Draymond: KD wanted to join Dubs before Thunder’s 3-1 collapse originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea
In 2021, Kevin Durant stated why he opted to join the Warriors following the 2015-16 NBA season.
Durant wanted to play basketball in its purest form, which is what Golden State offered him, while also playing for a team with NBA championship experience.
Warriors forward Draymond Green believes the brand of basketball that Steve Kerr brought to the team played a big role in catching Durant’s attention, long before Golden State defeated his Oklahoma City Thunder in the 2016 Western Conference finals.
“KD wanted to play good basketball,” Green said on the “Checc’n In” podcast on Wednesday. “You saw the type of basketball we was playing, guys moving the ball. It’s Steph hot. Everybody running screen for Steph. Everybody trying to get Steph the ball; we having fun.
“He wanted to play good basketball. We were playing the best brand of basketball. The brand of basketball that we play, pass, move. No one in the NBA was playing that brand of basketball except for the San Antonio Spurs.
Green believes Durant wanted to play in the Bay Area even prior to the Thunder’s 2016 playoff collapse, when the Warriors roared back from a three-games-to-one deficit in the conference finals to send Oklahoma City packing.
“Everybody’s running pick and roll and taking advantage of mismatches because that was the cycle that the NBA was in,” Green added. “We then changed the game of basketball and how basketball was played.
“KD saw that. KD wanted to play that brand of basketball. KD wanted to play with us … In my heart, believe before it ever came to them being up 3-1. KD wanted to come to the Warriors.”
Durant heading to the Warriors benefited all parties involved as the team would win two NBA titles in 2017 and 2018. After the 2018-19 NBA season, the 33-year-old left for the Brooklyn Nets, signing a four-year deal worth $164 million in 2019.
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This summer, there were whispers of a possible reunion between Durant and the Warriors after he requested a trade out of Brooklyn.
Despite the rumors, Durant and the Nets have reconciled for now. But should he decide he wants out of Brooklyn again, there’s no doubt the Warriors will be linked to their former player once more.
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