For at least two years, Joe Lacob and Bob Myers plotted and planned and hoped and juggled salaries and, yes, believed that the Warriors could land Kevin Durant to create an ultimate NBA dynasty.

They dreamed. They got signs that it was possible over the last few years and months, but just signs. Just glimmers and whispers.

They didn't know it for sure, because nobody knew how Durant would finally decide this, and what the final factors would be.

But the Warriors' top executives always believed they had the most compelling case to this most-prized free agent -- they believed Durant's loyalty to Oklahoma City was powerful, but the best basketball and post-basketball decision would always be the Warriors.