Durant More Likely To Return To Warriors After Injury

Warriors reporter Connor Letourneau believes Golden State has a better chance of keeping Kevin Durant after his injury in Game 5

After Hours With Amy Lawrence
June 12, 2019 - 9:21 am
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Kevin Durant will not play again in these NBA Finals. In fact, he might not play all of next season. 

But make no mistake: the Warriors want him back.  

“Yes, that has never been a question,” San Francisco Chronicle Warriors reporter Connor Letourneau said on After Hours with Amy Lawrence. “The Warriors have always wanted him back. The Warriors would give him whatever he wanted financially – a max deal for as many years as he wanted. The question was always whether or not he wanted to come back.”

Durant’s injury in Game 5 may or may not impact that. 

“This injury makes things really interesting,” Letourneau said. “We spent our entire season talking about Durant’s free agency, and in one planting of the foot, that entire narrative kind of goes out the window. He might not play at all next season.”

Durant’s injury won’t just impact his free agency; it will impact the free agency of every player – and team – in the league. 

“The weird thing about it is he’s such a special talent, such a generational talent, that I’m hearing that he’ll still get max offers – even though he’s probably not going to play next season,” Letourneau said. “I think there’s a little bit more of a chance that he comes back to the Warriors than there was before the injury. He could sign a one-year max and just be in friendly, comfortable confines while he rehabs and makes some money.”

The Warriors, meanwhile, still have a title to defend. They host the Raptors in Game 6 on Thursday in their final game at Oracle Arena.

“It’s going to be crazy,” Letourneau said. “It’s going to be insane. Not only is it the last game at Oracle, but there’s going to be a lot of Warriors fans who want to show their love and appreciation for Durant and want to rally around the rest of the guys to get a win in his honor. I expect it to be as crazy as we’ve ever seen.”

Click below to listen to Letourneau’s interview in its entirety.