(via Sports Illustrated)

When Kevin Durant first joined the Warriors, the world exploded with disbelief and anger. The NBA’s newest dynasty had just gotten stronger, and Durant left his home team to make it happen.

Interestingly, just three years later, the 2x Finals MVP decided to pack up and move ship after a successful tenure with the franchise. And while most are questioning the motives behind his abrupt departure, ESPN’s Stephen A Smith insists that he never planned on staying in the first place.

(via Bill Simmons’ podcast with The Ringer)

“He wanted to go there, win a couple of rings and then move on,” said Smith. “Golden State was never a permanent situation for him from my understanding. That was never going to be the case. He always had intentions to leave because he knew that would never be his.”

Golden State was simply a transition phase for Durant, who went to win rings, forge his legacy, and build his resume as an All-Time great. In three short years, he did just that.

In Brooklyn, KD will be doing something new. He will play with friends, he will play in a city ready to embrace him, he will play free.

As he continues his Achilles tear recovery, expect the superstar forward to embrace the new chapter of his storied career.

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