Rumor: Kevin Durant not happy with Warriors, believes he was misled in returning from injury
According to Bleacher Report’s and Radio.com Sports’ Ric Bucher, Durant is upset with the Warriors because of how they misled him in returning from his right calf injury in the NBA Finals.
“What I’ve heard, through various places, is that he’s not really happy with how things went down because of the injury,” Bucher said, via Karl Buscheck of 95.7 The Game. “There’s an element of, ‘Was I misled as far as injuring myself coming back and playing and having a catastrophic injury like this coming off a calf strain?’
“We don’t know, definitively, exactly what was said, how much was said, how much he was aware of that, but I can tell you that people in the KD camp, people are running for cover because they don’t want to be holding the bag on who led him astray. Because the bottom line is, what Steve Kerr said, ‘We didn’t think he could get injured worse.’ If Steve Kerr was told that, I’m sure KD was told that. And now he’s looking at the prospect of not playing for, possibly, a year and having his free agency upended. I don’t see how that makes him happier with the Warriors than he was before.”
Durant ruptured his right Achilles tendon in Game 5 of the NBA Finals. KD is expected to miss the entire 2019-20 season. The two-time Finals MVP becomes an unrestricted free agent this summer once he declines his 2019-20 player option with the Warriors.
Golden State is said to be interested in re-signing Durant to a full five-year max contract this offseason. We’ll see if Durant, though, wants to even come back. He’s been heavily linked to joining either the New York Knicks or Brooklyn Nets with Kyrie Irving.