For the first time since perhaps his arrival, Kevin Durant looks like a true member of the Warriors. Though his Achilles tear was a tragic and unfortunate way to end his season, he put his body on the line and risked everything for the Warriors -- a sentiment they will not quickly forget.
The feeling around the league regarding the future of the 10x All-Star has changed dramatically in the hours following his injury (and Golden State's loss). The Warriors owe it to him to see to it he is secured for life, and KD will no doubt strongly consider staying, given the circumstances.
But in a rather shocking revelation, Ric Bucher went on the airwaves on and explained to us all why we shouldn't be so quick to dismiss the notion of Durant signing elsewhere this summer.
“I’m told Kevin Durant is out of the hospital, moved into a hotel for the time being in the New York area and him and Kyrie have met and have continued to discuss playing together next season. KD has moved all his stuff and will spend his summer in New York… Every indication says KD is making plans to be elsewhere because obviously Kyrie will not be joining the Warriors any time soon.”
So, according to Bucher, not only is Durant out of the hospital, but he has already moved on to New York for the summer where he apparently also plans to stay for the next couple of months as he rehabs from his injury. He has also allegedly been in contact with Kyrie, who he continues to have conversations with about the possibility of pairing up.
It is almost unbelievable that KD would consider leaving now. But after all this, and Golden State's inevitable dive downward, if the Knicks or Nets offer Durant a full four-year max deal in July, who is to say he would say no?