Andre Iguodala says 'It must be fun' playing with Kevin Durant

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By now, everybody knows the Golden State Warriors squeezed past the Oklahoma City Thunder in seven games in the Western Conference Finals to set up a showdown with the Cleveland Cavaliers for the Larry O'Brien trophy.

What is still a mystery to all is where Kevin Durant will play his basketball next year.

The Thunder forward didn't give too much away in the press conference that followed the 88-96 game seven loss; clearly the pain of coming up short was an overriding emotion for the 2014 MVP.

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Along with Russell Westbrook, Durant pushed the Warriors to the brink of elimination when they took a 3-1 series lead over the Dubs. Unfortunately for the third-seeded Thunder, the Splash Bros, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, would rally once again to lead the defending champions to three straight decisive victories.

Andre Iguodala - who won the NBA Finals MVP award last year - also played his part in the dramatic turnaround. Coach Steve Kerr made the call to start Iggy in the second-half of game seven ahead of Harrison Barnes and the 32-year-old's big-game management, coupled with sound defence on KD, was vital to the Golden State W.

The veteran swingman may have come out on top at the Oracle Arena on Monday night, but he still had some words of praise for his worthy adversary on the night.

“He [Durant] made some really tough shots, which is what I expected,” Iguodala said, according to The Mercury News. “He’s a fighter and competitor and fought to the end. It must be fun playing with a guy like that.”

Iggy's comments will no doubt once again spark the speculation that the Warriors will actively pursue Durant this summer.

KD is, without question, one of the biggest names to hit the free market in years, possibly since LeBron James headed to Miami.

As an unrestricted free agent, the small forward can literally land anywhere. If money was his primary motivator, then staying put in Oklahoma is the most lucrative option on the table.

However, if he is looking to capture a championship ring - as is most likely the case - then he will no doubt give serious consideration to the likes of the San Antonio Spurs and indeed, the Warriors, who have both been credited with an interest.

With the rising salary caps, many teams can take an honest run at Durant and give him the max-contract he rightly commands. However, only a few can give him genuine contention right now.

Former Thunder boss, Scott Brooks, is now with the Washington Wizards and that could be appealing to Durant. Perhaps the massive markets in L.A. or New York could also be tempting to the seven-time All-Star, especially given the young core the Lakers now boast.

The Boston Celtics are reportedly a side Durant would like to hear out, too, but on the strength of Iguodala's comments, a sit down with the Warriors might be the most intriguing.

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