Monday Kevin Durant shook up the internet with his decision to sign with the Golden State Warriors in free agency. Golden State immediately became heavy Vegas favorites to win the NBA title in 2017 after landing Durant, now loaded with a big four. The Warriors currently have three of the top 12 scorers in the league from last season and the last three NBA MVPs on their team. NBA analysts, players and fans all took to social media to weigh in on KD’s decision and most of it was pure shock whether good or bad. However, there was also a lot of hate aimed at Durant, mainly from heartbroken Oklahoma City Thunder fans who are all currently burning Durant Jerseys for their 4th of July fireworks. Not to mention some league-wide saltiness directed at Golden State over their latest power move.
David Eugene Chappelle… Start planning the next Player Haters Ball
— Andre Iguodala (@andre) July 4, 2016
The game has really changed. #happy4thofjuly
— Damian Lillard (@Dame_Lillard) July 4, 2016
Russ about to avg a triple double with 30 😂😂
— CJ McCollum (@CJMcCollum) July 4, 2016
— Jeremy Lin (@JLin7) July 4, 2016
— Evan Fournier (@EvanFourmizz) July 4, 2016
Welp now we know there’s one illegal team on 2k..
— Spencer Dinwiddie (@SDinwiddie_25) July 4, 2016
To sum up today’s events, Bob Meyers and Steve Kerr have won free agency and anyone who isn’t a Warriors fan is not very impressed. It didn’t take long after the Durant move for other free agency dominoes to fall. Former Warriors Andrew Bogut and Harrison Barnes were the next pieces to move both going to the Dallas Mavericks. The Warriors traded Bogut to gain cap space by eliminating the $11 million dollars they owed him in exchange for a future second-round draft pick, while Barnes’ right were released by Golden state making him an unrestricted free agent. Barnes signed a four-year max deal with the Mavericks worth $94 million dollars.
Now that the Warriors have their man, they must begin to reshape their roster. As of now, their strength in numbers motto is looking a lot like strength in starters. But when your starting five includes the last two league MVPs there is a lot less a bench needs to account for. Of course, Meyers and the rest of the Warriors front office will build their roster accordingly, but the Warriors team that revolutionized the game of basketball and introduced it to new fans all over the world will look a lot different come next season.