Warriors GM Bob Myers doesn’t sense ‘any bitterness’ from Kevin Durant after joining Nets
Bob Myers and the Golden State Warriors don’t see the decision Kevin Durant made to leave the franchise to sign with the Brooklyn Nets this summer as an indication that KD was upset at the organization.
Durant signed a four-year deal with the Nets after spending the previous three seasons with the Warriors.
There was outside speculation that Durant was angry with how the Warriors handled his calf injury which eventually became an Achilles tear when he returned for Game 5 of the Finals against the Toronto Raptors.
However, Durant has said multiple times since signing with the Nets that was never the case:
“I think the organization did a great job of saying, ‘Yes, you were a part of this.’ He’s in all these pictures. The overall feeling is positive from his side, positive from our side,” Myers told Ramona Shelburne of ESPN.
“I don’t sense any bitterness. It’s like, ‘You’re doing this, we’re doing our thing.’ “
Warriors owner Joe Lacob announced this offseason the franchise is going to retire Durant’s No. 35 jersey.
In 208 regular season games with the Warriors, Durant averaged 26.0 points, 6.4 rebounds and 5.9 assists while shooting 52.1 percent from the field, 35.3 percent from beyond the arc and 88.5 percent from the free-throw line.
Durant also played in 48 playoff games with the Warriors. The future Hall of Famer put up 29.6 points in those contests, winning two rings and two Finals MVPs.
KD is expected to miss the entire 2019-20 season recovering from his Achilles tear.