Locker room rift with Draymond Green has teammates believing there is ‘no way’ Kevin Durant is coming back
The rift between Golden State Warriors stars Draymond Green and Kevin Durant was in actuality even more explosive than originally reported. While there was no fist-fighting or physical threats of any sorts, Green’s words dealt wounds of war on his teammates, words so potent that they might be un-erasable from Durant’s mind.
This has brought players to believe, that if there was a glimmer of hope that Durant would return for a fourth straight season with the Warriors, that is now no longer a possibility after the altercation that took place in the locker room on Monday night, following what now looks like a meaningless overtime loss to the L.A. Clippers.
“With what was said, there is already no way Durant is coming back,” a Warriors player told Marcus Thompson II of The Athletic. “The only hope is that they can say this summer, ‘See, KD. We’ve got your back. We protected you from Draymond.’”
Green’s suspension, though technically the right action taken by the franchise, has now added fuel to that fire — looking like management has chosen sides and they’re taking Durant’s after their unforeseen squabble at the Staples Center.
Durant has been noncommittal so far throughout this season and that has bothered many others, including Green and Klay Thompson — both soon-to-be free agents that have expressed willingness to come back to the organization.
While Green’s words rang true to most of the locker room, his brutal honesty came at the wrong time and in the wrong way, handling it in a way that would put Durant in an uncomfortable situation, rather than a civil discussion where the two could sort out their differences.
Durant might be forced to forgive with the bulk of the regular season at hand, but it’s unlikely he’ll forget how Green handled things when he was questioned as a leader.