After three consecutive trips to the NBA Finals and winning two NBA championship titles, All-Star forward Kevin Durant parted ways with the Golden State Warriors this offseason. Despite strong efforts from the Warriors to convince him to stay, Durant still chose to leave Golden State in the 2019 NBA free agency to team up with Kyrie Irving on the Brooklyn Nets.
Since Kevin Durant made a free-agency decision, several rumors are circulating regarding the real reason why he decided to start a new journey with another team instead of chasing more championship rings with Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green in Golden State. In an appearance on KNBR’s Murph & Mac, Durant’s former teammate Kendrick Perkins revealed that the Warriors had the “upper hand” in signing KD in the 2019 NBA free agency before the controversial incident with Green happened.
“I think win lose or draw, in my opinion, KD already had one foot out the door. I’ve said it a lot, coming into the season I think Golden State had the upper hand but as the season went on and the incident happened with him and Draymond, I don’t think Kevin really bounced back from it,” Perkins said. “Once again you have to applaud KD because he never came out in the media and bashed Draymond about the situation, he never even really responded to Draymond on the court.”