Eagle-eyed viewers of Kevin Durant’s nasty run-in with team-mate Draymond Green have picked up the emotional moment KD hinted at quitting the storied franchise.
In a scene described as “one of the most intense (exchanges) of this Warriors era,” by ESPN, the All-Star teammates clashed over a late-game bungle from Green.
Durant was clearly demanding the ball during the crucial final possession against the LA Clippers, and as one of the game’s best finishers, was entitled to take the last-second shot.
Clearly KD was furious, and his agitation only intensified after Green went at him on the sidelines.
Green reportedly called Durant a “bitch” multiple times during the scuffle.
After the pair were separated, keen viewers picked up a moment that was largely missed in the initial buzz around the argument.
As the former OKC superstar was being calmed down by Andre Iguodala, the off-contract KD appeared to mouth the words, “that’s why I’m out”.
Underrated part of KD vs. Dray:
”That’s why I’m out” 🧐 pic.twitter.com/ukEsbKNgMv
— Thomas Duffy (@TJDhoops) November 14, 2018
According to some publications, Durant has well and truly made up his mind for next season, determined to leave the stacked Warriors roster and chase more scoring opportunities elsewhere.
One NBA player told The Athletic there would be “no way” KD would return to Golden State next season, possibly spelling the end for one of the most powerful dynasties in NBA history.
“The future might point back to this moment as the end,” reporter Marcus Thompson II wrote about the situation for The Athletic.
“With what was said, there is already no way Durant is coming back,” the anonymous player said.
Meanwhile, although KD was unwilling to publicly criticise the antics of Green after the game, his brother had no such issues, saying the fiery power forward showed his true colours during the altercation.
Kevin Durant's brother weighs in 👀
(via IG/TDurant) pic.twitter.com/M7NLczRSQQ
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) November 14, 2018
While no player is mentioned by name, it’s going to be easy for people to make the connection to Green.
The 28-year-old Green was suspended from Tuesday’s game after getting into a heated altercation with Durant.
The argument has led to plenty of speculation about the future of the Warriors.
Green reportedly brought up Durant’s impending free agency during the fight. While Green and Klay Thompson — who is also set to be a free agent at the end of this season — have expressed a desire to stay with the Warriors long-term, Durant told reporters he would keep his options open.
Some have speculated that the Warriors could lose both players now. By suspending Green, the Warriors picked a side, meaning Green may have soured on coming back.
Following Tuesday’s 110-103 win over the Atlanta Hawks, the Warriors have been hesitant to reveal too much about the situation. Steve Kerr did not get into specifics, and Durant deflected questions after the game.
Tony Durant may have thought he was removed enough from the situation to make his thoughts known, but quickly discovered no one is safe when the internet is motivated to keep the drama alive.
With Yahoo Sports US