Warriors insider believes Kevin Durant is moving on after season
Kevin Durant’s future with the Golden State Warriors beyond the upcoming season without question lacks any semblance of clarity. But one team insider has the impression that the superstar will move on following the 2018-19 NBA season.
Marcus Thompson, who covers the Warriors for The Athletic made an appearance this week on San Francisco’s KNBR and among the topics addressed is how he sees the Durant situation playing out.
Simply stated, Thompson believes nothing Durant has said or done that indicates he will be back with the Warriors.
“Man, KD out,” Thompson said Tuesday. “I feel like he is gone… It does have that vibe, like, ‘This is it. This could be it right here.’”
Thompson rhetorically asked what would be in it for Durant to stay with the Warriors even if the team pulled off a three-peat.
“Here’s the hard part with KD: we don’t know what he wants,” Thompson said. “I don’t know that he knows what he wants. But I know the Warriors don’t know fully what he wants. Is it a championship, supremacy, is it to be the ace?”
There has been no shortage of rumors, speculation and conjecture concerning what Durant will do after the season. After all, Durant signed a two-year, $61.5 million deal with the Warriors that includes a player option for the 2019-20 season precisely for the flexibility it affords.
Durant knows full well questions about his future will be unending throughout the upcoming campaign. And he has articulated an intention to be “transparent” about his plans, inasmuch as possible. That said, there’s obviously no chance Durant would ever tip his hand, even if he knows what is coming, which presumably he does not.
“It feels like he has gotten everything he could possibly get from the Warriors, and it’s still not 100 percent like he wants to be here,” Thompson said. “If it was like a relationship, like, ‘Look, man. I gave you all I got. You still looking— you might as well just go.’ That’s how it feels.”