer league with sprained ankle

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AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) Detroit Pistons rookie Michael Gbinije will miss the rest of summer league with a sprained right ankle.

Gbinije, a 6-foot-7 guard drafted in the second round last month by the Pistons, was hoping to play in the Olympics for Nigeria. It’s not clear how this injury might affect those plans; a spokesman for the Pistons said Monday the only thing that’s been determined is that Gbinije will miss the remainder of the Orlando summer league.

Gbinije averaged 17.5 points a game as a senior at Syracuse and helped the Orange to a Final Four appearance this year.

Of course, some Thunder fans are burning Durant jerseys

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Has the burning of jerseys become a cliche?

From the second Kevin Durant announced that he was taking his talents to the Bay Area — although he phrased it better than that — we knew that people would be burning his jersey in Oklahoma City. It just feels like a “look at me” move to get retweets/shares/likes now rather than an act of true passion. Maybe we’ve just seen it too much.

But if you want to look, here are a few people burning Durant jerseys. We start with the guy wearing questionable shorts who made sure to do it safely in a fire pit (and nice Adirondack chairs, those look good).

If you look around social media, it’s not hard to find more. Have at it.

Report: Knicks near deal with Brandon Jennings

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The Knicks have their backup for Derrick Rose — or starter if he can’t stay healthy.

Brandon Jennings apears headed to Madison Square Garden.

We don’t know the financials yet, but this makes sense as a deal for both sides. Jennings may be a better fit for how Jeff Hornacek wants to play than Rose.