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GOLDEN BOY: We're still reeling from the fact that Kevin Durant will join the Warriors. I think things will take a bit to gel, as always, but that once they do Golden State will blow our minds. Marc Spears on how the Warriors recruited Durant. Zach Lowe on what the Warriors will look like. Michael Lee on what the recruiting weekend was about for Durant. Danny Chau writes that this is what "light years ahead" looks like. Glee at Golden State of Mind.


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LAST MAN STANDING: There's another team involved here, though, and it's going to feature one pissed-off Russell Westbrook. (Unless, of course, the Thunder smartly decide to trade him before he becomes an unrestricted free agent in 2017.) Darius Soriano writes that the Lakers should wait until 2017 to work on landing Westbrook.

EULOGY: Bethlehem Shoals with the completely necessary eulogy for one of the most devastating and weird duos in basketball history.

DOMINOES: Once Durant announced his decision, the Mavericks immediately tried to salvage their summer by trading for Andrew Bogut and signing newly unrestricted free agent Harrison Barnes to a maximum deal. Landing Bogut made a certain Georgian center expendable, so the Warriors signed Zaza Pachulia to the mini midlevel. The Durant deal also eliminated Golden State as a destination for Pau Gasol, so he joined the Spurs. Dirk Nowitzki will apparently re-up with the Mavericks for whatever cap space they have left over.

SALTY: Players responded to Durant's decisions pretty much how you'd expect. You'll be unsurprised to learn some folks in OKC handled the news poorly. (Most folks didn't make Vines of themselves handling the news quietly and thoughtfully, of course. You're gonna see the most outlandish, stupid reactions get the most attention.) I thought Jenni Carlson's column in The Oklahoman on how OKC should feel about itself in the wake of Durant's exit was quite good. The writers at Welcome To Loud City react. Lee Jenkins on Durant's exit hushing Loud City. Chris Ryan on where the Thunder go from here.

MORE DEALS: Roy Hibbert to Charlotte for $5 million. (This is unnerving considering how good he was just a few years ago.) Sergio Rodriguez is back in the NBA, joining Philly on a one-year, $8 million deal. The Knicks kept Lance Thomas for $27 million over four years. New York also grabbed Brandon Jennings on a one-year, $5 million contract. Check out the rest of the deals on our Every Deal Tracker.

WE CAN'T HANDLE THIS RIGHT NOW: Tim Duncan is apparently strongly leaning toward retirement.

THE DREW: Very cool piece on the Drew League in L.A., where even legends have to follow the rules if they want to play.

BOOK CLUB! A group of folks at Hardwood Paroxysm are reading Yago Colas' "Ball Don't Lie" this summer. Join them.

Happy Tuesday. See you next time.