Programming note: Watch the pregame edition of Warriors Outsiders on Friday afternoon at 4:30, streaming live on the MyTeams app.
Isn't it crazy to think that it's possible Kevin Durant has already played his last game as a member of the Warriors?
The reigning two-time NBA Finals MVP will not play in Game 6 of Golden State's second-round NBA playoff series in Houston (strained right calf), and will not be available if there is a Game 7 against the Rockets at Oracle Arena on Sunday.
And if he does leave in free agency this summer, his last moment in a Warriors uniform will be him making a pull-up jump shot late in the third quarter of Game 5 before limping off the floor into the locker room.
But on Friday morning, Sam Amick of The Athletic threw some optimism in the direction of the Warriors and their fans:
There’s a recent sense in Warriors circles that maybe he’ll think twice about joining them on this trek across the Bay Bridge, that this recent stretch of domination and fan appreciation might be the kind of thing that convinces him to – cue LeBron James’ personal motto that hasn’t exactly panned out in Laker Land – RWTW (Roll With The Winners).
Let's be clear -- in no way, shape or form does this language mean anything definitively. "Maybe think twice" doesn't exactly scream "he is going to re-sign!"
In fact, it highlights that these people in Warriors circles had been operating under the pretense that KD wasn't going to think twice about staying, and that he was going to leave in July.
So put a pin in this situation for now.
Presently, Durant can only hope that he gets a chance to put on a Warriors uniform again this season and fulfill the quest for a threepeat.
It's up to Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and company to make that happen.