Kevin Durant faces different issues when he left the Oklahoma City Thunder to join the Western Conference champions, Golden State Warriors.
The 27-year-old small forward revealed that his main reason for joining the Golden State Warriors is to win a championship ring next season. However, many are disappointed with his decision to join Stephen Curry’s team.
Recalling in the recent playoffs, the Thunder almost defeated the Warriors in Western Conference Finals after establishing a 3-1 lead. However, the Warriors managed to bounce back and entered the NBA Finals. The Thunder made a smart move in the 2016 NBA draft night when they traded Serge Ibaka for Magic’s Victor Oladipo, Ersan Ilyasova and Domantas Sabonis.
Many have interpreted this move by the Thunder as a way of pleasing Kevin Durant to stay. Still, the former Thunder superstar chose to follow his heart and join the Golden State Warriors. Durant was asked if Russell Westbrook’s brand of basketball has something to do with his decision but he denied the claim.
Kevin Durant said Russell Westbrook's style of play isn't part of what pushed him away pic.twitter.com/eS8jmut6rq
— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) July 18, 2016
David Aldridge of Turner Sports revealed that Kevin Durant met six NBA teams when the NBA free agency started. Unfortunately, the Los Angeles Lakers were not included despite the franchise history and blossoming young talents.
“I really respect their team, but I think they’re a couple years away from where I want to be,” Durant said when asked about the Lakers, per Kurt Helin of NBC Sports.
Kevin Durant is currently determined to win his first NBA championship and joining a rebuilding team like the Lakers is obviously not an option. Many are expecting that the Lakers will be an attractive destination for superstar free agents after Kobe Bryant decided to retire.
However, it seems like most NBA players now would prefer to join a team with a winning tradition. If the Lakers managed to perform well in the 2016-17 NBA season, there is a possibility of ‘catching a big fish’ in the 2017 NBA free agency.
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