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The reason Kevin Durant leaving Warriors ‘didn’t surprise’ Steve Kerr

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On the latest episode of All The Smoke with Matt Barnes, Steve Kerr admitted he wasn’t surprised when Kevin Durant left the Golden State Warriors for the Brooklyn Nets in the summer of 2019 as a free agent.

Kerr said the Warriors totally respected Durant’s decision and were thankful he gave the franchise three years of his career and helped deliver two titles.

“It didn’t surprise us. We all had a sense that Kevin’s probably looking to move on and take on a new challenge. He’d been here three years and won two championships and been Finals MVP twice. It was just, for his own personal career, time for a new challenge and we all totally respected that,” Kerr explained.

Kevin Durant won two Finals MVPs with Steve Kerr and the Warriors. The Dubs may have won three rings in a row had KD not tore his Achilles in Game 5 of the 2019 Finals against the Toronto Raptors.

Durant, one of the best scorers in NBA history, finished his Dubs career with averages of 25.8 points, 7.1 rebounds and 5.4 assists in the regular season. In the playoffs, KD put up 29.6 points, 7.1 boards and 4.5 assists for Golden State in 48 games, cementing himself as one of the best players in franchise history.

Golden State has already announced it will retire Durant’s No. 35 jersey. Everyone in the organization is rooting for the future Hall of Famer to make a full recovery from his Achilles tear and have a productive career with the Nets despite the superstar small forward no longer being on the Warriors.