That general manager, unless it was Bob Myers in the first place, has company.
Chris Broussard of ESPN on Durant:
There are people in Golden State that think they’re getting him.
People in management, and I think some players, too.
Blind optimism? Definitely possible.
Echo-chamber participation? Totally conceivable.
Genuine insight? Also believable.
It’s that last possibility that makes this so intriguing. Durant has reportedly researched the Bay Area, and why shouldn’t that include back-channel talks between his people and the Warriors? Golden State definitely could have legitimate reason to believe Durant is coming.
One reason this is so important: The Warriors don’t have enough cap space to re-sign Durant. What lengths they’ll travel to clear it depends on their perceived odds of signing him.
Whether or not Golden State actually gets Durant – count me in the camp that believes he hasn’t made a decision – this belief he’ll sign with the Warriors could definitely influence the rest of their offseason and maybe even smaller moves before the trade deadline.