Former NBA player turned analyst Kendrick Perkins had a lot to say about Kevin Durant and his free agency, discussing how things were different for KD and his former team, the Golden State Warriors, until the last few months of the past year.
Let’s recall that Perkins spent four years playing alongside Durant in the Oklahoma City Thunder from 2011 to 2015, so he must know a thing or two on how the 2x NBA champion thinks. That said, it’s not a surprise that Perkins makes a bold statement saying that the Warriors had the “upper hand” in Durant’s free agency until November 2018.
The former Boston Celtics star claimed he had the chance to speak privately to Durant about his decision, and shared during a Friday appearance on KNBR’s Murph & Mac show that KD’s choice to move to the Brooklyn Nets was decided months in advance.
“If you look at KD’s situation as far as him signing with Brooklyn, we all know he that had been talking to Kyrie [Irving] throughout the season,” Perkins said. “We all know they are great friends. When he decided, in my opinion, when I saw Kyrie had left his agency to go with Roc Nation and then I saw Kyrie had committed to Brooklyn. It was a no-brainer to me that KD was going. He was already out there in New York.”
“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.
The incident took place during a game against the Los Angeles Clippers, where Green and Durant engaged in a heated on-court argument that continued to the locker room. Green reportedly called Durant a b#tch and dared him to leave in free agency, which Durantula did eventually.
“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,” Perkins said. “I think he handled it well as far as how he went out there and competed at a high level and put his body on the line for the Warriors. I don’t think he ever bounced back from those words.”
That moment surely impacted Durant’s tenure at the Bay and now we see the consequences of that spat. KD has left to Brooklyn and the Warriors found themselves in a not so good position ahead of next season.
Basketball is a passionate sport and sometimes that passion can take players to destroy something great thanks to the words they say during the heat of a game.