The Golden State Warriors went into panic mode last night by agreeing to sign free agent forward Matt Barnes following the injury to Kevin Durant. In order to sign Barnes, the Warriors plan to sign, then release guard Jose Calderon as a kind gesture, and add Barnes to their roster after that.
ESPN sources tell @ChrisBHaynes and me that Golden State plans to sign veteran swingman Matt Barnes in the wake of the Kevin Durant injury.
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) March 1, 2017
In a late night report from Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical, Woj states that Durant and the Warriors’ inner circle are preparing for an extended absence that could actually total months, not weeks.
Sources: Warriors, Kevin Durant's inner-circle bracing for tough news on KD's knee, awaiting MRI result. Fear is he's out months, not weeks.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) March 1, 2017
Durant, who suffered the injury in the opening minute of the first quarter, had an MRI done late Tuesday evening, something that usually isn’t done right away unless a team fears for the worst. The team is expected to announce the results of those tests on Wednesday morning. The NBA playoffs are set to begin in about six weeks, a date that some within the Warriors don’t think Durant will be able to return by.
The incident occurred very early in the game, when Wizards’ center Marcin Gortat appeared to throw down Warriors’ center Zaza Pachulia. Pachulia then went crashing into Durant’s knee straight on, an incident that would cut his night short.
Kevin Durant is out for the rest of the game (hyperextended knee) pic.twitter.com/vJZFcyCDN9
— NBA TV (@NBATV) March 1, 2017
Stay tuned for the latest on Kevin Durant’s injury