Kevin Durant intends to be ‘transparent’ about impending free agency
Kevin Durant will become a free agent at the conclusion of the 2018-19 NBA season. Understanding full well that he is about to endure endless questioning about his plans throughout the season, the Golden State Warriors superstar recently stated the only thing he intends to be “transparent” when fielding such inquiries.
“Just be honest,” Durant told ESPN’s Nick Friedell. “I was honest with my decision, but just like outwardly if people ask me about it, don’t be ashamed to talk about why I decided to move teams and switch teams because it’s not the end of the world. I didn’t do anything against the law, you know what I’m saying? That’s what I thought happened the first time.”
Durant of course has an abundance of experience navigating such situations. His impending free agency loomed large throughout his eighth and final season with the Oklahoma City Thunder culminating with a decision to join the Warriors in the summer of 2016..
“I dealt with it before,” Durant said. “I just try to be as honest as I can. I’m not going to tell people what I’m thinking. … Some days I think about my free agency, some days I don’t. Some days I think about what my future looks like, some days I don’t. I’m just human. That’s just natural for me. But I can’t sit down and talk to people about it because I want to keep playing, I want to focus on the season.
“So I know the questions are going to come. I know a lot of people are going to speculate and print rumors and sources, but nobody’s heard from me about anything, so it’s just all speculation at this point.”
It goes without saying Durant endured significant backlash by joining the Warriors, a move he has continued to defend as recently as this past summer.
Durant seems to be more comfortable in his own skin now, even claiming over the summer he was a “phony” in OKC and is showcasing the “real me” with the Warriors. How that plays into this season’s unending free agency discussions remains to be seen.