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KD reveals new details about leaving Warriors for Nets

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After three seasons with the Warriors, Kevin Durant in the summer of 2019 elected to join the Brooklyn Nets.

KD's departure from Golden State has been analyzed, scrutinized and discussed a lot over the last 14 months. But understandably, it's been out of the news lately.

Until now.

The two-time NBA Finals MVP was a guest on "The Old Man & the Three" podcast with JJ Redick and Tommy Alter. And the New Orleans Pelicans shooting guard asked a very direct question because he wanted to settle something once and for all.

"All of last season (2018-19) -- it's not obvious but it's pretty clear from the outside that Kevin is getting ready to change teams.," Redick started. "We all kind of saw that. All of the people that I know in the league were like, 'He's going to the (New York) Knicks.' And this was up until like March.

"I don't know if that was a smoke screen that ya'll put on (and) you really knew you were gonna end up with the Nets, or if something happened in March that kind of turned you off from the Knicks. When did you really know you weren't gonna go to the Knicks? And don't lie to me, Kevin."

KD didn't mess around.

"I never planned on going to the Knicks," he said. "The noise just got louder about me going to the Knicks for some reason. It just took off.

 

"I think the media just hyped it up and wanted to create drama around our team so much that they made up this Knicks thing.

"So around February as I was thinking -- I didn't want to be the savior of the Knicks or New York. I didn't care about being the king of New York. That never really moved me. I just want to play ball, go to the crib and chill.

"I felt like that's what Brooklyn embodied. And I wanted to live in New York. I felt like Brooklyn was everything that I'm about. -- chill, on the low, all black everything, quiet, just focus on basketball, there's no show when you come to our games, there's no Madison Square (Garden) 'Mecca' (and) all of that s--t. We're just gonna hoop and build something new over in Brooklyn.

"I felt that way around February leading up into March. And then once free agency hit, it was time."

First, did KD seriously never consider the Knicks?

"Multiple sources have said for months Durant and Kyrie Irving planned on being teammates," The Athletic's Marcus Thompson wrote in late June 2019. "Durant wanted them to join the Knicks together while Irving preferred they take over Brooklyn. They are now both Nets."

Second, Durant mentioned "February" to Redick because the 2013-14 NBA MVP admitted months back that he knew was going to leave the Warriors in free agency about halfway through the 2018-19 campaign.

KD's business partner Rich Kleiman -- who also was on the podcast -- made things a little more confusing as he tried to provide more context.

"When you don't have to make a decision until the end of your contract, people wait until the end of their contract to make a decision," he explained. "People will start to think about what the alternatives are -- what's available (and) what's out there.

"It looks like they may be ready to go because they're not happy with their job one day. And maybe the next day they are happy. And they don't really know by the end of the year if they're gonna be happy.

"So when people say he made up his mind in February -- no. He knew his contract was up at the end of the year, and he wasn't ready to make up his mind fully."

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So is Kleiman trying to say that Durant actually hadn't 100 percent decided to leave Golden State? If so, that would contradict KD's admission.

And if Kleiman simply was implying that the 2013-14 NBA MVP truly didn't choose his next team until the very end of his deal, does that mean the Knicks in fact were in the running until the last minute?

Honestly, who knows. And we'll probably never know the real answers.

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