Thursday's Warriors Links: Kevin Durant press conference today at 1 p.m.

Warriors lose Leandro Barbosa, Brandon Rush; others wait in wings: On the eve of the Warriors shifting the landscape of the NBA with the signing of Kevin Durant, opponents started dialing in on the Warriors’ free agents Wednesday. Brandon Rush, one of the Warriors’ eight free agents, agreed to terms with the Timberwolves on a one-year, $3.5 million deal, and Leandro Barbosa took a two-year, $8 million deal with Phoenix. The camps of free agents Ian Clark and Festus Ezeli, who had a meeting with Portland, said they’re receiving lots of interest, and possible minimum-contract signees David Lee and Ray Allen are talking to a number of teams. -- San Francisco Chronicle

Barbosa leaving Warriors for Suns: Leandro Barbosa is heading back to Phoenix. ... Barbosa spent the first seven years of his career with Phoenix and returned to play 20 games for the Suns in 2013-14. He averaged in double figures in scoring four times during his Suns career, including a career-high 18.1 per game in 2006-07 when he was the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year. -- Bay Area News Group

It's official: Kevin Durant joins Warriors: The dream is official: Kevin Durant is a Warrior. The team announced it will introduce the former Oklahoma City Thunder star at a 1 p.m. press conference on Thursday, the first day teams are allowed to sign free agents. The league's moratorium period ended at 12:01 p.m. Eastern time and the Warriors were expected to have Durant formally sign his contract Thursday. -- Bay Area News Group

Analysis: With Durant, Warriors will be different, but better: The Takeover has been a staple of the Warriors’ rise in recent years, with Steph Curry or Klay Thompson or Draymond Green going nuclear to put his stamp on a moment or a quarter to bury an opponent. It’s part of The Show that is the Warriors. It’s the highlight. Fans jamming themselves into Oracle Arena do so as much to glimpse The Takeover as to experience the victory that follows, much as a boxing crowd yearns not to see a decision but to witness a knockout. -- CSN Bay Area