In a surprising move, Kevin Durant decided to leave Golden State Warriors at the end of June and sign with Brooklyn Nets where he teamed up with All-Star guard Kyrie Irving. Now, in a rare interview with Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports, Durant revealed the reasons for this somewhat unexpected decision.
“Because I wanted to,” – Durant told Haynes. “The basketball was appealing.”
Through the majority of the past season, Durant was linked with heading to New York Knicks, but as it turns out, they never were an option.
“If I was leaving the Warriors, it was always going to be for the Nets,” – he added. “They got the pieces and a creative front office. I just like what they were building.”
Kevin Durant spent three years with the Warriors, winning two NBA titles in three years. His departure from the franchise, however, ended on a bitter note as he suffered Achilles injury in Game 5 of the NBA Finals series against Toronto Raptors which will cause him to miss the entire next season rehabbing. Although many think that Durant was talked into playing in the series, despite spending previous two months rehabbing from an ankle sprain, the 30-year-old says that’s not the case.
According to Durant, Golden State did nothing to influence his decision to return to court, and that he wanted to play in that game.
“Nobody was responsible for it. It was just the game.” – Durant explained.