Last April, Draymond Green spoke out on the situation of how Kevin Durant handled his final season with the Golden State Warriors. Green was upset with Durant about not committing to either staying or leaving the Dubs and referred to the situation as the “elephant in the room.”
Now, in a recent interview with The Athletic, Durant's agent Rich Kleiman disagreed with Green's comments.
“I don't necessarily agree with the [notion that] ‘He should have let us know' because nothing is as black and white as that. It's like you're damned if you do, damned if you don't,” Kleiman said in response to Green's comments about the Nets star and his business partner.
“He didn't know at certain times. You go back and forth on how you feel. Everybody does, like, throughout the course of a season. You gonna make a declaration on something when you really don't know how you're going to feel, you don't know anything. Look what happened to him in the Finals. No one knows any of it.”
When the 2018-19 season started, the Warriors had hope that Durant would opt to re-sign with the team. However, as the season progressed, the hope of Durant re-signing diminished, especially after a verbal altercation in November 2018.
Kleiman discussed the outcome if Durant did commit to resigning or leaving the team, nothing that the situation or the season won't be any messier. After all, had Durant made a decision early, there would still be a barrage of questions and criticisms that would have been thrown at him and the Warriors' way throughout the campaign.
“Let’s say Kevin did say that at the beginning of the year — which, again, he didn’t know, but let’s say he did say that. How would that have been easier on anybody? There would have been question after question after question after question. Nothing would have went away. (The media) had KD damn near signed on the Knicks already, and I was gonna be the GM already, so that was all untrue,” Kleiman explained.
“So it’s like, you couldn’t avoid any of it anyway, so I don’t think it had anything to do with that. I think that, listen, people (have) different emotions at different times. Like you said, I have been friends with Draymond for a while now, so it is what it is. Nobody’s losing sleep over it. It’s over.”
Despite the messy ending to the Warriors dynasty though, Kevin Durant stilled helped Draymond Green and the Dubs win two straight NBA championships.