In the weeks leading up to free agency, reports of Kevin Durant's growing interest to depart from the Warriors was made very known to the masses. Yet, for the Warriors, they claim that Durant's decision was a complete mystery to them until the hours leading up to his departure.
“I know there was a lot of speculation about what Kevin was doing,” Warriors GM Bob Myers said, per The Athletic’s Marcus Thompson. “But I wasn’t aware of any finality until I saw him and talked to him.”
Golden State, luckily for them, was able to acquire someone in return for Durant -- 2019 All-Star D'Angelo Russell, who is expected to hold down the fort for them until Klay returns at some point during the upcoming season.
If KD's report is true, however, it suggests a lack of communication between him and his former team. Unless Golden State was in some sort of denial, it's strange to think the media was so quick to declare his destination a week before it happened while the Warriors supposedly remained in the dark about it until moments leading up to his declaration.
Whatever happened between Durant and the Dubs, it appears their relationship began to deteriorate throughout the year.
Now, with the 2x Finals MVP in Brooklyn, he will try to demonstrate to the Warriors that they needed him more than he needed them. Will he succeed?