Bucher: Durant May Have Doubts About Future

Ric Bucher explained why Kevin Durant may try for a sign-and-trade deal with Golden State

Tiki and Tierney
June 25, 2019 - 6:52 pm
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With NBA free agency just days away, no one knows what Kevin Durant will do. In fact, it’s possible, if not likely, Durant doesn’t know what he’s going to do.

“I don’t think he knows exactly what he’s going to do, but I do believe that he’s going to have a New York address next season,” Bleacher Report senior NBA writer Ric Bucher said on Tiki & Tierney. “It’s a matter of how does it happen. I would expect that if KD gets what he wants, he will be in New York and he will be in New York on a sign-and-trade with a max deal – with a five-year max deal from the Warriors. Not staying with the Warriors, but getting all the money that he can possibly get.”

There’s a reason for that.

“While everybody is anticipating and operating as if he is going to be the same on the other side of this Achilles injury,” Bucher said, “I’ve been told there’s a question in KD’s mind, ‘Well, what if I’m not? What if I’m not? If that’s the case, I need to get all the money and security that I can now.’ Especially at his age.”

Durant, who turns 31 in September, might be 32 before he steps on an NBA court again.

“He might not have another crack at a max deal, particularly if he’s not the same as a result of the Achilles injury, so max it out now,” Bucher explained. “It would also make sense for the Warriors to do that if the threat is, ‘Well, I’m going to walk regardless.’ Maybe you get a second-round pick out of it. You definitely would get a trade exception out of it. You can get something for nothing as opposed to nothing if (Durant ends) up leaving the Bay Area.”

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