For a general manager, the pitching and acquisition of star players can be a major reward or a royal failure, the two separated by the difference of a one-syllable word — yes or no.
The Warriors front office, along with key cogs from the team in Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Andre Iguodala, and Draymond Green, met with Durant in efforts to sell him the idea of having him join them in what would make one of the most potent offenses in history.
Having made his mind, Durant chose to mess with Myers just to see how he’d react — a moment he still remembers clear as day.
“He said, ‘just want to tell you that I appreciate you guys coming out and meeting with me,’ and then he used the word ‘but,'” Myers told ESPN Radio’s Russillo & Kanell. “And I thought, oh man, that’s too bad.”
“But then he said, but I’ve decided to come want to be a Warrior. It was a pretty big pivot of emotion because I thought he was calling for the letdown. And then I asked him later, ‘what were you doing, you totally fumbled that when you told me you were coming’. And he said, ‘I was thinking about messing with you, but then I thought: forget it.'”
While Durant’s attempt at pulling a fast one on Myers wasn’t as smooth as it could’ve been, it’s still a moment the Warriors’ executive remembers fondly.
“Pretty overwhelming emotion,” Myers said. “As far as a work moment, that and winning the championship, those are big moments.”