Western Conference teams bolster rosters instead of running from Golden State Warriors

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A look at which NBA players have signed new contracts during this year’s free agency period.
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They went West, looking for a better opportunity and financial prosperity – even though one group, the Golden State Warriors, had all the gold.

Will those explorers perish? Or will they prosper?

The NBA will find out in the 2017-18 season as teams in the Western Conference grow stronger and try to offer a bigger challenge to the Warriors, who swept each opponent in the West playoffs and lost only once during their dominating 16-1 run to their second championship in three seasons.

Early in NBA free agency, the message is this: Players and teams are not running from the Warriors, preferring to compete with them and try to knock them off their perch atop the Western Conference.

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