Kevin Durant says joining forces with Kyrie Irving wasn't planned: 'It just came together'

Kevin Durant says joining forces with Kyrie Irving wasn't planned: 'It just came together'

Best buds Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant both opted to leave their respective teams to sign with the Nets in free agency, but KD says joining forces wasn't something they planned.

In an exclusive interview with Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports, Durant downplayed the notion he and Irving had the intention of teaming up all along.

“I think the friendship part of the league has really grown, especially since LeBron James and Dwyane Wade became such great friends and ended up playing together,” Durant told Yahoo Sports. “People see friendship as the way guys are teaming up. There’s nothing wrong with people speculating. That’s just what it is, but we’re just good friends no matter what. We didn’t have to play together. It wasn’t necessary. But, we were friends before anything, and we just happened to want to hoop together. But it wasn’t a thing we planned. It just came together.”

Considering the Kyrie/KD "free agency meeting" video that went viral in February, plus all the other rumors of the two teaming up that lingered throughout the season, Celtics fans probably won't be buying what Durant is selling.

While their friendship played a role in their free-agency decisions, both Irving and Durant have named other motives for signing with Brooklyn. Irving made it clear he desired to play at home, and Durant told Haynes the Nets' "creative front office" made it an attractive destination.

It'll be a while before Durant and Irving take the court together, as the former Warriors star will spend the 2019-20 season recovering from a torn Achilles.

Irving will make his anticipated return to Boston on Nov. 27.

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Biggest NBA trades, signings since Kevin Durant joined Warriors

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Biggest NBA trades, signings since Kevin Durant joined Warriors

When Kevin Durant chose to leave the Oklahoma City Thunder in the summer of 2016 and join the 73-win Warriors, it shifted the balance of power in the NBA heavily toward Golden State. Over the course of three seasons, the Warriors won back-to-back titles and could have secured the first three-peat since the Kobe-Shaq Lakers if it weren't for injuries to key players and a terrific performance by the Toronto Raptors this past June. 

Durant choosing the Warriors was the biggest move since LeBron James took his talents to South Beach. Now that Durant has moved on, which move will define the next era of NBA basketball? Let's take a look. 

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Counting down the NBA's top 'Power Couples'

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Counting down the NBA's top 'Power Couples'

Beyonce and Jay-Z. Kanye West and Kim Kardashian. Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez. 

Power couples have been the "in" thing for quite some time. 

But when it came to NBA teams, the preference was to create super teams instead. 

However, Kawhi Leonard’s decision to sign with the Los Angeles Clippers and bring Paul George with him after George demanded a trade from Oklahoma City, has rocked the NBA landscape on many levels. 

Among them?

The return of the power couple to the NBA. 

Here we take a look at the top 10 tandems in the NBA in what has been an offseason that truth be told, has yet to slow down … not even a little bit.