Despite the Golden State Warriors being on the cusp of going to a fifth straight NBA Finals — Steve Kerr finds his team still embroiled in postseason drama.
Over the weekend, Newsday’s Steve Popper reported that a clash of personalities between Kevin Durant and Coach Kerr would ultimately cause Durant to bypass on re-signing with the franchise and headed elsewhere this offseason.
But one front office executive said that Durant has been unhappy with the prodding from Steve Kerr and the feeling that he never can be — no matter how great he performs and how many individual honors he compiles — the centerpiece of a team that holds Steph Curry in the hearts of the franchise.
NBA execs feel the New York Knicks are the heavy favorites to land him, per the report.
Durant has been playing great all season long, but tensions have been at an all-time high with his impending free agency, most notably in November, when Durant and Draymond got into a heated sideline argument that spilled into the locker room.
The report back then was that Draymond informed Durant that the Warriors were winning before he got there and could do so if he left.
A few months after the incident, Durant went off on the media about their constant speculation about his future.
After the Warriors blew a 31-point lead to the Clippers — Durant was averaging 39 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists in the eight games up until his injury. The team was just 5-3. Since his injury, the team is 4-0 and looking to sweep the Blazers without him even touching the floor.