While they are still at the top of the standings in the Western Conference, the Golden State Warriors are being forced to work through some early season issues which have spilled over into the locker room following Draymond Green’s vulgar confrontation of two-time NBA Finals MVP Kevin Durant.
Shortly after the incident between the two, an anonymous member of the Warriors’ roster spoke with Marcus Thompson of The Athletic and offered up a rather concerning opinion for anyone who is a Golden State fan as they believe that this verbal altercation between the two could be what ultimately pushes Durant to join another team once he is eligible to enter free agency come the summer of 2019.
“With what was said, there is already no way Durant is coming back,” one player said. “The only hope is that they can say this summer, ‘See, KD. We’ve got your back. We protected you from Draymond.’ ”
Even though it is certainly possible that he was muttering something else to himself after leaving the huddle following their confrontation, Durant appeared to say “that’s why I’m out” as he returned to the floor for overtime in their loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday night.
With this news, coupled with the reports that Warriors players have little interest in actively recruiting Durant back to the team this summer should he opt out of his contract and enter free agency as many expect, the rumblings that this could be Durant’s final run in the Bay Area will only get louder and louder as the season moves forward.