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NBA Rumors: Kevin Durant Stopped Talking To Warriors Teammates During The Season

(via the Cauldron)

(via the Cauldron)

When Kevin Durant joined the Golden State Warriors, it was very much the start of a new era for him. No longer was he the same guy who gave that heart-warming MVP speech a few years ago, no longer was the underdog hero of the NBA.

He was the enemy, he was the traitor, he was weak. These sorts of tags were being thrown at him all throughout his tenure in Golden State, but he and his Warriors teammates grew closer because of it.

Despite his wars on social media and the hate that ensued around him, the former MVP seemed to be enjoying his time with the Warriors, growing in closeness to Steph, Draymond, and Klay.

Towards the end, however, something may have changed. In a story by Yahoo! Sports Chris Haynes, Durant grew "detached" from his teammates in one stretch during the 2018-19 season.

"There was a point with Kevin Durant when he just stopped talking to his teammates," Haynes said during an appearance on Fox Sports' "The Herd with Colin Cowherd." "He was really on an island and didn't have somebody that he was close with on that team. The only person he was close with was Quinn Cook, because they're from the same area. But Quinn is a younger guy that doesn't have much clout within the franchise."

This stretch, according to Haynes, took place shortly after Durant's incident with Draymond Green.

"After the Draymond stuff went down and then the New York Knicks chatter started going haywire, Durant just stopped talking," Haynes said. "He felt like if he said something, it would give a lot of credence to people saying he's only thinking about free agency. You would see Durant leaving the arena by himself and entering the arena by himself and really not speaking to anyone."

"There were a lot of things going on and you could tell everybody knew the writing was on the wall early on that it was going to be his last season on the Warriors."

In his one-on-one with Haynes, KD admitted that he tried to go "deeper" into the game this past season, and committed himself to be the best player he could.

But was his detachment really just dedication to his craft, or was he starting to question how much he really wanted to remain a Warrior?

We will likely never know the answer, but it seems Durant's departure was well in the works before he made his decision public in early June. The bond and closeness he had built with the team seem to have taken a bit of a hit in the months leading up to his departure.