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Warriors’ Bob Myers, Steve Kerr say keeping Kevin Durant part of game plan

San Francisco Chronicle logo San Francisco Chronicle 6/15/2019 By Rusty Simmons

As if it wasn’t clear enough already, Warriors general manager Bob Myers and head coach Steve Kerr doubled down on their desire to keep forward Kevin Durant on Friday.

Durant could leave, bolting for a four-year deal worth about $164 million elsewhere. Or the all-time scoring great could opt into next year’s salary with the Warriors at about $31.5 million while rehabbing the Achilles he ruptured Monday during Game 5 of the NBA Finals or re-up with the team for a five-year maximum contract worth about $221 million.

The latter two options seem just fine by the Warriors’ brass.

“What more could we ask for from him?” Myers said of Durant, who won two NBA Finals MVPs in three seasons with the Warriors. “The guy has been everything that we could have ever dreamed. … We’re lucky to have been around him and hope to keep doing that.”

Dynastic crash? Kerr won championships as a player (three with the Chicago Bulls and two with the San Antonio Spurs), so he knows a thing or five about how hard it is to maintain a dynasty. This season, however, made him “encounter his worst fears.”

“Oh, yeah — by far,” Kerr said. “If you had asked me four or five days ago, I would have said, ‘No, not really.’ Everything that happened up until five days ago was just basketball and people and bumps in the road.

“But, you’re talking about two career-altering injuries to two of your best players in back-to-back Finals games. It’s unheard of. ... You just have to keep moving forward.”

Doctor’s note: In light of the Warriors limping away from an NBA Finals loss with potential NBA landscape-changing injuries to Durant and guard Klay Thompson (anterior cruciate ligament tear) and other bruises, the status of Dr. Rick Celebrini has been questioned.

Myers appeared to be on the verge of laughing about the question regarding the team’s director of sports medicine and science, even as the team hobbled into the offseason with Stephen Curry (finger), Andre Iguodala (calf) and Kevon Looney (chest) ailing.

“Rick is unbelievable. We’re lucky to have him,” Myers said. “Things happen sometimes, and our job is to evaluate everybody, but no. ... He’s competent and experienced.”

Added job: Aaron Miles, head coach of the Warriors’ G League team in Santa Cruz, will coach the franchise’s summer-league team, Kerr said.

Rusty Simmons is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer.

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