Warriors GM on Kevin Durant: 'I didn't think it was going to happen'

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The NBA world is still in a degree of shock after Kevin Durant signed for the Golden State Warriors in free agency.

The Dubs were already a team that had won a record-setting 73 games last term and came within one game of lifting the Larry O'Brien trophy for the second year in a row.

But, with the addition of the third highest scorer last season from the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Oakland franchise now has Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and KD - all of whom are current All-Stars - as four of their starting five.

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Golden State's general manager Bob Myers sat down with and explained the process of recruiting the 27-year-old small forward.

"First of all, we weren't entirely sure if we were going to get a meeting or what was going to happen," Myers said. "You see the speculation, but we didn't know anything. We didn't have much time.

"We prepared as if being asked. I forget when it was actually set. But our philosophy was and is just be who we are and if he likes us that's great and if he doesn't that's OK too."

Of course, it would have been OK if Durant had decided Golden State were not for him. Steve Kerr's troops had coped just fine without him for the past few years.

Myers conceded the Dubs would have been happy with any decision KD came to, but still weren't fully prepared for the 2014 MVP to say yes.

"It was almost one of those situations where I felt good either way, but clearly getting a player of his caliber was the best result," Myers admitted. "I just never actually prepared for that outcome emotionally. I just didn't. I didn't think it was going to happen.

"If he said no, we would have immediately probably kept the same team together."

Andrew Bogut and Harrison Barnes have departed the Oracle Arena in order to make room for Durantula and they were necessary cuts.

Regarding their pitch, Myers insists the marketing aspect of the talks was minuscule compared to the basketball elements.

Myers said: "We talked about that for one percent of the meeting. It was, 'Here's our team, here's our coach. Do you have any questions?' In my experience, players make decisions because they want to win."

Are the Warriors better off with Durant? Or is their chemistry in danger?

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