Kevin Durant left Warriors because fans didn’t appreciate him

Ruben Hill
July 3, 2019

The same can be said for Kawhi Leonard, both the Los Angeles teams are fighting over him.

The Golden State Warriors lost Kevin Durant to the Brooklyn Nets in free agency on Sunday, but they weren't left completely in the dust.

The Warriors reportedly sent Andre Iguodala, along with a first-round pick, to the Grizzlies in order to create cap space to add Russell. There has been a race among both the NY teams for signing in Durant and the frontrunner is always changing. The move raised eyebrows around the league, but the motivations were made more clear by Marc Stein on the Dan Patrick show Monday morning. They just wanted to make sure they didn't see Kevin Durant, arguably the best player in the National Basketball Association when healthy, walk out that door for nothing. They will trade him. "It's just a matter of when". During the official celebration of that title, Golden State General Manager Bob Myers joked that Curry would get more preferential treatment than Durant in contract negotiations because the longer-tenured players had "earned it" by virtue of having "been here from the way-before days". The Achilles' tear also exposed the Warriors as having little depth behind its superstar quartet of Durant, Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green. However, Thompson will miss the bulk of next season after suffering an ACL injury during the 2019 NBA Finals, and Russell can provide the necessary cover.

Durant will join the Nets after the free agency period ends on 6 July with D'Angelo Russell set to head to the Warriors as his replacement.

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