"Sometimes you don't negotiate".
Durant, who turns 30 in September, could ink a four-year deal in July.
In an interview with ESPN's Chris Haynes, Durant says he could see himself hanging up his sneakers five years from now at age 35.
Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) celebrates with the Bill Russell NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award after beating the Cleveland Cavaliers in game four of the 2018 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena.
We get what Durant is trying to say: That he was arguably the most important player on team with vast talents like two-time NBA MVP Stephen Curry and sharpshooter Klay Thompson is a sparkling achievement, and much more of a resume-booster than if he was the lone alpha dog on, say, the Phoenix Suns. "He's earned the right to sign whatever deal he wants". That's how I want to leave the game. But want him to be happy and want him to know that we want him as long as he wants to be here. "He's earned that to lay out the terms".
"I feel like it's easy to be the best player when you don't have good players around you".
Both Klay Thompson and Draymond Green have been a huge part of the Warriors' success in the last four years so it is a wise move for the Warriors to ensure that they will be on the team in the next couple of years. Durant's free-agent decision isn't shrouded in mystery.
West said after the title clincher that the team went through things behind the scenes that would be surprising if revealed. "I don't know if there's another word for it". "But I didn't think it was anything unusual given the state of our team and what we've been through and the length of this journey". Nothing to me was that, like, shocking but yeah we went through some stuff.
"You never really get exactly what you want", Myers said.
And while the Warriors will always think big, the truth is that if Golden State wants to go for a third-straight title next year, they'll have to make some changes to this roster - specifically to the bench. Who knows? I might want to be a coach or a GM or an owner or somebody that works guys out or somebody that's trying to tell basketball stories like Kobe [Bryant].