The Golden State Warriors shocked the world this summer when they signed Kevin Durant to a two-year deal. In a recent interview with former Warriors center Andrew Bogut, he said that the team knew during their 73-win season that Durant is coming to Golden State.
“I think the deal was done long before the summer. I think it was done, obviously, KD didn’t make his concrete decision, but I think our organization knew for a while what was going to happen,” Bogut told Tim MacMahon of ESPN.
“Andre (Iguodala) and I knew it was one of us that was going to go, and it was me. That’s part of the business. I have no gripes about it. You get a Hall of Famer, he’s going to be a Hall of Famer, in KD. If I’m the GM, I do the same deal,” the new Mavericks center added.
The Warriors outbid teams like the Oklahoma City Thunder, Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Clippers and Miami Heat to sign Kevin Durant. Even though it is just a two-year deal with a player option on the first year, Durant is expected to be with the Warriors for a long time and bring multiple championships.
The arrival of the 2014 MVP made 73-win Warriors the favorites to win the 2017 NBA title as he teams up with two-time MVP Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green to form a “Big 4.” However, Golden State has to break up their core of role players.
They traded Andrew Bogut to the Dallas Mavericks with Harrison Barnes joining him there as well. Nevertheless, there seems to be no bad blood with Bogut and the Warriors since they had a great time together that included one title and two NBA Finals berth.
Kevin Durant recently revealed to reporters during the ENCORE Awards at the Stanford Graduate School of Business that he was happy that the Warriors lost the 2016 Finals. He noted that he would not have joined Golden State if they defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers.
“As they lost, it became more and more real every day,” Durant said. “You start to think about it even more. To see if I would fit. Then once I sat down with these guys, everything that I wanted to know about them, they kinda showed me,” Durant said, via ESPN.
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