Warriors owner Joe Lacob addresses Kevin Durant’s upcoming free agency
Golden State Warriors superstar Kevin Durant will become an unrestricted free agent this summer once he declines his 2019-20 player option with the team. There have been rumors that Durant might leave Golden State should the Dubs win their third-straight title in June.
Warriors owner Joe Lacob, though, says he doesn’t even think about Durant’s upcoming free agency because he knows it’s KD’s decision at the end of the day.
“I honestly don’t even think about it,” Joe Lacob told Tim Kawakami of The Athletic. “I don’t. Because there’s nothing I can do about it. Zero. He has earned the right to be a free agent. He’s going to make the choice that feels best for him. And it’s our job to, when the season’s over, convince him that the right decision is to be a Warrior for life.
“Look, we can pay him the most money. We have a great team. We have great coaching. We have great fans. I don’t think anyone can match us, when you take everything into consideration, if that’s the way you’re thinking about it. And he has a chance to win — and let’ s hope it goes well this year — a chance to win more championships. I mean, it could be legendary. If he stays here … I don’t know that you get this kind of opportunity very often. So I would hope that he thinks that and accepts that and decides he wants to stay.
“But on the other hand, I’m not going to be mad at him, either way. Whatever he decides to do, he decides to do. And I’ll probably be a Kevin Durant fan no matter what. I’m not going to be emotional about it. There’s no point.”
Since joining the Warriors in the summer of 2016, Durant has won two-straight championships and Finals MVPs.
Golden State can offer Durant the most money in free agency. Many people believe KD will join the New York Knicks in the summer. However, just like other free-agency decisions, only time will tell what the former MVP decides to do.