It would be a surprise at this point if Kevin Durant decided to re-sign with the Warriors this summer, and there has been no lack of reason why the next free agent is looking to leave the Golden State. Could the head coach be among those reasons?
Newsday's Steve Popper spoke with several NBA executives about Durant in the NBA Combine last week, and the general consensus is that Durant is a padlock to sign with the New York Knicks. According to one executive, two of Durant's problems at Golden State are that he is tired of "insisting" on Steve Kerr and knows that the Warriors will always be Stephen Curry's team. With the Knicks, Durant would be the centerpiece of a tortured franchise instead of a superstar who joined a championship team just to get a ring.
It's no secret that Durant is a sensitive guy. It reminded us that after the Warriors' about the Portland Trail Blazers in Game 3 on Saturday when shooting a fan on Instagram so there seemed to be no reason. While Durant continues to sit with a calf injury, the Warriors continue to win games. They could probably win a championship without him this year, just as they did before he arrived, and it would not be hard to imagine that he would bother someone as thin as KD.
As for Kerr and his supposed "insistence", it is not clear exactly what he is referring to. Maybe Durant is fed up with playing in Kerr's heavy ball movement system now that he has two championship rings. Whatever the case, all the signs continue to point to him leaving the Warriors this summer.