Carmelo Anthony weighs in on Kevin Durant joining Warriors
Carmelo Anthony understands why Kevin Durant opted to join the Golden State Warriors over other options, including his own New York Knicks. But Anthony did mention that he spent some time with his Olympic teammateahead of Durant making his decision.
The meetings between NBA superstars occurred in late June before the start of the free agency period, about the same time the U.S. Men’s Olympic Basketball Team was about to be formally introduced.
Anthony said he knew Durant was meeting with Golden State and that everyone should be happy with how things played out because Durant is “at peace with that decision.”
The Knicks ultimately did not take part in the weekend wooing session Durant had in the Hamptons ahead of his free agency decision. But the Knicks later claimed that any meeting between them and Durant would have been to set the stage for next season, should Durant opt to become a free agent again after the 2016-17 campaign.
Knicks general manager Steve Mills stated at the time that this was due to the team not meeting Durant’s criteria for being a championship-caliber squad going into next season.
Anthony added during his comments this week that the ins and outs of why or why not the Knicks met with Durant matters little.
“I don’t want to get into all of that as far as not meeting with us or meeting with us,” Anthony said, via the New York Post. “I don’t want to get into all those details. We talked. Me and him talked. We were in constant communication. We were together. And he made his decision. Anybody to judge that is wrong. He made a decision based on what he felt was good for himself at this time of his career and he made that.’’
Should the Knicks take a significant step forward next season — in large part due to the acquisitions of Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah and Courtney Lee, along with the anticipated improvement of Kristaps Porzingis — perhaps New York will be a viable option for Durant should he decide to explore free agency again after next season.
But given Durant’s apparent aversion to the entire process, perhaps there won’t be another free-for-all similar to the stressful weekend Durant just endured in the Hamptons after next season.