Kevin Durant will be looking to embrace free agency come the 2019-20 NBA season. Durant made the smart move to the Warriors from OKC, winning two back to back titles and also claiming the finals MVP in both those years.
KD is now approaching free agency and might be looking for a new challenge elsewhere, especially if Warriors win a 3rd consecutive NBA title.
The impending free agency is already a problem in the Warriors locker room, as depicted by the KD-Draymond feud that broke out on the court a few weeks ago.
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A lot of franchises are interested in securing the services of KD, with Knicks and Lakers leading the race.
However, his move to Lakers could have hit a roadblock following his comments on playing with LeBron.
A few weeks back, KD had said that the environment around LeBron is pretty toxic for any other superstar to exist. KD’s reasoning was that the media hooplah around LeBron is sometimes too much for another superstar to take.
Now, LeBron has responded to KD’s statements by saying that he was a little pissed when he first heard about KD’s statements.
“I was a little pissed off when I first heard it — to be honest. I didn’t know where it stemmed from. So I was pissed, my family was pissed, and my friends was pissed.” LeBron said.
“We just didn’t know why, at this point and time in the season, my name or what I’ve done in my career was kind of talked about like that. I don’t feel like it’s ever been toxic around me. And when I hear “toxic,” I automatically thought, “toxic” is like you don’t wanna be around that because it’s almost like a fatal disease.
“But got a phone call from KD. We talked about it. He mentioned how he felt and how he felt the story took a twist. And as a man, I don’t hold on to things too long.
I’m too happy in my life right now, and I don’t hold on to anything that will take away from my happiness. … Listen, he told me how he felt, and he apologized on how it came out. And I said, All right. We moved on from there.” he added.
Kevin Durant was in conversation with Yahoo Sports, where he spoke about free agency and how he is looking to stack up money during that time.
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“I just want to make sure I get as much money as I can on my next deal, so I can stack up my money and figure it out,” Durant said.
KD also confirmed that this time he wanted to be in charge of his destiny and dictate the environment he wants to be in.
“I want to dictate the environment that I want to be in,” Durant said.
“You can’t give me the bells and whistles. I would rather see what you do on a day-to-day basis. That stuff really doesn’t impress me.
“I just want to see if you’re a real person, if you are going to hold people accountable every day. Are we all coming to work and enjoying basketball every day? Yeah, that’s exactly what I’m getting here [with the Warriors].” he added.