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The Golden State Warriors’ 2018-19 season took a devastating turn in the NBA Finals when the team not only lost the series, but saw Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson go down with long-term injuries.
Next season’s opening night roster is probably going to look very different than the team’s 15-man 2019 playoff roster, since a number of high-profile players are set to enter free agency, and others are mulling retirement.
The impending free agencies of Durant and Thompson are the biggest storylines this offseason, and are complicated by the injuries the two sustained during the NBA Finals. Durant ruptured his Achilles tendon in Game 5 and is not expected to play at all next year, and Thompson tore his left ACL in Game 6 and is reportedly expected to be out until possibly February or March of 2020, if he plays at all.
Sources told The Chronicle’s Connor Letourneau that the Warriors plan on offering max contracts to both Durant and Thompson, and Klay’s father Mychal said there’s “no question” his son returns to the Warriors.
Durant’s situation is a little murkier, but Warriors fans should finally have some clarity soon, after months of endless speculation about his summer plans.
There are more Warriors with uncertain futures beyond just Durant and Thompson, however, as Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston have hinted at retirement, and a host of young players, including Kevon Looney, Quinn Cook and Jordan Bell, are set to hit free agency.
Click through the slideshow above to see which Warriors will and won’t be back for the 2019-2020 season.
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