WATCH: Kevin Durant goes 1-on-1 with Kevon Looney
The Golden State Warriors may be starting their training camp this Saturday, but Warriors’ forward Kevin Durant and center Kevin Looney have wasted no time in hitting the practice facility, as the pair locked horns in a one-on-one duel today.
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Durant was originally working out with well-known trainer Rich Hines in Los Angeles, when Looney joined the session to get some extra work in.
Looney re-signed with the champion Warriors this off-season for the NBA’s minimum contract, after the front office expressed interest at the end of last season to bring the seven-footer back for this upcoming campaign. It was reported early in free agency Looney was in discussions with the Los Angeles Clippers about a potential deal, but after nothing transpired the Warriors swooped in to bring back the 22-year-old.
Given the contract he signed, the defending champions have brought back Looney for a bargain, especially when considering the production, availability and flexibility he gave the roster in the front court last campaign. Now, the UCLA product will be able to continue to develop his skills, and likely see a lot more playing time whilst new recruit DeMarcus Cousins recovers from an achilles injury.
As for Durant, the reigning Finals MVP inked a two-year $61.5 million deal to remain with the organization this summer, that guarantees Durant will stay in the Bay Area for at least one more season. His deal does come with a player option in the second year, permitting him to enter free agency again next off-season, but by signing his flexible extension, it enables the 29-year-old to sign to be eligible for the veteran supermax extension starting in 2019, which would allow him to sign with the Warriors for over $40 million more than any other franchise can offer him over five seasons.
Needless to say, head coach Steve Kerr and the front office is glad to have both players back and ready to go for this upcoming season. They’re already getting the work in before training camp has even begun in the hopes of three-peating for the first time in franchise history.