Kevin Durant was one of the biggest names in free agency, if not the biggest, while he was looking for a new club last summer. His success came after an extremely successful campaign with Golden State Warriors.
Durant joined the Warriors in 2016 after nine years with Oklahoma City Thunder. Durant’s arrival furthered the Warriors, who were already a strong unit with the likes of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson in the team.
In his first two years, Durant won consecutive Championships and the finals MVP awards. However, last season, Durant missed the finals with an injury. As a result, the Warriors missed out on a three-peat. Despite Durant being a great player, it was Curry that usually got more love from the fans as he was their draft pick.
Kevin Durant needed a new challenge
When Durant expressed his desire to leave the Warriors in 2019, many believed Curry to be the reason. However, in a recent appearance on 95.7 The Game, Warriors coach Steve Kerr did not believe so.
“I just think that Kevin accomplished here, everything he set out to,” Kerr said. “He reached the point in his career where he wanted something different. Simple as that”.
“There were details in there and then some drama and all that, but that’s just life.”
“I just think that Kevin accomplished here, everything he set out to. He reached the point in his career where he wanted something different. Simple as that.”
“Yeah, there were details in there and then some drama and all that but that’s just life.”
– Steve Kerr on Kevin Durant pic.twitter.com/4V1yuIxi2A
— 95.7 The Game (@957thegame) April 17, 2020
Durant joined Brooklyn Nets last summer, who also signed Kyrie Irving in an attempt to make their roster Championship quality. However, Durant is yet to play for the Nets owing to an injury that he suffered last season.
Durant is, unfortunately, also a victim of the coronavirus that is currently plaguing the world. As the league remains inactive, Durant’s manager Rich Kleiman recently updated the four-time NBA scoring champion’s condition.
Kleiman said that even if the league is set for a late restart, they did not think of Durant possibly returning this season.