Kevin Durant Explains Why He Didn’t Give The Lakers a Courtesy Meeting: “I Just Didn’t”
During this free agency period, just like any other, the Los Angeles Lakers front office and their fans expected to sign every top free agent on the market. And pretty much for the last few years, they’ve struck out each time.
The biggest free agent this offseason was former Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant, and reports quickly surfaced that KD had no intention of meeting with the Lakers AT ALL. No phone call, no texting, no tweets, no direct messages, no smoke signals, nothing.
On Monday, after TEAM USA practice was over, Durant opened up about a lot of things, including why he didn’t want to talk with the Lakers during free agency:
“I just didn’t. Nothing against the Lakers, but I already had my eyes set on who I wanted to talk to. It wasn’t nothing against the Lakers. I really respect their team, but I just felt like they were a couple of years away from where I wanted to be.”
Durant went on to explain how he didn’t make any sudden moves after his decision to join the Warriors, fearing somebody might want to do him harm:
“I didn’t leave my bed, because I was like, ‘Man, if I walk outside somebody might just try to hit me with their car or say anything negative to me,’” Durant said. “I just stayed in. I was trying to process it all. I wanted to be around family, and positive support. It felt different.
“I mean I’ve been somewhere for so long and then to make a change like that (which) nobody knew was coming, that nobody didn’t think I would do, of course I didn’t know how it would be received afterwards. But at some point, I just said, ‘Look man, life goes on. Life moves on, and I can’t hide forever,’ so I just had to face it.”