Published: Wed, June 12, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Warriors' executive gets choked up talking about Kevin Durant injury

Warriors' executive gets choked up talking about Kevin Durant injury

So when Kevin Durant limped out of game five of the NBA Finals on Monday just 12 minutes into his comeback, the former world number one knew it was serious. We all know that, the LA Clippers know that, and the rest of the league knows that as well.

In a Wednesday interview with Good Morning America, Durant's mom Wanda Durant said that she was initially "excited" for her son to play again following his first injury.

"I think opting-in is the last resort". "That's really if (he) couldn't find any other team to commit to (him) on a contract". "If he opts out of the contract and even if he did a short deal with another team, a two-year deal, that starts at $38 million". There had been no update on Durant's injury since Monday night.

All of this leads to a question: Why not just opt into the final year of his contract, make $31.5 million, rehab in an environment that he knows, and hit free agency the following summer?

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It's safe to assume that practically every team in the NBA this summer would still give the reigning two-time NBA Finals MVP a four-year max contract worth about $164 million.

As far as Durant's recovery goes, the timetable is still unknown. Also, they talk in depth about Durant's achilles diagnosis.

Ultimately, it all comes down to what Durant - who will turn 32 years old (Sept. 29) just before the 2020-21 season begins - wants to do.

There's going to be some real recriminations for the Warriors as to how they allowed Kevin Durant to return for this game.
Since the Clippers have a solid young core and have yet to reach their peak, they shouldn't be lumped in with that group. "A lot has changed on the Kevin Durant free-agency landscape but not the Knicks" interest in signing him, according to people familiar with the club's plans.

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