August 23, 2021

Warriors' Mishandling of Kevin Durant-Draymond Green Drama Cost Golden State a Dynasty

Three seasons after joining the Warriors in a highly controversial move, Kevin Durant departed Golden State to join Kyrie Irving and the Brooklyn Nets last offseason. 

While there were rumors floating that Durant wanted out, it wasn't until he and Draymond Green got into an argument in the middle of a game against the L.A. Clippers that it became apparent that Durant was a goner. 

During Durant's Bleacher Report show "Chips," the former Warrior star voiced that he believes the Warriors mishandling of the matter changed the entire dynamic for him.

“We needed that. We just needed to throw all of that [expletive] out on the table and be like ‘Yo, Dray, K, like, that was [expletive] up that we even had to go through that,’ Durant said. “Let’s just wipe our hands of that and go finish the task.’ I don’t think we did that. We tried to dance around it…It just made [expletive] weird to me.” 

Green agreed with the sentiment, saying that the Warriors messed up the situation that he feels contributed to Durant’s eventual departure. Golden State chose to suspend Green for one game while never allowing the two to air out the entire matter between each other or address it directly with the team.

Whatever the case may be, it led to Durant wanting to play elsewhere to spread his wings with the Nets. The Warriors had a chance to keep the star forward to make a run at a third NBA title and keep the talented roster together. 

Instead, the mishandling of the situation gave way to the necessity for change. Durant’s sentiment changed, and now the Warriors are trying to rebuild a championship-contending team. Meanwhile, Durant looks like the player he was before his Achilles tendon injury and is leading his own Big 3 alongside Irving and James Harden.

Yes, the Warriors have Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson expected to return this upcoming season alongside Green. But, the team is banking on those three providing the foundation to lift the team forward in the stacked Western Conference. 

The likes of the Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers, Utah Jazz, and Denver Nuggets all hold serious championship expectations. Ultimately, what the Durant-Green situation underlines is a matter that if handled properly may have the Warriors still sitting atop as the team to beat putting together one of the league’s greatest dynasties.

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