"Kobe [Bryant], M.J. (Jordan), LeBron, Kareem [Abdul-Jabbar], those dudes drive me, they push me every day to get to that level, to that standard and I want to be able to sit back and talk to them about basketball one day", Durant said.
"Sometimes you don't negotiate".
Durant, who turns 30 in September, could ink a four-year deal in July.
"I feel vulnerable all the time", Warriors general manager Bob Myers said Monday.
In the wake of the Warriors' sweep of the Cavaliers, resulting in Kevin Durant's second Finals MVP award in as many seasons with Golden State, more than a few fans are complaining about the fact that he chose to join Stephen Curry and Co.in free agency.
I told one of them dudes from the Cavs - after the game he tried to shake my hand, I said, 'Tristan we ain't cut the same'. Right from the beginning, he was trolling just with his T-shirt, which poked fun at LeBron James, and continued a tradition from a year ago. I just want him to sign a deal. I want him to be happy and want him to know we want him as long as he wants to be here. He's earned that, to kind of lay out the terms.More news: Government forced to climbdown to avoid Brexit vote defeat
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Green showed up to the parade in a shirt that trolled LeBron James. Durant has pledged to come back, but the futures of Zaza Pachulia, David West, JaVale McGee, and Nick Young are in flux.
Warriors head coach Steve Kerr was asked about West's quote on Monday, and downplayed the idea that anything insane was going on behind the scenes.
But signing older guys - whether that be ones who were on the team this past year or a new batch of ring chasers - is still something the Warriors need to do this offseason.
Since he famously took roughly $10 million less than he could have in order to keep the team's core in tact last summer, he might want to capitalize by signing the four-year deal with approximately $160 million that the Warriors can offer him. "That's the beauty. I'd hate to say, "Man, I don't want to do this, do that" when I'm done playing".
The Warriors will have seven free agents this summer.