Kevin Durant has been by far one of the most hated players in the NBA since his unexpected departure from the Oklahoma City Thunder to Golden State. Many people believed that the Golden State Warriors would emerge as an unbeatable team this season, and rightfully so; the Warriors entire starting lineup is made up entirely all-stars.
They are currently the only team to have that luxury as of now, but are surprisingly fourth place in the Western Conference, behind the Thunder, the Clippers, and the Nuggets. Part of the reason for that has been multiple injuries, and another reason being chemistry issues. Draymond Green and Durant haven’t been getting along well, ever since Green didn’t pass the basketball to Durant for a game winning shot against the Clippers. With DeMarcus Cousins coming back soon, things should be a little better for Golden State. However, that’s one of the only positives right now, as the Warriors are in tough times.
Because of the confusion, there has been some recent talk as to where Durant will be heading to next season. The versatile forward will be a free agent this offseason, and because he’s playing a large role in the Warriors’ chemistry issues, it has been expected for his to leave The Bay Area for another chapter in his NBA career. People were wondering whether or not Durant would want to join LeBron James and the LA Lakers, and form a super team in Los Angeles. However, when asked if he would consider signing with the Los Angeles Lakers, Durant replied by saying:
The LeBron James media is toxic, and I cannot understand why any top star would like to play on his team.
Those words coming out of Durant’s mouth effectively erases the possibility of him signing with the Lakers.
Of course, because Durant made an accusation, rather than a simple “yes” or “no” answer to whether he’d want to head to LA or not, Lakers head coach, Luke Walton stepped forward in LeBron’s defense. The former Warriors assistant coach said:
He’s an amazing fellow, he’s very generous, he has won multiple NBA championships with other superstars. Why wouldn’t you want to play with LeBron?
Walton has a strong case: When James was playing with Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade in Miami, they won multiple championships together. Of course James has been Durant’s rival for the past few seasons, but it’s still not right to accuse someone for no apparent reason. Nevertheless, Durant has made it very clear that he does not want to go to LA, and is showing signs of not wanting to stay with the Warriors either. So, it remains a big mystery throughout the league as to where Durant might be signing.
He has the talent to turn any team into a playoff contender with his fascinating skills. So far, Durant is averaging 30 PPG, 7.7 RPG, and 6.2 APG shooting 51% from the field and 35.8 minutes a night in 25 games with Golden State.