David West confident that Kevin Durant will not leave Warriors
Some feel Kevin Durant will head to the Big Apple this summer. Others think he will take his talents to Hollywood and join LeBron James, or perhaps even the LA Clippers. Then there is another faction who surmise that he could head back to Oklahoma City.
Not so fast, says former Golden State Warriors big man David West.
According to Steinmetz and Guru of 95.7 The Game, Durant won’t be going anywhere once he hits free agency in July:
“I would say Kevin Durant is back with the Warriors next season,” said West.
West, now retired, arrived in Golden State the same year as Durant back in 2016-17 and proceeded to win back-to-back championships with the Warriors, playing a rather pivotal role off the bench in both title runs.
Durant is currently in his third year in the Bay Area. Fresh off a pair of Finals MVPs, the 30-year-old is averaging 28.9 points, 7.7 rebounds, 6.2 assists, one block and one steal through 29 games this season. In addition, he is shooting 51.3 percent from the floor, 35 percent from 3-point range and a blistering 93.1 percent from the free-throw line.
Durant, who played his collegiate basketball at the University of Texas, was originally selected by the Seattle SuperSonics with the second overall pick of the 2007 NBA Draft.
Of course, the SuperSonics moved to Oklahoma City to become the Thunder after Durant’s first year with the franchise. Durant would then go on to reach the NBA Finals with Russell Westbrook, James Harden and Co. in 2012, falling to the LeBron James-led Miami Heat in five games.
The Washington, D.C. native played with OKC through the 2015-16 campaign, where he and the Thunder infamously blew a 3-1 lead to the Warriors in the Western Conference Finals. Durant would proceed to sign with the Dubs that ensuing summer.