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Report: Several Warriors think Kevin Durant will leave for Knicks

New York Knicks v Golden State Warriors

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 08: Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors is guarded by Kevin Knox #20 of the New York Knicks at ORACLE Arena on January 08, 2019 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

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I think Kevin Durant will sign with the Knicks. You probably think Kevin Durant will sign with the Knicks. A lot of people think Kevin Durant will sign with the Knicks.

But it doesn’t directly affect most of us.

That’s different from current Warriors, who are trying to pull together an make another title run.

Ian Begley of ESPN:

Some of Durant’s former teammates think it’s going to happen, per ESPN sources. Several of his current teammates have told friends that they think it’s going to happen, sources said. Opposing agents believe it’s a fait accompli: “Just a matter of putting pen to paper,” is how one agent of another top free agent in the 2019 free agent class put it.

This is why Durant was wrong to lash out at the media for discussing his free agency. This isn’t a media-created sensation. Many people care where he signs – including his Golden State teammates.

Whether or not their suspicions get proven correct, their perception of the situation matters. If they believe Durant has a foot out the door – again, regardless of whether or not he actually does – that can adversely affect chemistry.

The Warriors were chill about New York rumors early in the season, but tension definitely increased during the season.

For Golden State to threepeat, it’s important to keep this drama on the backburner.